Movies From 1960s Were Most Creative In Cinema History, Study Finds
Sullivan (@KPSull) In his new character as an over-the-hill action star, Liam Neeson ‘s movies come with certain expectations. He’s going to be some figure of authority either active or retired someone will wrong him, and Neeson is then forced to kick some ass. But there’s something a little too familiar about the trailer for his new film ” Non-Stop ,” which hit theaters in February. We took a close look at the new preview and found five major action movie clichAs all combined into one trailer. Plane Setting When it is set on a plane, there’s nowhere to go, which is just another way of saying that it’s a confined thriller, but the size of the box we’re trapped in can vary. It can be as small as a coffin in “Buried” or as big as a panic room. An airplane is far from new fare for a confided thriller. We’ve seen the device used in the air in “Red Eye,” “Flightplan,” and, of course, “Snakes on a Plane.” Bad Guy In Hiding Neeson is just doing his job during the flight when he gets a text message. Now, before you start following his example and texting during your next flight, stop. He’s using a secure, Marshals-only channel. The bad guy or bad girl is somewhere on the flight with him.
Many of the most-pirated movies aren’t available for legitimate online purchase
Sreenivasan analyzed keywords used on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to observe trends. A novelty score was given based on the number of times any given keyword was used to describe another film. Films that had higher novelty scores featured a word that was rarely used to describe it. While films with lower novelty scores had a keyword used to describe a variety of them. A range from zero to one was applied as the novelty score, with the least novel being zero. To depict the evolution of film culture over time, Sreenivasan then lined up the scores chronologically. “You always hear about how the period from 1929 to 1950 was known as the Golden Age of Hollywood,” Sreenivasan said to Wired. “There were big movies with big movie stars. But if you look at novelty at that time, you see a downward trend.” After studio systems fell in the 1950s, filmmakers burst with new ideas which enhanced the movies during the 1960s. Films like Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, Breathless in 1960, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in 1966 were all very well received. In addition, plot lines, novel styles and film techniques helped create the increase in Sreenivasan’s analysis of that period. The films analyzed spanned a 70-year period and the study appears in Nature Scientific Reports .
The only way to get the other four movies online was through illegal downloading. Last week’s results were not an anomaly. The PiracyData team has been collecting data for three weeks, and during that period, not a single highly pirated film has been available to stream. And many highly-pirated movies have not been available for rental or download. Piracydata.org was created by two tech policy researchers at the Mercatus Center, a libertarian think tank, and by Matt Sherman, a software engineer based in New York. The team’s leader, Jerry Brito, says he got the idea for the site after a hearing in which major content holders criticized Google for failing to do enough to combat piracy. That criticism came despite the fact that Google has taken a number of steps to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted works. A year ago, Google began automatically demoting search results that are the target of numerous takedown requests by copyright holders. Yet despite that proactive approach, searches for Hollywood blockbusters frequently turn up links to pirate websites. “The MPAA is complaining that Google leads people to infringing links,” Brito argues. “But what’s the alternative?” The movies that are available on file-sharing sites, he says, are “very rarely available for legal acquisition.” Unsurprisingly, MPAA spokesperson Kate Bedingfield disagrees. “Today there are more ways than ever to watch movies and TV shows legally online, and more are constantly being added,” she said in an e-mailed statement.