…And here I was convinced that the worst problem with my modern watching experience
was that nearly every director needs to insert a vomit scene into his/her work.
If I didn’t “know” better, I would swear TPTB are purposefully trying to destroy the viewing experience.
(The Powers That Be= an undefined and mostly hypothetical network within society allegedly dictating how all things are run; without us ” little guys” having to worry our pretty little heads over pestersome problems like making our own decisions)
I could be wrong. I hope so.
First, on the official trailer for the movie “A Quiet Place”.
Hating spoilers personally, I won’t point out the moment in this trailer that kills a certain “tension” buzz by revealing something very specific that feeds into the plot. Something that could have provided an intriguing jolt to the story. Gone now because it’s revealed in the trailer.
When trailers expose too much, it’s like handing over the gift of a popular puzzle cube (or similar toy) to someone who’s been looking forward to the challenge…only to find out it’s already been solved after taking it from the package. There’s not much point in having it by that point, is there?
I will leave it up to the reader to watch the trailer at this link https://youtu.be/WR7cc5t7tv8
Second, there’s an even more worriesome situation going on within the written Amazon previews for films and shows.
I’ll choose the movie titled “Zoe”.
What could have been a titillating “cookie” to discover within “Zoe” is smashed to bits within the opening sentence of the lead preview.
Again, I won’t say anything on how the movie goes or what plays out. I won’t even say whether the smashed cookie I refer to is the only thing that was left to “discover”.
One assumes (assumed) that Amazon could support a little common sense when it comes to the elements that can affect everything from audience enjoyment to an artist’s earnings. One would not assume they’d be so sloppy as to risk surprises being ruined, with the grace of a brat who blurts out there’s no Santa on Christmas Eve to his bewildered (eventually heartbroken) three old sibling.
It’s been a problem in Amazon’s book category also , as you can see with this author’s complaint from six years ago
We’re either looking at a new generation of human beings who lack intelligent sophistication enough to understand they are ruining things.
Or we are looking at a worsening plague of apathy that’s indicative of a generation that doesn’t care that things are being ruined in the first place.
I don’t expect Amazon to “care” per se. After all they are a money making beast -one of the best and fattest beasts. That’s what money making beasts are about.
Like vomit scenes, most human beings do not LIKE having their entertainment ruined. This creeping lack of oversight and consideration makes very little sense if one was even barely familiar with how financial income connects to what consumers LIKE.
Why are we constantly exposed to grunts, retching and plain ‘ugly’ on our screens every day? No idea.
Why are thoughtless, adolescent previews and trailers being allowed to represent what could be better enjoyed and received works of art that took hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to make? Again, shrugs all around.
On another hand, the answers could possibly be more disturbing than our “pretty little heads” could process. Maybe we wouldn’t want to hear them.
Like an answer that makes it clear that it’s because we’ve proven ourselves to be such voracious and limited range thinking consumers. So much so that TPTB are secure in their confidence to continue profiting without concern.
Maybe it’s gotten to the point that they don’t care how many they offend because there are millions more who couldn’t care any less or any more than most of us do on a daily basis. If you’ve lost two million dollars from a thirty million dollar haul..no tears are being shed that’s for sure.
Like hogs in a pen where masters don’t care about stepping on the occasional hoof while throwing the slop around at feeding time. It’s not as if the animals will be insulted enough to resist gobbling up the treats because of it.
As long as the masters end up making money in the end , the truer question would end up being why the masters would or should be concerned at all.
I think it’s safe to assume that I’m not the only one who could have sworn we weren’t animals in the first place- cow eyed and oblivious to how our lives are being run; from major forced mandates on how we’re supposed to live our lives down to the trivial matters of how we entertain ourselves.
I could be wrong.
And once again, I sure hope so.
photo By Argus