10 New Year Resolutions We Want From Hollywood

Happy Sunday, folks! How’s your first week of 2012 going so far? Any luck on any one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Yep, I thought so… well, there’s still 358 days to get started on that right? 😀

Well, I don’t really have a list of cinematic resolutions to try to live by, but I know my pals ScottCastor and Nostra have posted theirs last week. Well, in the spirit of solidarity, I figure I should come up with a few myself…which are: 1) Try to catch up on a couple of TV series I’ve missed in the past year (i.e. Downtown Abbey), 2) finish my Gregory Peck marathon & get into more classic films, and last but not least, 3) see more indie films to balance the numerous blockbusters coming our way.

Well, as we moviegoers have our cinematic resolutions, my pal Ted S. and I thought of some that we wish the movie industry would at least try to live by. I mean, it’s only fair right, after all where would they be without us buying movie tickets to keep ’em afloat. All right, so here goes:

  1. Studios should open their smaller films in more theaters than usual big cities, i.e. L.A. Chicago and NY.
    If you don’t live in the big cities, I’m sure y’all can relate. As I’ve shared in one of my Weekend Roundup posts, I’m so tired of waiting for movies to open in my neck of the woods. Really Hollywood, Minneapolis is chock-full of cultured, artsy folks who enjoy and appreciate all kinds of films, big and small, no, the cold weather doesn’t exactly freeze up our brains. We have hats to alleviate such condition. Thank you!
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  2. Stop making films based on toys, boardgames, video games or old cartoon shows
    I don’t need to see Battleship made into a movie, Transformers and G.I. Joe were bad enough.
  3. Maybe try hiring REAL talented filmmakers instead of film graduates who only know how to shoot films but doesn’t know how to tell a good story.
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  4. Stop trying to make the current crop of pretty boy actors (Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Shia Labeouf etc.) into the next big thing, people don’t go see films just for the actor anymore.
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  5. To expand on that note… hire these new talented crops of actors who are much, much more than a pretty face… i.e. Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston,Romola Garai (whom Iba just featured recently), etc. more and not just in comic-book films!! They are perfectly suitable in any kinds of roles and with screen presence like these, they are all capable leading men/lady.
  6. Stop converting 2D to 3D!! People like ’em the way they were, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix (read: wreck) it. If you think the movie’ll be much better in 3D, then fine, make it that way but make it GOOD, consult James Cameron or Martin Scorsese if you must, but whatever you do, if you expect film goers to pay extra cash for 3D or IMAX, give us a WORTHY product please!
  7. Less sequels/remakes, more original concepts please! I think this one is self-explanatory and I’m sure every single moviegoer has wished this at one point and another. Seems like the more we wish for more creativity, the less we get from Hollywood. Now, I’m not saying we don’t ever want to see a remake or sequel, but if Hollywood MUST do one or the other, please try to make ’em GOOD or at least add something more than what the originals did.
  8. On that note, less horror/slasher flicks and more other sub-genres please. There are so many subgenres worth exploring that we rarely see in Hollywood, such as romance thrillers, sci-fi love stories, mob movies, etc.
  9. Enough with the banal ensemble-cast rom-coms like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve! Yes, ParisJe t’aime was pretty good, but NOT because of the smorgasbord of stars on it, they also have something else working for it, namely a decent script. Please spare us another star-studded but empty rom-coms set on Fourth of July or Thanksgiving, pleaseeeeeeee…
  10. Stop green-lighting any more insipid Adam Sandler, Nic Cage, [insert name] movies… Just because some people WILL watch those movies doesn’t mean they SHOULD. As Gregory Peck said in his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989“Making millions is not the whole ballgame… pride in workmanship is worth more… artistry is worth more… the human imagination is a priceless resource. The public is ready for the best you can give ’em. Just maybe that you can make a buck, and at the same time encourage, foster and commission work of quality and originality.” Spoken like a TRUE legend.
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Well, do you agree with this list? Feel free to add your own wish list in the comments!