It is no secret that much of the film industry’s artistic integrity has suffered at the hands of box office results and generic plot-lines. Last year alone, over 96% of all films produced were reboots, adaptations, or sequels. It would appear that screenwriters have become lackadaisical in their efforts to produce an original idea. One might argue that this is the studios’ fault, for green lighting the same film multiple times in the same month (I.E. Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down...etc). Today between the studios insulting my intelligence and jacking up ticket prices, I face the devastating realization that maybe the best years are behind the motion picture industry. Then I take a deep breath and remember that there was a man who shattered the expectations of filmmakers and audiences everywhere, and he did it alone. That man was Stanley Kubrick.
Now I don’t mean to fan-boy out, but there has never been a director with more courage than and these days courage is scarce. I would like to point out that one of the most respected directors alive today, , publicly praised Kubrick for his innovation and stubborn nature. Kubrick's The Shining is by far the greatest horror film of all time, and although it was an adaptation, he made extreme changes to the story and shifted emphasis away from the supernatural elements and focused on the decent into madness. He did this at the expense of Steven King's endorsement, who has since had his name redacted from the piece and made a inferior version. Kubrick never compromised at any step along his career, and made his visions come to fruition entirely himself.
These admirable traits should have been embraced by modern filmmakers, however it is evident that somewhere along a series of compromises the majority of them lost their artistic integrity. However, there are several new directors who have made me a believer again. The first of these is Shane Carruth, who made arguably the greatest time-travel film of all time entirely himself, for a budget of roughly seven-thousand dollars. He even went as far starring in the film himself and composing the score. I would also like to mention Gaspar Noe, who's cinematography is unparalleled in its innovation and who's bold films have not yet received the recognition they deserve. Derek Ciafrance has also greatly revitalized my hope for the motion picture industry. There will only ever be one Stanley Kubrick but the world should follow his lead, and never compromise the integrity of a film for box office results.