We watch a lot of movies on Netflix and the words they use to describe their movies got my attention. There’s one they describe as Sci-Fi TV and Alien Sci-Fi. I think pretty much if you’re watching Sci-Fi, chances are there’s going to be some aliens tossed in there somewhere.
Then there are the Slow Burn or Film Noir movies. I have no idea what those terms mean and we are definitely not in Kansas anymore if I need to google them to get an idea of the type of movie we’re talking about.
The definition of Slow Burn is “an intense emotional state of displeasure with someone or something”
Film Noir is defined as “a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music”
So if we have all these cynically malevolent characters appearing in Film Noir movies, isn’t it fair to say that everyone’s pretty much in a Slow Burn kind of intense state of displeasure mood?
Then you have your Dramedies. By definition, a Dramedy is “a comedy (such as a film or television show) having dramatic moments”. Also by definition, a Comedy is “a drama of light and amusing character and typically with a happy ending”. The only difference is that our Comedy friends live happily ever after. Not sure what happens to the Dramedy folks, but you may want to head over to the Comedy house.
Then you have your Stoner films. Webster defines the term stoner as “a person who habitually uses drugs or alcohol.” or “One that pelts someone or something with stones especially with intent to kill.” If you are pelting stones at “something”, like a garbage can, chances are the rock you hurled at that garbage can isn’t really going to kill the garbage can since it’s not alive in the first place.” And another definition of stoner is “a device for removing stones from stone fruit.” So the movie is either about a psychopathic drug addict tossing rocks at garbage cans or the life of a horticulturist.
We have all these fancy words, some appearing to be nothing more than attention seeking words that we use to rate movies. Back in the day, we summed it all up with 5 categories. G, PG, PG13, R and NC17 which used to be called X. G is for General Audiences, PG Parental Guidance, PG13 a little more parental guidance and NC17 No Children 17 and under. I guess they figured X was just too messed up for words so they changed it to NC. But it all worked just fine.
The word “dystopian” has been used to describe movies. Not being the smartest guy on the planet and having no clue as to what that meant, I found that Webster calls it “an imagined world or society in which people lead dehumanized, fearful lives.” Ok, that sounds messed up.
So you go to the movies, you get your ticket stub, hand your ticket stub to the guy or girl to let you in, head over to the snack bar to get the essential tub of buttered popcorn and maybe you grab some Twizzlers. You find a seat, sip away on your Coke and watch this psychological thriller that is dark, somewhat disturbing and oddly exhilarating. You are mentally drained when it’s over but at the same time you totally enjoyed it. You get up to leave, along with a bunch of other people, and as you are waiting on line, do you think you’d say to the guy next to you, “Wow! That was the most dystopian movie I’ve ever seen!” I didn’t think so.