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John Landis had more than a few choice statements on big studios and the state of the industry. Landis who worked steadily from 1973 to the late 90s took a ten year break of sorts until finally deciding to direct 2010s BURKE & HARE starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.

What has Landis all upset? The director started by saying this to a group of reporters at the Mar del Plata Film Festival:

"The studios are not in the movie business anymore. Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios."

Landis then was asked if Hollywood was turning out remakes due to a lack of original ideas:

"There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations," he stated. "Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f---ing nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes! It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of shit."

He continued:

"It's very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie. So the reason they make remakes and sequels is because they're brands, like Coca Cola. They remake movies because they have presold titles. It's tragic, because you have things like Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is a brilliant movie, and yet the remakes have made a lot more money. When I did Animal House, I could point at the studio and tell you who owned it: Lew Wasserman was Universal, David Begelman was Columbia, Arthur Krim was United Artists, Steve Ross was Warner Brothers. I don't know who owns these companies now. There are no individuals who say, 'Sure, I'll take a risk.' Because the risks are now huge! I'm not that old, but many of my movies made more money the second, third, or fourth week, because we used to have what we call word of mouth. Now if a movie doesn't make money its first two days, you're f---ed!"

Landis on how internet piracy factors in:

"One of the problems with the Internet that no one has solved is that for YouTube, Google, Yahoo to exist, they thrive on piracy. They must steal intellectual property; they're like vampires. So how do you fight that? Now there are generations worldwide who believe that when they're downloading something for free, it's not theft. It doesn't even occur to them, so intellectual property has become nothing. You used to be able to write a book, or do a piece, and it was yours, but now you're raped continuously. It's very complicated, and I don't have any answers."

There were a few positives during the rant. Though it does feel a bit backhanded:

"There will always be good movies being made. It's just harder and harder to see them. And the studios are no longer interested in making good movies -- they're interested in movies that will bring you in. So you have movies like Avatar, or Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. It's wonderful to look at. Now, is it a good movie? No! But it's entertaining, and it's a spectacle and technically astonishing."

"There are a lot of interesting things being made in cable TV now because they can afford to take the risk."

The director wrapped it up on a chaotic note:

"Everything is changing. Steve Jobs destroyed the music industry. He decided a song is worth 20 cents, just like that. (Snaps his fingers.) Boom. Destroyed. So everything has changed. There are no villains here. No one has the handle on it. I understand why they're scared. All their decisions are based on fear."

Do you agree or disagree with Landis?

Source: THR
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1:56AM on 11/25/2013
People have been saying "There no new ideas in Hollywood anymore" since at least as long as I have been alive, like it's some brand new trend that just got started. There is no such thing as truly original story structure because everything boils down to the Hero's Journey.


I find it humorous after finishing reading this rant against remakes, I look over to the "External Links" section of the menu on the right side of the screen and see "10 Remakes That Got It Right" under a picture of
People have been saying "There no new ideas in Hollywood anymore" since at least as long as I have been alive, like it's some brand new trend that just got started. There is no such thing as truly original story structure because everything boils down to the Hero's Journey.


I find it humorous after finishing reading this rant against remakes, I look over to the "External Links" section of the menu on the right side of the screen and see "10 Remakes That Got It Right" under a picture of Anne Heche in Psycho.
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2:14PM on 11/24/2013

Make up your mind

How can file sharing of movies be stealing of intellectual property if Hollywood isn't creating anything new?
How can file sharing of movies be stealing of intellectual property if Hollywood isn't creating anything new?
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3:08PM on 11/24/2013
you realize your comment makes absolutely no sense, right?
you realize your comment makes absolutely no sense, right?
12:01AM on 11/25/2013
It makes sense to people who can read English. If every movie is a copy of another movie then movie makers are just as guity of stealing intellectual property as the guy who illegally downloads movies.
It makes sense to people who can read English. If every movie is a copy of another movie then movie makers are just as guity of stealing intellectual property as the guy who illegally downloads movies.
11:23AM on 11/24/2013
I'm not jumping on the Gravity bandwagon but to say its not a good movie is completely idiotic. I do agree with some of the things this guy says but not all of it. Sorry to say it but piracy is not hurting the movie industry. I don't see anyone in the Hollywood hurting because someone downloaded a copy of their movie. If a movie looks good, I will go see it. If I really enjoy the movie, I will go see it again. If I can download a Blu Ray copy of the movie that I paid to see multiply times and
I'm not jumping on the Gravity bandwagon but to say its not a good movie is completely idiotic. I do agree with some of the things this guy says but not all of it. Sorry to say it but piracy is not hurting the movie industry. I don't see anyone in the Hollywood hurting because someone downloaded a copy of their movie. If a movie looks good, I will go see it. If I really enjoy the movie, I will go see it again. If I can download a Blu Ray copy of the movie that I paid to see multiply times and probably multiple tickets, I will but I will also buy it when it's released. If I am unsure about a movie, I may download it and see if I like it. If I like it, I will buy it. I'm not saying everyone is like this but companies are not going broke because of it. AS far as music, Before Itunes, EVERYONE was downloading from Napster and Limewire. When Itunes came out piracy went down. Other companies starting popping up and again, piracy went down. I'm not saying that it doesn't still happen but to say Steve Jobs destroyed music industry is ridiculous and completely false. This man saved the music industries ass. Not everyone wants to pay $15 and up for a CD that has maybe 4 or 5 good songs. I would much rather pay for the songs that I like or pay a monthly fee for unlimited music. Some bands I will buy the whole album but not on CD. I will purchase a digital download. I mostly listen to the music I already have and maybe once or twice a year buy a new album.
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8:26PM on 11/23/2013
While I mostly disagree with his comments, that's not what I would like to comment on. I am genuinely confused about how a movie that is (as Landis puts it) "wonderful to look at", "entertaining", and "a spectacle and technically astonishing" is not a good movie. Seriously, aren't those the criteria of being a good movie? So how can he say that 'Gravity' (brought up by him) "isn't a good movie" (paraphrased) yet still hit all those criteria? I am being serious, as this makes no sense to me at
While I mostly disagree with his comments, that's not what I would like to comment on. I am genuinely confused about how a movie that is (as Landis puts it) "wonderful to look at", "entertaining", and "a spectacle and technically astonishing" is not a good movie. Seriously, aren't those the criteria of being a good movie? So how can he say that 'Gravity' (brought up by him) "isn't a good movie" (paraphrased) yet still hit all those criteria? I am being serious, as this makes no sense to me at all. Is he contradicting himself in his own ridiculous rant?
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8:36AM on 11/24/2013
From what I read in the article above, nowhere does it say that Mr Landis says being "entertaining, and it's a spectacle and technically astonishing." was criteria for being a good movie. He says that "Gravity" is all of those, but only after he says that it's not a good movie.
From what I read in the article above, nowhere does it say that Mr Landis says being "entertaining, and it's a spectacle and technically astonishing." was criteria for being a good movie. He says that "Gravity" is all of those, but only after he says that it's not a good movie.
12:55PM on 11/24/2013
Well a good movie doesn't mean it's good to look at. A good movie makes you think. Good or bad about the characters. That's like saying Star Wars was a good movie. Star Wars was entertaining. No one won an Oscar for directing, best picture or best actor. now just because it wins these DOESN'T make it a good movie (i'm looking at you Crash) but i was saying that it wasn't even nominated. I loved Gravity. But i love it differently than i do Goodfellas or any movie that's praised for other than
Well a good movie doesn't mean it's good to look at. A good movie makes you think. Good or bad about the characters. That's like saying Star Wars was a good movie. Star Wars was entertaining. No one won an Oscar for directing, best picture or best actor. now just because it wins these DOESN'T make it a good movie (i'm looking at you Crash) but i was saying that it wasn't even nominated. I loved Gravity. But i love it differently than i do Goodfellas or any movie that's praised for other than spectacle.
1:50PM on 11/24/2013
@ Filmguy450- You're especially right since one of Landis' own films relied heavily on visual appeal, (An American Werewolf in London). Half of that movie's appeal was based on the makeup effects because no one had seen a effects like that in a werewolf film before.
@ Filmguy450- You're especially right since one of Landis' own films relied heavily on visual appeal, (An American Werewolf in London). Half of that movie's appeal was based on the makeup effects because no one had seen a effects like that in a werewolf film before.
9:39PM on 11/25/2013
@Obmulap- You have missed the point of my question in every possible way, it's kind of quaint. I never asserted that Mr. Landis did say those were criteria for a good film. I was simply asking as in general question, how those aren't such? Seriously, I don't know what other criteria one needs (entertainment can happen in a variety of ways. Drama gets you to cry or some such, horror actually scares, etc. Being well made, slightly less subjective, but still is to some degree). Therefore if (by
@Obmulap- You have missed the point of my question in every possible way, it's kind of quaint. I never asserted that Mr. Landis did say those were criteria for a good film. I was simply asking as in general question, how those aren't such? Seriously, I don't know what other criteria one needs (entertainment can happen in a variety of ways. Drama gets you to cry or some such, horror actually scares, etc. Being well made, slightly less subjective, but still is to some degree). Therefore if (by one's own admission) a movie entertained and was (again, by own admission) well made how is not good? That is exactly what Landis is saying though, and it literally makes no sense to me. Thus I was asking for clarification to see if I missed something.

@Jay, I did not say that the visuals were the sole thing to make a movie good anywhere above. Not sure where you got that. Visuals are important to a visual medium though, thus they got mentioned. Yes, story and characters are important as well, but if you get wrapped in those, than the movie is entertaining you as it intended, so I did not feel like I had to single those out.

@Pysche, I agree 100%. Which is why I find it so odd that he'd deride spectacle as he does. The whole rant confuses me, thanks for understanding.
7:21PM on 11/23/2013

For all his complaints...

...we still have Scorsese, Allen, Fincher, Aronofsky, Nolan, P.T. Anderson, and Tarantino doing what they want.
...we still have Scorsese, Allen, Fincher, Aronofsky, Nolan, P.T. Anderson, and Tarantino doing what they want.
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7:02PM on 11/23/2013

That Golden Age were most studio movies were good never existed

It's a myth that every filmmaker from another era keep propagating at one point or another.

John Landis started making movies regularly in 1977. What happened in 1977? Star Wars, the movie who, according to the generation before, killed the Golden Age of the 70s'. In fact, Landis generation, the 80s' generation, was kind of stucked between the great period of the 70s' and the indie revival of the 90s'. Except for a few notable exceptions (mostly genre movies), the average quality of a movie
It's a myth that every filmmaker from another era keep propagating at one point or another.

John Landis started making movies regularly in 1977. What happened in 1977? Star Wars, the movie who, according to the generation before, killed the Golden Age of the 70s'. In fact, Landis generation, the 80s' generation, was kind of stucked between the great period of the 70s' and the indie revival of the 90s'. Except for a few notable exceptions (mostly genre movies), the average quality of a movie in that period was NOT good and I wouldn't replace it for the movies we have today.
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4:39PM on 11/23/2013

Landis likes to run his mouth, just like his son.

A lot of this crap is just the same old regurgitated garbage that every generation whinges about as they pass the torch. In the '70s, when Landis was starting out making movies, the film industry was dying and people thought a lot of the movies being produced (the ones we now consider classics) were filth (morally and socially destructive). Lots of controversy over films like Taxi Driver which we now consider to be unparalleled classics. The bottom line is that this guy made a couple great
A lot of this crap is just the same old regurgitated garbage that every generation whinges about as they pass the torch. In the '70s, when Landis was starting out making movies, the film industry was dying and people thought a lot of the movies being produced (the ones we now consider classics) were filth (morally and socially destructive). Lots of controversy over films like Taxi Driver which we now consider to be unparalleled classics. The bottom line is that this guy made a couple great films early in his career, and is now a giant hack whose only way to generate publicity for himself is to spout off all this nonsense in an interview. No one cares about John Landis anymore because he couldn't keep up with the times. For all his complaints about the film industry and quality, we still have Scorsese - forty years after Landis got his start - continuing to make masterpieces every few years. Where's Landis' masterpiece? Oh, wait, lemme guess, the studios don't want to take a risk on him? Yeah, that's the reason he made Blues Brothers 2000. Give me a fucking break. Dude's a hack who apparently passed on his 'charming' personality to his obnoxious son.
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3:19PM on 11/23/2013

Right and not right

He's right and not right here. Yes, studios are less original and less creative than ever, but there is still plenty of quality filmmaking out there. And for him to lump in Avatar and Gravity with the concept of studio desperation is fucking stupid. Those are original movies that made a killing and ARE great films.

I think Landis might be a little bitter since he can't get a legitimate gig anymore. It happens. Some directors last, others don't. But look at the arthouse/Oscar fare this year
He's right and not right here. Yes, studios are less original and less creative than ever, but there is still plenty of quality filmmaking out there. And for him to lump in Avatar and Gravity with the concept of studio desperation is fucking stupid. Those are original movies that made a killing and ARE great films.

I think Landis might be a little bitter since he can't get a legitimate gig anymore. It happens. Some directors last, others don't. But look at the arthouse/Oscar fare this year and tell me good movies aren't being made anymore. Hell, many of the so-called unoriginal franchise flicks are sometimes very good (Catching Fire for instance).
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1:16PM on 11/23/2013

HIs comments on Cable TV are spot on

I have these two friends, who are engaged, and we get together at times to talk about what I know (film) and what they know (television). We also watch some stuff together and I have taken their recommendations which has resulted in my seeing how great tv is now. They are always remind me of this fact by saying "we are in the golden age of television". The stuff on cable just has more balls about it than network and half of what is being released in theaters today. It seems though that
I have these two friends, who are engaged, and we get together at times to talk about what I know (film) and what they know (television). We also watch some stuff together and I have taken their recommendations which has resulted in my seeing how great tv is now. They are always remind me of this fact by saying "we are in the golden age of television". The stuff on cable just has more balls about it than network and half of what is being released in theaters today. It seems though that network TV is catching on because "Hannibal" is very ballsy and constantly surprises me with the content it contains.
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12:03PM on 11/23/2013
Hes' forgetting the hundreds of smaller movies that aren't the studio movies he's talking about. We have more now than ever before, just because all he sees is the big budget movies doesn't mean all we have is sequels and remakes. He probably can't get a job anymore and is venting here.
Hes' forgetting the hundreds of smaller movies that aren't the studio movies he's talking about. We have more now than ever before, just because all he sees is the big budget movies doesn't mean all we have is sequels and remakes. He probably can't get a job anymore and is venting here.
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12:22PM on 11/23/2013
You mean the hundreds of smaller movies that no one ever gets a chance to see because the studios who buy the distribution rights put no money or effort into advertising and eventually end up burying them so deep you have to dig to find one?
You mean the hundreds of smaller movies that no one ever gets a chance to see because the studios who buy the distribution rights put no money or effort into advertising and eventually end up burying them so deep you have to dig to find one?
3:15PM on 11/23/2013
Uhh...Twelve Years a Slave, Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Nebraska...these movies aren't hard to find. Unless you live in the podonks, but if you do and you're a cinephile, that's your fault.
Uhh...Twelve Years a Slave, Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Nebraska...these movies aren't hard to find. Unless you live in the podonks, but if you do and you're a cinephile, that's your fault.
11:38AM on 11/23/2013
And all this time i thought it was guys like us on sites like this who felt this strongly.

Granted, the imfamous financial crisis had Hollywood churning out remake/reboots coz they were playing it 'safe' but personally that should have been an opportunity to capitalise on (rightly put theres nothing original anymore) 'original' stuff. Give the little guys a chance, yo.
And all this time i thought it was guys like us on sites like this who felt this strongly.

Granted, the imfamous financial crisis had Hollywood churning out remake/reboots coz they were playing it 'safe' but personally that should have been an opportunity to capitalise on (rightly put theres nothing original anymore) 'original' stuff. Give the little guys a chance, yo.
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5:15AM on 11/23/2013

Youtube

Surely online broadcasting lets any filmmaker 'release' their film to a global audience and build an audience through word of mouth. A lot of film making careers are launching online right now, with no studio.
Surely online broadcasting lets any filmmaker 'release' their film to a global audience and build an audience through word of mouth. A lot of film making careers are launching online right now, with no studio.
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9:23AM on 11/23/2013
You might wanna check your data on that.
You might wanna check your data on that.
11:15AM on 11/26/2013
The 'data' would be on Youtube!
The 'data' would be on Youtube!
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1:06AM on 11/23/2013

Of course he's right.

He is 100% right.
And he will never make another studio picture again because of it.
He is 100% right.
And he will never make another studio picture again because of it.
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5:04AM on 11/24/2013
Good.
I don't want to see any more of his 'craft.'
Good.
I don't want to see any more of his 'craft.'
12:07AM on 11/23/2013

Not interested, Landis.

Landis... No thanks.
From Twillight Zone child death negligence to ...
The Stupids, Blues Brothers 2000 & Beverly Hills Cop 3...
You've got zero credibility.
No matter how spot on you may be...
Minus the music comments.
Go back down your hole, Landis.
Landis... No thanks.
From Twillight Zone child death negligence to ...
The Stupids, Blues Brothers 2000 & Beverly Hills Cop 3...
You've got zero credibility.
No matter how spot on you may be...
Minus the music comments.
Go back down your hole, Landis.
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1:11AM on 11/23/2013
Zero credibility? This man directed ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, TRADING PLACES, COMING TO AMERICA, and SPIES LIKE US. That's five more classic films than you've ever made. Or 90% of the filmaking community in general.
His vantage seems rather credible to me.
Zero credibility? This man directed ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, TRADING PLACES, COMING TO AMERICA, and SPIES LIKE US. That's five more classic films than you've ever made. Or 90% of the filmaking community in general.
His vantage seems rather credible to me.
12:31PM on 11/23/2013
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THRILLER VIDEO, THREE AMIGOS....
KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THRILLER VIDEO, THREE AMIGOS....
9:50PM on 11/23/2013
Oh, snap! How did I neglect THREE AMIGOS?!!! Nice one.
Oh, snap! How did I neglect THREE AMIGOS?!!! Nice one.
12:33PM on 11/24/2013
Was thinking, "how did he forget WEREWOLF!"
Was thinking, "how did he forget WEREWOLF!"
12:01AM on 11/23/2013
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."
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11:53PM on 11/22/2013
Spot the fuck on! (Standing Ovation)
Spot the fuck on! (Standing Ovation)
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11:53PM on 11/22/2013
His argument about making movies in the '70s actually helps to answer the question why I prefer movies from back then. The idea of risk can be appealing when it's your company. Very glad he decided to be so candid.
His argument about making movies in the '70s actually helps to answer the question why I prefer movies from back then. The idea of risk can be appealing when it's your company. Very glad he decided to be so candid.
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11:38PM on 11/22/2013
Hit the nail on the head
Hit the nail on the head
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11:27PM on 11/22/2013

Boy I better do something about all the pirated movies I watch on Youtube...

... waitaminute
Every single channel I subscribe to on Youtube creates original content (or are my friends - where all they do is upload home movies).

I think somebody bought in to what the studios fed him on piracy. "We can't fund your terrible movies (I loved Landis in the 70s & 80s, but c'mon CLEARLY something went wrong) because of piracy being so widespread, and not because you're an insufferable douche whose reputation died with Vic Morrow."

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(Yes, I realize he directed
... waitaminute
Every single channel I subscribe to on Youtube creates original content (or are my friends - where all they do is upload home movies).

I think somebody bought in to what the studios fed him on piracy. "We can't fund your terrible movies (I loved Landis in the 70s & 80s, but c'mon CLEARLY something went wrong) because of piracy being so widespread, and not because you're an insufferable douche whose reputation died with Vic Morrow."

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(Yes, I realize he directed Three Amigos & Coming to America after Twilight Zone)
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11:19PM on 11/22/2013
First off, great article. If nothing else, I applaud Mr.Landis' candor, but no real revelation here. I think anyone with a head on their shoulders has had similar feelings towards the film industry, also some good counterpoints made in the comments below, and I do agree that there still is good films being made nowadays, maybe not as many but you cant put all the blame on the producers and distributors. But I digress. what really made me wanting to comment was the comment Mr.Landis made
First off, great article. If nothing else, I applaud Mr.Landis' candor, but no real revelation here. I think anyone with a head on their shoulders has had similar feelings towards the film industry, also some good counterpoints made in the comments below, and I do agree that there still is good films being made nowadays, maybe not as many but you cant put all the blame on the producers and distributors. But I digress. what really made me wanting to comment was the comment Mr.Landis made regarding itunes killing music industry and the countercomments of it being the fault of napster and limewire being responsible. My point is that the music industry destroyed themselves by overcharging customers and fans for years. I dont know how many times I've spent 20-25 on an album only to find a couple decent songs on the album. In the end it's greed that kills the art always. Fortunately for musicians they can still make a decent living touring, and with technological advances an album can be made for a fraction of what it would cost 15 yrs ago, quite possibly even 10. With filmmaking you still need a huge staff a lot of time and expensive equipment, although District 9 is a good counterarguement to that statement.
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11:33PM on 11/22/2013
Good point, but yeah... There's District 9, Clerks, El Mariachi... You don't need a lot of money to make a movie. As a matter of fact, it's easier now than ever to make a movie with no budget. There are kids with phones with cameras capable of giving film quality video. Sure, it takes more than that, but now a days, so much of a films staff are personal assistants, stylists, catering, trailers, the talent's overblown salaries... Movies can be made for so much less than they have been lately,
Good point, but yeah... There's District 9, Clerks, El Mariachi... You don't need a lot of money to make a movie. As a matter of fact, it's easier now than ever to make a movie with no budget. There are kids with phones with cameras capable of giving film quality video. Sure, it takes more than that, but now a days, so much of a films staff are personal assistants, stylists, catering, trailers, the talent's overblown salaries... Movies can be made for so much less than they have been lately, but ego's are very expensive monster to feed.
11:06PM on 11/22/2013
Gotta agree with most of his points.looks like Hollywood really running out of original ideas.simply making sequels,remakes and remakes of remakes.even Avatar is 'Dances of wolves in Space' and Gravity is 'Cast away in Space',they are simply technically advanced.freshness and original ideas are missing.sometimes i doubt if creativity of human minds is decreasing.he is also true about 'word of mouth' thing.we aren't getting movies with unanimous positive word of mouth.
Gotta agree with most of his points.looks like Hollywood really running out of original ideas.simply making sequels,remakes and remakes of remakes.even Avatar is 'Dances of wolves in Space' and Gravity is 'Cast away in Space',they are simply technically advanced.freshness and original ideas are missing.sometimes i doubt if creativity of human minds is decreasing.he is also true about 'word of mouth' thing.we aren't getting movies with unanimous positive word of mouth.
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10:56PM on 11/22/2013
It's more complicated than that. Movies have more competition now: Cable TV, the internet (especially youtube and Netflix but also illegal downloading using either torrents or direct downloads) plus DVDs. It used to be just movies and TV but now content is being made for cable TV, Netflix, youtube and DVD. That's a lot of competition. It's even worse for Marvel and DC: they aren't making comics anymore so much as pitching ideas for movies, TV shows and webisodes. Mind you, there is a
It's more complicated than that. Movies have more competition now: Cable TV, the internet (especially youtube and Netflix but also illegal downloading using either torrents or direct downloads) plus DVDs. It used to be just movies and TV but now content is being made for cable TV, Netflix, youtube and DVD. That's a lot of competition. It's even worse for Marvel and DC: they aren't making comics anymore so much as pitching ideas for movies, TV shows and webisodes. Mind you, there is a shitload of money out there for someone who can write or draw: Geoff Johns, David Goyer, Frank Miller and Mark Millar all started writing comics and now they are credited as producers and directors. But the experience working in the comics industry has enabled Marvel executives, in particular, to propose not only interwoven movie franchises but also television and Netflix tie-ins: they expect you to go out watch a Marvel movie, come home and watch Agents of SHIELD on TV and then watch Daredevil on Netflix. Eventually DC will have a similar plan in place and so will Lucasfilm. The problem is not that there isn't going to be good content but that there is already far more content out there than anybody has time to watch. The best quality stuff will probably end up being stuff that nobody sees. That's the only problem.
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10:48PM on 11/22/2013
He makes some great points but he was way off with the music industry. As others have mentioned, it was file sharing that body-slammed the music industry's profit margin; Steve Jobs actually threw the music industry a major lifeline when he made songs on iTunes available for 99¢. When the industry tried to jack that price, sales went down and piracy went up. When they brought it back down again, piracy decreased.

I would argue that, in a large measure, studios are a victim of their own
He makes some great points but he was way off with the music industry. As others have mentioned, it was file sharing that body-slammed the music industry's profit margin; Steve Jobs actually threw the music industry a major lifeline when he made songs on iTunes available for 99¢. When the industry tried to jack that price, sales went down and piracy went up. When they brought it back down again, piracy decreased.

I would argue that, in a large measure, studios are a victim of their own greed and a drive for the quick buck. The whole 'it needs to be a hit in its first weekend' attitude is a result of the deals they struck with distributors - the longer the movie stays in theatres the less a studio makes off it. There are other reasons as well.
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9:50PM on 11/22/2013

Well put...

More than anything else, I think studios should stop making 100 Million dollar movies. Maybe instead of shelling out 50+% of the budget, maybe give them a small fee and a percentage on the back end. I know Disney's pissed Downey Jr. made so much on his last couple films, but it's a calculated risk. If the movie performs well, they'll be compensated accordingly; if the movie bombs, the studio won't have as hard of a time recouping it's budget. Ironically, the hesitation is all from the
More than anything else, I think studios should stop making 100 Million dollar movies. Maybe instead of shelling out 50+% of the budget, maybe give them a small fee and a percentage on the back end. I know Disney's pissed Downey Jr. made so much on his last couple films, but it's a calculated risk. If the movie performs well, they'll be compensated accordingly; if the movie bombs, the studio won't have as hard of a time recouping it's budget. Ironically, the hesitation is all from the studio's greed. They figure they'll save money in the long run if the film's a huge success... But if it bombs, they're pissed and they practically blackball everyone involved in it's production. Maybe we should get back to basics. Lower budget, gritty, real films that can be made on a fraction of their so called blockbusters... They'd make a killing if they made more films like Halloween or Reservoir Dogs, but instead, they'd rather spend $215 Million on The Lone Ranger... But when those movies do get made independently, the studio's pick them up for about 15% above cost and keep all the profits. He makes a great point referencing Tobe Hooper's TCM. The studio makes bad sequel after sequel, riding the coattails of the original, while the man who created it made almost nothing. Alright. Rant over.
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9:50PM on 11/22/2013
I agree on a lot of points, but not his point about good movies being hard to find. For all the movies we complain about and for as much as we whine about Hollywood losing it, I still find myself in the theater on the weekend watching movies I enjoy. Not every weekend, but often enough. I can understand his point. He makes movies. He comes from a period when filmmakers HAD to be more original. His definition of what a good movie is obviously varies from mine. I think Gravity is a fantastic
I agree on a lot of points, but not his point about good movies being hard to find. For all the movies we complain about and for as much as we whine about Hollywood losing it, I still find myself in the theater on the weekend watching movies I enjoy. Not every weekend, but often enough. I can understand his point. He makes movies. He comes from a period when filmmakers HAD to be more original. His definition of what a good movie is obviously varies from mine. I think Gravity is a fantastic movie. I think Avatar is a great movie. Maybe they are a lot of spectacle, but that doesn't make them bad movies. He also fails to take into account that, even when he started making movies, it was still about money. For studios, it's always been about money. The difference is the technology. In Landis time, the tech they had wasn't enough alone to bring in an audience, not like it can today. The money came from other places: characters, writing, story, etc. All the things that made a basic movie what it was. Today, those things still bring in money, but it's just easier to make money by creating special effects and CG. And if people ever stopped flocking to the theaters for grand spectacles and blockbusters and started flocking for drama and movies based almost purely on character and story and writing, then the studios would start doing more of those films again. And can you really blame studios? Every time they release a terrible movie, it makes millions and brings in crowds. So, it's audiences that are only reinforcing what Hollywood believes makes money.
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9:32PM on 11/22/2013
Well he's right that companies are only interested on what can make a sequel or trilogy. What I dont understand is why the writers, producers and directors haven't banned together and made their own production company. You would have freedom of your material from day one.
Well he's right that companies are only interested on what can make a sequel or trilogy. What I dont understand is why the writers, producers and directors haven't banned together and made their own production company. You would have freedom of your material from day one.
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10:49PM on 11/22/2013
Like I posted below, studios own the theater chains. These filmmakers can not get films into theaters without major studio help. They can form a company and make films, but this would only make them independent filmmakers (which some of them already are). If you want your movie in theaters, you have to go through one of the already established studios.

Kevin Smith already tried this with Red State, and no theater would touch him without studio backing. He eventually had to get studio
Like I posted below, studios own the theater chains. These filmmakers can not get films into theaters without major studio help. They can form a company and make films, but this would only make them independent filmmakers (which some of them already are). If you want your movie in theaters, you have to go through one of the already established studios.

Kevin Smith already tried this with Red State, and no theater would touch him without studio backing. He eventually had to get studio distribution just to get VOD.
9:53PM on 11/23/2013
Sorry man, didn't read the comments below mine. But you're right, they're all confined to the system in place. If they want distributing, [link] they better play nice. Its just like when Eli Roth was trying to get Cabin Fever going. At the end of the day, he said it was the worst experience ever, which also left him with a shitty pay cheque since everyone wanted their cut.

It's sad when brand new faces in Hollywood are controlled from day one.
Sorry man, didn't read the comments below mine. But you're right, they're all confined to the system in place. If they want distributing, [link] they better play nice. Its just like when Eli Roth was trying to get Cabin Fever going. At the end of the day, he said it was the worst experience ever, which also left him with a shitty pay cheque since everyone wanted their cut.

It's sad when brand new faces in Hollywood are controlled from day one.
9:23PM on 11/22/2013
Steve Jobs didn't kill the music industry. Napster and limewire did.
Steve Jobs didn't kill the music industry. Napster and limewire did.
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9:11PM on 11/22/2013
Tell us how you really feel Mr. Landis. The one thing I do not agree with is the comparison between Avatar and Gravity. Those films are not even in the same ballpark. Yes, they are both visually stunning but Gravity has both style and substance (IMO).
Tell us how you really feel Mr. Landis. The one thing I do not agree with is the comparison between Avatar and Gravity. Those films are not even in the same ballpark. Yes, they are both visually stunning but Gravity has both style and substance (IMO).
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9:03PM on 11/22/2013

Inneresting

I see his point of view on how its all about the money....but we are no longer in the 70's. We are in a completely different century. Things change. Business changes. Markets change. Leisure time changes. Consumerism changes. The list is endless. Like another user said, he comes off as bitter more than anything, IMO. Not saying its all okay and justifyable, but come on, things will change and will continue to. 20 years from now who knows what the industry and all that stuff he mentioned will be
I see his point of view on how its all about the money....but we are no longer in the 70's. We are in a completely different century. Things change. Business changes. Markets change. Leisure time changes. Consumerism changes. The list is endless. Like another user said, he comes off as bitter more than anything, IMO. Not saying its all okay and justifyable, but come on, things will change and will continue to. 20 years from now who knows what the industry and all that stuff he mentioned will be like.
Good post Joblo...
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9:02PM on 11/22/2013
This reminds me of what Steve Soderbergh said: "There are fewer and fewer executives that know movies. So [meetings] can become a very strange situation. I mean, I know how to drive a car, but I wouldn’t presume to sit in a meeting with an engineer and tell him how to build one, and that’s kind of what you feel like when you're in these meetings. You've got people who don’t know movies and don't watch movies for pleasure deciding what movie you’re going to be allowed to make. That's one reason
This reminds me of what Steve Soderbergh said: "There are fewer and fewer executives that know movies. So [meetings] can become a very strange situation. I mean, I know how to drive a car, but I wouldn’t presume to sit in a meeting with an engineer and tell him how to build one, and that’s kind of what you feel like when you're in these meetings. You've got people who don’t know movies and don't watch movies for pleasure deciding what movie you’re going to be allowed to make. That's one reason studio movies aren't better than they are, and that's one reason that cinema, as I'm defining it, is shrinking."

But Gravity was an excellent film and for all the moping and griping industry personnel do about piracy, movies still make a lot of money in cinemas and when made available on home video, and you can't "pirate" the experience of watching a movie in a big theatre surrounded by fellow audience members.
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8:47PM on 11/22/2013

He's totally right

He has made a quarter of my top 20 favorites and shit give the dude some serious music cred too, he will forever get a pass regardless of what he says. He also right about studios being multinational pirates. Go to Disney World and see.
He has made a quarter of my top 20 favorites and shit give the dude some serious music cred too, he will forever get a pass regardless of what he says. He also right about studios being multinational pirates. Go to Disney World and see.
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8:52PM on 11/22/2013
P.S If you havent seen Innocent Blood do so it is one of his underrated bests that not a lot of people know about.
P.S If you havent seen Innocent Blood do so it is one of his underrated bests that not a lot of people know about.
9:08PM on 11/22/2013
Love Innocent Blood.
Love Innocent Blood.
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8:24PM on 11/22/2013
Mr. Landis, I'd like to buy you a glass of beer. You're my hero!
Mr. Landis, I'd like to buy you a glass of beer. You're my hero!
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8:14PM on 11/22/2013

Interesting...

Hollywood to franchises is to stores opening on Thanksgiving
Hollywood to franchises is to stores opening on Thanksgiving
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8:12PM on 11/22/2013

Then do something about it!

If all these Directors don't like the way Hollywood is making decisions, why don't they band together to make their own studio? They have the money.
If all these Directors don't like the way Hollywood is making decisions, why don't they band together to make their own studio? They have the money.
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10:42PM on 11/22/2013
Studios own and run theaters. Movies don't get into theaters without a major studio putting them there. These filmmakers can band together, but all their work would be VOD or cable network only.

Kevin Smith tried this with Red State. In the end he had to go to a studio just to even get VOD.
Studios own and run theaters. Movies don't get into theaters without a major studio putting them there. These filmmakers can band together, but all their work would be VOD or cable network only.

Kevin Smith tried this with Red State. In the end he had to go to a studio just to even get VOD.
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8:11PM on 11/22/2013
Thank you John Landis - you have said just about everything A LOT of people have been thinking. Slightly off subject but even in reference to Gravity to a certain point. I think it is a good movie but overrated. I think one critic called it a masterpiece!! WTF!!
Thank you John Landis - you have said just about everything A LOT of people have been thinking. Slightly off subject but even in reference to Gravity to a certain point. I think it is a good movie but overrated. I think one critic called it a masterpiece!! WTF!!
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7:49PM on 11/22/2013
Preach!
Preach!
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7:47PM on 11/22/2013

I gotta say...

I agree with just about everything he says but it does come across as a bitter old man upset that he can't make a movie. There are still tons of movies being released that are not a sequel or remake but its the Summer season May-August that makes the most $. It does seem that now the studios want that year round.
I agree with just about everything he says but it does come across as a bitter old man upset that he can't make a movie. There are still tons of movies being released that are not a sequel or remake but its the Summer season May-August that makes the most $. It does seem that now the studios want that year round.
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7:41PM on 11/22/2013
I do agree that the movie industry is definitely not really concerned with telling a good story, they just want MONEY. That's why they pump out sequel after sequel, and remake after remake. I don't agree that Avatar and Gravity were bad movies. I saw Gravity at the theaters, and it was great!
I do agree that the movie industry is definitely not really concerned with telling a good story, they just want MONEY. That's why they pump out sequel after sequel, and remake after remake. I don't agree that Avatar and Gravity were bad movies. I saw Gravity at the theaters, and it was great!
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7:39PM on 11/22/2013
He pretty much summed up beautifully what filmmakers like Spielberg, Lucas, Soderbergh, Fincher, and Whedon have all be saying in a round about way. Studios only want franchises. To them movies are just brand products.
He pretty much summed up beautifully what filmmakers like Spielberg, Lucas, Soderbergh, Fincher, and Whedon have all be saying in a round about way. Studios only want franchises. To them movies are just brand products.
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7:38PM on 11/22/2013

Wow

He is sooo right. I don't anyone could say it better, movies are brands now. I don't agree with he Gravity statement, but everything else, yes dead on.
He is sooo right. I don't anyone could say it better, movies are brands now. I don't agree with he Gravity statement, but everything else, yes dead on.
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7:33PM on 11/22/2013
Well, now we know where Max gets it.
Well, now we know where Max gets it.
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7:27PM on 11/22/2013
dead on
dead on
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