Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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Nick LoBello’s Investigative Proposal

October 19th, 2011 by nlobello824 · 1 Comment · 3 Investigative Proposal


Throughout the history of motion pictures the way society portrays film is much different. In most cases of modern film, it is evident that good acting is less of a focal point rather than action and special effects. Back in the 1950’s, we would never see a movie such as Michael Bay’s Transformers; we would see a classic such as 12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda. This picture took place in a single room consisting of twelve men just talking about the outcome of a murder case. The acting alone got the film an Academy Award nomination for “Best Picture”.


The reason this would not work today is because of the lack of imagination and concentration modern moviegoers possess. People today are more than satisfied with a poorly casted, high-octane type action film such as Transformers. Our society does not have the mental toughness (so to speak) to watch movies directed by men such as Alfred Hitchcock, as opposed to the new Michael Bay movie we are all used to. I’m not saying all modern movies are like that either; there are certainly exceptions such as The Social Network where there was very little action and special effects, but there was good acting and a good storyline to back it up.


It is a shame time has drastically changed the format of modern movies because the actors are not any less talented; it’s just that the type of movie demanded for has changed. Modern actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks could have, and actually have been in movies that demanded the high quality of acting our generation is not used to. That is one of the main reasons that the truly “Great” actors and actresses we still have left are getting well past their prime. It has been years since actors like Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep have made classics such as Taxi Driver and Kramer vs. Kramer. In modern times these great actors are stuck with movies such as Killer Elite and It’s Complicated.


Perhaps if modern cinema was the same as it was fifty years ago people may have gotten sick of motion pictures. That’s why change isn’t completely horrible in a sense that if society responds so strongly to action packed movies why should this be viewed as a problem? I guess it’s a good thing that society changed because if society remained stagnant over a period of 50 years or so our country wouldn’t evolve technologically, or intellectually; but there still should be move modern films resorting back to the old format of more acting, less action.

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  • Kevin L. Ferguson

    You need to revise this so that it follows the format for a proposal–you have four paragraphs, but they’re not doing the four things they need to be doing.

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