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Throwbacks of the Cinema

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Since the late 1920’s cinema has really taken off as something that has dominated the public interest. With each new couple of weeks comes a new movie, a new creation. As years have gone on, genres, technology, prices, and production that go into the movie watching experience have adapted and changed to fit the needs of our society. For example, many theaters are swapping old chairs for the new and improved reclining seats, each with their own armrest so you don’t have to share with that creep who sat next to you.

As far as the advances made in the genres of movies, each new year brings with it a popular genre that the public is demanding. In the 40’s and some of the 50’s, Hollywood was dominated with Westerns. During the 80’s and early 90’s, mob movies and coming of age films (two completely different genres) were being shot out of every studio. The audience truly determines what Hollywood produces, as they in fact are the customers who cut the director’s paycheck. In order to fulfill the greatest gross income possible, the screenwriters need to produce movies that appeal to who is watching them. In the case of very recent years, the audience has been all about the 80’s.

Pop culture of today’s movies have been heavily populated by pop culture of the 80’s. The people who are adults today were kids in the 80’s, and directors have figured out ways the catch their attention. Nostalgia is the best recipe for success among movies. Jump scares are good for a horror film and a good plot line attracts attention, but throw in some childhood references that put a smile on the audiences face, and you have a complete movie. In the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s “It”, this is the exact way they set up the film. It was hilarious, scary, and full of the 80’s. Another huge breakthrough in the movie world, or tv world rather, is Stranger Things. Everyone likes a spooky story with mystery and good character development. Now add everything from your parent’s childhood and you have Stranger Things. One of the most popular shows of recent years, Stranger Things plays on nostalgia as well, drawing in a wide range of ages that are interested in watching.

Stranger Things (2016) left                                           Stand By Me (1986) right

Each couple of years carries with it a dominant genre. What will the next one be? I personally like the throwback movies. They’re interesting, and until Hollywood can produce another great action or comedy movie that will last the test of time, I would like the movies to stick with this 80’s vibe.

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