Some random movie related thoughts wanted to throw out for the movie buffs here...
RED- Saw this movie last night and have to say what a POS; Malkovich and Louise Parker were good but the rest was tripe. I know it was supposed to be graphic novelish but that crap bordered on ridiculous. I guess I should expect that from a Bruce Willis movie but what was Helen Mirren thinking? So Mirren is a retired hit lady and the best in the business.....but she cant take a target with a machine gun? The CIA know all and are evil and have all sorts of tools-yet they cant spot Mirren 50 feet from a house? I could go on and on....but why bother. Could have better for sure.
Luck/HBO movies- So funny that in hollywood; the studio system really puts out so much crap its a surprise when they actually do something worthy. So slightly SOPA related being that the movie industry is throwing all sorts of money to get this passed; I love the fact that big name actors and directors are doing projects with other non universal non paramount non 20th studios. 2 come to mind in Dustin Hoffman and Michael Mann doing Luck. I dont know a lot about the making of movies but can imagine HBO is letting Mann do his own thing with not too much micromanagement and what not which in turn will make a far better project. The Scorsese bio pic for George Harrison was amazing and once again a good example of filmmakers doing amazing work. I hope to see more of this in the future because there is a lot of talent who left to their own devices will certainly be able to produce a far better body of work today then needed to play the studio game.
While we lament pirating-I also lament the cost to take a family to see a movie. I lament even more the companies making billions releasing AirBud5 have no issues lobbying for internet censorship and fretting over losing money. And then to see the studios try and take the high road politically...chutzpah.
Oliver Stone- saw the movie the Doors on cable the other night and when I see a movie I havent seen in a while I go to IMDB and read up on it. But what irked me upon reading further about it was that Stone shot some of the desert cave scenes at Mitchell Caverns in east mojave which is a nature preserve. He had hieroglyphs painted on the walls for the scenes with paint that didnt wash off, which pissed off the rangers and stone was fined. Here is what upset me about this-Im a fan of the Doors and read almost every book written about them and while Jim Morrison loved peyote and the desert there are zero accounts he was influenced by desert caverns and hieroglyphs. So basically Stone defaced the inside of ancient cavern dwellings so he could take creative license on a scene that was completely fictional. In my book- that makes Stone a complete Ahole. Sorry Stone-your movies do not trump my, or the general publics ability to enjoy the stark, uninterrupted beauty of nature. ReserveAmerica.com has already taken so much away from the joy of camping and the outdoors, I dont need some blowhard egotists project to ruin it for me.
RedBox/Internet/Netflix-apart from smaller companies making quality flicks this is probably the best thing ever to happen for movie fans. Much like getting information on hockey prospects and fights and what not-the internet has revolutionized the industry. Based on my previous thoughts I would have hoped it would force the industry to put better project but I digress. The ability to easily and quickly find hidden gems now is unparalleled then any other time in movie watching history which leaves with this point which I will leave for the masses....
What are the best movie of the last 10 years that no one has seen. Based on the In Bruges recommendation; I would love to get more movie ideas for quality flicks that flew under the radar........and if you want to comment on some of my other thoughts as well would be fine as well.