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Asking too much

Watched Sugar and Spice today. Saw Bring it On a while ago. Both came highly recommended by a friend whose taste I can no longer trust without question.

Here's the problem: I think the easy sell of a cheerleader movie leaves no incentive to bother making a good film.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer doesn't count.

Nor does American Beauty, really.

What I'm looking for are basically issues of sexuality, politics, and consequence. You know, some hint that the author gave a single thought to character motivation, or drama in general. Clueless had all of that. Cruel Intentions did as well. It's clearly possible to make a teen movie with some depth to it, but apparently you need to adapt a 200 year old novel to do it.

So, let's say a book is required. We've got billions to choose from.

Somewhere in your library, I know one of you has a really old novel whose timeless message would surprise and transform today's most shallow audiences. I ask you to write about it in your journal, and see if this vast network of interlocking connections can't get a trojan horse built.

I mean, knowing that your film will fill theaters and sell videos by the truckload on the basis of it's costumes alone, couldn't we try to sneak a valuable lesson or two in there and maybe improve the world a little? Some small bit of culture, perhaps. Anything.


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Feb. 26th, 2002 11:22 pm (UTC)
a friend of mine really like "But I'm a cheerleader" .. I haven't seen it but it seemed to have been done nicely ...
Feb. 27th, 2002 09:20 am (UTC)
Two days later, it doesn't seem nearly as important. But you renew my hope nonetheless.

(I'm not sure what posessed me to sit through that last one when I don't even have time to watch the movies I'm anxious to see. I think I was looking for something simple and non-threatening. But it left me so empty, I was ready to type out a screenplay just to show the world it can be done well. Back to my senses now. There are more important things...)
Feb. 27th, 2002 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I could help abit ... alot of the movies I have abit odd and "indie".. there is this one from like the 60's I think , It's called "lord love a duck" .... it's an od movie and it's just more artie than well what you asked for .... I also like the dark humours movies like "Jawbreakers" ... then again the cast for that was just hot looking... go fig
well hope you find the ones that counts for you .
so did you watching that "But I'm a Cheerleader"?
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