So I lied. Watching 100 Movies in a Year is not as stupid as I make it appear to be. I might just as well consider it my Biggest Achievement of 2009, seeing that I have been trying for 3 years and this is the only time I succeeded. One hundred Movies in a Year is srz bznz. I must've, should've, at least learned a thing or two from it.
- Hollywood (generalizing only because I mostly watched US-produced movies) will make a movie about anything. Anything.
- I have a penchant for sitting through horrible B-class, even D-class, movies. Do you know what Make It Happen, a movie where "a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery" is? Neither did I, until I sat through all 2 hours of it.
- Never get swayed by big token names. Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear was directed by George A. Romero. Yes, the same George Romero who wrote those Awesome -"of the Dead" Zombie Movies. One would think that this movie would be of the same caliber as Dawn of the Dead, not even noticing how pathetic "a quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master" for a plot sounds. But no. That's as interesting as it gets. No brain-eating monkeys. Nor monkeys banging on their chests as they beat their quadriplegic master to a pulp. Just an awkward sex scene between an invalid and the monkey's trainer.
Yes, it happened. And sad to say, I can never unwatch it.
- Hollywood barely produces original stories anymore. Mainstream movies this year and the previous years are all about book and comic book adaptations. There's almost nothing new to see. Save for Up, Avatar, and District 9 (of course, this is still all based from my list), most of the movies I've seen are adapted from or based on one story or another.
Of course, you can argue that movies should never be compared to books, no one story is original, yadda, yadda, yadda. But taking the money-making scheme out of the equation, if book-turned movies are readily available to the public, then that just breeds the "I can always watch the movie" mentality. Maybe I'm not reading books fast enough, or maybe I want to but Real Life is in the way. But what about the people that have the time but would rather watch movies because it's easier? In a perfect world, people would read the books first before watching the movie. But alas, in this world, people read Twilight and The Da Vinci Code. After that, they watch the movie adaptations and spend their time arguing which one is better.
- Screw indie rep (like I have one). I totally watched You Changed My Life twice. There's no real lesson here aside from I will totally spend money on John Lloyd.
- They don't make movies the way they used to anymore. That's just a sad, sad fact of life. There was a time when movies are story- and character-driven, when acting DOES matter, and when matinée idols are, in the words of Never Been Kissed, "the boy in high school you wake up for every morning" and not some shoe-faced virgin vampire. Coming-of-age films are about coming-of-age and not a propaganda of some sectarian movement out to overcome the world with Robert Pattinson.
Comedy movies are actually funny, too. Although Judd Apatow movies have its merits ("Slapin the bass!" will always me make giggle incessantly), it's not just the same.
Spoken like a true oldie, maybe I am pinning for an era already gone. Maybe I'm just too old for the crap these kids watch. But tell me if you've seen Frida and Amelie lately and if you do not wonder why movies like these do not get made on a regular basis.
- Simon Pegg is cute! You cannot argue with me on this one because you will not win.
- Cynicism aside, thank you, Technology! If not for you, Harry Potter would be set in an American High School and Quidditch would be football because Hollywood does not have the technology to make broomsticks fly. Instead, they will take the lessons and the values of Harry Potter, cast Haley Joel Osment as Harry, and call the movie "based from the best-selling novel, Harry Potter".
- Basically, my taste in move is crap. But that doesn't mean I do not crave for something better. My excuse is that time is not a luxury I have. As much as I want to educate myself about movies (as opposed to films that People with Good Taste watch), I do not have the time to go to Cubao or any other film centers to attend film screenings. Why should quality movies be only accessible to
hipstersa select few? What's up with Bong Revilla proclaiming that the Philippine Cinema is alive and kicking again because his movie Panday won an award from a joke of a film festival?
It's disheartening to be in a country that is so poor, *~the arts~* should be set aside for, say, a family's daily meal. But again, one can only wish. At least give me a good John Lloyd movie, damn it!
- One Hundred Movies in One Year is totally achievable. Just leave your friends behind and have a stable internet connection. LOLJK.