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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this week, we reported on some choice words that actress Jodie Foster had regarding superhero films. No, she doesn’t love the movies, though we’re sure you already knew that.

She didn’t pull any punches. She said that studios are making bad content to appeal to the masses, and she compared its dangers to the industry to the dangers that fracking present to the earth. She also went on to say that it’s ruining the viewing habits of both America and the rest of the world.

Of course, you knew that other filmmakers wouldn’t stay silent, and the ever-vocal James Gunn is one of the first big voices to speak out. He took to Twitter to address Foster’s criticism, and here’s what he had to say over the course of several tweets:

“I think Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way where spectacle film can’t be thought-provoking. It’s often true but not always. Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis. I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are somewhat soulless – and that is a real danger to the future of movies. But there are also quite a few exceptions. For cinema to survive I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.”

Can’t disagree with what he says there. While I grew up in an age where blockbusters were a thing, it was a bit of a crapshoot as to whether or not a big budget flick would be any good. More often than not, they were plot-based, heartless affairs with little more to them than spectacle. Nowadays, we not only get more blockbusters than ever, but a good portion of them are actually pretty good, and that likely has to do with the fact that the filmmakers making them actually love spectacle films, and bring more to the table with them.

Gunn continued:

“But, to be fair, at least from Foster’s quotes, she seems to see filmmaking as something that’s primarily about her own personal growth. For me, that may be part of why I do this, but spending many millions of dollars on a film has to be about more than that – it’s communication – so my experience is merely one spoke on that wheel. But I respect Foster and her talent and what she’s done for films and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.”

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SOURCE: James Gunn

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.