Are Movies Getting Worse?

Are Movies Getting Worse?

The importance of storytelling in a digital age.
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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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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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