Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why Movies Suck Now!

I am a firm believer that the average movie of today is not as good as one made 20 years ago. While there are still some good movies that come out occasionally, most of them are not worth watching more than once. Lots of stories or concepts get dumbed down on the big screen because of the declining intelligence of the average joe. This is very annoying, but in order for movies to be financially successful it may be a necessary evil. The biggest avoidable problem with modern cinema is the use of too many fast cuts. What's so bad about showing a movie from the same angle for a few seconds??? It creates a sense of realism, and allows the audience to more easily tell who is or isn't a good actor. It's not necessary to cut to different angles every 3 seconds. Not everyone has the attention span of a 5 year old, and if this kind of editing continues it will only exacerbate the problem. I think Batman Begins and Transformers are two recent examples of movies that used far too many fast cuts in their action sequences. I couldn't tell what the hell was going on. My favorite movie is Ghost World though, so my views on this issue may not be as valuable as those of others.

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