Thursday, June 24, 2010

Why Every Good Movie is a Miracle, Part 1 (True/Slant)

“Ninety percent of everything is crap.” – Theodore Sturgeon
The successful sci-fi author delivered that gem to Venture magazine, after being bombarded with the umpteenth question about why so much sci-fi sucks so hard so often. And so was born the oft-quoted “Sturgeon’s Law”, an assertion as bitter as it is true. He was right to suggest that sci-fi doesn’t have a monopoly on mediocrity.
... I think it would be hard to deny that going to the movies delivers disappointment more reliably than any other diversion. ... I don’t care if you’re talking about the multiplex or the arthouse, a lightweight romantic comedy or a weighty drama tackling the social issue du jour. Excellence is an endangered species in the movie world, and I don’t see the situation getting better any time soon.
OUCH! Sounds harsh, but if you take the time to read the full article, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that the author actually kind of gets it - "the inherent difficulties in creating original art in a medium as collaborative and expensive as film."
Read the full article here, and then check out Part 2 here.

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