Friday, April 21, 2006

Hollywood does it again. And again. And again. And ....

Hollywood financers are brave. They love to earn money by sticking their necks out on untested waters. Their extremely mind-boggling creativity has resulted in the amazing summer lineup of Rocky 6, Indiana Jones 4, Superman 4, Mission Impossible 3, X-men 3, and probably Harry Potter 5 (or is it 6 by now? I've lost count).

A quote by Joel Siegel wraps it up:

"The average budget for these summer blockbusters is $160 million, according to The Wall Street Journal and the Internet Movie Data Base. And what do we get for the money? Four sequels, two remakes and one best-selling book. Not an original idea in the bunch."

I mean, come on.. how ridiculous is this? Hollywood does one thing really well - it milks money out of solid ideas. It just so happens that those ideas haven't changed over the past fifty years and it's amazing that their apathy hasn't done them in. Yet.

Alright, I'll admit that I'm kind of interested in seeing Superman Returns. Although, it probably won't live up to its hype and it can't possibly compare to the potential that a movie based on the epic book "The Dark Knight Returns" would be. I would love to see a movie based on that. Let's face it - a mortal Bat Man is more appealing than the all-powerful Super Man generally speaking. And besides, Superman plays a pretty awesome role in "The Dark Knight Returns." Come on, Hollywood, if you're going to do a Superman movie, why not do the best of both worlds? Now that is a movie I'd actually pay to see.

Anyway, I digress. I refuse to go to the theatre for any of these regurgitated plots. The thought of spending 20+ bucks to be mildly entertained and mostly disappointed is just not all that appealing. The only way Hollywood has stayed in the black is that the sheep keep paying up when theatres increase the ticket prices.


Anonymous Brent O'Connor said...

I agree that often it's the money lenders in Hollywood who influence what movies get produced. You can't really blame the money lenders either because they go by facts and figures and bar graphs and what the spending trends have been in the past.

So what it boils down to is that Hollywood will keep producing the same old tired crap because the "sheep" keep going to watch the same old tired crap. The sheep will keep going to the same old crap because they have nothing better to do on a Friday night. The general population has forgotten how to read and do other things for entertainment and so they go to the movies no matter what is playing.

11:43 PM  

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