Going to the movies? What’s the point?
I used to love going to the movies. I can’t remember a first date that wasn’t at the movies. Yes, I am quite selfish that way. But it has been two months since I have been to the movies. I have been to film festivals but that is quite a different trip than a visit to my local multiplex.
What is even weirder is that I don’t miss it. I think this is largely due to what I do here at Ticklebooth. What I post here is so much interesting than what the studios are putting out. Look at our recent picks selections in our sidebar, it is riddled with original ideas.
The short film/ online video genre are putting movies to shame. When I say “movies”, I mean feature films mostly from Hollywood. However, I seriously cannot tell the difference between mainstream Hollywood and independent cinema. People are playing poker by the book. Where is the fun? Where is the gamble? When is the last time a movie was willing to upset you? I don’t mean Batman losing his girl in Dark Knight kind of gambles.
The style of modern film is contained in very small boxes. You either have the tripod look or the shaky hand held look. Everything is high contrast. If it is an action film, you see more blue. If it is a drama, you see warmer colors. Cinema has a language but it isn’t this narrow.
- Why aren’t critics paying attention to shorter films? Every other review of a mainstream movie sounds like the same old sarcastic , ironic horseshit. If you want to be stimulated, look for better material!!
- Why aren’t we focusing on short films in film school? There is so much more learn and be inspired by.
- You want better features, stop spending your money on crap at the multiplex. Better yet, spend it on filmmakers who are posting their films online.
My best-of-the-year list for online video is a much harder decision to arrive at than my best theatrical released movie list. I have more choices, a more diverse set of qualities to compare. I have no sequels, no reputations, no teases to deal with. What do you think?