Dave on movies:
"After living in japan for 5 months I definitely felt the love for lost in translation. some people just don't like indie movies. i used to think that good indie flicks like lost in translation didnt make money because no one knew about them, then i happened into a multiplex playing mullholland drive where spillover from a sold out action movie actually packed the mullholland showing. the majority of the audience was so rude and loud during the showing of such a cool movie i then decided that for the most part, people just want their popcorn flicks and only a few (thank god for the internet) of us like deep, well written and unpredictable films. some people get bored watching movies where people just talk, others of us expect good dialouge in every movie we see.
i won't lay it down to tastes though, like some people like action, and some people like writing. of all the movie peeps i know (i tend to know a lot from guzzle) people who actually spend the time to see lots of good movies, classics, and independent cinema tend to move over to the well written camp eventually. you don't see users on my site trying to dump their weird indie flicks, but their hammy action flicks that they're embarrassed to have in their collection.
not to say action flicks can't be well written, anyone who has seen the professional, blade runner, or alien would obviously chew my head off. they are of course the rarity though. you have better chances these days of seeing a quality film if you seek out indie flicks...
example...fav movies of last year
the house of sand and fog
city of god
lost in translation
Hey, i love ROTK as much as the next guy, but even us nerds have to admit that the LOTR is a pretty straight story. Good and evil are clearly defined and every role is predictable. Not only that, we have no true enemy. Why I'll always adore star wars over LOTR is because darth vadar was such a dynamic villian and had an actual arc. Unlike some mindless eye in the sky that gets 2 mins of screen time and 5 lines over a 9 hour movie. The only character who has to actually question his own motives is gollum. As far as I'm concerned he's the only interesting character in the book/movie.
This ended up way longer then i expected. puts on flame suit. at least it might open up some fun discussion on a boring sunday. Also, remember, I wholly admit that I'm a film snob."
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