Something You've Never Seen In A Movie
January 26, 2010 9:48am CST
It seems as though most movies are remakes. They are either out right remakes of an older film, based on a novel, or based on Shakespearian plays. Now certainly I don't expect that we can avoid this, considering that human beings tend to live out the same stories but in different ways. Still I am very curious to know, if there is something new, innovative, or old and taboo, that you have never seen in a movie? If you can't think of anything, do you think that we've exhausted all the possibilities?
• Czech Republic
26 Jan 10
It's kinda hard to think about something new so fast but sure there are some themes that haven't been done or haven't been done in a good way before. Dunno, there's no good movie yet about let's say...skateboarding But what I'd like to see is a good interactive movie. Viewers in cinema would have some voting system (people at home would use a remote control) and they would directly effect character's actions/choices in some scenes. For example, a hero is chasing bad guy and some bystander gets shot. Now we would have an option to choose if the hero should continue chasing him or help the victim. If we choose to help, that injured character could play an important role in the movie later or even become his love interest for example if it's a woman. The movie would never stop but you would see a blinking icon in some key scenes that says to do this press button 1, to do that press button 2, you get it. So depending on how much interactivity the director wants to put in, there would be for example 5 hours of footage for 2 hour movie. So the movie could be different every time you see it depending on what actions you choose. And of course there would be a director's cut version for those who wants to see it as a classic movie.
26 Jan 10
Oh I don't know what about the documentary skateboard film "Dogtown and Z-Boys" that was pretty good. But I like your idea reminds of those mini books which were around a few years back, may still be, that you got to a point in the book and depending on your own choice you jumped to a certain page. It would certainly make movies a lot more interesting with all the various peremetations on a storyline, although I would image a bit of a pain to shoot.
26 Jan 10
I would say that commercial cinema on the whole is devoid of any originality and I can't remember the last commercial movie I saw which was not just another remake or rehash of a more traditional story. But if you look at the indie movies, those which can be brave because it's not all about making money then there are some movies out there which do tend to be a bit different. The same with foreign language movies which often explore themes which commercial movies won't touch. Probably my favourite movie when it comes to being original would be the 1956 short "The Red Balloon" which is vastly different to anything else. Another one which is different, although since has been immitated, or at least tried to be, would be "Easy Rider" because the way it's been edited, the low budget and the generational storyline just cannot be immitated properly.
• United States
27 Jan 10
I tend to watch more independent and foreign films not just because, as you said, commercial cinema is all the same, but because this is where I get to see more brown people. I live in the U.S. and it isn't very common to see Chicanos, Asians, Aboriginals, and Black people in fully developed roles regardless of whether or not the story is original or not. I rarely get to see diverse media representations period, but it gets worse when you aren't a member of the majority. I've never actually had the opportunity to watch "Easy Rider" in its entirety. I've seen clips, but haven't been able to see it all. I recently watch a really good short collection called "Tokyo". It features three shorts, by three different directors and I thought that they were all very interesting in their own right. If I had control over the order, though, I would have watched the first story last. I thought it the most powerful of the three.