My 5 New Year Movie Resolutions
Happy New Year! It’s only been a week, but 2012 is shaping up to be an AWESOME year already. As usual, the new year marks a time of reflection and resolutions. Today, on my radio show Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I discussed some of our movie resolutions for 2012. Here are a few of mine (I hope Hollywood is reading).
1. Let’s leave the numerous prequels, sequels, remakes in 2011. I don’t want or need to see Birth of a Nation (2012), Bad Boys 7, or Madea: The Teenage Years.
2. Along those same lines, lets stop the desecration of classic TV shows like 21 Jump Street and The Three Stooges (two of the worst trailers I’ve seen in a long time). I swear if they try to make a film version of Good Times or What’s Happening, I’m gonna scream.
3. This year, lets try to have more people of color in leading roles than animals. Last year dolphin amputees, revolting apes, and warring horses all got leading roles in major studio films. Yet, talented women like Lucy Liu, Sharon Leal, Anika Noni Rose, and Michelle Rodriguez got little to no love. Dear Hollywood, people of color have interesting lives too.
4. This year, let’s see more leading women. Last year we saw Zoe Saldana and Mara Rooney playing strong, kick-ass women in Colombiana and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, respectively. In 2012, I hope for this trend to continue. With the upcoming films Haywire and Paula Patton in Mission Impossible 4, it looks like it might. But wouldn’t it be great to see Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, or Regina King in a big budget action flick?
5. Lastly, I really hope the amazing black indie film movement that has been going on continues. I loved Nia Long’s performance in 2011’s Mooz-lum and Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow was one of my favorites of 2011. In 2012, I look forward to DuVernay’s next film Middle of Nowhere and Matthew Cherry’s The Last Fall.
Check out the trailer for The Last Fall:
What are your 2012 movie resolutions?