Movies Have Gotten Longer and More Boring Since the 2000s

Movies Have Gotten Longer and More Boring Since the 2000s

I recall going to the movies at the movie theater as a kid in the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s, and I also recall that most movies during those decades lasted about an hour and a half.

Starting a About six to seven years ago, unfortunately, the length of most movies crept up to about two hours.

Photo of a movie reel To make matters worse, within the last two, three years, movies have grown even longer: two hours and twenty minutes seems to be the norm now.

We’re living in an age where it’s never been easier to watch movies whenever and however we want, thanks to iPads, cell phones, Disney plus, NetFlix and other streaming services, and so forth.

The computer graphics used to create special effects in movies have become even more advanced, too.

And yet, all of that, the fancy special effects and the extra length of movies, have not improved the quality.

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Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Everybody had an opinion about ‘The Hunt’ before anybody saw it. That’s a problem. by A. Hornaday

Excerpts

Aug 15, 2019

[Editorial discusses how people negatively react towards a movie before it’s actually released]

…Sight unseen, the reviews were in [for these movies].

Make those “pre-views.”

Today, the forces of entertainment marketing, social media and grievance culture are increasingly colliding, with the casualty being the movies themselves.

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Box Office: Democrats Go to More Movies Than Republicans by P. McClintock (August 2019)

Box Office: Democrats Go to More Movies Than Republicans by P. McClintock (August 2019)

Box Office: Democrats Go to More Movies Than Republicans by P. McClintock

The statistic is part of a seven-year survey released by exit-polling service PostTrak.

Democrats go to the movies twice as much as Republicans, a new study finds.

The statistic was among many tidbits included in a seven-year survey celebrating the 1,000th movie surveyed by industry leader PostTrak, the exit-polling service founded by Rentrak (now owned by Comscore) and Screen Engine.

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‘The Hunt’ Movie Depicts Liberal Elites Hunting and Killing Politically Conservative People – Update: The Studio Has Pulled the Movie

‘The Hunt’ Movie Depicts Liberal Elites Hunting and Killing Politically Conservative People  – Update: The Studio Has Pulled the Movie

(Post update below)

Hollywood Pulls Ads for Movie About Liberal Elites Hunting ‘MAGA Types’

“The Hunt” Movie Trailer Features Elites Hunting “Deplorables” For Sport 

Hollywood blockbuster that satirizes killing of ‘deplorables’ causes outrage: ‘Demented and evil’

Excerpts:

by Brian Flood, Aug 8, 2019

A controversial movie about privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport is ruffling feathers more than a month before its scheduled release and after tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

“The Hunt” is billed as a satire that follows wealthy thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that “Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire” following the shootings after ESPN reportedly pulled a trailer for the film that had been previously cleared to air on the sports network.

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Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood by R. Ford

Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood by R. Ford

Who Can Play What Roles Now? 10 Top Decision-Makers On the Politics of Casting in Hollywood

Excerpts:

Amid a push for better representation of diverse actors, top talents from Ryan Murphy to Daniel Dae Kim delve into the industry’s complex new creative landscape.

Over the past couple of years, casting in films and TV has been scrutinized with an intensity never seen before. When a role is whitewashed (such as in Ghost in the Shell orAloha), audiences are quick to take to social media to express their disappointment.

And as the awareness and demand for more representation in stories has grown, so has the demand for casting to reflect those stories. But with this new creative landscape comes plenty of questions about who can play what.

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What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By Adam Kirsch

What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By A. Kirsch

I sometimes find it difficult to re-watch a movie with an actor in it who I have since discovered is rude, arrogant, abusive, or some kind of jerk, in real life.

Ditto with singers. Now that the “Leaving Neverland” documentary has been released, I find myself a little reluctant to listen to pop songs by Michael Jackson anymore.

It’s sometimes hard to know how, when, or if to stop supporting an artist when one discovers said artist is a dirt bag in his or her personal life.

(Link): What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By Adam Kirsch

Excerpts:

January 24, 2019

… Should we give honor and respect to people who excel in their art but are deficient in what we consider ordinary morality?

These questions have been at the heart of modern thinking about art since the 19th century; but since the advent of the #MeToo movement, they have begun to receive new kinds of answers.

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History Vs. Hollywood Site – How Accurate Are Movies or TV Shows Based On Real Life Events and People?

History Vs. Hollywood Site – How Accurate Are Movies or TV Shows Based On Real Life Events and People?

I recently added a link to a site called “History Vs Hollywood” to my blog’s blogroll.

I’ve only at this stage skimmed over a few entries, but it appears to be a very interesting site that analyzes how accurate movies based on real-life events are.

Most of the pages have side by side comparison photos, showing the real-life person next to whatever actor portrays that person in the movie.

The site also seems to provide a few reviews of television shows – such as mini-series – as well.

Here is a link to that site:

History Vs Hollywood

Here are a few examples from that site:

From their page on WELCOME TO MARWEN (2018)

Excerpts:

Were the men who beat Mark Hogancamp neo-Nazis?

No. This is the movie’s biggest fabrication with regard to the true story. In real life, Mark’s assailants did admit to beating him because he told them he was a cross-dresser, which would make it a hate crime, but they weren’t actually neo-Nazi white supremacists like in the movie.

One of the real-life attackers, a 16-year-old nicknamed “Black Freddy,” wasn’t even white. However, to reinforce the point, the movie even shows one of the men with a swastika tattoo on his bicep.

Both in the Marwencol documentary and in the articles written about Mark Hogancamp, including in The New York Times, there was never a mention of his assailants being neo-Nazis. They also appear a bit older in the film. In real life, two of the five attackers were still teenagers.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (2018)

Did Freddie Mercury really love cats as much as the character does in the movie?

Yes. The film is accurate in its depiction of Mercury’s adoration for cats. According to the memoir of his personal assistant, Peter Freestone, he would even talk to them on the phone when he was away, which is shown in the movie. Mercury owned a number of cats throughout his life.

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“Miscast,” “Wasted,” and “Impressive Resume'” – The Cliches and Inaccuracies in Entertainment Coverage or Movie Reviews about Actor Chris O’Dowd

“Miscast,” “Wasted,” and “Impressive Resume'” – The Cliches and Inaccuracies in Entertainment Coverage or Movie Reviews about Actor Chris O’Dowd

In writing several blog posts about actor Chris O’Dowd, a person who annoys me for reasons I’ve detailed elsewhere on this blog (he also turned out to be very disappointing), including but not limited to explaining in this blog post, I noticed a pattern in movie reviews, articles, or interviews, that mention him.

One of the most inaccurate, baffling, and annoying commonalities I see turn up in coverage about O’Dowd would be a reference to his “Impressive CV” (with “C.V.” being the European equivalent to the American term “resume'”), or authors who refer to him, actor-wise, as being “in demand.”

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2018 Study: Women-Character-Centric Movies Outperform Male-Centric Character Movies

2018 Study: Women-Character-Centric Movies Outperform Male-Centric Character Movies

Movies starring women make more money, study says

Female-Led Movies Have Outperformed Male-Led Movies for the Last Three Years

by  Yohana Desta
December 2018

A new study also found that movies that pass the Bechdel Test have performed better than movies that don’t.

This may come as a shock, but movies starring women do well at the box office. Really well. So well that a new study from the Creative Artists Agency and Shift7, in conjunction with the anti–sexual harassment organization Time’s Up, found that female-led movies dominated the box office from 2014 to 2017.

In addition, movies that passed the Bechdel Test—you know, the simple measurement that asks whether two named-female characters on-screen talk to each other about something other than a man—performed better at the box office than movies that didn’t pass the test.

“The perception that it’s not good business to have female leads is not true,” said Christy Haubegger, a C.A.A. agent who was part of the research team, in an interview with The New York Times. “They’re a marketing asset.”

This is yet another myth-busting piece of data refuting the old stereotype that studios often use as an excuse for not green-lighting female-led films.

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Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think (2018)


Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think (2018)

Researcher uses hacked studio data to prove racially diverse casts are more profitable

Study Shows Movie Audiences Aren’t As Racist As Hollywood Execs Think

By Hannah Sparks
December 2018

The blockbuster community got busted.

The movie industry has continued to claim that white actors sell more tickets, despite the smash successes of “Get Out,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” all of which featured primarily nonwhite casts.

Now, a new study — using data collected from the 2014 Sony Pictures hack — reveals that diversity actually makes bank, and Hollywood execs might be just plain racist.

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