In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A compelling story, great acting, high drama, thrilling tension and a big payoff.”
“They’re gonna kill you with no hard feelings.”
The top three highest grossing movies of last year were Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and Zootopia. Many film purists might find it disheartening that only one of the three was based on a totally new property, but I’m troubled by a different trend of modern movie making. While Finding Dory clocks in at an economical 97 minutes, Captain America and Zootopia will respectively take up 147 and 108 minutes of your life. Of the rest of the movies that round out the top 10, only one is under 100 minutes. And that one is The Secret Life of Pets, so I’m sure even its scant 87 minutes feel like a lot longer.
What I’m getting at is, most moves over 90 minutes don’t need to be. Hardly any movie needs to break the two hour barrier. But bigger budgets and bigger spectacles mean we are increasingly subjected to bigger ass aches as we are trapped in cinema seats for ever increasing amounts of time per movie. But I have proof that you don’t always need a lot of time to fit in a lot of awesome. You can have a compelling story, great acting, high drama, thrilling tension and a big payoff. And you can have it all in 81 minutes, including credits, with Bad Day at Back Rock. (more…)