Things change. There is good and bad in both. Henry Fonda famously had to commit to years of crap in order to star in The Grapes of Wrath.
Despite the legitimacy of the things you say, I find no shortage of great, inventive films to watch. No more Daniel Day Lewis? OK, I give you Anya...
I completely disagree that "they don't really want to make science fiction pictures that are about ideas". The existence of one thing doesn't eliminate the existence of another. There is no doubt that a LOT of supposedly Sci-Fi movies are just action or horror wrapped in a Sci-Fi cloak...
After more thought, I think Unforgiven really isn’t a western in theme. It’s really more of a morality play in the setting of a western.
I’m not sure western is a theme. Usually it’s a setting, because what is the theme of a western?
This Sci-Fi thing has been an argument for a long time. I tend to think of it this way.
Movies (stories in general, really) can be boiled down to have three prime aspects. These are...
Theme: The engine that drives the story.
Setting: Just like it sounds, where, when, etc the story takes...
I'm actually a little baffled by your ongoing obsession with this topic. To me, the "golden days" of the movie star were more restricting than anything, for some reasons you spelled out.
Yeah, there are stars who can get a movie made, both talented actors and not. Increasingly not. Who can...
...and some specific movies coming to mind for me that have become my ideal examples. Now I want to watch some...
Far from Heaven
The Station Agent
The Proposition (oops, got two John Hillcoat ones in there.)
Again, just off the top of my head.
@Reggie W you were talking about Tarantino. In one way, I kind of feel like he's the 14 year old boy's idea of brilliant, but I just received and watched the new 4K release of True Romance and was thinking of the screen-churning scenes. Of course, the Walken/Hopper scene always gets the...
There are movie stars and there are great movie actors. I'm more interested in the latter.
Off the top of my head, here are some favorites.
I need to think of more women.
But that's a completely different thing. He's making a five (plus) hour movie of one story. No studio would permit that in one installment. So, he has to do it the only way available. Why do I constantly see that complaint about Dune, but never about The Batman or the endless Marvel insanity...
The first half of Rogue One has a lot of nuts and bolts setup for the rest of the story. I have no problem with that. I'm actually baffled at the veracity of the hatred of it. That's just story telling on a more complex level than the Raiders of the Lost Ark (or the original Star Wars)...
I grew up in the heart of the Star Wars world, since the first one was released the summer before I turned 14.
What I don't understand is this belief that the whole thing is some sort of profound, life altering Shakespearean vision. It's basically pulp that exceeded its grasp. The only thing...
I'm reminded of 15 years ago when every single movie thread turned into largely a LoTR discussion. Today it's Marvel. Because there is such a lack of Marvel discussion. ;)
Now, before anyone jumps in to slam me, it's meant as an amusing observation, because there is life outside Marvel.
A discussion in another thread got me thinking more about this one.
The basic objective I have for watching movies has changed significantly in the last few years. At least, the way I approach it has. I grew up in an environment where it was simple fact that the height of discernment was...
Of these things, for me it's all of them and it's none of them.
I was just thinking through some of my favorite movies from the last couple of years. Promising Young Woman was directed by Emerald Fennell. Who it Emerald Fennell? I have no idea. Carey Mulligan is definitely an actor I...