My nana and I have some interesting conversations sometimes and there was one topic that I thought was pretty interesting, but it also made me feel concerned in a way because I have been wondering if I’d ever feel like that one day. Don’t worry this isn’t health related. This is actually about both music and movies in general. When I got into the band Linkin Park I was so into getting other family members into them and anything that they were apart of, Transformers films included. She has four burnable Cds full of their songs and she has even watched two of their Live DVDs as well. She has even seen their live DVD in Milton Keyes TWICE! My papaw wasn’t as impressed as she was, but she has kind of introduced herself into the newer rock bands because of I continue to talk about them to her all the time. I got her also into the second and third installments of the Transformers movies. She hasn’t seen the first one because I don’t have it on DVD.
Back to what I was talking about at the beginning, she and I were talking a couple of times about both music and movies. She had told me that she just can’t get interested in watching or listening to anything anymore. However, she still listens to Adam Lambert every night. That doesn’t count to what I’m trying to get at here. She said that every time there’s a movie on that she’s actually seen before; she just doesn’t want to watch it. Anything new that comes on the commercials isn’t interested her at all. I have tried to send her other bands and artists before like, Within Temptation, Celtic Woman, and even Five Finger Death Punch. Yes, I sent her FFDP songs. Don’t worry they were the censored versions. Even though she has said to me once when we were watching one of the LP DVDs that she’d rather know what the words so it’s not silenced out, because they no longer just bleeped it out. Even though that was annoying to hear too! Anyways, Within Temptation did work for a while but then it faded out just like everything else I shared with her.
Now I’m not judging her in any way shape or form, sometimes you need a break from things but the part that concerns me is that there’s a pretty big difference between her and my papaw. He mostly likes to watch old Western movies and black and white movies. That’s his favorite types of film to watch. When I was a kid, I would come over to the house and he’d just be sitting in the kitchen watching an old movie. In the fall/winter, of course he’s got to have his basketball games on and then switch right into baseball right after that sports season is over. He’s a guy; it’s easy to find what he likes to watch that’s on for more than an hour. I guess at a certain age, watching new films can get pretty boring. How much is enough? How many times can you watch a different remake of a classic movie? Music is the same way, there are only so many types of feelings and emotions a person can write about, also only so many ways you can turn words into sentences and turn riffs and notes into a whole song. I’m pretty good at trying something new, but even I have my limits, and that goes for both music and movies.
What makes a good film or record? I’ve always heard the word “talent” but it never specify who had it the most. I mean you’ve got writers who just sit in the back while the director, actors, singers, and producers take your credit. Not saying they’re all like that, but some don’t. I’ve seen a LOT of people get signed to both movie roles and musicians/singers get signed and not have a lick of talent or respect for others or themselves. They always say you also need to be original. We all know that while watching our favorite movies, they all go in some genre. Comedy, horror, romance, action, etc but yet a writer has found their ideas for their new something in another movie. It may not be in the same script, but its close. I’ve seen so many theories between two movies with having the same ideas, script, and plot. I mean, nobody’s being original anymore. The thing that bugs me the most is that I pay the most attention during the beginning of and the end of the movie. The last four films I’ve watched recently I’ve literally hated because it was either because of the beginning or the end that just had me spinning.
I feel like almost every genre of film has only a few original concepts left before it all just fades away. We have new filmmakers, writers, screen players, camera people coming out left and right every year and yet there isn’t enough new material making things fresh for them and for the newer generations to look forward. I’ve always heard of people complaining about how big classic are making their live debut, like The Sound of Music did last year. Carrie Underwood and Stephan Moyer had the lead roles, as this might be a surprise for some I have only watched the original with legendary Julie Andrews once and I vaguely remember it. So watching this version of it was new and bright to me, even though there was a part in the debut that should have been in there, but I still loved it either way. Now there is chatter going on with Grease being the next production of a live audience. I had read about that a couple of months ago and I’ve been a little weirded out about it, but then again welcoming to the idea if they cast the right people for the roles. While we’re on this topic of casting roles, the studios think they can find another actor to take on that role with only a year or two afterwards just get the newer generations interested. The only bad part about that is it kind of looks bad on the studios for taking such a big risk and the older generations lovers of these characters. Sometimes, it’s a good thing to take a break, but I’m talking like a five to ten year break to really give that character fan base a break in a sense and devote your time with another group of characters instead.
So my concern about my nana is that when will get to that point of just stopping watching new movies? Will I even go as far and even quit listening to music altogether? I don’t think I’d ever stop listening to music. I’ve got too many favorites, and I’m mostly talking about genres of music here. Artists and bands can depart and stop making music but somebody will always be there taking their places. In the film world, it’s been a long time for film in general as it started off silent film era, speaking era, color film, and now technology is playing the next sort of era for these movies as both the horror and action are bringing all kinds of different types of ways to incorporate things that haven’t been out in the world realistically yet. You watch movies like Back to the Future in the 80’s or 90’s and it gives you a sense of what might be there in a few years tops. Here we are, one year until 2015 and have you seen a Hoverboard yet? The only thing that I’ve seen is that powered laces will be on sale soon. If you like to watch these futuristic movies like I do, it makes you wonder what would change the most? Will movies be ruled by another era of something else? Will Disco become a popular genre of music? Will we get sick and tired by what we still continue to create on a daily basis? I have no idea, but I hope I don’t lose my hope in the process.