movies: out of ideas?
…let’s look ahead to what’s on the menu for this year: four adaptations of comic books. One prequel to an adaptation of a comic book. One sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a toy. One sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on an amusement-park ride. One prequel to a remake. Two sequels to cartoons. One sequel to a comedy. An adaptation of a children’s book. An adaptation of a Saturday-morning cartoon. One sequel with a 4 in the title. Two sequels with a 5 in the title. One sequel that, if it were inclined to use numbers, would have to have a 7½ in the title.†
Interesting article by Mark Harris at GQ this month, The Day the Movies Died. It starts off talking about the industry-unexpected success of Inception* and goes on to discuss the same lament so many people–myself included–have about movies these days… there’s nothing new anymore.
So we have upcoming "update/remakes" of both "Beauty and the Beast" AND "Little Red Riding Hood"? Seriously Hollywood, SERIOUSLY!?
— Brian Gray (aka ürb) (@urbanbohemian) February 22, 2011
I don’t go out to see movies very much anymore, the last one I saw was The Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy** as a midnight movie last weekend. Before that… I can’t even recall. Maybe District 9? I just don’t go out to movies anymore, content to wait for some of them to hit the home market simply because they’re just not that enjoyable outside the confines of the theater. I used to go see movies and talk about them for days, telling my friends about them, occasionally going back to see them a second time. Lately, a rental from Netflix is about as active as I get.
It’s an interesting read and it does call out people like me, who don’t go out to see movies anymore but it also ends with a terrifying fact that I’m not sure how I missed… “It took twenty-four years to get here, but it’s finally happening: Top Gun 2.”***
† Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens, Green Lantern, and Thor; X-Men: First Class; Transformers 3; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; Rise of the Apes; Cars 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2; The Hangover Part II; Winnie the Pooh; The Smurfs in 3D; Spy Kids 4; Fast Five and Final Destination 5; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
* Which I have yet to see…
** Don’t ask.
*** My father loved to watch “Top Gun.” Primarily because we’d just gotten surround sound and he liked the sensation of jets going across the living room. Otherwise, I don’t think he enjoyed the movie all that much.