Sunday, October 23, 2005
My Birthday Wish List for Movies
- 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!
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!
word is they are making a Sixteen Candles Today movie..careful what you wish for..