#1 movie trend that NEEDS to stop - People need to stop going to shitty movies! Guess what, folks? If you stop paying for shitty movies, "they" will stop making shitty movies! It's not that hard!
#2 - The overall derision I am seeing from the general public for movie reviewers. "Movie reviewers suck!" "They only like pompous arty films" "I don't bother reading reviews" *shakes head*
They key is to find the right reviewer that jives with your taste in movies. Sure, there are plenty of schlocky reviewers out there. But there are also some really great ones. My fave is http://flickfilosopher.com/
. I may not always agree with her, but she knows how to write a review, and even make it entertaining to read.
#3 trailers that give away the whole damn movie. Thanks for that! Now I don't have to bother with your crappy movie. I get pissed, though, when it's a movie I'm interested in.
I wanted to like Avatar. I really did. But I can't tolerate the acting or the script's dialogue. If they can spend a quarter of a billion making it as pretty as it is, they could have easily found a way (reserve maybe 10 million of that) for a screen play treatment by someone who knows how to write interesting dialogue. The same goes for reshoots on many of their scenes.
As much as I'm a defender of the Star Wars prequels, I can't deny that this is precisely what went wrong with them as well. Overblown special effects budget at the expense of dialogue and acting. The result is something gorgeous, but only partially human. Hello uncanny valley, goodbye artistic integrity.
THIS! So much THIS! Bad writing/dialogue can ruin a movie for me. I was initially quite impressed with Avatar, but after a few days I realized how freaking generic it truly was. If only they had spent a little more time on the damn script!