Hollywood has no problem being dumb, sleazy and violent. Those are all known and marketable qualities. What it does not look is appearing desperate. Desperation however is what the Oscars of this year and last year have in common. They stink of an industry desperately racing its own age and irrelevance reaching for gimmicks to try and hang on to a younger audience. The dirty little secret is that Hollywood hardly exists anymore. The industry is bigger than ever, but its bread and butter consists of 200 and 300 million dollar special effects festivals
Interesting fact: The phrase "dumbing down" originated in the Hollywood of the 1930s. Studio moguls discovered that a large segment of the population was not going to movie theaters because films of the time were not easily understood. So screenwriters were instructed to dumb down scripts and dialogue to accommodate people with "little education and limited intelligence."
I think the undercurrent that runs in the article about Chinese dominance is a little much. Chinese have their own bubble to worry about, I have said it many times before, funny how just now we are hearing others talk about it. When it bursts, it will be a disaster, then things will adjust naturally.
That said, people will ALWAYS want a good story. Played by good actors and direction. My 19 year old son sat and watched "A Place in the Sun" with me the other night on TCM and was floored at how good it was. He hates movies like "Ted", so there is hope for the youth. They aren´t all idiots.
What do I read as good news? Continued loss of control of filmed entertainment by studio honchos. There are abilities now for older guys like me to make high-definition, ready to broadcast material with no studio control, just for the joy of filmmaking and telling stories. I can produce shorts and features of technical quality inconceivable a few years ago, and instantly share it with the whole world via the internet. True, I don´t have the marketing funds and distribution of the big corporations, but I have the ability for millions to see my product for $0. With video, once I have purchased the equipment, there are no film costs, developing, and "wait and see", I have stereo sound and HD instantly. And in any town a guy like me is in, there is good talent ready to work for little or no money, just for experience. Where exactly is the downside?!
That´s the good news folks. More opportunities, less control, more choices for the viewer.
Plus, everything has just gone digital. Thus, many of the small theaters in rural America are having to go out of business as they can´t aford the new digital equipment required to show any new productions. Today´s hollyweird has completely left such little theaters behind in the dust but then, there will be no more ticket money for hollyweird coming in from those former sources.
Pols in States who give today´s hollyweird productions taxpayers´ money & tax breaks for making PC trash propaganda flicks within their domain are irresponsible, to say the least, and voters should hold them accountable at the polls.
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