Room at the Top wasn't just any typical love story gone tragic. Like A Place in the Sun, it dealt with class issues. It covered how greed can be the root cause of downfalls. It starred Simone Signoret, known for only playing in movies she could respect. She also didn't select roles based solely on her own character. She was interested in the picture as a whole.
Another point to be made is that older movies tended to be realistic and were often adaptations from good novels and short stories. They made people think about the actual world they lived in or actual history with an emphasis on universal themes. Let's take a looksie at the predicted 2010 top ten list according to UK Times Online.
Oooh, a teen vampire movie. Give me a break.
#9 Alice in Wonderland
How original. Not.
Aaah, more of the Batman schtick.
#7 The Expendables
Oh great, Stallone teams up with Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others to form a team of mercenaries sent to South America to take care of a warlord. That's the ticket.
#6 The A Team
Wow. I'm sure this will rank up there with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. [/sarcasm]
#5 Toy Story 3
This sounds like another stupid cartoon targeting minors.
#4 Shutter Island
This one might be a winner. It's directed by Scorcese. Ben Kingsley is in it. It's a psychological thriller involving a character borne of war and violence. I got this info from a review at imdb.com. I like flicks that portray stories about how the influences of war carry on well after those have ended. Taxi Driver was good in this respect. As was The Pawnbroker. Many of the old films were very rooted in accentuating fissures brought about in society via war. This is one I look forward to watching someday. Of course, out of principle I don't pay money to watch movies. I will wait until it comes out on tv or youtube. It appears Shutter Island will make one think, that it is anything but chewing gum for the mind. That is the sole criteria by which I base spending any time watching a movie. It better have content and make one think.
#3 Robin Hood
A remake in and of itself is inherently stupid. I truly believe this. Come up with your own stinking ideas, or who the fock do you think you're fooling? If the original was good enough to give one the idea of remaking it, then leave it alone.
#2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
I've never gone near any of these. It seems like pure exploitation of something I don't care about. As Clara Peller asked, "Where's the beef?"
#1 Iron Man 2
This is another sequel. The movie industry isn't even trying to hide the fact that it is mostly about money and unrealistic plots. Here's the synopsis for this one from the aformentioned imdb.com.
Billionaire Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends, as well as new enemies due to his superhero alter ego Iron Man.
There's nothing wrong in theory about science fiction or plots that aren't plausible. I just found out about Soylent Green, Edward G. Robinson's final movie and also starring Charlton Heston. I won't give away the ending, but it's one that has become part of pop culture history. The year is 2022 and the Earth has been run into the ground by war and industrialisation. The movie was made in 1973 but covered the profound topics of environmental degradation and the greenhouse effect. One numbnut at youtube actually put out a video claiming this movie coined the phrase greenhouse effect. That's propaganda from a useful idiot or worse.
In the 1890's, Nobel Prize winning scientist Svante Arrhenius published findings showing that excessive CO2 emissions would warm up the planet. His numbers may have been coarse, but the vast majority of scientists agree with his basic premise that dirty energy is heating up the Earth. According to the EPA:
Since the 1860s, people had known that by absorbing outgoing infrared radiation, atmospheric CO2 keeps the Earth warmer than it would otherwise be (Tyndall, 1863). Svante Arrhenius (1896), who coined the term "greenhouse effect," pointed out that the combustion of fossil fuels might increase the level of CO2 in the atmosphere, and thereby warm the Earth several degrees.
The phrase Greenhouse Effect first of all was coined in Soylent Green. I'm afraid global warming was coined first of all by Newsweek Magazine, when the world was busy researching the next Ice Age.Uhm, no, global warming was coined by scientist Wallace Broecker.
What is Soylent Green?