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1900's movie VS today's movie

We all watched movie in every weekend or even a day. we know Like Hollywood use too much technology while making a movie. But the story writing is really good from previous movie like 1900's movie. I guess the story of today's movie sometimes its good well but sometimes its very bad. Its not good from the earlier movie . In earlier movie is making for people not only for business but also for our culture, life-story and many thing. Now its completely different. now its only for business. like for example God father, Shaw shank redemption these are some kinds of extraordinary movie. its also based on some good story. What you think as for story is today's movie are better than previous ? How it will affect our today's generation ?

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  • Oct 25 2013: I think you will find that as many bad movies were made in the past as we have today. The bad ones quickly fade into the background and are soon forgotten. Only the good ones are remembered and continued to be viewed and commented on. I believe that is what will happen with today's films. The good ones will go on being remembered and seen again and again while the bad ones fade into oblivion.

    On a side note, I agree with you on Godfather 3 but disagree with Godfather 1 and 2.
  • Nov 8 2013: I understand where you're coming from but I think that today's movies are just as excellent. Many talented scriptwriters and directors are being recognized and given a wonderful platform on the internet, which was not possible before. There is a huge creativity flow online and I have been very happy and satisfied with some of the recent movies.

    And there will also be great books that will be turned into good movies hopefully.
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    Oct 28 2013: I often find if I go back and watch old classics that I once enjoyed as a child it destroys my memories of it. Expectation is everything. One thing I often can't stand is the pace of old movies. I count the minutes a lot when watching old movies when they're trying to get simple concepts across, prob because they didn't exist at the time, but in modern days, those concepts have been copied thousands of times so director can easily compress them so they take up less frames. Watching them (old movies), i'm always like 'come on, move on already!'.
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    Oct 27 2013: I am a big fan of old movies .. but let us set that aside for a minute.

    What is the purpose of movie making? To make money and garner awards. The big "honor" is the Oscar. Now if the dual purpose is making money and the Oscar why would anything but the top money maker win the Oscar ... it seldom does. The Oscar goes to artistic talent ... even if the film fails.

    Second point. Today if you have ever had a part you are a "star". In the past there were less stars and the rest labeled actors.

    Third point: Directors were in charge .. a epic could cost up to a million dollars to make. Failure could ruin a studio.
    Today and average actor makes 50 times that much and takes five time as long to complete the task and has ten times the ego.

    4th point: Writers. There is a difference in writing and adapting for the screen. I like to read the book first and then (maybe) see the movie. When I do go to a movie I always ask people have you read the book? Few ever say yes. What that does is take the comparison away. If we all read the book first we would see what garbage the present day movies really are. There are few new ideas ... most are remakes ... and poor ones at that.

    5th point: Actors: Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is a great story ... the only version I endorse is Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor ... they made the roles theirs and it came to life. High noon .. a classic. It happened one night .. classic. Romantic comedies and musicals a becoming a thing of the past.

    What are the interests of today on TV / movies ... zombies, murders, and SiFi.

    So what is the answer. I suggest reading the book first ... when you see the movie you can honestly assess which is art and which is garbage.

    Don't buy the hype ... just because the camera likes him / her does not make them a actor. I find the more hype the worse the move is. They are trying to 'sell" it. Beware.

    Old movies are best. My two cents. Bob.
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      Oct 27 2013: And Wuthering Heights, with Lawrence Olivier and Merle Oberon.
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        Oct 30 2013: How about "The Little Shop Around the Corner" (the original story) as compared to "You've Got Mail". The same story and shows a million miles of differences in society then to now.

        For those who have not seen it .... take a second ... enjoy.

        Bob.
  • Oct 26 2013: As wayne uejio mentioned bellow, its because you're comparing classics (the older movies still worth seeing today) to garbage intermixed with future classics (everything today, both good and bad).

    Fact of the matter is, most entertainment content in any platform is garbage. Everything from literature to youtube videos, movies, comic books, television, you name it. The vast majority of it is swill; pick out a random channel or a random book at a store, chances are its no good.
    When looking at the past however, the swill has already been filtered out. Books that don't sell fall out of print, and bad movies are forgotten and discarded. This gives future generations looking back a distorted picture, if a picture distorted for the better.
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    Oct 25 2013: Funny you should mention it, I just found my way out of Man of Steel.
    This is the worst writing I've seen since, well since Chris Nolan's previous works. Of course, his batmans and this superman will be forgotten when the generation currently aged 13 dies with it in a few decades. But still, there's something wrong with our system.
    Once upon a time, actors sucked ass, because people didn't mind and because of the star-system that priviledged godlike personnalities over opening up to talent. Today the same is happening with writers. Why the FUCK didn't Cameron pay a student a thousand bucks to write his piece of crap Avatar for him?
    Perhaps the audience doesn't give a shit about characters and dialogue anymore, as anyone who's tried watching half an hour of Game of Thrones will have noticed.
    Perhaps people get their kicks when things are kept at video-game level of symbolic complexity, and are freed to focus on the details in the fake CGI backgrounds.
    Yeah I'm pissed off. And having to listen yet again to how Heath Ledger's Joker was so fantastic is utterly depressing me. I have kids. I'm fucking concerned. You know?
    Fuck.
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      Oct 26 2013: Actually Gerald, I don't believe one can easily say that once upon a time actors "sucked" or that current screen writers are bad. Society evolves, and evolution doesn't exactly mean improvement. Acting back in the day was different; as was language and social concerns and a lot of things. Acting was primarily drama, which means exaggeration. As for current movies, writers are only satisfying what the current media imposed as "in." At the moment the Hollywood industry is all about Comics, book adaptations and sci-if. We are exploring the limits of our technology to represent fantasy in movies. It is not so much about characters and plot as it used to be, but reality emulation and how real they can make it feel. Now, whether you liked the Joker, that is personal preference. But there are marvelous movies out there, sadly they do not meet the current medias criteria for being a best seller. Think of it this way, when the first King Kong was released, someone must've hated it big time. It's all about popular demand, but that too will shift and change.
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        Oct 26 2013: Thanks for the optimistic tone. You're probably right about the technological challenges weighing both on the video game and the movie industry.
        And you're right, there are great movies out there, better than ever.
        I just had to get Christopher Nolan out of my system, really.
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      Oct 26 2013: Did the kids also hate Man of Steel? (Disclaimer: I have not seen Man of Steel. I did see Superman with Christopher Reeve).

      The biggest movie disappointment to me was The Dark Is Rising, the movie version of a fantastic children's book.There has in the last twenty years been some excellent fiction for children.

      Are your kids teens, Gerald, or younger?
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        Oct 26 2013: They're younger and spared for now...
        Another disapointment ; the violence, the explosions, the destruction in movies with dialogues for, clearly, ten year olds.