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.