Anyone else notice that the overall quality of movies started to decline as Hollywood got more and more politically vocal? Wish they would STFU and go back to making some decent flicks.
I dunno man; just in the past year:
Zach and Miri
Quantum of Solace
Last House on the Left
Angels and Demons
The Girlfriend Experience
Taking of Pelham 123
All movies that to me ranged somewhere from decent to excellent. So in about 12 months, that’s 26 movies that were, in my opinion, worthy of a trip to the movies for. A few of these I didn’t see in theaters but there’s a few other ones that other people liked that I didn’t see yet, so it balances. Just take Dark Knight, Gran Torino, 7 Pounds, Taken, Watchmen, Angels and Demons and District 9. That’s 7 movies in the past year that the vast majority of people I know loved. So, essentially every two months you’re getting 3 decent movies plus one excellent one. I think that’s pretty good.
You’re just proving my point. Our standards are so low now that “The Unborn,” “Zach and Miri,” “Hancock,” etc. are considered “decent” to “excellent.” We’ve become totally desensitized to absolute shit, so that anything with even a whiff of quality seems like the greatest thing ever.
From your list, the only movies that I would consider better than mediocre are:
Of those, only The Wrestler, Valkyrie, and Benjamin Button could be considered excellent. The rest of the movies you listed range from total garbage to “meh.” Think back to the 90s when they were churing out fewer movies, but of much higher quality: Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Falling Down, My Cousin Vinny, The Fugitive . . . Now those were movies! Today it’s all about special effects, shock factor, and putting in a big-name actor. Fucking ridiculous.