Cate – the movie is put out by Sony.
It’s really hard for me to articulate what I want to say about the movie industry (and media in general). Let me give it a try: Our society watches a LOT of TV, movies, etc. We become accustomed to what we see via these vehicles and assume that because we’re seeing it there, it must be how EVERYONE feels. As an example, TV has gradually moved toward a much more lenient attitude towards swearing and nudity. All it took was one or two shows to push the envelope, and that opened the door for others to do the same. Pretty soon, it was OK for any show – even those shown during “prime time” – to let their standards slide regarding the use of foul language.
I guess I have a similar opinion to that of Bill Cosby when he stood up and criticized the young African American males for leading mediocre lives.
I’m saying that we should expect MORE from something as influential as the movie & TV industry, but instead we’re just allowing them to feed us mindless dribble. Even more so, parents are allowing the mindless dribble to trickle into the brains of their impressionable children.
The same parents that won’t allow their children to eat Twinkies and potato chips don’t even bat an eye when their kids want to spend their time letting their brains soak up something as mindless as say, for instance, Jackass 2.
So, yeah, stupid movies make big dollars because that’s what people have come to see as ‘the norm,’ and also because that’s what the movie industry promotes to us as what we ought to see. They spend lots of money making them, lots of money promoting them, and need to get lots of money back to make them profitable.
What would happen if Sony Pictures decided to spend the same amount of $$ promoting “Facing the Giants” as Paramount spent on Jackass?? What if they promoted it as The Movie to See??
I don’t have statistics or data to back up anything that I’ve written here. I’m just going on plain observation. I just want the general public to expect more. We shouldn’t have to settle for mediocrity, or as I like to call it: Junk Food for the Mind.
I realize this may not be a popular or “politically correct” opinion, but honestly, I’m pretty much done with being politically correct. It’s getting us no where.
Sorry, Cate, if this sounds brusque. I’ve had a crappy week so far, and I’m not doing a very good job of being diplomatic. Please know that none of this is directed at you personally.
And something else just occurred to me :shifty: ... the trends in TV and the movies are set by the people who watch TV and movies all the time. Generally speaking, are these the people who are out there trying to make a difference, or are these the people who are spending their life on the couch? Do we *really* want The People on the Couch deciding what's makes Good TV or Good Movies? :hmm:
Sorry ... I realize this is just going to make me very unpopular, but like I said, I'm just in that sort of mood. I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings or get anyone's shorts in a wad.