Shia LaBeouf “done” with Big Budget Films….good!

In My Humble Opinion:  It takes a real ass to come out and make negative comments about the very industry that has provided him with a living and his entire way of life.  Shia LaBeouf (Transformers Franchise, Indiana Jones) came out and said that he is “done” making big budget films.  His exact quote was:  “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.”  Of course this isn’t the first time he made headlines for his loose lips.  He publicly spoke out against Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which, to no one’s surprise, upset director Steven Spielberg and has since dampened their relationship. 

If the studio does hamper the visionary or creative input an actor or director has in a film, surely Mr. LaBeouf realized it after the first Transformers film?  I just find it hard to believe that a young man who has made his living nursing on the tit of Hollywood decides now to speak out against it.  Of course this could be because he is in the middle of promoting his new film Lawless (which does look good, but only because Tom Hardy can carry any movie he’s in).  It just seems like an awfully convenient time for Mr. LaBeouf to reject the very industry that helped him reach stardom in the first place.  Not to mention, there are plenty of other actors/directors that have retained their creative and visionary control while making big budget films:  Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone Christopher Nolan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, and of course Quentin Tarantino.  If you feel I’ve forgotten someone, please comment!


Harvey Weinstein Needs to “Put up or Shut up”

In my humble opinion:  Harvey Weinstein needs make up his damn mind.  If Harvey Weistein was a politician the most accurate phrase to describe his politics would be “flip-flopping.”  Harvey Weinstein made headlines a few months ago when he spoke out against the Motion Picture Association of America about the documentary Bully receiving an R rating instead of a PG-13 rating.  He was upset that by giving the documentary an R rating, many of the children that are bullied or are the ones bullying wouldn’t be able to go see the movie and experience its message about anti-bullying.  So basically, he was pissed that the movie was being censored.  NOW he is calling for a filmmakers summit on violence in film.  He is calling for this summit in the wake of the tragedy that took place in Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.  Now please don’t get me wrong, the tragedy was a horrendous event that should never have happened and one that I hope will never occur again.  However, is Harvey Weinstein the one that should be calling for this summit?  I mean, this is the same man who spoke out against censorship with regards to Bully, but now wants to meet with filmmakers and discuss their responsibility about violence in their films.  Let’s also not forget that Mr. Weistein served as Producer / Executive Producer on all of Quentin Tarantino’s movies (which are violent…but GREAT films) as well other violent movies like; Scream, Equilibrium, Sin City, and Rambo.  Harvey just seems a little wishy washy on when he is for or against censorship in movies and how they should be governed but like I said, that’s just my opinion.