Okay, It’s Summer. Bi-Weekly Posts, Begin! First off: “Action” Films

Okay, I lied before. Again. Like always. But I swear I’ll be posting some kind of rambling thought process from now on. Anywho: “Action” Films.

People can really piss me off when they start over-critiquing films because they’ve gone to film school. Oh, so you learned how to use some of the equipment, and you’ve been given a piece of paper that says you survived four years of school, therefore you are the end-all be-all of filmmakers now?

No. You’re still a nobody. When someone graduates with a degree in accounting, you think they get a spiffy, high-end, six-figure salary accounting job from the get go? No. They start from the bottom. Because that’s how the professional world works. And whether or not you think you know everything about films and what they should be now, you don’t. None of us do. We’re still learning. And we will be learning until the day we get a lifetime achievement award for being Martin Scorsese. But that probably won’t happen to most of us.

Where is this coming from? Well, honestly, people criticizing all action movies as if they’re supposed to be Human-dramas that win Oscars for storytelling and acting. An action movie, as far as I am concerned, is just as much a genre film as comedies, horrors or thrillers are. It was written, produced, directed, edited, sound designed and distributed as an action film. The soul intent and purpose of the movie is to excite its viewers with action. So when someone comes back from seeing The Raid, John Wick or Age of Ultron, (for examples) and tells me that it was trash because there wasn’t enough plot and the acting was a little bit stiff, I have to ask: “Why the hell did you go to see it in the first place, then?”

Why do we, as self-proclaimed critics, hand out free passes to cheesy horror films like Paranormal Activity or Seth Rogan and James Franco comedies for being really stupid, but then when an action film comes out we’re all suddenly comparing it to The Shawshank Redemption? It’s a movie about super Humans defeating an evil robot singularity before it destroys the world. Enjoy the damn thing for what it is, not what it isn’t.

/rant

Restart

Let’s restart this portfolio:

So I just made the realization that I haven’t been back here in a long while, and decided it was a good time to clean it up and to make it a little bit prettier than it once was. I’ve decided to begin posting regularly about ramblings I may or may not have about my daily professional life, and whatever things seem to inspire me (the fact that Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s John Wick was so popular that it now has a sequel underway is but one example).

In fact, let’s start with that. I loved John Wick. I thought it was the perfect action flick for what it was, which is quite the statement coming from someone who thought The Raid: Redemption and Dredd set the bar so damn high. But where these two movies did simple plot structure and quick pacing so well, John Wick I find also manages to fill me with pure, unadulterated joy at every silly line that Keanu manages to deliver with such stern vigour.

I would also be ecstatic if there was an HBO or FX spinoff show that followed the hotel. But I could go on forever about that.

That’s all I have to say about that for the time being. My girlfriend is rushing to get to her first show of Ryerson Theater School’s run of Vienna Woods, and I’m currently using her laptop.

-Douglas