Sunday, August 15, 2010
Hollywood Has Become A Film Wasteland
The Death Wish and Dirty Harry franchise films had something today’s films lack, great writing that relate to the public’s frustrations with crime. Hollywood hates those films because of they are politically incorrect and may foster Conservative public policy by influencing voters.
There are a lot of great actors, writers, producers and directors in Hollywood that are not the bed mates or close family of and are simply ignored by the talent agents. It’s the talent agencies that decide what films will be made and who will be attached to the film’s food chain. It’s all about incest rather than talent.
The four largest talent agencies believe that their publicity machine can make nearly any clinker profitable. There is truth to that since half of the film’s budget is spent in advertising. That $20 million film only cost $10 million to produce and $10 million more to sell it to consumers. Like the Engineer from that play, Miss Siagon said, "In America you can sell shit and get thanks."
The problem is nearly everything produced today is crap. There are few exciting projects out there since the talent agencies are so mired in nepotism and corruption. The agencies will only green light films generated within their own stables since they get a generous cut of every, actor, director, producer, writer and cinematographer’s paycheck.
Getting a significant film produced outside of the agencies is damn near impossible. Finding a good film in a neighborhood theater is even more difficult.
In utter disgust I’ve only been watching old films, some made more than 50 years ago because they have what today’s films lack, substance.
I just finished watching Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird novel turned film with Gregory Peck, Brock Peters and some terrific child actors. The actors survived massive audition calls for the rolls. Today that would never happen.
As for that classic film there were no special effects, so expensive sets, just a great story brought to life with wonderful actors and their crew. It was a period piece so cars, costumes and props took some additional extra effort.
To Kill a Mockingbird is still earning money today, decades after it hit movie theaters a half century ago. Back then it was the studios that ran Hollywood rather than the talent agencies.
Okay folks give me the name of three films that you’d want to watch more than once, that was released in the last two years? I rest my case.