I’m pretty sick of most films of today. They don’t compare to the works of Bette Davis, James Dean, Judy Garland, and the infinite amount of great stars that have passed us by. I think they were the best at what they did becuase they had theatre work as well, only a handful of actresses and actors do theatre in film today, people like Julianne Moore and Frances McDormand among others. I was watching East Of Eden yesterday and I felt a very different and odd sensation in me, I think it was just the power of the story that took over me and I just realized how most filmmakers of today will never reach this kind of greatness. Even a film like Slumdog Millionaire has way too many cuts and is heavily stylized with that Boyle signature, I’m not saying it’s a bad film but if you compare it to something like “Giant” the George Stevens movie, you will see that most great directors will step aside and let the story tell itself in the most simplest of forms by allowing the actors to express themselves without too much intervention, and I think that’s what makes a great director, someone who understands how to maintain the structure of a story without ruining its integrity by directing the actors too much, and I think most of all they really cared about their work and they never got tired, I mean George Stevens made “Giant” in 3 years! It took him three years of work to make it, and the result was a cinematic masterpiece that transcends time.
I don’t expect tevery filmmaker to shit greatness, I guess my point is too many directors take their careers for granted by making crap that no one will really give a shit about in the years to come. There’s really only a handful of filmmakers that can hold a candle to the greats of the past, and we all know who they are. It just seems to me that the kind of classic cinema that there used to be is becoming extinct, no thanks to the money-grubbing studio whores and the young small-scale directors like Zach Snyder who relies too much on cgi to tell a story. They don’t have any true skills, they’re just using visual enhancements to attract all the pimply teenagers who think “300” is one of the greatest films ever made. Fuck modern cinema, I’ll take a great acting performance and the vision of an ambitious director who knows what he’s doing over cgi-saturated films, which is where Hollywood is heading towards.