You're Such A Critic

September 23, 2005

IT'S A HOLLYWOOD CONUNDRUM.

The summer was considered a box-office bust. Are movies simply not as good as they once were?

In a word, yes. It is very rare to find a movie that is worth the price of admission or even just a box of popcorn. We notice the movies directed by or for the Grand Theft Auto generation don't look any different on a 30-foot screen or 3-inch screen. We've learned to add up the cost between a night at the movies and a DVD rental or purchase that includes extras not available in the theater. We know that if we're patient everything ends up on cable. How great it is to find those in Hollywood weeping over the droves who have decided to stay away from their usual garbage.

Timothy Kjer, Towson

I certainly haven't had any trouble finding good movies to see. This summer I've enjoyed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Walk on Water, Crash, Layer Cake, Ladies in Lavender, March of the Penguins, A Tout de Suite, Hustle & Flow, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Grizzly Man, Broken Flowers and the latest and best one yet, Junebug. If one of "my" movies happens to be a box-office hit, that's purely accidental. Movies are better than ever, but the mass-market audience cannot be counted upon to seek quality.

Anne Heuisler, Baltimore

Movies, like all art, are about taking risks. So as long as movies are made with the least amount of risk in an attempt to attract the largest audience, they will become more and more detached from the everyday experiences of our lives - the very thing that, at one time, drew us to the dark theater where we could find a connection between the events on the screen and our own lives and, in the process, find meaning in the otherwise trivial events of our daily existence.

Gregg Bernstein, Baltimore

I will always have a soft spot for the films of the mid-1990s, because I was a teenager then. However, I have no problem finding good current releases; if anything, Hollywood puts out too many of them. Frankly, what's everybody complaining about? Roger Ebert said it best: if you can't find a good film to see, "you're not paying attention."

Kevin Wells, Glen Burnie

NEXT WEEK

The Incredibles, Madagascar, Howl's Moving Castle, Corpse Bride and, soon, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Is this the new Golden Age of animation? Please send your thoughts in a brief note with your name, city and daytime phone number (and "you're such a critic" in the memo field) to arts@baltsun.com.

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