Movies as escapism? How about movies as art?

Want to go see a movie?  Well, recent top-grossers include 3-D crapfest Monsters vs. Aliens, Knowing, The Haunting in Connecticut, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.  Sorry, no links from this site to any of these illustrious contributions to cinematic history.

Instead, I provide you a must-read link to the must-read EW writer Mark Harris and his recent column, “Stop the Inanity”.  It is just plain sad to acknowledge how little movie industry decision-makers think of you, the potential consumer of their consistent output of garbage.

Sadder still is the realization that the few moviemakers in business to create lasting works of art are finding it harder and harder to bring their works to life.

This LAist interview with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the writer/directors of the new film Sugar (opening this weekend in Los Angeles and New York before hitting an “art house” near you), is alternately uplifting and depressing. 

Uplifting that the team that brought the underappreciated, underseen, but (rightfully) critically acclaimed Half Nelson to the big screen have scored again with this new movie.  Depressing that, in their own words, “We’re the last of a certain breed. I don’t think we could make this movie today if we wanted to.”

Algenis Perez Soto stars as Miguel "Sugar" Santos

Algenis Perez Soto stars as Miguel "Sugar" Santos

Go support risktakers and auteurs who attempt to make a difference with their filmmaking.  Sugar is a movie about the immigrant experience that uses baseball as the vehicle to capture its essence.  Reviews have been overwhelmingly favorable.  You may be alone in the theater when you go, but seek it out (as I will).

Sugar should not be notable in its ability to match our intelligence and stimulate our senses.  Yet, as always, this movie will pass through the universe as the tree that falls in the forest without making a sound.  Because everybody else spending their $12.50 a ticket is in line for the opening of the new Transformers movie.


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~ by acm213 on April 5, 2009.

One Response to “Movies as escapism? How about movies as art?”

  1. just be happy you are not limited by small-town release schedules…then again, $12.50/ticket has yet to be seen in Pullman. 🙂

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