Friday, December 30, 2005

The Great Divide

Ostensibly the moviegoing experience is a universal one. Common thinking goes like this: movies are a populist artform. They're supposed to reach across all social strata, race, and religion. But there's something about 2005 that seems to have been frozen in the amber of 2004: the balkanization of movie-loving.

Read more on the triple prism through which we view the success of movies. Later today, the underappreciated and the runners up to my top ten list.


Glenn Dunks said...

Wow, that was a really great read. So true. Well done.

And on the first three choices for underappreciated? I've only seen In Her Shoes and I agree. However, I blame 2 things:

1. Distributers releasing a plethora of female-oriented films at once
2. The marketing. That trailer was awful. You can usually predict the path of a chick flick - Shoes didn't follow it; however, the trailer made it look like it did. Hence... it appears on your underappreciated list.

But, keep it up

Middento said...

I think you're assessment of films is dead-on. What do you think were some of the recent films (say, last five years) that measured up in all three categories? I can only think of a handful -- say, The Incrdibles or Mystic River.

Glenn Dunks said...

In my limited years as a movie-obsessive I must say that through research I find it very sad that just ordinary people dramas can't go on and make $200mil like Kramer vs. Kramer as you said. They need to be big special effects bonanzas.

JMR mentioned Mystic River, I think that if we were in the same time as the '70s both that and Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby would have been much higher grossers.