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Home  l  TV and Video

With Sequels And Remakes On The Rise, Has The
Idea Pool Run Low Or Is Hollywood's Greed The
Problem?

Submitted by Rusbiz Librarian  l July 29 2006  l  Viewings: 4734

 
By Jimmy Cloward

With today's movie making technology greatly surpassing that just 10 years prior, it's no wonder Hollywood is jumping at the chance to re-create some of history's ground-breaking movies, utilizing their newly-found gadgets. However, many would say it's best to move on and let the classics remain just as they were. How far is too far when it comes to modernizing films? Would a Casablanca remake starring Orlando Bloom and Charlize Theron bring big bucks or big disappointment. My personal prediction would have to be the latter. Let the classics remain classics, I say. Also, why turn TV shows of yester-year into the movies of today? Hopefully The Dukes of Hazzard Movie and Starsky and Hutch taught the big men in Hollywood that that may not be such a good idea. I mean, there were no astounding special effects they couldn't have brought to the big screen thirty years ago. It wasn't a good idea then, and it's not a good idea now, apparently. Granted, the movie magic that originally appeared in Batman and Superman over a decade ago seems laughable by today's standards, but that's going to happen. It's a given. It does not necessarily mean that they need to be endlessly re-created. I will give Warner Bros. their due respect, however, for being creative with Batman by avoiding sequels and creating prequels. At least then, there is a stopping point. Is it just me, or did you think they were finally done filming the Rocky series at number 5? Of course not, seventeen years later, along comes Rocky 6! Sylvester Stallone will be in his 60s by the time this movie reaches theatres. No joke! But all ranting aside, I know I'm not the only movie-goer who longs to see a summer line-up of original blockbusters. New heroes and villains, new concepts. Not a polished TV show that was barely good enough to keep an audience entertained for 30 minutes, let alone an hour and thirty minutes.

Today's Hollywood seems to look past thorough scripts and instead looks at statistics to see which movies made the money in the past. They've even tried to make spin-offs of the blockbusters. Look at what a disaster Catwoman was a few years ago. There is a prime example of over-using special effects. The only thing Halle Berry actually did to make that movie was walk, it seems. Everything else was added in later. Badly, I might add. Don't even get me started on Daredevil's failed spin-off Elektra. Yikes.

The moral of this article is, if your as fed up with the proceeding as I am, let Hollywood know enough is enough. Before we shell out $8 for a movie ticket, we want to see that some work went into writing a decent script, not just someone assuming we'll shell out the dough to see X-MEN for the third time even if they just stand there shooting beams from their eyes and sprouting claws. We as movie-goers demand QUALITY, Hollywood!

Hello. I'm James 'Jimmy' Cloward and I'm a freelance writer who lives in Rolla, Missouri. I am married to a wonderful woman named Kara and have a beautiful daughter named Kadence. I first gained an interest in movies and popular culture when I managed a major video store. I can still tell you where to find Total Recall on the shelf years later...sadly that's no joke. I have been writing on and off for numerous years now, seeing as how I'm 23 now, I'd say it's been a good six years or so, give or take. That's right, seasoned professional here. I am an author with many interests. I have written articles ranging from weird news stories and sports to "The AVR15 Telescope 90-Day Warranty Manual." It doesn't get much more freelance than that! I hope you enjoy my work and I appreciate any support you'd like to toss my way, be it monetary or otherwise. Just kidding. No, I'm not.











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