District 9? No, Thanks.

Can we declare the era of the pseudo-reality movie over already?  First there was Blair Witch.  Not very good, but at least it was original.  And it was a low budget student film.  It was a novelty.  Good?  Not really.  But at least it wasn’t something you see everyday.

Then came Cloverfield (Godzilla meets Blair Witch) and Diary of the Dead (zombies meet Blair Witch) and that one with the reporter in the apartment building which was really annoying because they showed the last freaking scene in the movie commercials over and over and over again.  I’m sure if I cared to look, I could find two or three dozen more.

Now comes District 9 (Alien Nation meets Blair Witch).  Thanks, but no thanks.

There comes a time when a gimmick wears out its welcome, and I declare this concept dead, finished, kaput.

Never thought I’d wish for more 3D movies.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 14, 2009 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I’m one of the very few people that thinks Diary of the Dead is a great movie. The second best “Dead” movie after Day of the Dead.

    I haven’t seen Quarantine yet, been waiting to see [REC] first, which came out today and I hope to rent this week.

    But I’ll agree that District 9 looks bad and I have no real urge to see it.

  2. Posted December 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re not interested in Paranormal Activity….

  3. Posted November 22, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I thought Diary of the Dead was good as well.

    I also like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity.

    Basically, these are ‘first person’ stories. The way they are shot and delivered emphasizes that.

    I am a fan of many of the first person stories as told be many of Edgar Allen Poe’s characters as well.

    As far as I am concerned, the third person narrative is one of the most tired and worn out presentations in the history of story telling ( which includes movie-making to me).

    I’m not saying it’s “bad”. it’s just one style of story telling that in my opinion has become way too formulaic and relied upon by people just wanting to make a buck on something that has become easy to identify. The “Hamburger Helper” of story telling, as it were.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Hamburger Helper in a way. I like the home made version better. (I see a Hamburger helper recipe and say to myself, “I can make that with these ingredients I already have instead of using the boxed, pre-prepared ingredients.)

    The third person narrative is the same to me. Most often we see it in the pre-prepared boxed version of it anymore and it comes off bland. when someone takes it and uses fresh ingredients, something substantial, it has served it’s purpose well.

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