Making a movie has long been a dream of mine.
For the past few night I have been watching old movies on some of the local channels out here in Montana. TCM (Turner classic movies) has been an especially rewarding one. I recently caught some old films with John Wayne in them, as well as Elvis Presley and Judy Garland. They are aired completely unedited without commercials and in all their political incorrectness.
There is something special about these older films that is lacking in modern cinema, if it can even be called that. It often feels to me that is always some underlying agenda to the casting, or to the types of jokes being used. A recent one I saw on Amazon starring Chis Pratt called The Tomorrow War looked and felt like a video game. Much of what was happening failed to make any sense. As if the viewer was just expected to not question anything they were seeing simply because it was just a mere feel-good action movie.
Some people might like this kind of thing. I feel like it lacks authenticity. There’s no real acting on screen anymore. No character. Just famous rich people having fun.
Hollywood has completely lost touch with reality. No where is this more apparent than in Hollywood itself. The neighborhood in la where the downtown area has been completely taken over by homeless camps since tourists stopped coming during Covid.
The last real good movie I saw out of Hollywood was the 1917 movie by Sam Mendes. I felt that hard. Funny how a movie set a hundred years ago in the context of warfare which I have never experienced struck relevant to me. Perhaps the political divide in my country today feels a lot like trench warfare.
I skipped Tenet. As much as I love Christopher Nolan, his last few films have failed to resonate with me. Everyone was saying how much of a mind fuck it was. Which is the last thing I have been looking for in content in 2020. 2020 is enough of a mind fuck as it is.
So what am I looking for in a good film?
How about one that captures the horror of being trapped in the matrix? you know, the notion that are lives are increasingly becoming more and more virtual and detached from any shared universal truth about the reality we live in?
What about the crimes we are all forced to commit to prevent ourselves and our loved ones from starving or being homeless? How frequently do you think people breach their own code of ethics to cut a corner so that they can make sure their best interests are being taken care of?
how about the comedy of how absurd all this is and the fact that we keep going along with it all?
Or are romanticism with a narcissistic culture that all leaves us feeling sad and alone no matter how hard we all try?
How can these themes all be woven together to tell the singular real story of what it actually feels like to be an American today?
A movie that does not feel the need to push some politically correct agenda of any kind.
A movie that has realism. A movie that is sexy. A movie that does things that it is not supposed to do. Something cool. and Racy.