We all grew up on Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, Saturday morning cartoons – and old amusement park owners saying that they would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for those meddling kids!
And if you were to sit down and watch those classic cartoons today – you’d see a rash of violence bestowed upon the characters to each other: faces blown off, coyotes plummeting to their deaths, anvils falling from the sky.
Everyone has a favorite STAR WARS moment, whether it be catching it with your dad for the very first time, sharing it with your kids, reenacting the fighting scenes, pretending to kiss your sister without knowing it was your sister…
But that original 1977 VERSION OF STAR WARS has proven to be lucratively difficult to find.
How hard can it be to make an Academy Award winning film?
Lots of people have Oscar awards. Some are honorary, others are earned. Some are from the National Academy, others are from regional or state Acadamies. Still, no matter how it’s obtained, an Oscar is an Oscar.
It’s very subjective. What you may consider to be the Worst Film Ever could very well be considered a masterpiece of cinematography from those who know better. Some people Web Watch knows think that TITANIC is the worst film ever made, and yet it had heaps of praise – and money – thrown at it.
Whether you like Quentin Tarantino’s work or not, you should be able to appreciate his contributions to Hollywood are incredible.
From Pulp Fiction to Kill Bill and everything else he’s worked on before and after, Tarantino has influenced the traditional movie-making process and proven that the best film study class can produce an Academy Award winning director.
Of course, Quentin’s “film study class” was “watching every film available at the video rental store”, but who hasn’t binge watched a VHS shelf or Netflix queue before? The difference is that when video stores were omnipresent, the only way to judge a movie was by its packaging. Sometimes you’d win, sometimes you’d find a real clunker. But it really was more hit than miss.
But in today’s Internet world, it’s easier to dismiss films that others say may not be worth watching. Will Netflix users produce the next Tarantino? One’s gut would say “yes”, but the likelihood of Netflix being the sole reason for that person’s success in the same vein that Tarantino had working at the video store is rather slim.
One of the greatest comedy movies of the 1980’s was Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in John Landis’ classic TRADING PLACES.
For those of you too young to remember (or too old to recall, take your pick), the film was a twist on either My Fair Lady or The Prince and The Pauper (also, take your pick), with a little bit of The Sting thrown in for good measure. But where The Sting dealt with scamming money through horse racing, Trading Places did it by investing in orange juice futures