Hollywood: Cesspool of Secondhand Mediocrity

Although France is the birthplace of cinema, Hollywood has distinguished itself as the most successful film industry in the world since the 1920’s. Hollywood gave us cinematic masterpieces like The Godfather, Taxi Driver,  American Graffiti and ET: Extra-Terrestrial .

Unfortunately, we have yet to see a current flicks which meets half the magnitude of those classics.

Let me be blunt. Hollywood sucks!

Hollywood has become devoid of creativity and innovation. Every year, the same  regurgitated garbage is dished out to a global audience, only to be left unsatisfied. We are currently living in the dark age of American cinema.

What made Hollywood movies become a household brand across the globe? Well, first, let’s dive into some history.

The best films are produced when creative control is left at the hands of the director. In the late 1950s, the studio system of Classical Hollywood was collapsing. The advent of network television corresponded with the decline of artistic talent in films. An evening at the nickelodeon was no longer a treat.

In the 1960s, a new generation of film school-educated aspiring directors ignited a new wave in cinema. Thanks to the collapse of studios, producers gave these aspiring directors the license and funds to do whatever they wanted with their films. In cinema, the more control a director has over the production, the more creative his work will be. This era was known as the New Hollywood.

Where would Hollywood be without Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen or Francis Ford Coppola? They were the Titans of their field. They introduced to their films a sense of realism, peppered with anti-establishment mores paralleling the Countercultural era. They blurred the distinction between the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’ and essentially distanced themselves from the rosy-hued romanticism of Classical Hollywood. Imagine if their nonconformist ideas and experimental techniques were overshadowed by the conventions of the studio system.

The studio system resurrected by the mid 1980s, putting an end to the New Hollywood era. However, the residual effects of New Hollywood boosted the drive towards cinematic innovation throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Quentin Taradino introduced a new trend of fast-paced action sequences coupled with a nonlinear screenplay. Visual effects were employed in Forrest Gump to incorporate the titular character in archived footage. Computer-based animation revolutionized movies in 1995 with the release of Toy Story.

Around the mid 2000s, an ugly fad implanted itself in Hollywood. Production houses found a way to garner profits from their previous hits. We are now in the age of sequels and reboots.

You see, Hollywood used to make movies. Now, they just remake movies! The other day I was browsing on my smartphone, scrolling through the selections of film currently playing. More than 3/4 of those movies were either sequels, reboots or rehashings of stories that have been done to death. The current hype is the release of Finding Dory. I don’t understand why I should be so excited about a sequel to a movie I watched in fourth grade! I’m sure it’s a fantastic movie on its own but why should anyone care?

There’s also Ghostbusters…with a female cast! Because apparently there’s a gender quota being implemented and the girls want a chance too! There’s the new Independence Day movie, being released after twenty years. There’s another Ice Age flick (apparently). There’s also the third installment of The Purge (which didn’t do so great with critics).

Not to mention The Secret Life of Pets. So for the last twenty years, we’ve found out what it would be like if Toys could talk, if cars could talk, if bugs could talk, if fish could talk, if airplanes could talk, if rats could talk and now we get to find out how anthropomorphized pets interact with each other!! Oh boy! I can’t wait!!!

It seems that the only director doing anything remotely unique is Christopher Nolan…and his movies tend to be convoluted!

I don’t want to hear about another reboot of fucking Spider-Man! In fact, lets retire all ‘superhero’ movies!  I don’t want to see the umpteenth installment of some Star Wars movie. And I definitely wouldn’t care to watch a movie about some talking orangutan (considering we  have one running for president!)

Hollywood needs fresh blood. We need to be electrified with new ideas. Otherwise, a once glorious film industry will devolve into a cesspool of secondhand mediocrity
 

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