Word of the day, people: "Bayification".

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by youngian

    on 30 Sept 2009 12:52

    BBC4’s technology season features an idiot family having to entertain themselves in a mocked up 1970s world before we had a plethora of modern gadget.
    Does this mean they had to go and see the Conversation, Taxi Driver and Annie Hall instead of Michael Bay CGI films?

    How did they survive!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n1j8n/Electric_Dreams_1970s

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by dougtrumbull

    on 20 Mar 2009 23:43

    I agree, it is all part of the dumbing down of everything. I'd like to see more thoughtful movies that rely on plot and character development and not explosions. SILENT RUNNING had explosions, but they never used them every few minutes. They only used them to advance the plot.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by youngRJake

    on 1 Nov 2008 22:46

    "What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy." Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death)

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Takethree

    on 29 Oct 2008 05:29

    Dearest Mark

    You need to get out more.

    Try the theatre instead - that is what the actors are doing. Last night I saw Ralph Fiennes in Oedipus - a real horror story for you and no explosions in sight. Branagh is also on stage at the moment - in Chekhov;s Ivanov - a stunning performance.

    Just like your band - they want to do it for real- not reel.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by barichrome

    on 25 Oct 2008 02:49

    I really do agree with your premise of movies being made so people don't have to think. Wonder who is causing it, the "watchers" or the "makers"? Who is pulling who?

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by cineshaun

    on 24 Oct 2008 11:01

    I guess it goes without saying but I couldn't agree more.

    The really sad thing is I really don't think people do want to think for themselves anymore or have a discussion about a film afterwards.

    They just want "entertainment".

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by colinr0380

    on 23 Oct 2008 19:19

    I've not seen "Evil Eye" yet but the thing that struck me the most from the clips is the way that this voice is controlling the characters in a similar way Morpheus does to Neo at the beginning of The Matrix. I'm assuming that the Wachowskis will be sueing some time soon! (I guess the Wanted people will also be having a word!)

    Doesn't this all lead to a discussion about the way films are becoming more like computer games, with constant action and cypher characters who the audience can project themselves onto rather than being fully rounded characters existing in their world. Yet unfortunately in striving to become like computer games, films forget that the one thing they don't do well is interactivity - no matter how much they IMAX or 3D something.

    The sooner films learn that the thing they do better than computer games is to tell a cohesive, compelling story (along with spectacular and most importantly appropriate visuals!) the better

    I guess I wouldn't hate Michael Bay so much if he didn't come across in his commentaries as such a self assured "I'm perfection personified" kind of person! Yes I've listened to him whittle on for hours on end, for my sins! I even listened to his commentary over the four hours of Pearl Harbor, though at least there he was paired up with Jeanine Basinger who played the sycophant, which was somewhat easier to handle than someone mythologising themselves!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Perless

    on 22 Oct 2008 11:59

    Hm, i can only see mark - but there is no audio - i take it the rest of you don't have this problem?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by vanveen13

    on 20 Oct 2008 17:59

    One could hardly argue with your assessment of the Bayification of pictures, except to suggest that this really began with atrocious pictures such as Star Wars and Jaws, which are now regularly toted up as classics, though they are simply commercials. I think a problem with your assessment is that listening to you over time one cannot quite get a handle over your cinematic aesthetic, though you're funny enough to make your reviews more than worth listening to. An e.g., please! Well you have recently said you liked something banal and watery like Legally Blonde, while disparaging a decent comic work like The Big Lebowski. It had its problems, I admit, but holding them altogether was Jeff Bridges great performance. And it does no good as you said merely to sit down and try to think myself out of my enjoyment of the film. Strong Opinions are always bracing, but I don't understand how you prioritize your standards.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by EuroPaddy

    on 20 Oct 2008 13:11

    Mark,

    Good rant, and I agree wholeheartedly. I watched The Island recently on cable, and it was instantly obvious that there was too much going on. But what bothered be until I read this post was the nagging suspicion in my mind that I had seen this movie before. Thanks for clearing that up - now I remember seeing Clonus many years ago on BetaMax!

    But if Bay is Satan, then surely your other favourite, Guy Ritchie, must be Damien. Like Satan, he too has the most annoying habbit of churning out the same movie, time after time after time... I don't know if links are allowed, but this 'Ritchie' one will surely make you laugh (the 's' word is used once...):

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/celebrity/ritchie-could-be--forced-to-rely-on-talent%2c-say-friends-200810151325/

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