What Makes Movies Truly Stand Up?
I've been watching movies for a long time. In fact, my wife and I have often watched movies for days. We're talking about just hanging out at the couch of the house, ordering pizza, Chinese food, Thai food or what have you, and staying in our pajamas, watching movie after movie after movie. We try to make this as a practice, at least, once every quarter. That's why every three months, we try to vegged out for a couple of days. Maybe we would start on Thursday and finished up on Tuesday. Whatever the case may be, that's a great way to reconnect with each other on a deep emotional level. It enables us to remind each other why we attracted each other's attention in the first place. It's also a good way to stay in touch with the quality of cinema in the here and now.
I wish I could tell you that there is some sort of easy formula for great movies. Unfortunately, if I were to tell you that I would be flat out lying to you because there's no such formula that exist. Now, you may be thinking that this is crazy and out of laugh field because there is no shortage of movie critics we say.
At the 1970's is actually the golden age of American cinema, I beg to disagree. I really do. Why? well, these grew up in the 70's. They came of age during that time. What do you expect them to say? People, after all, really aren't all that different from people who came before us. We are all creatures of our times. If you thought of significant thinkers like Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Karl Marx, we're free of modern biases like racism, sexism and anti-gay bias, you'd be sadly mistaken. But these people should not be crucified for thinking the way they thought. Why? They're products of their times.
For all we know in the not so distant future, eating meat might be look upon with the same level of disgust and anger as child molestation. Given how big veganism is spreading throughout Western Europe and the United States, it's probably only a matter of time. Do you really want people to treat you like garbage and to get disgusted by you because you eat meat? Would it be fair? How are you supposed to know? It's not like you could live your life based on values from 100, 200, 300 years from now.
Do you see how this works? So, let's not play this game and focus instead on classic qualities. This applies to morose as it applies to movie quality. This is the proper framework when asking what makes movies truly stand out. Other frameworks do not work; they don't fit. The whole idea of some sort of 1970's sensibility becoming the end-all be-all cinematic guide post or guideline for movies, simply doesn't work.
Why? I'm a big fan of the movie Chinatown. I’m still odd by the cinematic masterpiece that is godfather 1 and 2. I'm just continually blown away by how amazing the shining is. But I'm not in illusion to buy these movies. They are made in a specific historical period, approached by people with a certain level of sophistication.
The world has changed dramatically. We have to live in the here and now and that's why you should focus on, when judging movies, based on whether they stand out or not because if you were to use some sort of one size-fits-all anachronistic or a historical yard stick, you're probably going to fall short. You’re going to try to read too much into something that you shouldn’t be reading into. In other words, you're going to end up where you started out: completely lost.