The opinions stated in this article are solely those of the author and not of The Davis Clipper.
The attitude toward movies is generational. In a time when young adults comprise the vast share of movie attendance, it’s frustrating to hear so many older people sigh and say “I don’t go to movies anymore. They don’t make good movies like they used to.”
I hear this all the time. And my answer is easy; “You’re right, they don’t make movies like they used to.”
I hear this all the time. With the Academy Awards just around the corner, this could be a typical conversation concerning recent films:
PERSON: I Iike to learn something from movies instead of all the shooting and car chases.
CYCLOPS: Then why haven’t you seen “Lincoln”? It is suspenseful without shoot-em-up action, and you won’t find a better acting than that done by Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day Lewis.
PERSON: Movies don’t have as much intrigue, like the old Hitchcock films or “It Takes a Thief”.
CYCLOPS: Then see “Argo” or “Bernie” С both amazing films based on real-life events.
PERSON: They don’t make war movies like old John Wayne films.
CYCLOPS: Those movies don’t hold a candle to the realism of Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” and her newest “Zero Dark Thirty” about the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
PERSON: Why don’t they make fun movies like “Saturday Night Fever?”
CYCLOPS: They do. Watch the wonderfully touching “Silver Linings Playbook.”
PERSON: I don’t hear of movies like “To Sir With Love” that portrayed the values of a good teacher.
CYCLOPS: “Monsier Lazur” filled that bill earlier in 2012.
PERSON: In the old days, movies would tug at your heart.
CYCLOPS: They still do. Why haven’t you seen “Les Miserables”?
PERSON: I used to be able to cheer at the end of a heartwarming film.
CYCLOPS: I cheered at the end of “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”.
PERSON: You don’t find movies that portray lovable and interesting children.
CYCLOPS: Then you haven’t seen “Moonrise Kingdom”.
PERSON: I like real drama.
CYCLOPS: I do too. That’s why you should see “Amour”, a three-handkerchief film about an aging couple. It’s difficult to argue that that today’s animation is far improved than movies of even 15 years ago, and special effects (“Flight”) and cinematography (“Life of Pi) is unparalleled. The problem is that adults don’t take advantage of quality films, letting teenagers dictate what is shown at the local Cineplex.
PERSON: But how do I know what is good and what isn’t?
CYCLOPS: You’re reading a newspaper. That’s a pretty good start.