Today’s Topic: Hollywood, Lately
Why do we love movies so much? Ever since the magic of live animation was first put on film over a 120 years ago, movies have dramatically shaped popular culture, ushered in an unstoppable era of glamorized superstar actors and filmmakers, given birth to a multitude of associated industries, and captured the dreams and imaginations of entire generations of people. What’s not to love?
As with most any other art, boundaries have been pushed, new mediums and techniques have been developed, and creative minds have made the previously-inconceivable routine, and the previously unthought-of real—and it seems that the creative arc wants to continue to shoot along an infinite beam of imaginativeness.
Going back as far as Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, or The Wizard of Oz, or Ben-Hur—who hasn’t walked out of a movie theater asking themselves, “How in the world did they do that?” We can’t even imagine how magical and fascinating the people who created that art must be.
Lately, the mystical shroud separating the real people who make the movies from the imagined ones we see in our minds, the illusory veil dividing the dreamy musings we have about the celebrities who work on, off, and behind the scenes in Hollywood from the very people who have led us to believe in the “magic,” has been torn down. The inconceivable has been shown to be prevalent, the unthought-of has been shown to have been very real—but not in the ways that many of us would have wished to have been enlightened about. And it’s tarnished the love a little bit; it’s revealed that some of magic was really just tricks and sleight of hand.
I hope that the people making movies will exit the stage of politicking, and preaching, and hypocrisy, and abuse, and stop using their off-screen power to harm people and push destructive agendas. With all the bad stuff going on in the world, wouldn’t it be nice to go back to the magic of escaping the real world for about ninety minutes every now and then, and to walk out of the theater with innocence and wonder sparking our brain?
Maybe if the bad guys lose, the magic can return.
With those ramblings, here are a few movie quotes on the subject.
“I’d say men are pigs, but that would be unfair to pigs.” Julianne Hough in Rock of Ages
“A mean man and man of means often means the same.” Jack Nicholson in The Fortune
“Where do you get off behaving that way with women you don’t even know, huh? How’d you feel if someone did that to your mother or your sister or your wife?” Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise
“The bill comes due—always.” Chiwetel Ejiofor in Dr. Strange