Recently, Academy Award-winning actress and director Jodie Foster shared her belief that big-budget films, particularly of the superhero genre, are ruining Hollywood. It was a bit of a suprise, given that Foster is no stranger to blockbusters herself having starred in Silence of the Lambs, Contact, Panic Room and Elysium, which were considered huge films at the time of their release. She was quoted as saying:
“Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking – you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.”
Director James Gunn, who came from the indie world and is no stranger to big-budget success, having helmed the two Guardians of the Galaxy films, and also a respected spokesman for the genre, tweeted his thoughts on Foster’s belief. While he doesn’t completely slam the well-respected Foster, he is candid.
1. I think Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way where spectacle film can’t be thought-provoking. It’s often true but not always. Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis. https://t.co/IgthsjsSYm
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 2, 2018
Gunn did take his tweet further and add:
“I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are somewhat soulless – and that is a real danger to the future of movies. But there are also quite a few exceptions… For cinema to survive I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.”
The director also shared his thought on where Foster’s statement was coming from:
“But, to be fair, at least from Foster’s quotes, she seems to see filmmaking as something that’s primarily about her own personal growth.”
Finally, Gunn made sure to emphasize that he respects Foster’s opinions and vision.
“But I respect Foster and her talent and what she’s done for films and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.”
Someone quick to respond, was fellow director and friend James Mangold, who is no stranger to blockbuster success with last year’s Logan. Here’s the tweet:
Well said, James. And happy New Year!
— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 2, 2018
There is no doubt that many blockbusters these days are little more than two-hour eye candy which leaves one empty after viewing. Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers: The Last Knight would be representative of this. But one can’t look at films such as Wonder Woman from Patty Jenkins, Thor: Ragnarok from Taika Waititi, or Logan from Mangold and just dismiss them as something akin to “fracking.” Like Gunn says, these films and others are thought-provoking emotional pieces. I’m also pretty sure Foster, who has proven herself to be a more than capable director, would not turn down the opportunity to helm a big budget film.
For now the debate will continue. While Gunn preps Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the second film in the series is hoping to compete for some awards as the season is now upon us.
The Biggest Comic Book Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best
2017 was quite the year for movies. Not only are the award shows stacked with some spectacular dramas to choose from, but us pop-culture nerds had quite the year too. Everyone from Wonder Woman to Thor had their own movie this year, and most of them were pretty good. At the end of the day though, not all movies are made equal, and some turned out infinitely better than others.
All of these stories have something in common, though: a focus on a group of heroes who are willing to do anything and sacrifice themselves for the greater good. The movies vary on how heroic the protagonists are and what kind of threat they have to fight, but they all do a good job at pushing their heroes and making them think outside the box to save the day.
Remember, this ranking is just one person’s opinion. If your favorite movie of the year is at the bottom of the list that doesn’t mean you have a bad taste in movies, it just means we don’t agree and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments after wards!
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