What Is Cinema?
By Paul Anthony
When you on on top of the world and you are making the most money and you keep producing hit after hit you will have your haters and now Disney and Marvel is facing that from some pretty big names but who is bashing the machine that marvel has become? Some of those people well the biggest names is Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Here is the thing that bothers me the most with those two speaking out against Marvel and don’t get me wrong they have every right to do so but Scorsese said that Marvel films aren’t cinema but my question is what is cinema? We know there are several genres of film and the best description of the word is art of motion picture. Now through the years we can say its a film that tells a good story and deliver all the elements of literature and most of all it entertains us and keeps us hooked. I have watched many movies of Martin Scorsese and I do enjoy his work and many of his films I do own. But Is he right for calling a genre trash?
Scorsese and Coppola were some of the directors that started the new wave in Hollywood and changed the game, Some of Scorsese’s films include gang violence of the mafia or just gangs outright but they always had a little of everything but yet many people don’t like them as well but no one called it trash.
See it doesn’t make sense to me for him to call it trash, maybe it’s sour grapes or something because of the money Marvel. Scorsese highest grossing film was Wolf of Wall Street which grossed 392 million dollars and is a great movie to watch. When you look Marvel Studios movies that number would rank on the low end of list, still once again no need to trash something and it’s not like these films are poorly reviewed either so a lot of people don’t think this type of films are trash. Now I know a bunch of actors have came out and said hey they can say whatever they want to say and indeed they can, take nothing away they are legends but even legends can be wrong and in this case I have to say they are wrong but have the right to say that.
Now maybe behind the scenes Scorsese is feeling the pressure to make a mega hit like avengers type of gross and it’s not his style. In the end Marvel films are very much cinema, it is a modern art and they do get a lot more praise for their films then most other comic book films do. I am sure a lot of people are feeling the pressure to maybe put up Marvel like numbers for their studio but money isn’t everything. Maybe one day Scorsese could do a comic book film and with his style it would actually be a great if not the best comic book film ever!
How Topher feels about Spider-Man 3
There are times when an actor should be honest and answer questions that we may have for them . Instead they use a tactic, where they answer the question but don’t give a direct answer to the question that they were asked.
Recently Topher Grace was asked about Spider-Man 3, which he co-starred in by playing Eddy Brock A.K.A Venom, a fan favorite villain. Some roles aren’t meant for everyone and this was the case with him playing Venom, there were plenty of issues with this film besides the casting.
Nonetheless he was asked by The Hollywood Reporter, what he thought of Spider-Man 3. His response is this “I know the movie made a lot of money for Sony, But I also know a lot people weren’t happy with it. Sam is so talented, he was like the president of a small country – by the way, [Spider-Man 3] had the gross national income of a small country too. I have huge respect for him. I think on a whole he did such a fantastic job [on the trilogy]”.
The problem is he never truly answered the question about Spider-Man 3. Yes overall the director Sam Raimi directed a trilogy that was very successful and the first two films were classics, in fact to this day, Spider-Man 2 is considered one of the best comic book movies that was ever made.
One has to wonder why Topher didn’t answer the question directly. What did he really think of Spider-Man 3? Better question is, why didn’t he answer the question directly. His reason might be because he is a nice guy and Sam is a good friend of his or it could be that he thinks if a film can make $896,000,000 it can only be a good one. I want to say it is the second reason because as bad as many thought the film was, it still made a large profit. I guess we will never know what Topher thinks of Spider-Man 3.