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What Happened to The Really Great Movie Ideas?
by Kathryn S Carrington   
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Last edited: Friday, February 13, 2009
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

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Today I wonder what happened to the great Movie ideas of yesterday. Some of these big screen movies are just not what one would expect them to be, lacking originality, spontaneity and raw talent.

Back when I was a little girl I saw a movie called The Bad Seed; what a movie to remember for a life time!  You can see captions of this movie if you Google it’s name. The movie was about a small girl who had inherited a murderous gene from a kind, sensitive mother who had been adopted by a wealthy business man.  As you get further into the movie, it is revealed that the adopted mother was the daughter of a notoriously deranged woman. Because of this woman, the little girl who was the deranged woman’s paternal grandchild was forever categorized as a cold calculating child murderer, but only once the child had been revealed.  This pretty little, innocent girl, wearing two perfect braids, had already tripped a pervious neighbor down the stairs, killed a playmate and set the handy man on fire, killing him and to no avail,  had subsequently planned to murder a kind neighbor, the very next day.

The movie was centered on, an intentional killing by the little girl, played by Patty McCormack. The little boy, who attended school with this little girl, had won an award deriving from a child’s competition of some sort and to no avail, the small boy had been murdered by Patty‘s character because he would not give the small pedant (award) to her. The Bad Seed was a suspense movie made before I was born, in the year 1956 with an all star cast:  Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden, Henry Jones, William Hopper and Paul Fix.

Today I wonder what happened to the great Movie ideas of yesterday.  Some of these big screen movies are just not what one would expect them to be, lacking originality, spontaneity and raw talent.  I have a great idea for a movie story, my book entitled Mama and Us; now that’s some real life suspense for you; If you want to talk about some real life adventure and dysfunction?  It’s a wonder I came out of this true life experience with any kind of self-esteem, but hell – I still believe it is a rendition of drama at its best.  Spare me the gory details of the way it was written.  It was my very first self-published book in 2007.  One could call it a book to learn from, but a girl has got to start from the bottom and work her way up! 

In this story you will find a bipolar, alcoholic mother of five girls and two boys and a step-father that would be behind bars today, if he hadn’t already transitioned.  The story is seen and told from a young girls perception of what it is like back in the late 60’s and 70’s to grow up in child abuse at every sense of the word; Nevertheless, she comes out of it a woman destined to share her triumphs’ in an attempt to help others who may have been reared in such strange and terrible conditions.  It is a story that reveals how difficult it is to break, even a small child’s spirit.  The story is about five sisters and how their mother and step father’s undetected mental illnesses influenced their lives and also how the young girls view and see life in all of its unforeseen glory.  Now that’s a: would be movie, that could help today’s youth and give hope to the many children out there that don’t feel that they can achieve greatness because of their past life experience while growing up.
The point is, at least it is a story with some purpose and substance, unlike a lot of this garbage thrown at us, on a really big screen of profanity, violence, governed by the many make believe heroes that we are smart enough to know, really don’t exist! It’s as if it’s not enough that the popcorn and soda pop cost more than a full grocery cart, without having to feel like the movie was put together with no real purpose at all, leaving many of us emptier than we were when we first entered the Movie Theater. Like many of you, I keep hoping for some real meaning and value in our entertainment process while continuing to empty my pockets of the last bit of gas money I’ve been saving up all week.  Hopefully someone will come across my story and put it on the screen where it belongs.  Now won’t all of the inflated prices on  the admission fee and popcorn taste good then?

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Reviewed by Stanley Alston
Kathryn - happy v - day -- and your article is written extremely well. You point makes all the sense in the world, what has happen to those well written stories. I look to music and movies as the same. Those who control these businesses have a mind set that - they believe is what people want to hear. Those types of people lack vision and are surrounded by yes people. I do believe that we shall turn back the clock to a time of stories, romance and good music.

Reviewed by Glen Schulz

Good to finally hear from you again. As you know, I follow you on AD and I'm aware of your past and your book "Momma and Us." It is a very sad story about children growing up in the saddest of situations, a complete opposite of my own youth. Your story would indeed make a movie that would probably glue us to the screen. You should contact my agent, as you know, she sold the movie rights to my own book and might be able to help you too. I'll buy the popcorn :)
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