Originally Posted by Mac The Knife
Two of those films Brazil and Blade Runner (two of my all time favorites btw) where big fat box office bombs. So as much as I love them, it's not surprising that we aren't seeing any more films like those...
Yep. Hear me out for a bit.
Those four films that I've listed are fine examples of films that are not commodity items. They were not developed to be shown to every human being in order to generate money. They are ground-up developments to where the creator wanted to make something that was magical and put in so much effort into everything involved, regardless of what the general public "would like." In return, you have a timeless ethereal piece of art, even if it isn't "mainstream." All of Kubrick's films are like this, that is why they are all splendid.
That's precisely what we need more of. Not films that are made in the cheapest way possible (via technology) in hopes to generate the most money from the masses. We need ground-up films, from ground-up ideas, that aren't made for everyone. Films should be like a book. It's either for you, or it's not. You're going to either love it, or dislike it. Clive Barker, Stephen King, etc don't write their books for everyone. If they did, they would suck. For the people that can adore these works, they will find some magical things within. Marketing should affect the distribution of the end-product; it should never affect the "development" of that product for ART
. Beethoven didn't write his music for the mainstream. He wrote his music for himself and people loved him. Same for many of the classic greats.
Likewise, Brazil wasn't made to sell well. It was made to sell on its ideas. Same for Blade Runner. Same for Tommy. Hell, same for even the Forbidden Zone and many others.
I think I've given some great explanations above that explain:
1) that "box office" results for either movies or music means nothing. Just because something is at the top doesn't make that said music/movie a good "artist". Many of them get to that position by developing their "art" for the mainstream. Britney Spears is a fine example. Many music and movies today follow this example.
2) Why lwright irritates me by dissing on almost every classic in which art was the backbone of that said film -- now he knows my reasoning.
3) Making a good film involves risks. Too few today are willing to product and create projects where "risks" is involved. But when it works, the payoff is historical. Blade Runner, for example. A Clockwork Orange, for example. Many to list, so I'll stop.
4) Why I now prefer easy-over eggs instead of scrambled.