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RE: American films have been wonderful. They aren't more so than foreign, though. And,

Foreign films are just as dumb. The difference is that Americans only get the "sifted" foreign films so you THINK they are better when they are absolutely not.

Let's say there are 600 American films that come out in a year - 20 are excellent. So you say American films suck only 20 out of 600?

Foreign is great because you get to see the 3 good Korean films that won a bunch of awards at film festivals - you did not see the 300 piles of utter horse shit. So you say 3/3 great Korean films - they are much better movie makers - umm no - you get the parsed and sifted films - the best of that country's films. Ditto India, Canada, Australia, Japan etc.

But in the US - you get ALL the films and ALL the crap. Nothing is parsed. If you got just the films that the best film critics reviewed the highest and you never heard about all the schlock you the percentage would be the same.

The 8 nominated films this year - none were special effects loaded or had corny plots. All but one (Promising Young Woman)were of the art-house variety.

The reason you have all the Marvel Schlock is that to make money you need a global audience so you get "simple" films with "simple" dialog so you can sell them in China where the population is 1.5 billion. You can't have complicated themes and "western culture" ideology/culture that they won't understand.

Man gets bitten by spider has spider-powers beats up bad guys - have a few funny lines - a romance - and blow up stuff real big - make $hundreds of millions in profit - sell action figures, shirts and cups. And because Spidey's face is covered he could just as well be Chinese or Indian. So it sells.

Or Nomadland with a worldwide gross of less than $10million and that WITH an oscar for best picture helping it make even that paltry sum.

And the film I chose for best picture was Sound of Metal - it made a worldwide total of $180,000 - holy cow that is piss poor.

So which film will you want to invest your dollars in? The next Avengers movie or the next Chloe Zhao or Darius Marder flick?


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