Chris Hicks: Modern movies sorely lacking in quiet, pensive moments

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  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 8, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    I saw "Mama" two days ago in Las Vegas. I said the exact same thing to my husband as Chris Hicks says. It's actually a pretty good horror film until it gets to the end. The end is Hokey! Too bad, I liked it otherwise.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 8, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    JCS -

    It appears you've limited your investigations of "modern Hollywood" (and modern film in general) to movies that advertise heavily in prime-time. It's a tired cliche to moan that "modern movies consist of nothing more than blah blah blah . . " This cliche has been played out for, oh, I don't know, 30 years? I know I used to hear the same blather from my parents. It's the "they don't make 'em like they used to" disease that seems to beset so many grumps as they get older and see the past through rose-colored glasses.

    On the bright side, it's easier than ever to discover quality films you may have missed through cheap online services. Old, new, English, non-English, etc; if you have made any honest effor at all, you'd have to admit this is true. There are enough great films readily available to suit any taste. All you have to do is take a few minutes to find them. Of course, that's not nearly as fun as making lazy generalizations about "modern Hollywood."

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    Modern Hollywood has largely abandoned plots, dialogue, and character development. Thus, it should come as no surprise that there is a complete absence of quiet, pensive moments.

    Modern movies consist of little more than robots, explosions, and scantily clad women. These movies are made for and marketed to 14-year-old boys, with a corresponding level of sophistication.

    And yet, the ignorant masses continue to watch this trash because they are not smart enough to find alternative entertainment, even though they don't even like the movies. It is time for the masses to wake up and realize what they are doing.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    If you want a quiet, pensive moment... read a book.