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DON'T LOOK UP - Hollywood's Problem with Putting Money Where Their Mouth Is
DON’T LOOK UP was a controversial satire on the climate problem, and while every political satire is bound to divide audiences– this one made a large mistake. It wasn’t just a satire, it was a call to action. It was a combination of the greatest forces in entertainment, telling you, the average moviegoer, that we need to solve this problem. Perhaps if the film had given a portion of not all proceeds to climate action, there would be a legitimate attempt at change. However, because of its lack of self-awareness and enormous star-power, whether or you liked the film, nothing is going to change.
Other films have successfully navigated this fine line of educating vs enlisting (Wag the Dog, 1997 comes to mind) but for a giant industry with enough money to solve world hunger to shake their finger at an audience made up of working class moviegoers is both ignorant and somewhat classist.
What a magnificent cast, too. Rosalind Russell can do no wrong in my book.
I think the bustling, gritty metro-fantasy of New York attracts the busy mind of an artist, which is why they so often place themselves there. For Hamilton, however, it’s a brilliant mesh of history and idealism. There is a longing for 1700s New York because as a time & place, it represents hope. I think it held onto being a sign of hope through the 1990s, and then lost its spirit a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing NEW YORK, NEW YORK on Broadway later in 2023.
I’m a fan of the MCU and how it’s inspired more elaborate, long-form nonlinear storytelling, but I think with the introduction of Zeus and Hercules in Thor: Love & Thunder (a mess of a movie) that they’re beginning to walk a fine line between storytellers and story-scavengers. I understand the use of norse mythology in the comic books. In fact, I think it’s a smart way to bring “real-world” heroes together with fictional ones, but the MCU is beginning to expand so wide that finding strong, well-articulated content is like finding a needle in a haystack.