Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 2" (Trending)
posted at 2/18/2011 11:56 AM EST
Great responses, and I enjoyed reading every one of them (jessey, you can pontificate all you want).
There certainly is validity in recognizing that convenience does play an ever growing role in maintaining and keeping current, even in our recreational pursuits.
But as many point out, it's also more than that. There is no denying that quantity has trumped quality with regard to all of the mediums we consume. How can quality be sustained when movies are being churned out the way they are, with no end in sight? It's impossible.
It's also true that you could, at one time, rely on the idea that if a certain actor that you admire was in a film, the film would probably be decent, as Hfx alluded to. And that's just NOT TRUE anymore! How many times have you been blind-sided checking out a movie for that reason and have it be a bomb? Too many. I am definitely among the burned for so many reasons, so disappointed in so many films, and even worse, disgusted by them!
One film I was thinking about that probably not many people enjoyed was "Revolutionary Road" with Kate Winslet (a favorite of mine) and Leonardo DiCaprio (not a favorite of mine, but he's okay, and very good in this film). This movie was based on a book that was published in 1961 by Richard Yates, and is a very stark indictment on suburban living when the suburbs were being developed in the 50's. Upon recommendation of a friend who thought Yates' book was one of best books he ever read, I got the book after seeing the movie so I could get the full experience, and I have to say, it has stayed with me. And I wouldn't necessarily recommend the movie to anyone, either, you might think I am crazy for even liking it (it's very disturbing!), but it was a psychological study that moved me very deeply. So you have this current film based on a book that was published 50 years ago, and the message and relevance is mind blowing. That is a rarity.
What I was hearing from your responses, and I am in sync with, is that I am also very choosy about what I bother to see or pursue. I am also not hung up on being "current" or seeing the "new" or latest release in films or books for that matter. I can wait. And there will never be enough time to catch up with the back log anyhow. Many women are in book clubs, as you know, and many follow Oprah's book recommendations. You could offer me $50 grand right now to tell you 10 titles from Oprah and I would not be able to take that money out of your hand! Never paid any attention to it. I do enjoy a good book review and I do like seeing best seller lists, but that's not how I pick out what I decide to read, it's just interesting to glance at what's going on in publishing. I love memoirs and I love non-fiction for the most part. But there's also nothing wrong with (a) "Bridget Jones's Diary", either!
BTW, do any of you think a good comedy is much more difficult to come by than a decent dramady or drama? I do. Comedic timing is a real skill.
Bottom line for me: I have a limited number of brain cells I can expend on maintaining some of these interests, I try to do what brings me the greatest rewards, happiness and brings more joy and meaning to my life. And if that ain't in some blockbuster movie, then you won't see yogafriend in that theatre.