If it's crap ... We'll tell you
A couple of days ago, I showed Cannibal Holocaust to a bunch of friends who are into Horror movies(Like Saw, Hostel) and thought they would like it. Surprisingly, they were just bored with it. Like as if they had seen this all before. Now I understand the state of how movies from "back then" can't have the same effect as today to people. But what I find interesting and fascinating is what types of movies will I be seeing in the future lets say 20 years from now. I am young but the best way I could summarize the state of how films are in the 2000s is just remakes, adaptations, re-boots and sequels. Now of course thats not it at all entirely, but I believe thats what this decade and probably the next might be remembered as. Maybe Avatar and the Lord of the Rings might stick out, but only in terms of how revolutionary the technology was and story-telling.
The way I see it is where back in the 70s, filmmakers were expanding their broad horizon with such films as The Exorcist, Jaws, Star Wars and maybe even the Godfather movies where it was the blockbuster age that was booming and where the art-house films were taking a step back. Sure some filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson or even the great Stanley Kubrick were making movies that were literally changing the industry while not making them out to be blockbusters.But it was filmmakers like Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola who were changing the way the industry thought and from there on, the blockbuster age we all now live in has become Hollywood's reality. And while even from the 80s we had the horror movie genre we are all familiar with where we have an original horror movie, make sequels to capitalize the existing fan-base and later on, dry it out of any life to a point where people don't care for it. Such as these movies were Friday The 13 series, The Halloween Series, the Nightmare on Elm street films and even action movies were taking this effect such as Rocky, Rambo and Die Hard where there is still a fan-base who will see it, but its the fact how sequel after sequel, the characters we would follow would seem less impressive.Still, People like Robert Zemeckis would pregress to make great, invigorating films like Back to the Future or Who Framed Roger Rabbit would push boundaries and become melted into the culture. Now in the 90s is where the true boom of new filmmakers where they change the way movies could be made such as Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, The Coen brothers and I would like to add everyone at Pixar where this new age of entertainment would emerge to have their place even in todays society. Tarantino and Smith were the boom of the independent directors where they symbolized the difference between Hollywood and the independent circuit where they had free control of their crafts. If I were ever to sum up the 90s in a listing of films, I would have to say Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Fargo, The Big Lebowski or even Titanic where it was a huge boom in pop-cultural reference and entertainment for the younger generation.
Now we enter the 2000s where almost anyone can make a movie, and thats where Hollywood is becoming more restrictive to people who wanna break into this business. IS now become more business wise than ever before. Most of the great best picture types have been independently produced rather a huge mega studio where as its all about re-makes, adaptations, and sequels. The horror genre has been dried out of its dignity and value, most remakes have been a disgrace to original material(LAST AIRBENDER) Hell, even the Star Wars can't get a break as Lucas feels the need to re-release them for the millionth time in 3DDDDDD! This is just pure capitalism at its core and by god, no matter how dirty or evil it is, it is pure gold! I mean I would love to see The original(not the crappy prequels) Star Wars in theaters as I was never alive back then to see them on the big screen, but if I had a choice to see them in 3D or not see them at all, I rather not support it. Don't stoke the fire.Adaptations aren't always bad. Take for example The Dark Knight or Lord of the Rings or even The Social Network or There Will be Blood or my favorite movie of all time, Raging Bull. With proper care and amount of respect, you can practically make the best movie ever and it was simply based from a source material. But lately, its like once in a blue moon where a great or even average good adaptation can be true.
Now I come to my point and the reason behind this article which is, What will I be seeing the next 20 years from now? Like What might film be reduced to after all these phases Hollywood has been with the Remakes age, the 3D age? Will the movies we see now be re-made in the future like Inception or Avatar? Hopefully not, because the great filmmakers right now like David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, Paul Thomas Anderson or even Neil Bloomkamp( District 9) Actually might have the chops to steer film into a new direction with the films they make. At least Cinema has its best at the helm of making some great stuff.