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Thursday, 25 November 2010 09:59

Gamers are at fault for lousy movies

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Says Billy Bob Thornton
We love a good it-wasn’t-me story, but the latest “excuse” for Hollywood’s shortcomings has got to be among the lousiest. Apparently, Billy Bob Thornton has found the exact reason behind Hollywood’s artistic decline and it was there for us to see all along – gamers.

Talking to The Telegraph, Thornton said how we’re currently making the worst movies in history, which is pretty great since it shows he actually watches the movies he makes. However, the fact that the movies are “geared towards the videogame-playing generation” doesn’t sit well with Thornton.

The reason hides behind the fact that they include lots of violence yet they fail on delivering a point, something that’s in his view been a tradition with earlier violent movies. We did a bit of digging in our archives and we found that Falling Down (1993) had nothing to do with senseless killing, but rather teaching people to be punctual regardless of what happens.

Of course, what kind of advice would it be if Thornton didn’t follow it up with an example of excellent point in a violent movie and it’s a pure coincidence that he’s in it. Apparently, his movie “shows what prisons create, what murder creates. It shows this perpetual, violent string of events.”

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+1 #1 Exodite 2010-11-25 12:27
Frankly I find Hollywood to have picked up a lot since the 80's and 90's.

Sure, chaff will always get produced but even the contemporary action movies seem to deliver better one-liners and more actual story today than what they did 20-30 years ago.

Heck, I'm ecstatic that Hollywood have dared to start releasing movies with less than sugary sweet endings again!
 
 
+11 #2 Alterecho 2010-11-25 13:43
Quote:
Thornton said how we’re currently making the worst movies in history, which is pretty great since it shows he actually watches the movies he makes


Epic!
 
 
0 #3 thetruth 2010-11-25 14:17
Quoting Exodite:
Sure, chaff will always get produced but even the contemporary action movies seem to deliver better one-liners and more actual story today than what they did 20-30 years ago.


Payback time.

Son of a bitch is dug in like an Alabama tick.

I ain't got time to bleed.

Stick around.
 
 
-2 #4 Azurite 2010-11-25 16:51
One of the best movies ever released which is also “geared towards the videogame-playing generation”;
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

I think the problem lies more with the creator(s) rather than the targeted audience.
 
 
+2 #5 FakeJ 2010-11-25 21:15
No, the problem is directors and actors, When I heard that the director of Prince of Persia had never even played the game I was pretty angry, I loved that game and felt it could have been a excellent movie, but if you make that decision off the box art, you have a major problem coming.
 
 
+3 #6 Tr0y 2010-11-25 21:48
Billy Bob Thornton was married to Angelina Jolie. He MUST be nuts ;-)
 
 
+7 #7 Reavenk 2010-11-26 00:32
He's a big enough name in the movie industry, why doesn't he produce a movie or two to prove his point and show us how it's done?
 
 
+1 #8 hoohoo 2010-11-26 01:59
It's pretty fraught commenting on BBT's statements as quoted by Nedim. Because Nedim's quotes are just barely enough to support the headline.

Which makes this story flame bait...

That said, I seem to recall Hollywood's decline starting in the early '80s, long before games became a really big business.

Thornton's description of the problem is correct, though he does miss the H/W's thumbsucking requirement for the "family angle, the battered but upright mother or white collar but willing to die father", sacharine sweet dumb assed parable in every movie, regardless of plot.

I think the problem with Hollywood is it's absolute self-abasement before the religious litigious right wing in the USA. It's not gamers.
 
 
-2 #9 hoohoo 2010-11-26 02:21
@Azurite

Expand your horizons buddy.
 
 
-1 #10 JAB Creations 2010-11-26 02:45
Actually here is the reason why...

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/dec/19/opinion/oe-stein19

Thumbs up if you love freedom of speech, thumbs down if you're pro-genocide and created more then one account!
 

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