Imagination Connoisseur, CK, asks a fundamental question about filmmaking and filmmakers.

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Greetings Rob,

A few shows ago, I don’t remember the number, you said that movies can’t suck because there are hundreds of people behind the scenes that want to make the best movie. This is always true when we consider movies to be art, but now days are they truly? For me an artist is only interested in his art and acquiring material wealth it’s a distant concept; most of the famous artist lived and died poor.

So, how can all those hundreds of people make their best movie if they are driven by making money…its show business right?!

I remember George Lucas in a Charlie Rose interview where he was saying that he is making movies to explore his ideas and none of those movies will see the big screen. He is making movies for him and some of his friends. I can see art being made because those movies are not money driven projects.

If we can agree that movie business is a business we can also agree that the ones pumping money are trying their best to make an attractive product that will sell and make more money, and the rest of the staff are only employs working there to make a buck first of all and second they are making the best to have a better resume for the next job.

So…where is the art?

Do you remember SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL?….did you like the movie?…For me it was trash, a cash grab on the notoriety of the first SPEED movie. When asked by Jimmy Kimmel why he wasn’t a part of this sequel, Keanu Reeves said that he had read the script and it was a NO NO. So this actor could see that a crappy movie is about to be made but he was the only one??? Where ware those hundreds of people that are trying to make the best movie…I can tell you!…they ware to busy negotiating their contracts.

The second thing that has been on my mind for some time now is about false advertising of some movies. I have often seen trailers that depict movies to be one thing when in reality they are something else. Aren’t any rules against that?? Is it ethical?

If movies are products and the audience is the consumer that pay for that product, shouldn’t there be laws that protect us (from deception) and also make the industry more honest? If there are such laws why aren’t they enforced?

Star Trek: Discovery was announced to be cannon, but that was a joke. A joke that meant more audience for the show and more money for the studio, but – nonetheless – a false advertisement. The Star Wars sequels are also falsely advertised to be a continuation of the original saga. If that were true, they would have had to make those new movies within the confines of the original rules set by the original trilogy.

Reinventing, reinterpreting or even creating rules that conflict with the original lore removes the movies from the original universe. I have no problem seeing a reboot or a parallel universe saga where they can do anything they want, but they can’t insist that it’s a continuation (of the original story).

They should respect the rules of the game.

It’s like when you go to the market to get a six pack of Blue Moon and when you open one, you get some blonde beer instead of the Belgian White. On the label, it says that the beer is Blue Moon and on the label, you can see some things missing and some things added, but the rest is the same. How do you feel about that….especially if you don’t like it and you still what the “original recipe” Blue Moon.

Anyway….thank you for letting me rant with such passion!

Like always…best regards from Europe!

– C.K.