Movies are the top pop culture makers. So, here are some movies that I hope Hollywood would keep on making, some kind of movies that would potentially create the fashion of pop culture I want to be influenced with. Of course, these opinions are dependent on my tastes and do not necessary mirror the taste of the general public.
Create more musicals with the same class as “Sound of Music” and “Fiddler on the roof.” Making “High School Musical” and “Mama Mia” is a start. But they can do better. Significant themes, three hours long, comedy at the start, sudden turn to seriousness at the last part.
It does not necessarily mean that it should be a movie of the Christian genre (though, it would be also nice if they can do that once in a while). But at least the hero should be a Christian. Christians are humans also; though they are grounded on sound moral and spiritual principles, they also have the same flaws, psych, strengths, weaknesses, limitations, backgrounds, references, etc. as other humans. What makes them special is their being a Christian. They can be subjected to any genre of any kind or any situation a human can be put into, and their reactions or acts are dependent on their being a Christian. And when I say that Christians can be depicted on “any genre”, I mean any genre. Even sci-fi or fantasy.
Badass Christian heroes. Given into the situations they were set, I believe that the response and action they've shown is how a Christian would actually do and how a Christian would actually act, hypothetically speaking of course.
Or they could create movies out of the already popular Christian heroes in literature, like Robinson Crusoe. Or even make a “Pilgrim’s Progress” movie. It’s a fantasy with explicit allegory on a Christian’s journey. Heck, the main character’s name is Christian! They could do that. With a gritty graphic novel-style motif. And there’s Zaanan, the Christian hero of a Christian sci-fi book series. Or even Power Mark, hero of a Christian comicbook series.
And Hollywood loves sex and violence. And Bible stories can provide that. However, at the context of the story (and the whole Bible), these things are necessary in the story to show a good end or a moral. Hollywood likes to add sex and violence in movies even if they are not actually justified in the story. They are added just to “spice” it up. Often times, the sex scene is not relevant to the whole plot at all. Just for the sake of sex, they put it in the story. But the graphic details of sex and violence in Bible stories are very relevant to the overall plot of the story. And Christians will accept it and it is very possible to even recommend it for children to watch. Back to “Passion of the Christ” as illustration. The torture and crucifixion scene in that movie was very squeamish and very “R-18”, but it never offended Christians and even allowed children to watch it because (a) Christ’s suffering was really great and the graphical image in the movie is actually underrated, and (b) the violence is justified since it provokes thoughts on how great Christ’s love is and illustrates the comparison of the glory of his resurrection. These “R-18” details are there in the Bible since they serve as comparisons. Black to white. When there is something bad to compare the good into, the good is more appreciated. That’s how sex and violence is an integral part in Bible stories and why it is justified to show them graphically in movies based on Bible stories.
Plenty of stories to choose from. Elijah and Elisha’s “Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi”, “Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez and Connor MacLeod”-type of mentor-apprentice relationship. The former challenging Baal priests to a duel (how convenient if religious debates are settled like this nowadays. The story? Check it out somewhere in I Kings 18), getting fed by ravens during time of famine, and then going to heaven in a chariot of fire when his mission was finished! And the latter summoning bears to devour youths who mock a man of God (never mess with men of God; nowadays known as Christians). Moses’ a la soap opera dramatic life story. Samson the real life Incredible Hulk; who has wrestled a lion to death and killed thousands of Philistines with just a donkey’s jaw bone.
With all the creative resources Hollywood now has, the Bible stories can now be really effectively brought to life in the screen in all its awesomeness. Moreover, even if the stories are all about these Bible heroes, the stories will show that the real main character is God Himself. Imagine how Hollywood’s special effects can manifest all of God’s glory and power. It would fall short, by so much, compared to the real deal but it can still be good. Come on, Hollywood, you can do better than this.
Shrek is the greatest 3-d animation franchise. Shrek or Toy Story. Toys coming to life is a very charming and refreshing concept when the first Toy Story movie came out. Mainly because the previous movies that used the concept of toys coming to life gave the kids nightmares.
Shrek and Toy Story are on a league of their own in the 3-d animated genre. Plenty of 3-d animated movies had come out since Toy Story pioneered it, but there was no other movie that was as special as Shrek and Toy Story. I am not saying that the other movies of the genre were terrible, but it had never reached the standard which the first Toy Story movie set. Oh, the Ice Age franchise was close, but there are still some things lacking in it for it to join the ranks of Shrek and Toy Story in my book. “Finding Nemo” had also some high parts, but not enough.
Shrek and Toy Story are the best and I hope there would be more.
An action movie does not need to have a complicated story or award winning acting, though they should be at decent enough not to induce nausea. Just put in lots of gun fights, explosions, gun fights, bad guys getting beaten up, gun fights, cars, maybe a hot dame or two, gunfights, explosions, some adrenaline rushing fast paced scenes, hand-to-hand combat, explosions, maybe some witty lines, and first class badassery by the main character(s) – plus more gunfights and explosions. Of course, if the story and acting happened to be good, too, that would be just a bonus. If there are going to be legendary dialogues and one-liners in it, it’s an instant classic.
I grew up with lots of action and martial arts films. The 90s was, maybe, the best decade of action movies (or maybe the 80s). And the 90s was my childhood. Not only 90s movies, but because of HBO and cable, I was also exposed to some good action movies prior 90s. Again, I don’t mind much if the story is mediocre or cliché, just as long it has the elements of a good action – fight scenes and all. Remember, children’s low standards of entertainment. However, there are just some action films that I would enjoy even if I had re-watched them post-childhood. So it means either I did not outgrow my “low standards of entertainment” from childhood or the movies are definitely classics. Especially, if the main character of the movie is pretty badass.
There’s “Dirty Harry” with his classic line: "I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
I loved all the Jackie Chan movies from “Drunken Master” to “Who Am I?” to “Armor of God.” Nick Cage also had some pretty good movies, like “The Rock” and “Face Off.” And even John Travolta who is lame most of the time hit paydirt with “Face Off” (one of the best action movies of the 90s) and “Pulp Fiction.” Keanu Reeves got “Speed.” Pierce Brosnan became immortal with the 007 movies, actually way past immortal status since he already reached it prior to being Bond when he played Remington Steele in the TV series. Christopher Lambert has the “Highlander”, which was a great concept for fiction but was ruined by the “Highlander: The Source” movie (I pray to God that the reboot which would be on theaters soon would redeem the franchise). I even liked Jean Claude-Van Damme and Dennis Rodman’s “Double Team.”
Heck, I even liked the movies of this guy, which has lots of fast hands action:
So, Hollywood should keep on making movies with time-proven “80s-90s” action formula. And they still do. Though, not at the same degree as what we got in the 90s. The “Rambo” follow-up film this decade was okay. And, so far, there are two movies of the 2000s that I would like to have sequels. First, is “Transporter 3” (okay it’s the third Transporter movie already, but I would still like to see more). Second, a sequel to “Hollywood Homicide.” They said the movie was a flop. But it was funny, with interesting characters, and the appeal of cop stories in Hollywood. I like it a lot because the movie feels like “90s action movie.” Plus, one of the main characters was played by Harrison Ford. Remember, he’s Han Solo…
I think the movie poster conned me. Canine Commandos and Feline Fighters looking so badass. I was expecting an action packed battle royal between the two camps. But the action was only halfway my expectation. The story was warm, I’ll give that. But it all revolves one character. I was expecting it would revolve around a team of dog good guys. And don’t get me started with the cats. I don’t mind if the cats – the animal I root – are the villains, as long as their interesting and not so clumsy. Sure, the ninja cats were so cool. But the rest? Very cartoony. I was expecting the cats to at least have depth and a rightful charismatic antithesis to the good guy dogs, which were also a disappointing bunch. I was expecting the charisma of the cats as something like this:
Lots of fight scenes...
So there, I hope Hollywood would redeem Cats and Dogs with a sequel. While they’re at it, why not redeem a good sci-fi animated movie as well, which only flopped because of poor marketing and promotion.
Johnny Depp probably is the best actor in portraying unique charismatic character and making it very charismatic. He also plays guitar well and, he confessed in an interview with David Letterman, never watches the movies he stars in. Totally fun guy! Are the characters making Depp interesting, or is Depp making the characters interesting? For me, it’s the latter. Thus, more Depp films!
Who doesn’t like twists in movies? Director M. Night Shyamalan (“Unbreakable”, “The Sixth Sense”, “The Village”) made it his trademark (though he would also make the crappy “The Happening”). But twists are often more charming if it’s found on a stretch of a movie series, like the “Saw” franchise or even “Harry Potter.”
As for mysteries, usually mysteries and twists come hand in hand together. It’s always fun watching the smart main character (Robert Langdon, Benjamin Gates) racing against time to figure out puzzles and mysteries. And the answers to these puzzles are usually significant twists that blow us away from our seats.
The greatest detective in the planet, Sherlock Holmes, has a potential movie franchise on the way. So, more of SH movies. And how about thieves doing cons and heists? The “Ocean’s” movies are the best of this genre, lots of cleverness and twists. Ocean 13 is supposed to be the last, but I think, they can still make more. They should make more Ocean movies. Maybe in the “Ocean’s 14”, aside from George Clooney, Bradd Pitt, and Matt Damon, they can have a new lineup (since the original team would never be complete since Bernie Mac is now dead).
Marvel Comics still rocks the stage for movie adaptations of their superheroes. They had already made successful films based on their products, though some of them have mediocre stories. Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man did well, though I find it a bit disappointing there’s no Spider-Man 4 anymore but a reboot instead. Spider-Man 3’s ending did not really settle all the issues of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man. It was much better if they had made a Spider-Man 4 first, that would make a concrete ending for that Spider-Man story, before doing a reboot. The reboot looks promising, though, with a promising and refreshing actor to play Peter Parker. X-Men needs a reboot, too. X3’s story was above average but disappointing. And reboot, Daredevil, too, if they’re not going to make a sequel. As of now, the healthiest Marvel Comics superhero film franchise is Iron Man. Robert Downey, Jr. made the Iron Man loveable – after being the most hated character in Marvel after the Civil War storyline. Iron Man and Incredible Hulk franchises look promising, and with Thor and Captain America coming up, I am excited with the Avengers movie.
Pattinson has a right idea on how a vampire should be. But he got tricked on playing the Edward Cullen character. He will forever carry the curse of being identified with Edward Cullen. I pity the man.