Scatology 101

I started this project on the premise of making a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy blog for an American Studies class. I know it doesn't really make sense but it did in my proposal.
When I started talking to fellow students (most of whom are 15 years younger), I discovered that most of them have not read the book, and have seen the movie. Most of them thought the movie sucked. Well, It got me pondering over the state of culture, literature and film. What I decided is; if American culture (responsible for Hollywood) was more open to reading, more receptive to reading things from other cultures, and more responsive to international film, not only would less crap come out of Hollywood, but less good stuff would be turned into cultural diarrhea. And thus I present to you the answer without knowing the question..

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When a story isn't just a story

In the glory days of cinema, a solid storyline with amazing acting and an accurate wardrobe was able to carry a film on to great heights. Many of these came directly from books, many did not. If you were true to the story, you had a hit.

Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Everything has to have a political agenda attached to it in some way. The current uproar over Avatar, a movie I have zero interest in seeing anyway, is only the latest in a long line of activist movies. Why do you folks in Hollywood feel the need to inject your ultra-liberal agenda into everything? Even leaving that hypocritical Michael Moore out of it, there have been so many films, both the big and small screens, with political messages in them. As I write this, I cannot tell you the last movie that I was really waiting to see. Sure, there are a few that I wouldn't mind watching, but nothing that made me say, "Dude, I HAVE to see that movie!"

I'm sure that if you try to pick apart every great piece of literature, you could find examples of political bias. The difference is, those great works were not the vehicles for those agendas. The agenda wasn't put in for the sake of it being in there. Hollywood insists that we do not see a great story. We have to see a cautionary tale that makes us feel bad about ourselves, even if we did nothing wrong.

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