Thursday, December 19, 2013

Today's Film Era.

I believe we are in a hollywood era of realism, complete with gritty plots, with really dark and violent content. However I also argue that we are in an era of Hollywood known as "The Dry Spell." I say this because the amount of sequels and remakes that have been released since 2008 has been almost shameful. It might of been well made, it might have had a cool plot. But it wasn't anything new. It was something that had been done before. Just between then and now, we had a Boondock Saints sequel, two Saw sequels, a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, a Halloween remake (plus a sequel to that released two years later) I could go on but the list is too long.

But even with the remakes, there is a much darker element about them. For instance the Halloween remake. Now we are familiar with Michael Myers, but we never knew his backstory before 2008. In this version, we show Michael as an 11 year old sociopath who lives with his abusive white trash family. One day he just snaps and kills his family. Now, we were familiar with a small part of this backstory. But I don't think anyone was expecting something this dark. Same with Nightmare on Elm Street. Nolan's Batman movies, and pretty much anything that isn't a kids movie is really dark or gritty in some way or another. I think its just a period of realistic thinking actually. People are throwing a realistic human struggle in their films which i personally love.

I think the power in film lies in honesty. Back ten or twenty years ago, it was all about a hero who went the distance, and always followed a strict moral code. I prefer this side of the Hollywood eras. These are movies that don't show your typical "Oh just pick yourself up and try again."These movies show that sometimes it's ok to stay down, and that sometimes things don't always turn out the way the hero wanted. That's life. So in this day and age, even though the remakes got a little out of control, todays modern movies are very dark, realistic and powerful. Power is how we influence and inspire. Isn't that kind of the point of being an artist? I do believe it is.

RIP: a remix manifesto

Throughout this documentary, I felt some surprise and most of all I felt frustrated. What caught my attention the most is that like very media company is owned by the same six companies, and that those six companies are owned by two corporations. What caught my attention the most is that when you download songs or something for free, those major corporations nickel and dime the people who downloaded media in spite of financial situations. That's just wrong. The corporations make a lot of money without their lawsuit earnings in the first place, so it makes you wonder about how much greed there is in those corporations.

Girl talk is an artist. No question about it. He takes sounds he likes, and combines them to make something new. That is what all artists do. There is no such thing as a guru in art anymore. All artists take elements of things they like, and throw them together in order to make something new. Does the phrase "draw from what you know" ring a bell?

The copyright laws are so extreme though that it's makes it harder for artists like Girl Talk to create without paying a ridiculous amount of money. They say "when you download a song for free, you hurt the artist." No we don't. The corporations that basically own a musicians music make all of the lawsuit money though. So your not screwing over the artist when you download music for free, your cheating millionaire corporations out of maybe ten bucks an album and for some reason they get off on screwing over the little guy. I wasn't aware of the business food chain until I saw that movie and read that article. I used to feel bad about downloading some songs for free and using them for my artistic purposes. I don't regret it anymore just because the system is so warped. The artist is getting ripped off by his record label, not us. They say "those who pirate music are a musicians worst enemy." We are not the enemy, the corporations are.