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Modern movies lack artistry, uniqueness

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December 4, 2019 | Dang Le | campus editor

Movies are a form of art, so it is subjective how one feels about them. After all, art has no limitations.

But I miss the old movie industry when there were options for fans of every genre.

I don’t consider the superhero genre as quality cinema but rather a form of entertainment. There is nothing wrong with the genre except they make general perceptions of movies deviating from being an art form.

The rise of the superhero genre has made people relate to something more computerized, fabricated and less human. The audience chooses films for their effects and hype.

But it’s not like the public has any other choices because the marketing aspect has turned blockbusters into something that people must watch in theaters.

Last month, I was intrigued by the trailer of “Parasite” only to realize the nearest cinema that shows the movie is 35 miles away. 

I went to watch “The Lighthouse” during its premiere week. The scripts, the story and the acting will haunt me for years to come.

I checked showtimes at the same cinema a few weeks later. They’ve stopped showing the movie yet still offer “Joker,” which premiered two weeks before “The Lighthouse.”

Movies are spectacular when they’re filled with surprises, and directors can express their concepts without fear of being judged.

With blockbusters, they’re made with certain demographics in mind, and I don’t blame anybody because it’s the principle of economics and knowing the audience.

But people will never know the demand for indie movies when there is already no supply.

I’m not implying all movies are great because that is a lie, but the way films are consumed is different. Most independent films may only be watched through streaming services, and any director would wish their efforts to be on the big screen.

When money is involved, there must be a winner and a loser. However, it’s still brutal to witness how the film industry has shifted before my eyes.

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