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Pondering Movies: The Loss Of The Zeitgeist - Movies In Focus
The passing of time makes me look fondly at older movies, movies that I saw when I was younger. It is simply getting more and more difficult to find enjoyment in mainstream Hollywood movies. A decade or so ago, films like Cast Away or Vanilla Sky were huge movies that made money yet they were also highly enjoyable. They were star driven movies in a time before CGI ruled, when audiences went to see actors and stories before mindless CGI spectacles and constant visual kinetics. The climate has changed. Most of the money made in movies comes from teenagers. They want action, action which competes with computer games and with the million other forms of entertainment that vie for their attention. They’re not interested in dialogue: they want explosions and action. They don’t want character development: they want thrills and excitement. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas recently spoke of a cinematic ‘implosion’. I can feel it. Cinema as we know it is dying. The narrative thrust of moments and dialogue will soon all be gone. We live in the last days of Krypton. Good stories are now migrating to television. This is now the future, our last hope. Television like [...]