Gone With the WIND–Goodbye Intelligent Cinema

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75 years ago on December 15, 1939 “Gone With the Wind” debuted in theaters. It is based on the novel with the same name by Margaret Mitchell. The movie is a classic. Who can resist Vivian Leigh’s Southern charm, beautiful dresses, and romances? Then there’s handsome Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, the lover who was rejected. The movie is great.

1939 was one of the best years for films. “The Wizard of Oz”, “Ninotchka”, “Wuthering Heights”, and many others debuted.

I wish there were more great years for films, but that hasn’t happened in a long time. I do think the best things to come out in the 2000s were “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy (OK, so the 1st one debuted in 1999). Also the Harry Potter films are worth watching.  Yes, there are some good films to come out in the 21st century. “Selma” looks good, and so does “Big Eyes”.

Most of the movies that come out every year aren’t worth watching. Just go to http://www.rottentomatoes.com and more than half of the films rated for any given week have a “rotten” rating. Hollywood needs to realize that movies should be about quality, not quantity. Yet they will keep on making trashy films as long as they sell. And yes, people keep buying tickets to those stupid films anyways. It is true that lousy films don’t make as much money as blockbusters, and they don’t stay in theaters as long. Yet they still rake in some dough, and therefore are still being made.

Books have to be reviewed by editors before they can be published. Many would-be writers have gotten plenty of rejections before they got published. But movies keep on making it to the screens, garbage films and all.

What I do have to say: If you want to see a film, read the reviews first. If the film has good reviews, see it. If the reviews are lousy, don’t bother. Save your money. There are other things to do. If more people boycotted cinematic stupidity, then Hollywood would have to think more about the films they make.

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