|Dorothy Malone from Written on the Wind fame.|
|McQueen and Dunaway in Thomas Crown Affair|
|No man has been able to wear a tux better than Steve McQueen.|
|"If a man is being honest, I mean really honest, than everything he does is for the sake of women." --Jack|
|Redford on the trail.|
The writing of movies has changed. Screenwriters don't create Thomas Crown's any more. They don't create Travis Bickles or Sally Bowles. Instead our stars of today are more insecure, bitter, and angry at the way the world is. Our stars of today don't know what's going to happen tomorrow and sure as Hell don't know if it'll be good. Obviously, on a topical level, this can be blamed on the writers: why aren't we writing the characters of the greats? Why aren't we creating more romantic, charismatic, suave and secure characters to be blasted into the psyche's of today's youth? Why are we sitting here so pessimistic and bitter, self-indulgent and self-deprecating?
|Outdated? Maybe. But you can't beat talent. Show me a contemporary that can beat Minelli and I'll show you a liar.|
But, at the same time, is it just us? Or is it the world around us? The culture we live in? Nobody's watching Cabaret anymore for a reason. The mass public will fall asleep within the first twenty minutes of The Shining, not just because of our incredible ADD-like rate of consumption (as compared to previous generations) but also because of our lack of empathy. We can't sympathize with those types of characters anymore. They're out of touch, outdates, antiquated. They may look brilliant, and their fashion may be making a comeback, but who they're characters are--as complex and real as they may be--no longer appreciated in our film vernacular. Give me the Cobb's in Inception; the Joker's in the Dark Knight. I don't want no slow talking and fast driving Steve McQueen. I want somebody who is energetic, ambitious, and feels as psychologically fucked up as I do.
That just makes Steve McQueen seem...normal. And that's as good as sin in this business.