Monday, 30 September 2013

Hollywood Babble On & On #1076: Little Bits...

1. Someone Agrees With Me...

2. Now That's A Long Run...

Producer A.C. Lyles, Paramount's longest serving employee, passed away at the age of 95 after working for the studio for almost 80 years.

Cause of death was extreme surprise after receiving his first net profit participation cheque for the 1957 film Shortcut To Hell.

3. Hollywood Gets Into The God Business...

By hiring director Kevin Reynolds to direct Resurrection, a film about a Roman soldier investigating reports of the resurrection of a recently executed rabble rouser named Jesus.

I can't judge the film's quality before it's even made. But I can harbour worries that it will probably under-perform at the box office. Not because the audience doesn't want religious themed entertainment, but because they don't trust Hollywood to do it right.

4. Breaking Bad As An Excuse...

Breaking Bad wrapped up its five season run to beaucoup ratings and praise from critics and audiences alike.

But some took it as an excuse to use the internet to shit on writer/producer Damon Lindelof over the finale to Lost.

I can see their point.

Breaking Bad's finale embodied the shows central themes very well and tied up the main storyline in a satisfactory manner that fed the audience's desire for a sense of cosmic justice.

Lost on the other hand didn't even bother to tie up any of the hundreds of unanswerable mysteries the writers pulled out of their asses. It just pulled another one out of its ass, said goodbye, and declared that anyone who didn't love it was just too stupid to "get it."

They failed in their job as artists, and then they compounded it by insulting the audience.

That makes me understand the venomous reaction to Lindelof.

However, I don't support the reaction, especially the childish name-calling, obscenities, and other hostility sent to him.

If you don't like someone's work there are two reactions that I will permit when I rule the world:

A. Cogent criticisms where people outline how and where they think things went wrong pertaining to the project in question.

B. People will also be allowed to not buy or watch stuff by creators they don't like.

I heard Lindelof's doing his own version of the Left Behind stories with The Leftovers on HBO. It sounds like a combo of many things that bug me, one of them the threat that it will be Lost redux in the plotlines determined by dice rolls department. So I'm going to exercise my right to not watch it, because I don't have the time to waste.

But I'm not going to hurl shit at him on Twitter for it, because I don't have the time to waste for that either, and neither should you.

If you don't like something, think clearly about it, then write clearly about it. Name calling accomplishes nothing constructive.

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