Film shouldn’t be a speed reading exercise

Conceived and written by @LeeArnoldMWF

I think I’ve figured out why I like old movies and b-movies more than I do most mainstream modern film releases.

All these years I’ve blamed everything from CGI and crappy story lines, to over-commercialization and modern acting preferences.

When it comes down to it, the problem lies within structure of the films themselves.

The things I can point to in classic films that I enjoy, are similar to the things I often find myself pointing out as values I appreciate in modern films when I see them.

Generally, the movies I like don’t have a lot of action in them, unless of course we’re talking about highly-choreographed kung-fu where a student has to whip his master’s ass, or in some instances blaxploitatoin where the man has to be taught a lesson, but most frequently the low budgets of the films I like come into play and zap them of any real action sequences.

The sets are minimalistic, basic, and neatly contained.

For example, I love Reservoir Dogs.

It has a little action in it, a few basic set locations that dominate the film, and its heavy with narration, which brings me to my other frequent love of classic films over most modern releases – dialogue.

I like a wordy movie. I think in words. They flow through my mind all day long, so I can relate to things that are expressed in words far better than I can relate to things that fly past the screen at 100 miles per hour with automatic weapons sticking from the windows firing in all directions. I’m happiest watching a Woody Allen movie, Kevin Smith movie, or some other director/writer often accused of being a little wordy, like Quentin Tarantino or someone like that.

Words are the language of the mind.

Don’t believe me?

Think about something right now.

Go ahead.

I’ll wait…..

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