An open letter to Hollywood.

Dear Hollywood,

Why are you spoiling the wonderful and illustrious art form of film? Years and years of history are now being deemed, literally, a complete waste of time. Why are you making shoddy remakes of films such as Ghostbusters, Jumanji and completely pillaging the Marvel franchise?

I’m a student, I love films, I love lying in bed, writing the day off and watching them until my eyes see lights when I close them. But this lazy approach to films is burdening me with sheer distaste for the art form. The latest film I watched was a Zach Braff film ‘Wish I Was Here’. I like Zach Braff, he’s very good at what he does. I actually liked the film, too. Not because it was an independent but because it’s nothing I have seen before.

Why are films becoming awfully similar to one another? Where has the magic gone? What’s funny is the blockbuster comedy film ‘This Is The End’, which presumably made millions based on the cast alone, pointed fun at this. Your own minions are aware of your awful, bland recreations of films.

But this isn’t just affecting the American film industry. Franchises in England are now being absolutely pillaged for the sake of money and money alone. The Shane Meadows film This Is England, which was brilliant, undoubtedly a classic of its time, has now reached its third TV series. THIRD series. THREE series after the film. The film was brilliant. Admittedly at times the series hAS been moving. Brilliant? Absolutely not at all. Innovative? More like disinteresting.

The screen industry appears to be forgetting that they are an art form. Art evokes culture. But repeatedly shoving the same art down the masses of unbeknownst audience members = a regurgitated culture. The mad cow disease of culture. If we keep digesting the same culture constantly we will fail to have any real genuine pop culture movements. No wonder the last real pop culture movement in England was in the early 2000s spurred on by the indie-pop-guitar-music floor fillers like Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out.

I suppose you could say this is the next pop culture movement. The Movement in which everybody did all the same things and copied each other and virtuosos are shunned because they literally think outside of the box. Or would it be the cycle? Probably would be the cycle.

I digress, If you’re a student, like me, you will be familiar with how genuinely good their cult classics section is. Funnily enough, all these cult classics don’t have sequels or prequels; some of them aren’t even made from books. Most of them are just films, organically made films.

Hollywood, have you ever heard the saying “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it?”. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP FIXING THINGS.


Every film lover there is out there.


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