Shocker: Hollywood Had a "Dismal" 2010


It sounds like you already turned off your brain when you decided to rent "Night and Day" in the first place.
There's a decided lack of originality. Sequels and remakes can't be the only direction in which to go. (aside from True Grit- who needs 'em?) As a parent, it's very expensive to go to the movies- even a matinee- and having to pony up another $3.50 to see 3-D when I don't really give a rat's ass is just too much. (I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who views the 3-D "craze" as a brazen rip-off.) These days I ask myself if it's worth paying $50 to take everyone to a movie, or wait a few months and watch it on Netflix. Netflix usually wins.
1996 must have been the year bit torrent and high speed internet rollwed out to the masses.
Scott Pilgrim was pretty good. Nothing else comes to mind.
I used to see lots of movies in the theater - at least one a week. But nothing looks good to me any more. And even the good films will be on DVD quickly enough.

Night and Day was kind of fun.

But you can measure how the film industry is doing by the thickness of Vanity Fair.

It's getting better, actually.
Something snapped in my chest when they nocked down the UA 150 on 6th. The sight of those Pepsi stained theater seats on the sidewalk made me want to cry. Now I mostly just wait for the DVDs. Hold me.
It's really strange...Knight and Day seems to be the veritable poster child for Hollywood disposability, yet I've read many otherwise intelligent, savvy, funny reviewers and bloggers defending it, even way after its release. Very weird.
You either liked it or hated it, laterite.

Some movies are like that.
Who can afford it? You spend thirteen bucks on the ticket and another three or four on the fandango fees and don't even think about the concession stand. And even more for 3D. It's insane!
There are still good movies being made. I, too, can pick the worst of a selection and claim that it's exemplary.
Actually the last Screenwriters strike was 2007-2008 which is about how long it takes to get a movie produced and in the theaters. What we are seeing is the results of the Studios not wanting to have to pay writers for ideas and scripts. The results are terrible formula contrivances, sequels and re-makes.
@13- interesting observation.
I saw the previews for this movie, and my immediate thought was "I have no interest in any movie where someone (TCruise especially) repels down a building. Action movies are the absolute WORST. So redundant. So redundant.
Give me Darjeeling Limited or Natural Born Killers instead, please.
Seeing a preview for this movie the first time, I honestly thought Knight and Day was a farce. Like at any second the heads of the MST3K guys were going to appear at the bottom of the screen, or maybe they were going to look into the camera and remind everyone to turn off their cell phones before the feature. My wife thought the same thing.
Blame piracy, if it weren't for my ability to see the movies I want when I want then, instead of dicking us around with "I love you phillip morris", I totally would have bought more of the shit they were selling. They're still so obsessed with release dates, and I'm still obsessed about content. When hollywood brings the content back, I'll bring the cash.
It's a dirty little secret known to hollywood insiders that for the last few decades, the studios have purposefully disenfranchised and sidelined writers. Dismal pay, abusive and dismissive treatment, barely any credit - all in the name of creating a mythical 'studio process' where the giants could hit a button and spit out 'scrappy little dog meets up with lost princess to go on a search for true love in an upbeat romantic comedy starring (flavor of the month breathing human)'

There's no incentive to be a writer in hollywood anymore. No reason at all to submit new stories or interesting scripts.
I blame bedbugs. Americans have been flocking to shitty movies for years so I doubt it's that.