Can't Screen Writers come up with their own Story Line
February 17 2012 at 9:05 AM
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I attended a movie last night called Safe House. As a movie it was pretty good; however, if I hadn't seen Bourne Identity, I would have enjoyed it more. Safe House is almost the identical movie. CIA agents, a girl, safe houses, close in fight scenes. The only diff is that one CIA Op tries to bring another CIA OP in who has gone rougue. Come on screen writers, use your own imagination...
The problem is not with the screen writers. There are plenty of talented and creative screen writers (and directors, et al). The problem lies with the studio heads and their sole preoccupation with bringing in the mega dollars. That is the reason (at least in the case of American films) that every film is released intended for the 13 to 17 year old crowd. Cardboard cut-out cartoon charecters, vapid plots, and big explosions. Films such as Paths of Glory, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Conversation, would never have a chance to see release in this modern market. It is, after all, the movie business. It is not the movie art.
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February 18 2012, 12:28 AM
Actually I'd say both of the TV versions weren't bad, it's network TV, not even cable where you might expect something better. I can't say I was an avid follower of either series but I have seen a few episodes.
I'm glad this stuff is available but I regret that's it's so well HIDDEN from the public. Most of this stuff never shows up in stores. When the awful remake of FRIGHT NIGHT came out, the Blu-rays were in all the stores...but the ORIGINAL 1985 FRIGHT NIGHT Blu-ray was only sold online in a limited edition.
It's not that EVERYTHING new is bad. I'm still too young to sound like a closed-minded old geezer. But I'm trusting my future entertainment to the movie and TV collection I've built: silents (BIRTH OF A NATION, WINGS, METROPOLIS) foreign films (Italian made Sophia Loren films from the early 60's) classics (CASABLANCA, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, AFRICAN QUEEN) and even television shows (original TWILIGHT ZONE) on Blu-ray.
If I see something new that intrigues me, it's still possible to drag me to a theater. But, after a bad day, I take great comfort in knowing that I can fire up my home theater and watch 1955's KISS ME DEADLY.
Re: Can't Screen Writers come up with their own Story Line
February 18 2012, 12:31 AM
The 'problem' is that once a movie does well the studios copy the crap out of it until people finally get sick of it or someone else gets a bright idea and starts a new trend. I do think that a bit more originality would be nice but it's not my money paying to get these things made.