Sunday, October 23, 2005


My Birthday Wish List for Movies

Today's my birthday, so I decided to post a birthday "wish list" of things I'd like to see more of and less of in movies. Let me know how many of these things you agree or disagree with:
- Less bad Robert DeNiro and/or Al Pacino films. More good Robert DeNiro and/or Al Pacino films. Remember when almost every film released with one of these actors was a "must see" event? I'd like to feel that feeling again.
- Less derivative horror films that talk down to their audience. More clever and intelligent horror films that make the audience think.
- More DVD box sets of my favorite films, jammed with great behind-the-scene extras, tid-bits, trailers and commentary (hours and hours of them).
- Less sequels, period.

- Less remakes, period.
- More films by today's great (relatively) new visionary directors: Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky and P.T. Anderson.
- More intelligent writing and character development, as was seen in this year's Batman Begins, Sin City and The Upside of Anger. (GIVE JOAN ALLEN THE OSCAR!)
- More great documentaries, especially from director Michael Moore. So, in short, more Moore documentaries.
- Less concern on when the Oscars are televised and more concern on honoring the best films and performances. (GIVE JOAN ALLEN THE OSCAR!)
- More reasons to go to a theater to see a film -- rather than just being willing to wait to see in my living room.
- Less popcorn and soda in every serving size and smaller prices to buy them.
- More competent staff at theaters (who know how to run a projector and sound system).
- More films by John Carpenter, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
- More animated short films in theaters.
- More live action short films on DVD.
- Less copies of bad movies at Blockbuster and more copies of great films at Blockbuster (especially vintage foreign, classic underground and today's independent films).
- More critics who have a sense of history and comparison to the classics when it comes to film, and less critics who haven't seen/remember/or know any movies prior to The Breakfast Club.
- Speaking of which...a film reuniting the members of the 1980s Brat Pack and giving them interesting characters to play, at their current age, would be really cool.
- It would be cool to see movies at Radio City Music Hall again!
- It would also be cool if the Motion Picture Academy would simply...GIVE JOAN ALLEN THE OSCAR!

Happy Birthday.
Happy late birthday!!! I like your b-day wish list; we also need more horror movies like "The Others" that would be very nice. I'd love to be able to leave the movie theater again and not be able to stop talking about the movie....that hasn't happened in awhile with the exception of "Just Like Heaven"--Great Movie!!!
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You don't want too much do you?!?! I would add the following:

Regarding movie releases-Mix up the releases so that there isn't a log jam of great movies that you can't possibly see in two weeks and then a dry spell for two months.

No more movies with 65 year old men raising 5 year old children.

More documentaries that celebrate the innocence of childhood (like Mad Hot Ballroom.)

Blockbuster is a business that exists to serve the masses. I would like to see a smaller more specialized movie rental chain that catered to folks interested in more obscure films.

Most of all I think your favorite actor/director or film person should send you a personalized birthday card on your birthday!
don't lose wish seems to be spiraling out of control to the straight-to-video department...

word is they are making a Sixteen Candles Today movie..careful what you wish for..
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