MondoJohnny Have you ever read pseuds corner in private eye? Well sometimes people like to propound on about non-mainstream directors/movies/actors and effuse about the photography, lighting, emotion etc... (not pointing the finger at anyone here honest) but really all some of us want to do is to be entertained and have a bit of unrealistic escapism. It's all audiences have ever wanted in the main IMV from Chaplin silents, through Gone With the Wind right up to JJ Abrams' Star Trek and beyond.
Looking at special effects specifically, I'm sure Ray Harryhausen would love to have had the computing facilities that are available now when he was making Mighty Joe Young, Jason and the Argonauts or any of the other special effects movies that he is so associated with. At true sfx genius.
The movie business also reflects the music business, look at the popularity of X Factor or Big Brother, easy ratings, easy money - but so short-lived. Same with movies and sequels or prequels. Movies can't get financed unless there is a built-in sequel and a formula that appeals to modern society. There is precious little time to worry to much about characterisation and plot.
I see what you mean Paul. Maybe it would be best if there was a mixture. Something like Aliens fits the bill nicely I think. Plenty of action and suspense, good special effects, good acting, and a well formed plot.(No nudity that I recall
) Usually when i see a movie today I'm left wondering where the millions went unfortunately. Is there really any reason that a multi-million dollar project of any kind should be accepted as being just ok? I mean I am not some kind of super snob mind you,(One of my favorite movies is Robo Cop!
but if something has more money put into it than I will ever have over the course of my entire life, I would expect it to be a little better than some of the stuff we have seen lately.