Senin, 13 Oktober 2014

Good movies flop

It is always disappointing when good movies flop; providing endless comfort for those who would rather not have to try to make them and can happily take cover behind a shield labeled "The people have spoken." But it's really bad news when the industry essentially rejects a success, when a movie is supposed to be spawned two dozen taste-based gambling passion projects is instead greeted as an unanswerable anomaly. That kind of thinking is why Hollywood studio filmmaking, as 2010 comes to the end, to be at an all time low which I do not mean that there are fewer movies really better than before (last year has its share, and so will 2011) but it is not ever more difficult to clever, reasonably budgeted, original movie aimed at adults to get onto movie screens nationwide. "It is true at every studio," said producer Dan Jinks, whose credits include the Oscar-winning American Beauty and Milk. "Everyone has reduced not only the films 'Oscar-worthy', but in the drama, the period of concern. Has made them withdraw.'s Infected the entire business."

The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made

Many of the best films ever made were flops. Don't believe me? Here's a quick top 10 of films that were failures on debut: The Wizard of Oz (1939), The General (1926), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Blade Runner (1982), Night of the Hunter (1955), Once upon a Time in America (1984), Brazil (1985), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Children of Men (2006), and let's not forget Citizen Kane (1941), which for most of the past 50 years has been considered the best film ever made. From 1962 to 2012, it topped the critics' poll conducted each decade by the British film magazine Sight & Sound.

It would be tempting to cite this list as evidence that audiences know nothing, but I would be on thin ice. Many critics hated these films too. No one knows anything, as William Goldman famously wrote about the movie industry. That is its strength: people have to keep trying.

Movies fail for different reasons, and they become successes in the same way. The only constant is that for a movie that flopped to become a success, the movie needs time and a way of finding an audience. That sounds obvious, but before the advent of television and home-video players, it was difficult to see the great movies of the past, whether they were hits or misses.

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