If you follow Decades Apart on twitter or gab, you'll realize that I was talking quite a bit of shit on the Oscars last night. I called it an award ceremony for who gave the best head, I said that I was gonna go fap, I said a bunch of stuff that probably came across as drunk ramblings. However, I was completely sober and I'm not sorry for anything I said. I'm never sorry for talking shit on Hollywood because I hate them. You know your artist friend who complains about the paintings inside of Starbucks (they have paintings, right? I don't know, I've never been in one). Okay, scratch that. You know your musician friend who hates on Katy Perry and said she's a hack but you're like, "Bob, shut up about Katy Perry." He can't though because he just feels she's taking the piss out of an art form he sincerely loves?
Yeah, that's basically my relationship with Hollywood. I've seen the films that win Oscars and most of the time there were better films out there. Have you seen Three Colors: Red? It's a fantastic film! It was even nominated for best director. Do you know what beat it? Fucking Forrest Gump! I like Zemeckis but to put him against Kieslowski is a joke. It also lost best cinematography to some movie called Legends of the Fall, which I'll admit to never seeing but a quick Google image search finds: a bunch of boring pictures. What do you mean so what? Go google Three Colors: Red and Legends of the Poets of the Fall now do you see the injustice?
I just wanted to clear that up real quick, since I have bigger fish to fry. If you follow Decades Apart on gab or twitter, you'll notice we've moved away from the traditional #SupportIndieFilm in favor of the much more anarchic #SupportOutlawCinema. I'm sure many people are questioning why we've done this as it seems a bit idiotic to do. There are several reasons why I have begun using #SupportOutlawCinema, the first being my undying love for John Waters (the man responsible for the Outlaw Cinema portion of our hashtag).
Another reason being that many of the people who use #SupportIndieFilm are still part of the incestuous swamp that infests Hollywood. They have the same values, they believe the same shit, and they're just as greedy. I want to set us apart from them. I also hate independent films that crowdfund. "We've got this guy from Aliens directing our film." Really? A quick imdb search shows he was just a grip and this film is the guy's first time directing. Yet people throw money at this project. I've already talked about my disdain for crowdfunding in the past so no need to beat a dead horse.
The biggest reason why I have moved away from #SupportIndieFilm is because I no longer support independent films. "But RJ, you're an independent filmmaker, shouldn't you support independent films?" I don't support the independent films that no longer push the limits. When I think independent films I think El Mariachi. That is what I tried to do with A Final Hit. Did we succeed? That's up to you to decide. However, lately I've been seeing a lot of Clerks. What do I mean? They're all set in one location and have nothing happen. It worked for Clerks because that film spoke to the customer service people. Anyone who has ever worked customer service understood Clerks.
The most insulting thing ever said about A Final Hit said that I'm over ambitious. This was insulting because I feel that independent films NEED to be over ambitious, we need to do something to separate ourselves from the mega movie shit machine that is Hollywood. People felt that Through the Devil's Eyes didn't have enough blood and that's simply because the blood we were using in that film stained EVERYTHING. Otherwise we would have gone crazy then too.
One of my friends recently compared me to Roger Corman because I was telling him where I plan on taking Decades Apart Productions. I don't want the company only associated with films that I've made, I want to reach out and help out other people too. The crew I've had on Through the Devil's Eyes, A Final Hit, and Keeping Justice has been a bunch of kids that just wanted to be part of making a movie.
Our movies are cheap and made fairly quickly but they're also made with a lot of love. People these days talk A LOT about putting more love into the world but I don't ever really see them acting upon it. We have famous authors virtue signaling people about not taking in homeless people while she has multi-room homes where these people can stay. However, here is a dumb kid selling his dumb home movies online why? Because he wants to make money to make more dumb home made movies. He wants to make money so his friends can see scripts they've written turned into movies, so they can make their own movies. This dumb kid who wants to see the next James Cameron, the next Francis Ford Coppola, the next Jack Nicholson, the next Martin Scorsese.
Hollywood talks a lot about seeking "new talent" but they don't have the tentacles that I have. I make Japanese schoolgirls excited with my sick tentacle action. I'm out there looking for new talent all the time, they're just picking their noses.
I had a really over the top way of ending this but I scrapped it because it felt disingenuous. I don't want to do that to my loyal readers. So I'll just end this and say thank you to all the people that have and continued to support us throughout the years. We know we don't make the best movies around but they are made with a lot of love. Everything we do is because we love movies and just want to see more of them.
Hey everyone, so I thought I'd drop in and give you an update concerning everything and talk about something that has been bothering me lately. Keeping Justice is steadily chugging along. You would think the film would be done by now but, as I may have stated earlier, this is going to be a two hour movie. We should have about 90% of it done by this weekend, if everything goes according to plan...which it never does. However, I'm confident in our abilities as a team to knock this shit out of the park.
Now, onto the main reason I wanted to write this post. I want to destroy the cancer that is spreading around. No, not third wave feminism, that shit is wiping itself out with ridiculous all female remakes of other films. Seriously, if you want to portray women as strong characters, why not just write something new...oh wait, this is Hollywood we're talking about. Original content is not exactly their forte.
I digress. No, the cancer that is spreading is this idea that if someone doesn't like something that it simply means they're jealous. I first heard this idea while watching one of I Hate Everything's Comment Comeback videos and immediately figured it was children. However, this mentality is slowly beginning to spread around people my age. "If you don't like this, it's simply because you're jealous." No, I don't like that thing because it is too flawed for me to appreciate.
Example: I'm part of the vidme community and someone recently made a video criticizing the tip jar feature. I agreed that tips should not be visible to other people but it has nothing to do with being jealous. I am a very private person for the most part and don't want people to know how much I make or how much I spent on last night's cocaine fueled hooker party (thanks to all the people who have bought our DVDs for making last night possible).
The part that made me mad is another vidmer (I like it more than vidizen, sorry), said the person was jealous and that's why they were criticizing it. Vidme retweeted this, basically agreeing that it was a jealousy thing. Look vidme dudes and dudettes, if you're reading this, I love you guys; but don't be like that. That approach is how YouTube started down the path to the dark side. My suggestion? Make it an option to have tips seen or not. I know there are a lot of people that love bragging, but I don't...unless it's about cocaine fueled hooker parties.
I could go on about the people who say "if you don't like this person it's because you're jealous of them," because it's obvious they are children. I don't dislike Justin Bieber because I'm jealous of him, I simply find his music to sound like a cat having its rectum pulled out...not that I know what that sounds like ASPCA.
Look, I know that negative criticism is not fun, I get it all the time. However, if I responded to my critics with "you're just jealous," I would be a laughing stock among my community. I don't make the best films around, you don't need to tell me that, but I am doing something, which is a lot more than I can say about my detractors. I could tell them that they don't understand us (because a lot of them don't) but that's just invalidating their opinion.
At the end of the day, that's my problem with people being "just jealous," it invalidates their opinion entirely. Instead of seeking a way to improve, you're simply saying that everything they say is invalid. Next time someone says something negative, stop and think about if anything they said is true. If you feel something is true, take that to help better yourself. Criticize A Final Hit's audio all you want, I know it sucks, but I at least know how to fix it with Keeping Justice.
That's about it. Hopefully you have read to the very end of this and didn't just file it under TL;DR. If you are a creator of anything (a website, a story, a movie, food) take negative criticism into consideration. It's not all trolls or "jealous people", there are some people that just want to see you succeed. I love seeing people succeed, however, I will rip them to shreds in the beginning. If you learn to eat your negative criticism and spit out the bones, I think we can create some truly awesome stuff.