Friday, January 18, 2008

A small request

Midtown Shadow
Midtown Shadow,
originally uploaded by Automatt.
This weekend's release of Cloverfield reminds me of a little peeve I've had for the past couple of years, echoed by this article: haven't we had enough destruction of New York City up on the screen by now? So, we're still broken up by the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, sure, but there were two other places devastated that day, not to mention all the other worthy places which have been visited with catastrophe and at least as photogenic as New York. I'm just asking for a bit of a moratorium, during which time I ask that the screenwriters of Hollywood incorporate a little more variety in their plots, a change of venue, or perhaps a plot where the metropolis is menaced but escapes disaster. (Right after the Writers Guild settles, that is.)

At least Steven Spielberg's H. G. Welles's remake only busted up Bayonne, over on this side of the river.

Oh, and while you're at it, could you maybe leave Ms. Liberty alone? Please?

True, the city in question has some things to answer for (such as the mayor, the former mayor, the crazy team owner, and the mogul), but that doesn't mean you have to keep dropping rocks and other unpleasant objects on the place so regularly.

I don't even get into NYC that often myself, but it's always out there on my horizon, and I know my wife has twinges of worry now and again about making her way back and forth every day. It would make it easier to conduct negotiations on what movies we'd like to go see, that's certain.


IludiumPhosdex said...

Who would you rather prefer be a target for some class of monster in this vein?

I, for one, think Tupelo, Mississippi, HQ for that bastion of warped White Christian "honour" and "privilege" known as the so-called "American Family Association."

Or how about Branson?

RichM said...

Crawford, TX? But I know, that's just mean of me to suggest.

Tupelo gets a pass IMO from having sired the King.

I think the studios could save a lot of travel expense by having the critters devastate Hollywood itself.