Are Movies Getting Worse?

Are Movies Getting Worse?

The importance of storytelling in a digital age.

It's easy to forget what movies were like seventeen years ago. For myself, a twenty-one year old, that's more than half a lifetime ago. Since 2001 I think we can all agree much has changed either for the better or worse.

For example, I can legally drink alcohol now... which is a plus. We've seen three different presidents in the White House and a massive cultural shift due to an upsurging social media. So how have movies changed since then? Well, in 2001 we were lucky enough to be introduced to blockbuster hits like, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", "The Fast and the Furious", "Jurassic Park 3", "Zoolander", "Ocean's Eleven", and "Rush Hour 2".

Now let's jump to 2018 and take a look back at some recent movies as well as some upcoming, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows-- Part 2", "The Fate of the Furious", "Jurassic World", "Zoolander 2", "Ocean's Eight", and Rush Hour 4". So I guess not a whole lot has changed, right? Does this mean movies are doomed? A destiny plagued with superhero crossovers, Star Wars reboots, and any past success being renditioned with "pretty lights" and an attractive youth. No. No, of course not. And I'm not saying these movies are bad, I'm saying they lack meaning and originality. There's still plenty of good/original movies being made, you just have to find them beneath the intense glare of a renditioned Spielberg, Stan Lee or Lucas story.

I think these last few years in cinema have been a sort of buffer period. A lull in meaningful and original storytelling. But there IS a light at the end of the tunnel... I think. I believe the industry is becoming more self-aware. They tried the, "let's just throw as much money as we can into the project and hope CGI and special effects distract from our lack of story", and it worked for awhile too. But now we're bored. We want more. I'm not talking about the movies that you just rent a seat to for two hours of relaxing entertainment, I'm talking about movies that entertain you for days... weeks.

That stick with you and you can't help but think about them-- because there's a REAL story, with meaning. And so you connect with it. Or maybe it's just a memorable character that sticks out from anything you've seen before. Whatever the case, I think movies are moving in the right direction.

With an upsurge in films driven by there story and or characters, not just fancy effects and "easy on the eyes" actors. With recent movies such as, "Lady Bird", "Call Me by Your Name", "Dunkirk", "The Florida Project", and "The Revenant" we've seen that quality movies still flourish in the limelight. If it was my guess, we're moving out of the "superhero/ super effects" era and back into that warm place of meaningful storytelling.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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