While it’s trendy to complain about the sad state of mainstream movies, the truth is that television stations and streaming cable services like HBO, AMC, Showtime, FX, and Netflix are scratching our itch for high-octane dramas and raucous comedies. This summer alone, we have seen the end of an epic season of Game of Thrones, the beginning of the final season of Breaking Bad, the debut of the surprise hit Ray Donovan, and the long-awaited return of Arrested Development.
Couple those hits with new seasons of longtime favorites like True Blood and Dexter, and you have a TV lineup that could rival any roster of Academy Award nominated films. These shows bring cinematic scope and groundbreaking ideas right into your living room without any of the typical Hollywood nonsense like 3D glasses and Ryan Reynolds.
Case in point, take a look at "The Red Wedding" episode of Game of Thrones. The last 10 minutes of that episode turned stomachs of die hard fans nationwide and reduced us to quivering husks of feelings for a week afterwards. Most importantly, it made us feel something. Aside from a few under-the-radar gems from this summer, like Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Fruitvale Station, has a mainstream movie made you feel anything other than an insatiable urge for a refund?