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Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro on location for Casino.The scene (which was shot just miles outside of Las Vegas) lasts only two minutes and ten seconds in the film.Having a total of twenty-two “fucks” in between that time.Averaging out to one fuck for every five seconds.

Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro on location for Casino.

The scene (which was shot just miles outside of Las Vegas) lasts only two minutes and ten seconds in the film.
Having a total of twenty-two “fucks” in between that time.
Averaging out to one fuck for every five seconds.

There are some who become down-to-earth, overly-charming serial killers from time to time.
Others become homicidal, schizophrenic-psychopathic clowns telling people “stories” whenever the opportunity arises.
Some become head-cracking, slight drunks who go insane whenever some dibshit comments on the fact if our drinks have anything to do with us being on our periods.
While others, similarly, crack the fucking skulls off some, because it’s the closest thing they have to the movies.
Very few become insomniacs who develop multi-personality disorder, create a alter-ego, start underground boxing franchises all over the country to brainwash its members into becoming gorilla terrorists against capitalism/materialism/ and “the unappreciative gift of life.”
And strangely enough, most become over protective friends to the point where your friend, who you violently defended, questions your friendship.

And it’s all really simple why we all do this from time to time, as I said.
It’s because being normal is just too much a boring nuisance.

Goodfellas is a great film.

Goodfellas is a great film.

Hollywood is dead.

Nowadays films have been praised for their incredible effects and the annoying overuse of “IN 3D!!!”. Almost every current film uses these common effects. But, I’m not a huge fan of explosions to win me over solely for a film. Or knowing that the scene everyone finds so real was shot in a blue or green screen or merely CGI. Now, I am a fan of impossible shots. (Which have always been amazing.) But just don’t over do it. And 3D (in my opinion) is just an excuse. Think about it, any film you’ve seen in 3D, now take it away. Mediocre, basically. This ties into all films, all genres, whether it be from huge film productions or a Sundance film. Some films are still great with all this, but most? No.

What happened to films that relied on great acting, amazing stories and incredible directing?

(Francis Ford Coppola working with Marlon Brando on the set of The Godfather.)


(Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.)

(Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future.)

(Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro in Goodfellas.)

(Steven Spielberg on the set of Schindler’s List.)

(Robin Wright Penn and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.)

(Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Titanic.)

(Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.)

(Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.)

What happened to those Disney Classics we all watched as kids? Nowadays? Looks like every animated film seems.. stupid. The Classics never die though.

Dumbo. 1941.

Cinderella. 1950.

Alice in Wonderland. 1951.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. 1977.

The Little Mermaid. 1989.

The Lion King. 1994.

Lilo and Stitch. 2002.

Hell, even horror films haven’t been scary in years. Once again. The Classics. Be warned, it gets a little scary from here.. to prove my point.

PSYCHO, 1960.
( Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) ready to stab to death Marion Crane. (Janet Leigh) Still highly considered as one of the most gruesome murders ever in a film.)

The Exorcist, 1973.
(Pretty much from being to end, this film has been the ultimate scary film. Been used to prank thousands, possibly millions in the maze game. And a face only a mother can love. Linda Blair seen here in the scene where her body levitates of the bed.)
Be thankful I didn’t use a more scary photo.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974.
(Many cheesy remakes have been made since, but it’s the original one that is special for a couple of reasons. Insanity, originality and simplicity. Doesn’t use extreme effects due to a low budget, but the simple sound of the chainsaw was enough. Or the gruesome scene seen below. Pam (Teri McMinn) is impaled onto a hook by Leatherface.)

Jaws, 1975.
(The film that made more people stay clear away from beaches than the BP oil spill. Never was there a film where an animal was used as the villian in such an amazing way. Credited to be so great, of course, ‘cause of Steven Spielberg. As the director himself, pure genius. Here we see Quint (Robert Shaw) who slid right into the Shark’s mouth and is eventually eaten alive.)

Halloween, 1978.
(Personally, one of my all-time favorites. Once again, a low budget film. But the thing about low budget films is that since money is tight, the film is forced to use the reality card more. Basically, simple but effective scenes. The film is praised for its incredible use of the “Jump Scare” effect and using the psychological/suspense effect without getting overused or plain. Like in the scene below; Laurie Strode a.k.a. Laurie Myers (Jamie Lee Curtis) hides in terror from Micheal Myers (Tony Moran) as he secretly hides in the shadows.)

Poltergeist, 1982.
(No one thinks twice when you see that white snow with the annoying noise on their television. But this film made the simplest of things into a “Pull a blanket over your head.” Directed by Toby Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and (uncredited) Steven Spielberg. Scene below; Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) looking into the television. See the film and it’ll be even more self-explanatory.)

Silence of the Lambs, 1991.
(Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) made this film. Why so important? He was only in it for a total of 16 minutes and still won the Oscar for Best Actor! He plays, for lack of better words, a cannibalistic serial killer. Another creepy thing, Hannibal Lector has never blinked. Ever.)

The Blair Witch Project, 1999.
(Showing that films don’t always come from huge Hollywood production companies or masterminded directors. Anyone with a great enough idea can make a film. Thus Blair Witch. Famously known to look like a documentary with amateur footage, it scared millions. Said to be possible more frightening than The Exorcist. In the final scenes; Michael C. Williams starring coldly at the wall. Once again, watch the film and it’ll be more than self-explanatory.)

The Devil’s Rejects, 2005.
(Now, the reason this film works so great is one reason. Helplessness. Crafted by the mind of Rob Zombie, he mastered the film to have the feeling of having no control over your life. And very rare is it for the sequel to be the better film than the first. But it plays out well. Here we see Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie)
Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and Otis B. Driftwood (Bill Moseley) before their last run in with law.)

Bonus; The Dark Knight, 2008.
(Now, I know that The Dark Knight had numerous explosions and CGI and special effects, ect. etc. But would you say that that’s the reason why the film is so greatly praised and incredibly amazing? No. You would say the acting. The directing. The story. The Joker. When Heath Ledger was announced to play The Joker, no one would have predicted the talent and stunning visualization at how dead on, if not, improved the portrayal of The Joker! The laugh, the wardrobe, the angry, the serious playfulness, the anarchy and most famous, the eerily smile with the recognizable scars we all love now. Sadly, Heath passed away before the film was released, but his name, acting and memory was forever respected by all when we saw The Dark Knight. And even after his passing won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.)

Now, I know I contradict myself in this post with films like Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, The Titanic, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Dark Night as they’re famously known for having such great effects, but if you have to ask that. Then clearly, you didn’t get my message in this post. Sure, those films use special effects, but the also have great acting and amazing stories. The difference is that, though they have effects, it’s not the effects that make the film. Films have seem to lost that touch with us. That feeling when you’re watching it, you can relate, you feel familiar with it. You can place yourself into the character’s shoes and play the part yourself. You feel that comfort from it. Now, once again, I’m not saying all films have lost this, but most? Plain and simple, yes. Films back in the 1930’s during The Great Depression were praised by people, ‘cause they could related to them, but at the same time can escape into a realistic fantasy world. Somewhere that can possible exist. Now, you can’t go into most films nowadays and say that. Though, it would be amazing to think of such a concept. But in my opinion, films should always have that ark we feel can be real, even though they’re just mere amazing stories of fiction. Of course, though. Every once in a while a film with explosions and super heroes and 3D with incredible CGI with stunning special effects is still a great film to watch, connect with, and hope you can have a dream as epic as the film itself. :)