My Decade Wishlist (in Film)

Now that everyone’s exceedingly sick of recounting the odd events, great successes, glorious failures, and myriad other memorable moments of the last ten years, I think it’s time we make concrete our visions for the duration of this presently virginal decade of ours.

Below are ten things I’m hopeful will occur (or not occur…) these next ten years; none too terribly original, but things I still have my fingers crossed for nonetheless.

1) Christopher Doyle and Wong Kar-wai reunite, matching their 1st decade’s output.

2) Bill Murray writes his own feature, maybe directs a small indie.  He formerly wanted to be a playwright. I’d like to see what his imagination would conjure.

3) A comic book movie hiatus.  Realistically, this wouldn’t take effect until 2013 or 2014 with the current slate.  But point is most of them have been trash.  Maybe put an end date of 2020.  Let it sit dormant for 10 or so years.

4) Studios more supportive of concepts, wise spending, new talent, new ideas, promoting ‘smaller’ fare.   Tired of the 1-2-3 franchise glut.  Rural theaters should be aided in playing and nurturing foreign/indie works.

5) Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah’s Ark” movie.  Would be amazing.

6) Rangier animation, style-wise and content-wise.  Love Pixar, but it’s going to wear thin if Dreamworks remains its only “competition.”

7) A push for more experimental features.  40-minute shorts of acclaimed directors finding programming (television perhaps?).  More international casts, playing up international venues and international stars, and non-English languages.  Wes Anderson has the right idea, venturing into stop-motion.  Tired of trends.  Just because of Avatar, I don’t want to watch 3-D video games every summer for the next 15 years.

8) Let foreign directors shoot their scripts within our studio system.  Our resources.  Our budgets.  Send more of our writers, directors, actors overseas for collaborations.

9) The Academy Awards will never regain relevancy.  Awards coverage should move toward focusing on the world stage.  Domestic networks should air coverage from the Cannes film festival, allowing critics to do the reporting/interviewing instead of entertainment correspondents going on ad nauseam about fashion flubs and other shallow crap.

10) With the demise of print, many questions surround the future of film critics.  Unquestionably, they’re our connection to a world of lesser seen films that would otherwise never see the light of day.  We need to find a way to preserve and continue to support the work they do.

How about you, faithful readers?  What are some items on your own personal decade wishlists?

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3 Responses to My Decade Wishlist (in Film)

  1. Taos says:

    Definitely #2

    #3: Maybe just reduce Marvel’s output and Increase DC’s, Dark Horse, w/e.

    #6: Perhaps a resurgence of Classic Disney Animation (Frog and the Prince a step in the right direction).

    Your list is similar to mine in respect to the international/foreign wishes. I need to finish mine up.

  2. frisby says:

    Movies should dig from the indy comic scene, or just away from the Big 2.

    Regarding Taos’ comment, Frog and the Prince was awesome, but if it was 3D, it would have done double. But then again, it was a “minority” film, not just an animated film. Too many variables to consider as a box office flop.

    I think the biggest mistake in history would be to have foreign countries be touched by our studio system. It would just ruin what is great about foreign films, the pristine American free tarnish.

    • David says:

      To be fair, every country already mirrors our studio system and have for a while. Because we don’t attend those cinemas, we’re not usually witness to the similar or at least like-minded output (and instead gaze at quality or films with some spark of ambition).

      It hurts nothing then to welcome strong-willed filmmakers fluent in English (or with right hand’s who are).

      And I know it’s not how you meant it, but outside filmmakers commenting on Americanism could be both healthy and interesting. Which they already certainly do in instances, but amidst our platform… perhaps all the better.

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