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Monday, October 18, 2021

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, in an interview about the just-completed season of his show, dropped the following summation of his dissatisfaction with today’s movie landscape:

The other aspects of things that are going on in entertainment right now are frustrating to me. I’ve been very disappointed with whatever has happened to the business model that has made the movies so incredibly unattractive to me. I’m so starved for things, for any kind of entertainment…

It’s a bummer to see movie after movie where so many talented people get together and so much money is spent, and they’re just bland, lifeless, familiar, fake. I’m not a superhero, it’s not one of my interests. It’s O.K. for it to be a fraction of the entertainment that’s out there, but it can’t be everything. And I have four little boys so I’m seeing everything. And they’re tired of going to the movies.

I don’t know that I’d consciously target the economics of modern motion pictures, but otherwise, this reflects my late attitude toward what’s being offered in theaters. Especially the “bland, lifeless, familiar, fake” part. I’ve gone from catching a flick at least once a week, to maybe once every couple of months now. I just don’t see how it’s worth the investment of my money and (especially) time to watch a production that’s noticeably imperfect and incomplete, and ultimately not especially unique.

For a while, I suspected this was a symptom of getting older, and basically seeing a long cycle of pop-cultural entertainment come back upon itself. But if Weiner’s kids are any representation, then this feeling of movie fatigue is widespread. If we’re all so bored with what’s out there now, where’s the truly revolutionary paradigm to shock us back to rapt interest?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2010 11:25pm
Category: Movies
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A horror ha-ha from Dustbury, via the Twitterized version:

Q: What do vegan zombies crave?

I generally despise the subgenre that is zombies, mainly because it’s been done to (living) death. (Although really, I never cared for the original Night of the Living Dead to begin with.) But a good joke is a good joke, pun and all.

And I contributed the headline, to bring it all together. Isn’t that the point of social media collaboration — to use your collective brains? Or rather, braaaaaaains…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/18/2010 10:22pm
Category: Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture, Social Media Online
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