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Why was BetterFlicks.com created?

Many in the motion picture industry have the same lament you and I have about the content of modern films: The stories told are in general, a basic rehashing of themes we’ve all seen too many times before, whether it be on the silver screen, or television. Although there have been films made in recent years whose story-lines would never have been considered to be made into films in years past, a basic analysis of many films will almost assuredly reveal a familiar formula.

The record for most films released in one year in the US is 634 films in 2008. In 1998, 383 films were released, but in 1988, only 206! There are more “good” films out there as well as “average” ones, but our decision on what to see has become more complicated. We almost go to the movies reluctantly as we expect “the same old stuff.”

The industry has become genre-driven as opposed to story-driven. Producers have relied more heavily on “star factor” (casting well-known, familiar actors or those who have had recent successes) which forces us, the viewing public, to see the same actors in what are increasingly – the same stories.

Do you agree with me? Please, use the form below to send free-form comments. Your comments will also be compiled and presented to those who make films. Did you know that the six major studios utilize “creative committees” when determining which films to produce? The demographic group American studios target most? Males, aged 14 to 23. With BetterFlicks.com, you can discuss anything/everything movie-related, participate in our survey, and more to help improve movie quality.

About Louis Menchise

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Louis holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in Finance. He also earned a certificate from New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly the School of Continuing Education) where he studied from 1990 to 1992, and in 1994, he studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. A proud veteran of the US Army Reserve, Louis served in Iraq in 2003. In addition to being a member of several organizations devoted to film and filmmaking, Louis has volunteered on numerous occasions for the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP.org.), and in the early years of the Tribeca Film Festival (TriBeCaFilmFestival.com.) In 2007, he was a production assistant on “Man on Wire,” which won the Academy Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary in 2009.

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