This weekend marks the kickoff of summer, well according to the Hollywood film Industry, so lets see what entertainment they will be providing to the masses, as per Rotten Tomatoes.
How do you think the Trump presidency will change the movie, television, music and comedy culture?
Trump believes in winning and being strong which is in complete opposition to the last decade of victim culture that has seeped through the arts. Will Trump’s mindset be something that can be trickled into entertainment with a shift in the current dynamics?
When you look at every decade, there is something reflective between those who were in power and the cultural tone. What impact will this have on the various aspects of media?
I wonder if movies will be more patriotic and testosterone filled as they were in the 1980’s. Will music see a turn from the happy-go-lucky-pop feel to something that is totally new, radical and hardcore? Will television return to shows that are more representative of working class Americans as was the case in the 1970’s with Norman Lear productions? And will comedy continue in it’s over-saturated stale rut of hackneyed hate of Republicans or will this spur more Nick DiPaolo-esque comedians who mock the Left? It seems that the alt-Right is now the counter-culture while the Democrats are the fascist elites so it would be interesting to see how comedians deconstruct this new tide.
It should be rather interesting to see how this all plays out.
The last comedy movie that came out that was genuinely funny and still holds up as such now is Beerfest.
I came to this realization after re-watching the film. It is ten years old and it is still as funny as it was in 2006. I believe this is the case because it has elements of National Lampoon style writing. Broken Lizard was clearly influenced by them and that’s a good thing.
The reason Beerfest is so great is that it had nudity for no reason other than showing tits, absolute debauched drinking and most importantly there is no lesson and no love interest plot lines. The movie is silly. It is fun. It is what makes a comedy film stand the test of time.
Unfortunately, comedy films are dead now. I blame that wave of Judd Apatow and his crew saturating the comedy movie market. Those films always have a lesson, always have a love plot line. So fucking boring! They are more like a romantic comedy than a comedy. They have no shelf life.
Classic comedies like Animal House, Porky’s and Easy Money are just silly ridiculousness, that’s why they are as funny today as they were thirty years ago. Even comedy movies that have a minor element of redemption or love plot lines are great, like Trading Places, Caddyshack and Back to School.
It’s sad really. So now instead of laughing your balls off, we are stuck with attempting to be mildly amused by Seth Rogen, Lena Dunham, Paul Rudd, Amy Schumer and the others that are making “comedies” of that ilk.
Who thought that thinking about comedy films could be so depressing?