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  • Lee
    July 27, 2010 - 13:55

    Good day Heidi. I believe today's audience is the big deciding factor on the popularity of Canadian films. It's a sad reality but if thing's aren't blowing up then it doesn't sell tickets. You'll be amazed at how many people believe Transformer's 2 was wicked . I agree in the sense that Canadian films are drab, perhaps a little bland and sometimes considerably boring. Take for example Love and Savagery . It was boring! All they did was walk around and the thing I hate most of all: the tourism shots, ughh. Another example, Grown up Movie Star . I don't think it lasted very long in the theatres here and it's because, I believe, it's the type of movie you watch in the privacy of your own home. It had a great performance but a bland story that seemed too contrived. I haven't seen Crackie but I'm sure it follows the trend of depressing characters facing sexual awakenings and sterotyped characters. I feel these movies spend too much time trying to shock the audience and it doesn't work, for example, Down to the Dirt and the cat scene. Are Canadians really that depressing? Now don't get me wrong, I do like some Canadian content and depressing material. There are two great films that came out of Sweden the last couple years, Let the Right One In and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , which are being re-made of course. Why? Who knows. There are great Canadian films, Exotica, Hard Core Logo, Goin' Down the Road, Videodrome, Highway 61, etc,. It's hard to understand why they don't do better, like British films, Australian films usually make bake their money, Swedish (which I believe has some of the best) France releases movies that always pack a punch and even Germany, Revanche was a great little movie, oh and of course, Chinese films. Theatres are not going to show them however because the bottom line is they don't attract the regular joe and that's the sad reality of it. Time to bring back the Drive-In.