This discussion is not meant to be an insult on Hollywood. (but) I will say that a good number of the movies that come out now are dark and leave one feeling simply bad for watching them. That does not mean that they do not make great movies today too. For instance I just watched the movie "Invictus", a story about Nelson Mandela's life and I was in tears and in awe during the entire film. Thank you Hollywood, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman (for, as always, a brilliant performance).
What ever happened to the typical Hollywood musical. Someone in Hollywood decided that getting up and singing in a film spontaneously was gay and out they went. Well I protest this. I grew up on musicals and now my life seems empty without them as they once were. Yes some singing films have come out and there is of course the show "Glee" too which I thoroughly have enjoyed.
Lately I have taken to watching Ballywood films because they seem to care about musical numbers in movies and they perform these musical numbers (and dance) flawlessly in films with that same awe I felt as a child watching the old musicals. Like the movie "Dhoom 2" which I raved about for weeks after I first saw it and have watched it many times since.
I implore Hollywood to bring back the Hollywood musical in a big way. Just look at the success that the show "Glee" has had. The world wants and needs these musicals back. How about a singing super hero?
I am getting to the point where I will watch only so much of a film and if it starts out too decadent and senselessly violent I will just shut it off. I want a better world than I have seen in the last couple of decades. Don't get me wrong many great films have come out in the last couple of decades also. But something has been lost overall.
Horror films have eclipsed the market and they seem to be dominating the whole genre now. I love my super hero flicks and occasionally a good murder mystery but there are movies I would never even dream of watching because they have nearly zero plot and they are all simply violence. I will abstain from listing them here.
A movie can be psychologically intense. dramatic and still make you think in a positive way if cleverly constructed. Movies are now so much action and visual effects that they don't seem to have the intellectual currency to sustain them as a whole. I have seen many great movies in the last couple decades but cutting the musical in general has been a big mistake.
Please list movies here in this discussion that gave you a good feeling when you watched them. Sure movies have to have an antagonist and some dark adversary to compel the viewer toward a deeply psychological conclusion. I loved Disney's latest movie called "The Princess and the Frog". Of all the drawings that went into that animated movie every sketch and line was worth it. Am I relegated to watching children's movies to enjoy myself these days watching a movie?
Again this thread is not intended to insult Hollywood it is just to allow viewers to give their own input on where the themes of movies should go in the future, plot wise and musically.
I am not against adult themes but sometimes singing it and not just simply saying it has much more class and is more palatable to the heart.
Please list your favorite movies/musicals and explain why. Even old movies are welcome in this discussion. Perhaps some of us have not seen them yet.
Oh yea, "Drumline" is a great movie too about marching bands who compete for state championships. Along those lines.
I love the movie "Australia" too though no one notably sung in the film it had that feel good quality. If you list your favorite movies here in this discussion I will go out rent it and come back here and "honestly" comment.
Love and thank you