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Hollywood's creativity problem and a (ranty) stroll through endless remakes...

Art Waring

halozix.com
I've had Jack of Shadows on my to-read list for years.

Yep. Not sure that Valis or Ubik would make a great film, though ;).

On a side note, if I'm honest, I find Bladerunner a bit overrated...I see it most successful as a mood piece, and thus very impactful aesthetically. But from a purely movie-watching point of view, I actually liked the sequel more, even if it goes against the grain of what I said in the OP.
Well that's cool too. I liked some parts of the film (mostly the landscapes and visuals), but I found the opposite to be the case for me. Its likely that I have a preference for analog films, as I find new films are often lacking in elements which I appreciate. I actually like grit, grime, and scratches on film, and other imperfections that are often overlooked today.
 

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Unfortunately it boils down to risk and returns on investment. They are in the business of making money as the first priority, so they will take the safe bet every time (remakes ect) rather than take a risk on an unknown quantity.
I would add to that that even if a studio executive is feeling up to taking some risk, the conglomerate that owns the studio doesn't want to tell their shareholders that they are dropping big budgets on something that does not have an established name or franchise attached but that, trust us, is very creative.

I think if there has actually been a shift to less creative or original filmmaking it is almost certainly mostly a function of the decades long process of all studios becoming subsidiaries of massive conglomerates reaching its full fruition.
 

Mercurius

Legend
Well that's cool too. I liked some parts of the film (mostly the landscapes and visuals), but I found the opposite to be the case for me. Its likely that I have a preference for analog films, as I find new films are often lacking in elements which I appreciate. I actually like grit, grime, and scratches on film, and other imperfections that are often overlooked today.
Definitely me too - it is analogous to the "vinyl effect" in music.

In a similar sense, my all-time favorite on-screen dragon is the one from Dragonslayer...it just feels more organic than CGI ones.
 

Art Waring

halozix.com
I would add to that that even if a studio executive is feeling up to taking some risk, the conglomerate that owns the studio doesn't want to tell their shareholders that they are dropping big budgets on something that does not have an established name or franchise attached but that, trust us, is very creative.

I think if there has actually been a shift to less creative or original filmmaking it is almost certainly mostly a function of the decades long process of all studios becoming subsidiaries of massive conglomerates reaching its full fruition.
Its raining, in corporate heaven. All the coffers are-a-singin...

 

aco175

Legend
I recently seen a movie star talking about this and saying the main problem has been streaming services becoming mainstream. A movie used to be able to count on aftermarket sales of DVD to boost the ticket sales 6 months after the movie came out. There is none of that now and studios are taking a more cautious take on making things.

On the other side, streaming services are making things that are filling these gaps. Willow would have never been made into a part 2 movie, but can be made as a series.
 

While sci-fi hasn't been filled with "originality" the Romcom genre has been putting out some original stuff on the big screen both hits and misses.
 

MGibster

Legend
Star Wars was an original work of unqualified genius.
I kept hearing how Lucas ripped off Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress so often I actually believed it. Then I actually saw Hidden Fortress and realized such criticism was overblown. Okay, there are some similarities, you can make a valid case that Kurosawa influenced Lucas, but Star Wars wasn't a rip off.
 




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