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Nitro


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Posted Wed May 25th, 2011 1:17pm Post subject: Film trends

I saw something a while ago using an array graph, that compared genre trends against Oscar winners over around 20 years I think. If I find the link again, I'll post it.

While the Drama genre has gone down in popularity at the box office, they still rule at the Oscars.

the big slayers at the box office are fantasy and/or action movies.

The Oscars garners a huge TV audience though. If the numbers are right, people will pay for the smash-magic-shoot-robots-explosions, but want their drama free.

HWhat do you think about this though? If you did a graph of your own ticket buying, ( not dvd renals ), would it show the same?

Really? Wow.

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Ambrosia


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Posted Thu May 26th, 2011 9:58pm Post subject: Film trends

No, I don't think so. I don't like mindless actions films with robots and explosions, but then I'm a bit older than the audience those films are aimed at. I like drama and thrillers and I love films like "The King's Speech" and "Made In Dagenham" that are about vulnerable, recognisable human beings. I'm always very happy to pay to see them on the big screen. I also like foreign language films. But, having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed "Kick-Ass" just because it was so radically different to the usual superhero stuff. I'm also a huge fan of the fabulous Jet Li!

What about you, Nitro, what sort of movies do you like?


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Nitro


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Posted Wed Jun 8th, 2011 7:21pm Post subject: Film trends

Ah, Ambrosia thank you for reminding me about The Kings Speech. I really need to see that. I haven't heard of the other.

Here's the link for anyone interested about the genre graph btw:
http://www.verysmallarray.com/?p=1165

I have not recently had the pleasure of going to the movies. When I do go by myself, which is often how I prefer it, I would say my ticket buying falls across the board. I think a lot of people defy the 'target market' hopes of producers and market analysts, but they're not the majority probably. So kudos Ambrosia for being an individualist!

It's easier to say what I won't see: slash n spatter flicks are out, up front. War movies as well. It also helps if you have a couple of friends whose taste in films are what you might consider very poor. They're enthusiasm might tell me what not to go see

I don't like overtly contrived stories or those that demonstrate a support of dumb stereotypes. Like 'White Chicks', 'The Hangover', or any movie with Reese Witherspoon (snark!). To me, a good storyline doesn't make it apparant that its INTENDED result is for you to cry, or be revolted, or be shocked. Even ones intended to make you laugh can be a comical fail.

There are so many good movies though, and I don't mean just those coming out of America, and so little Time.

I'm going to go try to find the trailers for what you mentioned

Really? Wow.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Fri Jun 10th, 2011 12:44pm Post subject: Film trends

I like to see a range of films. I like sci-fi, fantasy, horror, action, adventure, drama, world cinema and anime and any decent animated films from the west (e.g. Coraline). I don't rent DVDs (too expensive), I prefer to buy them when they've come down in price. I like watching old films too and musicals. I like films that are quirky or different, that stand out in my memory. I also like big epic films with battles and fighting.

I'm not interested in romance or romantic comedies or those 'dumb' comedies like the ones you referred to. I despise films like Scary Movie, Epic Movie etc - the comedy in these films seem to amount to "Hi I'm the token gay/black guy/woman, you might remember me from films such as....." - thank you Troy McClure. I also couldn't care less about most CGI animated films. There are a few exceptions like Shrek but other than that nah (I found Ice Age to be terminally boring).

Assuming direct control...

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Nitro


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Posted Mon Jun 13th, 2011 4:32am Post subject: Film trends

I'm with you on the CGI stuff. It's like any other film construct: it either supports the story telling or it undermines it. That's just how I look at it. The 'suspension of disbelief' is a crucial talent. If I find myself analyzing the film or being destracted by a thing...wether it's the actor's poor performance, a writing failure, a videography technique, editing...if I can think about these things on a first pass the my disbelief has not been suspended..I haven't 'been sucked in', so to speak.

Amyl, with your final comment I thought of Avatar in particular. I mean, it's visually stunning. OK. But the story was...blurgh...it just really started losing me, ( my being a vet may have something to do with that ), and especially when the native villagers, the extraneous characters, fell into a strongly stereotyped characiature of bad jungle movies...almost an "Ooga booga.." kind of stance and behavior. I was kind of annoyed by that. I also have a particular dislike of the director's work generally anyway. IOW, the CGI just didn't 'save' it for me.

Really? Wow.

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Ambrosia


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Posted Sat Jun 25th, 2011 8:52pm Post subject: Film trends

Nitro, I'm definitely with you on not being very keen on Reese Witherspoon. She was good in "Walk The Line", but that's about it. She's chosen a niche that's far too comfortable, not to mention overpaid, and now I can't see her films without thinking, "Oh, that's Reese Witherspoon". How can I then suspend disbelief?

Amyl, I don't like romance and romcoms either or, as Nitro said, "overtly contrived stories". I also have an unreasonable(?) prejudice about films that have had too much money spent on them like "Avatar". I haven't seen it, but it sounds too long and very tedious. I admire filmmakers who can produce a riveting movie without spending the GNP of a small country.

I like films that push the boundaries. I don't mind a bit of horror if it's not repulsive - I mean, not things like torture porn or where there's too much blood. But I do like to be a bit scared now and then. I like vampire films - definitely not "Twilight" or soppy stuff like that, but where there's threat and a little bit of violence.

Sorry, I'm rambling a bit. My dinner's ready and I'll have to go before it spoils!


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Nitro


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Posted Wed Jun 29th, 2011 2:43pm Post subject: Film trends

i think i have a RW peeve...srsly can't stand her, sorries

there's a new action movie coming out starring tiger woods...

they filmed his facial hair growing and it will be time-lapsed to keep an even pacing and not lose the attention of non-golfers

Pixar, the new cartoon company, has another dull story coming out called 'brave'. From what I've read, the story seems to be simliar to the type that Disney did in the 70's...rebellious children ruin the world; especially rebellious girls which, really...is NOT very brave of them...

Really? Wow.

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adams


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Posted Mon Jul 4th, 2011 8:51pm Post subject: Film trends

My favouritist film is

'Man on Wire'

About Phillipe Petitte who walked between the twin towers
Surely the most beautiful act ever by a human being

A metaphore for how life should be lived
Be true to your dreams

But what a man!
What a man!
What a man!

Huge Huge Balls


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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Fri Aug 12th, 2011 1:28pm Post subject: Film trends

I hate that torture porn shit too Ambrosia. I don't understand the appeal. Noticeably Mark Gatiss wouldn't touch the stuff in his history of horror series. Don't blame him. What must be going through the writers' heads is beyond me. There's horror and then there's obscene. I was browsing the TES forums earlier and someone mentioned 'The Human Caterpiller' I was curious what that was having heard someone refer to it before and googled it. I wished I hadn't. What is wrong with these people?!?!

Assuming direct control...

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IdeaCollector


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Posted Fri Aug 12th, 2011 9:28pm Post subject: Film trends

The Human Centipede ya mean amyl (nice to see you btw). That is a new level of horrid. Torture porn has become so bad that I almost couldn't drag my friend to a super nice hostel in NYC because she was freaked out by the Hostel movies.

Something else that I cannot stand and unfortunately no one ever agrees with me is I am sick and tired of Quentin Tarantino being allowed to make movies....oh and Spielberg as well.

I used to be EternalStudent on these forums until the switch over. So don't get excited..I'm not someone new and exciting. I'm just me :P

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Nitro


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Posted Sat Aug 13th, 2011 5:05am Post subject: Film trends

Oh IC, I just became your biggest fan what that last statement!

OMFG!!

I have a friend who calls the Hanks-Spielberg relationship The Evil Duo of Hollywood.

And Tarentino's overt-theft manuevers just reminds me of a frat-boy film maker.

Really? Wow.

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amyl_nitrate


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Posted Mon Aug 15th, 2011 5:48pm Post subject: Film trends

Oh yes I keep calling it 'Caterpillar' for some reason. I think I'll stick with south east Asian horror for now. Got some in my DVD pile I'm keen to watch like Hansel and Gretal, The Eye and Dark Water.

Assuming direct control...

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