So last month Ash and I watched Bowling For Columbine, a movie I’d seen several times before. It hypothesizes that the rampant murder rate from handguns in America is not because of the proliferation of guns, or the bloody American past, but rather perpetuated by the fear drawn up by the media. I like this theory, and I have no argument against it, really.
But then in watching one hour of cable programming last night, I saw an inundation of ads about movies that are thrillers, suspense movies, horror movies. Seriously, every movie I saw was some girl running scared or some freaky-faced guy popping up out of nowhere. Looking at current or upcoming movie releases, you can see I Am Legend, One Missed Call, Cloverfield, The Eye, that movie about the website that kills people, even Octogenarian Rambo. I’m not saying these are GOOD or BAD movies, just that there’s an overabundance of panic-inducers.
Does the media perpetuate fear? Sure. But do Americans seem to CRAVE it? Yes. I mean, look how many ‘educational’ shows there are on Discovery and History about the paranormal, UFOs, ghosts… it’s insane. I, for one, don’t like being scared. Not a bit. I remember watching Event Horizon in the theaters, and it wasn’t particularly scary, but annoying. You knew something would jump out at you and you just had to wait for it to happen. Pointless fear. I very nearly left the theater and went to see the Shaquille O’Neil movie playing at the next theater (I believe it was Steel).
I miss comedies. I may not be the biggest fan of the Farrelly Brothers and the like, but at least they try. I can’t wait for Be Kind Rewind. Just a movie to make people laugh. I swear I’m moving to Canada one of these days.