Pop culture is cyclical and so is movie history. There are time periods that are better, quality-wise and there are occasional stretches when nothing seems to work. We at the Supernaughts want to talk about the latter today.
What period of pop culture/movie history goes totally against our tastes and why? 8 Supernaughts contributors tried to determine their least favourite time in pop culture history, be it regarding movies, music or comic books.
Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.
Note: The following opinions are only reflecting the personal tastes of the contributors and all in good fun.
Coupon The Movie:
2001 to present
No doubt, unequivocally and almost without precedent, the age we are living in now is the worst ever seen. Many factors have contributed to this. Pop culture and movies often reflect the times we are in so here we are. Everywhere you look, innovation and new ideas has been pushed aside because there doesn’t seem to be any profit in it for those at the top. Why should entertainment be any different?
Film has always found new ideas even in the worst of times until now. Look at the history. Only two periods up until now showed a creative slump. The mid 60’s faltered as the studios became corporations and the studios lost touch with their audience until the auteur arose and gave us the greatest era of film since the 1930’s. But even they faltered with too much power and the experiments became pretentious and inaccessible until Star Wars showed the New Hollywood its true potential. High concept films then became exciting and opened up a whole new era of possibility in storytelling until the 90s when the era of independent film was born and showed us more potential on lower budgets. But slowly this fizzled out as the studios bought up the small distributors until an extreme schism was created between “tentpole films” and smaller, character driven material, which is where we are today.
Because the studios are now just a small division of much larger conglomerates, it has literally become “all about the money”. New ideas are too risky for the people funding movies and music so now it’s left with no alternative but to eat it’s own tail and look back at past glories in a pathetic attempt to recapture better times.
Think about the fact that Star Trek is 50 years old and Star Wars is almost 40. Nothing wrong with that but I think every new decade should have a new “big myth” to draw from. The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager were fun to watch mainly because even though Trek was aging, the 90’s already had it’s new myth for the time in the form of The X-Files and other stuff like Babylon 5. The new Star Wars films existed in a world were it was sharing its time in the pop culture zeitgeist with Lord of the Rings.
But what about now? Where’s the new myth? There is none. Just endless retellings of Robocop, Ghostbusters, Terminator and endless comic book films which are essentially the same film over and over and over. Ask yourself the next time you see a Marvel movie if it’s going to end with a big battle in a major metropolitan city. I bet it will.
And how about music? From Elvis to Audioslave, the chief characteristic of Rock and Roll was to have music that you loved but pissed off your parents. Now we have Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Even Hip Hop went from “fuck the police” to just “Don’t you wish you could fuck ME?”
The problem with a creative laziness and endless recycling is that remakes and “callbacks” are just like oil, an unsustainable resource. Sooner or later, you run out of shit and hey, we’re already at a point where a Gem and the Holograms movie seemed like a good idea to someone. What happens next? Why can’t Hollywood look at a book series like The Expanse and throw real money behind it because you just know it’s breaking the bank at SyFy.
Think about this. Both Trek and Wars were created with the idea of going against the grain of what everyone else was doing. Trek in particular was designed by Roddenberry to be “subversive” as has been recently revealed and look how that turned out.
C’mon Hollywood. No Pain, No Gain. A Point Break Redux just ain’t going to cut it.
Coupon the Movie is occasional guest writer at The Supernaughts.
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