Art Films Masquerading as Action Films

Drive-PosterI have a theory that art films are starting to masquerade as action films because in a globalized economy, producers can’t pick any contemporary villains, so characters’ conflicts end up being directed internally. Hence, we get a slew of boring action movies, which hire the best talent to pepper the film with 5-10 minutes of amazing action scenes, “delivering on the promise”, but still manage to leave audiences starving for more ass-kicking. Haywire, Drive, Killing Them Softly, and Looper are recent examples.

But demand for good action keeps increasing in the West, especially under hard economic times, and it’s not being delivered in spades here the way the market demands it. That makes my job incredibly easy. Seriously, Hollywood and Europe, keep it up.

Eric Jacobus featured on Comedy Film Nerds Podcast

I had the honor to be featured along with Rebecca Ahn on the Comedy Film Nerds podcast with Graham Elwood and Chris J. Mancini. We talk about Death Grip, action movies we love, and other nerdy stuff you’ll all dig. Enjoy.

Listen to it at the Comedy Film Nerds website – http://comedyfilmnerds.com
iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/comedy-film-nerds/id345412221
mp3 file – http://traffic.libsyn.com/comedyfilmnerds/CFN_ep_135.output.mp3