There are times when I just want to bury my head in the sand so I don't have to witness the sullying of my favourite films. This may seem like an odd topic, since my last post was promoting the re-hashing of ideas (Why there should be a new Lara Croft) but I believe it has its own merits. Nevertheless when I think about recent stirrings in the media news, I have heard about possible 'The Crow', 'Oldboy' and 'Akira' remakes. These are films which I want left alone, I want to keep them sacred and untouched by Hollywood's brute foolishness. Stop ravaging cinema!
Maybe it says something about the mass public, that we keep eating it all up.
We need to rejoice at foreign directors crossing into Hollywood and releasing films, maybe this is just me but some of my favourite films have been from the outsiders of Hollywood reaching in. Take some examples, The Artist (2011), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and now Stoker (2013). Admittedly, I haven't managed to catch Stoker yet but from what I have seen and heard, it's a winner. These films give us something different. Alright, The Artist didn't bring something new exactly because silent films have been around since the beginning of cinema but the style has not been used in a very long time. The reason these titles stand out is because they do something different, giving us new ideas which may end up making other writers and directors think about what they can do to push themselves forward. It will also give us, the film watching public, something new and interesting which is what we love the most. I don't blame films with new ideas that I don't think are good, at least there were trying to do something. I just want to see people trying new things.
I think I must include a disclaimer, I don't think that only great and original films come from outside of Hollywood, that would be 100% wrong. The problem I have with Hollywood is that they want to look back at the films that were successful and remake them or use the same ideas for a different film and that is why we end up having the same film coming out again and again. The reason they do that is so they can create a financially viable film and that is down to us, the general cinema going public. I really hope that films like The Artist, Pan's Labyrinth and Stoker continue to do well so that Hollywood can stop thinking, how can we make another film like Pan's Labyrinth and instead think, how can we find something as original as Pan's Labyrinth and having these recognised talents from outside Hollywood coming in because they have new ideas can only be a good thing.