Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Movies Do Poorly Because They Stink?

I think I am beginning to understand why most newspaper stories treat their readers as if they are first-graders. It's because the people they interview for their stories are, at least on an intellectual level.
Summer Fading, Hollywood Sees Fizzle

With the last of the summer blockbusters fading from the multiplex, Hollywood's box office slump has hardened into a reality that is setting the movie industry on edge. The drop in ticket sales from last summer to this summer, the most important moviegoing season, is projected to be 9 percent by Labor Day, and the drop in attendance is expected to be even deeper, 11.5 percent, according to Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office.

Multiples theories for the decline abound: a failure of studio marketing, the rising price of gas, the lure of alternate entertainment, even the prevalence of commercials and pesky cellphones inside once-sacrosanct theaters. But many movie executives and industry experts are beginning to conclude that something more fundamental is at work: Too many Hollywood movies these days, they say, just are not good enough.
Did I read that right?
But many movie executives and industry experts are beginning to conclude that something more fundamental is at work: Too many Hollywood movies these days, they say, just are not good enough.
So - let me just make sure I understand. Horribly written stories that have no plot or characters to draw the viewers in will do poorly at the box office?
Too many Hollywood movies these days, they say, just are not good enough.
No. You don't say.

These people are experts?

Listen up, Disney, Miramax, and everybody else: writing. That's what your movies lack. Fix that.


More useful advice than you got out of those masters of the obvious, and I didn't even charge you anything.

5 Comments:

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Gratuitous sex and violence don't sell either.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Yep, Tyler, most of the current stuff stinks! It's sad when you read through the movie listings, and all that's listed is crap, crap, super crap, big load of crap, and crap on a dish.

The only upcoming movie that even remotely interests me is the Chronicles of Narnia.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

And I'm worried about that.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Maine Man said...

You can find writing and plot development if you want it (check out some of the British movies) but they usually lack the "eye candy," or you can get awesome special effects with absolutely no plot or character development to speak of (recent case in point "war of the worlds"). If only they could be successfully combined more often then they have been in the recent past.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Luckily, I've never read the Chronicles of Narnia. I will be able to enjoy the movie to its fullest. And then after the movie I can enjoy the book as well (we all know that books are better than their respective movies).

 

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