Over the years I have grown more and more frustrated with "new" movies coming out. It seems that most new flicks fit into just a few categories: Animated kid's films, undercover spy James Bond/Mission Impossible type movies, horror flicks, and romantic comedies, about which I am reserving comment.
- Animated kid's films - almost always 90 minutes in length. Featuring a hero and heroine, with one or two minor "comic relief" characters that you'd have to be crazy not to find cute. They ALWAYS have a happy ending, because we can't have children believing that life isn't always perfect can we?
- Action movies... These are possibly the worst kind of movie. They're always the same format: guns, explosions, and half naked women. Guy gets the girl, bad guy is destroyed with fast action scenes that feature lots of kicking punching and gunfire. All this is fine, but when it's in nearly every movie produced, it get insanely boring. How many ways can a person see a car explode? I've become desensitized to the constant explosions, car chases, and gunfire that is present in modern day movies. Just another ridiculous attempt to make 16-30 year old males go "hell yeah" when they see a rocket launcher take down a helicopter. How many times can you see the same thing movie after movie before you get bored and wanting something new? Is the average American satisfied with seeing an undercover agent expose a secret government cover up time and time again? When oh when will we see an end to this long worn out formula that hypnotizes our society from the big screen? Superhero movies also fall into this category, and I loath them as well. Mostly because... they're all the freaking same thing! Just throw a different spandex costume on some guy, give him a new superpower and BOOM you've got another blockbuster Hollywood hit.
- Horror movies had their day. But really... Saw 6? Scary movies aren't scary anymore, but rather just gore filled blood baths, which are fine, if done properly. House of 1,000 Corpses, is an excellent example of a horror film with gratuitous violence well done. Human Centipede... is not. But it seems as though the most frightening horror movies are those which show less, rather than more. They don't really show what's going on or what is doing the terrorizing, but rather, imply it and leave it to the viewer's imagination to figure out what is going on. It's this open ended and left to interpretation aspect that makes the movie experience dynamic and different for every viewer. It even causes and often necessitates multiple viewings to ensure that the viewer didn't miss anything while making his/her decision on what the outcome is.