Monday, December 31, 2018

The Breakdown of the Worst of 2018

Another year is coming to an end and we want to thank you for listening to The Movie Breakdown for the last 12 months (or for some, the last 6 years). To show our appreciation, we are going to talk about steaming piles of crap. That is right, it is part one of our two episode series looking back at the past year in movies, and since we believe in saving the best for last, we kick it off with our The Breakdown of the Worst of 2018 episode.

This week both Scott and I reveal our top ten worst movies of 2018. It was a great year in movies but we still had to suffer through some awful pictures. This week we pan the really bad stuff for one last time. Then in order to end on a positive note, we both reveal our top ten most anticipated movies of 2019. As always, we are so thankful for you listening to our show and if you loved this week's episode, please share it on social media and tell another movie fan about us.

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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2018


10. Venom
9. Mute
8. The Strangers: Prey at Night
7. The Titan
6. Truth or Dare
5. Game Over, Man
4. Peppermint
3. The Outsider
2. The Open House
1. Robin Hood


10. The Titan
9. Escape Plan 2: Hades
8. Father of the Year
7. The Package
6. Death Wish
5. The Open House
4. Show Dogs
3. The Princess Switch
2. Gotti
1. Game Over, Man

Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2019


10. Ad Astra
9. Glass
8. Spider-Man: Far from Home
7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6. Us
5. Captain Marvel
4. It: Chapter 2
3. Avengers: Endgame
2. Toy Story 4
1. Star Wars Episode IX


10. The New Mutants
9. Happy Death Day 2U
8. Star Wars Episode IX
7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
6. Avengers: Endgame
5. The Lion King
4. Glass
3. John Wick Chapter 3
2. It: Chapter 2
1. Us

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Netflix Won't Just Buy Everything

How bad does a studio's movie have to be if Netflix doesn't even want to buy it off them? Apparently, Holmes and Watson bad. Netflix has happily dropped money on studio rejects like Spectral, Step Sisters, Mowgli, Extinctionand Cloverfield Paradox. I haven't recommended a single Netflix Original that was initially supposed to be released theatrically by another studio, and most of them have turned out to be borderline awful. Every time Netflix must have been aware they had something no one would want to spend money to see on the big screen, but tried to pass off as a big event on their streaming service.

Yet a movie starring big names in Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly who play recognizable characters was considered not worth blowing money on. I actually believed until today that Netflix would buy anything that was up for sale if they could slap the Netflix Original label on it. Even Netflix has standards, but their rejection point would have to below such gems as The Ridiculous Six and The Open House. The Etan Cohen directed Holmes and Watson did have a 42 million dollar price tag, and that may have been the reason that both Sony wanted to unload it and Netflix balked on the offer. Though during the time they announced the Adam Sandler movie deal, Netflix promised he would be getting the same budget that he had for his theatrical releases that often would be almost double the budget of Holmes and Watson.  

Apparently, Sony got anxious after the test screenings got a very poor audience response. You'd also think audience dissatisfaction was a reason The Cloverfield Paradox or Spectral landed on Netflix's lap, yet the feedback was bad enough for this movie that the names of Ferrell and Reilly wasn't enough to entice the streaming giant.

It is also clear Sony's apprehension was warranted because during one of the biggest movie going times of the year, the movie only grossed 6.4 million opening on Christmas and got a staggering horrible Cinemascore of D+ (meaning people who came excited to see Ferrell and Reilly ended up hating their time).

It looks like this movie could have won a slot on my Worst of 2018 list, but I apologize if I don't want to see the latest offering from the man who helmed the not very good Get Hard. I'll have to skip this easy lay-up and suffer through spending my time watching stuff like Vice and BlacKKKlansman (movies I hope could make another year end list).

Today's lesson is that Netflix will not buy anything and actually knows how to say 'no. thanks.' Maybe this is the result of Netflix making a few purchases that they now regret and learned some movies aren't worth it. They don't reveal their viewing numbers but there is a chance that The Titan or Father of the Year proved to be flops by whatever standard they have, so they now choosing to be a bit pickier. Though they still release about twelve movies a month, so about over four times as many movies as a big movie studio.

This also means the Will Ferrell name has careened to Vince Vaughn or gasp! Rob Schneider levels when it comes to selling a movie. The comedian is still very funny and talented, but it is hard to not take some dings and scratches when your recent filmography consists of the two Daddy's Home. The House, Get Hard, and Zoolander 2. It is time for some reinvention and to steer away from doing the type of movies that once worked. He needs to look at the comedies that hit this year like Game Night, Love, Simon, Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I Loved Before to see audience tastes have changed and the quality standard has been raised. Apparently, his usual act isn't even good enough for the current home of Adam Sandler pictures.

The next time I see a bad movie that was dumped on Netflix by an antsy studio. I'll know it was more sellable than Holmes and Watson.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Breakdown of 'Aquaman', 'Bumblebee', 'Mary Poppins Returns', 'Roma', 'Dumplin' and Remembering Penny Marshall

It is Christmas Eve and the day we all eagerly await the jolly man in red to deliver joy and gifts. The Movie Breakdown has its own sack of presents in reviews for five new movies. It is a diverse array of pictures including the latest superhero tentpole in Aquaman and we also zoom back into the Transformers universe in Bumblebee. We also have a sequel to a family musical classic with the aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns. You want some Netflix originals, well we have two of those. The big one is the major Oscar content in Roma, and then we have a coming of age comedy in Dumplin'. After all the movie review, we pay tribute to the talented comedic actor and director Penny Marshall. It is our final traditional movie review show of 2018 and we end with a packed 90 minutes plus. Thank you so much for listening to us every week this year, and we hope you love the show. If you do, then the greatest way to show your appreciation is spread the word on social media or tell other movie fans about us so we can grow to be something even greater in 2019.

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Four Star Ratings:

Roma **** (CS & SM)
Aquaman *** (CS)
Dumplin' *** (CS & SM)
Mary Poppins Returns *** (CS)
Bumblebee *** (CS)

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Breakdown of 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse', 'Mowgli', 'Mortal Engine', 'The Mule', 'The Christmas Chronicles', 'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding' and 'Robin Hood'

Christmas is right around the corner and The Movie Breakdown has a giant present for you in the form of seven movie reviews. It is one of our biggest shows we've done and we have some big talk for some big movies. The most anticipated of the bunch is the latest superhero feature but this one is animated and a new telling of a classic hero in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We also have some retellings of classic tales in the Andy Serkis directed Mowgli and yet another Robin Hood. We also have our second Clint Eastwood directed movie of 2018 in The Mule. We have a big special effects adaptation of a popular novel in Mortal Engines. Finally, we have two Christmas movies in The Christmas Chronicles and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. We had a blast recording this week's episode and if you have fun then please spread the word to other movie fans, because it really helps us out.

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Four Star Rating:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse **** (CS)
Mowgli ** (CS & SM)
Mortal Engines ** (CS)
The Christmas Chronicles **½ (CS & SM)
The Mule ** (CS)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding *½ (CS) & ** (SM)
Robin Hood * (CS)

Monday, December 10, 2018

'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Promises a Giant Monster Mash

Last summer, there were a few 'Daddy and Everett Movie Nights' where we watched some films that were a step up in mature content when compared Frozen or Zootopia, and he was thrilled he got to see stuff that had to be screened after Danika went to bed. The Indiana Jones movies  were the biggest hits and he still goes around the house wearing a cowboy hat (closest thing to a fedora), a brown vest, and a yellow rope (his whip) while he calls me Sallah and his sister, Marion, while searching for lost ancient idols and treasures. He also really dug Pirates of the Caribbean, Guardians of the Galaxy and of course, he adores Star Wars (he had to, in order to be my child). One of the other things that he really likes is playing with dinosaur toys, so when he asked to see Jurassic World, I thought we had another hit on our hands. After about 30 minutes, he started asking if one of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels was on Netflix.

How could a boy who loves reading books about dinosaurs or spends hours playing with dinosaur toys couldn't remain hooked watching them in Jurassic World? I think, the problem is it took too long to get to the dinos and after watching him play with the toys, I think the movie just had too many humans for what he was expecting.

Now, there isn't a single dinosaur in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer, but my guess is this is closer to Everett's vision of what he wanted from Jurassic World. A big giant monster battle royal. The humans seem to be an afterthought (even though they still filled it with a talented cast like Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler and Ken Watanabe) and the focus on big giant beasties challenging Godzilla for the throne of ultimate monster. What this movie lacks in real dinosaurs is made up with huge beasts ready to throw-down, which I now realize is probably what my young son was demanding from the bottom of his heart.

For some reason, I thought this movie was supposed to be a prequel to Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla, but I must have got it confused with Bumblebee (robots and kaiju -- same thing right?). This looks to be set in a world where monsters wrecking stuff is the norm, and Watanabe and Hawkins are back from the first where they learned about the kaiju, so this is a definite sequel. Maybe I also just got confused by Kong: Skull Island, I confess that was an 'I watched it and then forgot it' type of movie, but I am positive it was set right after the Vietnam War. The point is that this isn't about creating an origin story but rather Godzilla seems to be right in the thick of some monster bashing.

Speaking of Kong, is it too much to hope that this doesn't have a bunch of set-up to the Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, but rather keep that cinematic universe gobbledy gook to a stinger?

I know there were some critics towards the last movie hiding Godzilla for most of the run time and building anticipation for the big battle at the end. I was not one of those people and just like in Jaws, I think keeping the creature hidden for most of it makes for a better movie. But I do think that now that Godzilla is established in this series, it is time to just give us some big glorious monsters matches. This one seems like it is going to be all about the slams and smashes and chaos. If it is done right and there is even an ounce of story, this could be some awesome summer popcorn movie mayhem.

They really are dishing out the monsters here too. I know there is Rodan and Mothra, and I think I may have caught a glimpse of a few other monsters too. For a guy who was once a boy who loved his creature features on a Sunday afternoon and feels like I've seen most of the old Godzilla movies, this is hitting the right nostalgia button. Now, I have about seven months to decide if Everett gets to join in on the mayhem on the big screen.

The Breakdown of Nostalgia

It is another special episode this week, and this time we are calling it the 'Breakdown of Nostalgia.' We've done similar shows like this a few years ago, but it is fun to sometimes get a bit more personal and look at how movies have shaped us into the movie fans and critics that we are now. The discussions includes memories of the video rental store, movies that made us want to play out those adventures when we got home, the hype built on the playground, and the anticipation of one day seeing that bloody horror or action movie. As a father, I've had the pleasure of seeing my kids have some of the same excitement for movies that I had as a kid, especially in how they love to pretend to be their favourite characters and play out new adventures throughout the house (or castle or jungles as they've decided it has become). We had a lot of fun going down memory lane and we hope you really love it, and if you do, please help us out by spreading the word to other movie fans.

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

For Those Curious About 'Powder' Thanks to 'The Movie Breakdown'. . .

As is tradition, the end of The Movie Breakdown means we randomly shoehorn a reference to an older movie and this week Scott decided to bestow that honour on 1995's Powder. I am not even sure if Scott has ever seen Powder and he probably endorses it as much as he does Dr. Giggles and Down Periscope. I think I've seen it but I need to confess that the teen drama meets Beauty and the Beast mash-up isn't one of the 1990s era movies that have stuck to me. Maybe the mention of the movie has given you an itch for renting it on YouTube (where it is available) or iTunes (where maybe it is?), but you should know that Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert weren't fans. Apparently, a story about an albino boy birthed by lightning and can make spoons stick together lacks believable characters or a well-crafted message. I know, I am shocked as much as you.

If you want more reasons to skip Powder, the director was convicted in 1988 of child pornography and sexually assaulting a 12 year old boy on the set of one of his movies. You may question why a major studio would hire this guy to film a movie, especially one about teenagers, but welcome to Hollywood. He also went on to do Jeepers Creepers, so talent doesn't seem to be the reason for constant work.

Anyway, watching Siskel and Ebert trash Powder is likely more entertaining than the movie, so check that out instead.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Are These Sequels Really Better Than The Original?

A few days ago. Collider listed 19 sequels that they claim are better than the original. Sequels tend to get a bad rap, and to be honest, I think they are often unnecessary. But there are many great sequels, and they often have to be pretty extraordinary to be able to not only meet expectations but surpass the original in the eyes of huge fans. Here is the Collider list along with my thoughts on if the sequel really is better or not.

Evil Dead 2: I've always considered it more of a remake of the original but with better special effects, a stronger cast, and a better blend of dark humour with horror. So yes, this definitely surpasses the original and when people call Evil Dead a classic, I think they are often thinking about this one.

Before Sunset: The Before trilogy is one of the best in movie history. It is a classic love story driven by flawed and real characters. All three are masterpieces, and it is hard for me to say one is better than the other. It is hard for a sequel to be as good as the original, because there is the risk of just being a retread or failing to justify coming back to the world and characters. This one is distinctly its own movies while honouring and enhancing what happened in the first one. Not sure if it is better, but it is as equally great.

Toy Story 2: Another all-time great trilogy, with each one being a powerful but fun exploration into childhood and growing up. I think the original is a classic and this one may be a slight step down, but still a magnificent follow-up. I'd actually say Toy Story 3 is the best of the series.

Batman Returns: Confession time, I haven't seen this one since it first came out, and I was not a fan. I remember thinking it really dragged and lacked the energy of the original. I will have to finally revisit this one someday, but I can't see this besting the classic that is 1989's Batman.

Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban: Time for another confession. I didn't want to see all the Harry Potter movies until I read all the books. I finally finished the series back in 2011, but by that time, all the movies had been released and I was overwhelmed by being so behind. I actually haven't had a chance to track them all down yet. I will say that Prisoner is one of the best of the books in the series, so if the movie stays true, I can see why it made the list.

Christmas Vacation: I get this movie has its huge fans and people watch it every holiday season. But no way is this funnier or better than the original. Not a chance.

Gremlins 2: A New Batch: I hated this when I saw it theatres as a kid. I wasn't ready for it to be an outright parody and a huge departure from the original. I also at the time didn't clue in that the original was a horror comedy and always saw it as a straight horror. I've since rewatched this one a few times, and I really do find it funny and love how different it is from the original. But the original is a classic and all-time favourite, so this one is a step down.

Captain America: Winter Soldier: Easily one of the best Marvel Studio movies, so this one is a no-brainer. Another one that is very different in tone than the original, as the first seemed to be a call back to an uplifting campy superhero movies of the past while Winter Soldier was a dark, spy-thriller that captures some of the vibes of 1970s espionage thrillers.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Easily the best of the series and did a great job of becoming its own movie rather than trying to do what worked in the original. It has some great twists and brings in some really interesting characters. Too bad the next two couldn't even come close to comparing to its brilliance.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day: This is an all-time great action movie, but the original is an all-time great horror movie. Much like the Alien and Aliens, I feel like they shifted genres here and become very different kind of movies. I get why this often makes lists like this and it is an amazing movie, but I always will have a very special place for the original and it will remain my favourite of the series.

Skyfall: I said it in my original review and I will say it here, this is my all-time favourite James Bond movie.

The Godfather Part II: They are both masterpieces. I am fine putting them as equals. It is pretty incredible that the sequel was able to be just as epic and sumptuous as the original. Two of the best movies ever made.

Empire Strikes Back: This is the stock answer to what sequel is better than the original. It is amazing because it maintain the excitement and imagination, but is such a different movie in tone and direction. It has so much depth of character and has one of the most gut punching finales ever. I always will hold to Star Wars being my favourite movie ever, because how much it affected me when I first saw it as a kid. Empire is proof that sequels can surpass their original when it has the right story and passions behind it.

Friday the 13th Part 2: This slasher series has never been my thing. I think, Part 4 actually might be my favourite though.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Thanks Collider, I now remember another thing I wanted on my Christmas list. How do I not own this movie? Another modern day classic and a masterpiece in pure action cinema.

X2: X-Men United: This is another one that it is widely accepted fact among movie geeks as being better. It has some pretty amazing action sequences and adds a lot more depth to the characters. If we accept all X-Men movies in the same series, then X-Men: Days of Future Past is probably my favourite,

The Dark Knight: Duh.

Superman Returns: Wait, what? Is this April 1st? How is anyone in the world thinking that this was better than the original? Or are they just considering this a sequels to Superman IV: The Quest for Peace for some reason. Superman and Superman II are near perfect comic book movies and are absolutely groundbreaking. Superman Returns is a movie that I barely remembered existed until this list.

Thor: Ragnarok: It ended the streak of "I like Thor but his movies. . . " by being absolutely awesome and adding a totally new aesthetic and charm to the Marvel Universe. It has got better on every rewatching and I'd now rank this even higher than I did when I first saw it. Easily the best Thor and climbing the list of best Marvel movies.

'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Makes Me Giddy About Our Heroes Being Dour and Sad

What is Twitter going to do now that they can't keep begging for the new Avengers trailer to be dropped? Marvel has finally released the first trailer along with the reveal that title will be Avengers: Endgame (what about that title would be a spoiler to Avengers: Infinity War, by the way?), and that the release date is once again bumping up to the last weekend of April.

I am a massive Star Wars fan that has up until this year, put each of the Disney Star Wars movies on my best of the year list, but even I will confess that Avengers: Endgame is probably the biggest movie event of 2019. Marvel has shaped the big blockbuster landscape the past decade and every Marvel movie has been building to this motion picture.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised that this will be the final chapter of the current several movie spanning story and the kick-off to a new phase (Phase 4) of Marvel movies. My guess, is that Thanos gets conquered here and a new villain will pop in every single Marvel Studios movie stinger. Everyone assumes this also means the death of some major Marvel superheroes, especially since the contracts Chris Evan (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) end with this movie. If they don't die, there will at least to be a passing of the torch to heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel who will be the new faces of the franchise.

I remember Feige also saying the new phase will have a new tone and look. The movies will be often set in space and other dimensions, but also Guardian of the Galaxy were supposed to be the major part of the new direction and that series is currently in limbo. I'd say stuff like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel show that space and different dimensions is the way the movies look to be heading towards.

But what about the new trailer?

I love that it shows very little other than the Avengers still reeling from the major events from the previous movie. Half of civilization has been snapped into extinction and this means each of the remaining members have lost a loved one. It looks like the movie will have a darker and more somber tone, and hopefully, delve into some of the more dramatic ideas it played with in the last movie. Thanos is almost entirely absent from the trailer, but he did his job, so he is probably just sipping fruity drinks on a beach now.

I was a bit surprised to not see any sign of Captain Marvel, but they may be intentionally holding off on any hints of her role until after her movie is released. I think, Black Panther was absent from Infinity War marketing until after his movie came out. The previous movies' stinger hints that she will have a major role in this movie, and maybe she is chilling in the van that Scott Lang brought with him.

Hawkeye fans are cheering everywhere as he has not been forgotten. My guess, is that he will get a substantial role and maybe this will be his swan song as well, as I can't think a stand-alone movie is planned. He looks pretty batter, and my guess is that he lost his family to the 'dust snap.' He also seems to have become a ninja?

The team looks really fractured and the trailer is great at keeping up with the tone that we were left with at the end of the last movie. Poor Stark is floating in space, and maybe that is where Captain Marvel comes in and rescues home. We all know that drifting in space isn't going to be how you write out Stark, he will Gravity it if he has to. There were some little shots of Wakanda, so I hope that means that Shuri or Okoye get some shine here rather than just some opening act crying. Nebula is the remaining character from Guardians and she has lost a lot, so my hope is she gets some major time to be developed. Captain America, Bruce Banner and Black Widow seem to be doing their own thing, while maybe Thor will go battle off in some other realms. Thor has also had a bad run lately losing his entire family and kingdom, maybe he needs some alone time or be cheered up by playing Mario Odyssey with Nebula (my son says it is the greatest).

It does look like they will be keeping some of the characters separate and juggling different stories again, if I am right that the trailer shots of Nebula and Okoye mean they are stuff to do this time.

Very little is shown here and that is exactly how Marvel should have played it. Everyone is hyped for this movie and they nailed us with a huge cliffhanger, so hold off on as much of the good stuff as you can. We just need to be teased a little and get a small sampling, and that is exactly what we got here. If they have some massive story turns or big character reveals, then I'd like to be shocked by it come opening night.

So, now time for the six months of speculation and anticipation. My big question is do you think a major character is going to be killed off and if so, who will it be? I am almost positive Iron Man sacrifices himself for the team and allows Downey to go make Judge 2: The Final Gavel.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Follow-up to Sequel and Nostalgia Discussion on This Week's 'The Movie Breakdown' Podcast

I hope everyone has had a chance to listen to (and enjoyed) yesterday's episode, 'The Breakdown of Modern Movie Trends.' We talked about a lot of the things that we keep seeing be done by major studios and were able to analyze some of the studio's strategies. I wanted to expand slightly on two things that we talked about.

The first one is major studios' obsession with having a final scene or stinger to set up a sequel. Now, I realize that studios since the time of the cave people have had hopes of making sequels with dreams of filling up all their caverns with cash. As I said on the show, I have appreciated that more movies recently seem to have a stand-alone feel and have left the sequel stuff to the very end of the movie, so the narrative doesn't get bogged down with teasers that don't get paid off in the two hour run time. But teases not being paid off is still an issue.

The problem with having a cliffhanger ending or making the movie feel more like a 'chapter one' or leaving heavy hints towards a second movie is that there is no guarantee of a sequel. As I said before, studios have always had their eyes on sequels but it is in the last decade where they've become so open about it that they will pencil in dates for a part two and three before the first movie is even released. I'm all for confidence, but sometimes I wish they'd be more focused on making sure the original is actually worthy of making more.

While Terminator Genisys doesn't fit the whole 'stand-alone' feel that I attributed to this year's movies with eyes on sequels, but we mentioned this movie enough on the podcast that I think it is a worthy example to explore. There was so much confidence that Genisys would be a hit because who hasn't once jokingly bellowed "I'll be back!' that not only did they slot out dates for the next two sequels but it was a movie that necessitated a sequel to make sense out of the plot. Not only was the movie littered with hints towards the next instalments, but most of the story points were left ambiguous or dangling with the idea that it would be resolved in the next movies. Except Genisys flopped domestically and wasn't the huge hit it expected to be overseas, so they scrapped the sequels and we are now blessed with an upcoming reboot (because despite a tepid box office, fans are demanding more, I guess).

The biggest issue with the Genisys failure is that for those who actually dug the movie and were intrigued by all the mysteries, it will never be resolved for them. All they have is the barely comprehensible movie that was designed to set-up further stories.

Genisys isn't the only culprit. There has been a bazillion movies in the last few years that have had either cliffhangers, mysteries or giant teases towards a second movie that will never be paid off due to failing in the box office. Off the top of my head some of the biggest examples of movies that will fail on their promises for more are Independence Day: Resurgence, The Darkest Minds, Gods of Egypt, Fantastic Four, Allegiant, Pan, The 5th Wave, The Snowman, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Mummy (and the ending the Dark Universe), The Dark Tower, and Robin Hood. I am missing a bunch but that is a lot of movies leaving its fans unsatisfied with incomplete stories.

I am sure that when the original Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins and Ghostbusters were made that there was an eye on being able to make more. But all those movies are completely stand-alone and tie up major story points, and are still great if no other movie was ever made. Many of the previously mentioned movies rely on a second film to complete the story that is now not being made. Some of the box office failures of these movies may come from the fact that some interested movie goers will notice that the opening weekend is tanking and heard the movie is just set up for more, so why bother if the payoff is clearly never going to come now. I'm not saying that if those movies resolved everything they would have suddenly become hits, but knowing the resolution will never come may be enough to convince some to make it a Netflix night instead.

The second thing that I want to elaborate on from the podcast is movie studios banking on recognizable characters or stories that the general public isn't that interested in seeing. I forgot to mention on the show that this isn't just a movie problem. It is something that is becoming very prevalent in TV too. I think the problem is that both mediums have so much content that studios believe they need well-known names to break through the pack and get eyeballs on their movie or series. Television has had success like The Connors, Fargo and Riverdale, but they've also seen just as many failures in stuff like Murphy Brown, Charlie's Angels, Magnum PI, Limitless, Minority Report and Taken. I think in every case that what Scott said on the show stands true, it needs to be a blend of nostalgia with something captivating for new audiences.

Movies that fail to have those sequels often suffer from leaning too heavy on nostalgia rather than crafting a new and exciting story that is enhanced by tidbits of the past. Nostalgia has to be the icing, and storytelling is always the cake.

Monday, December 03, 2018

The Breakdown of Modern Movie Trends

The new releases were sparse this week, so instead we are doing a very special episode that we are calling The Breakdown of Modern Movie Trends. We are looking at a variety things that are frequently showing up at the cinemas including the rise of the stinger, dramatizing of comedies and horror and retconning sequels to beloved classics. We will discuss how some of these latest strategies are great and how others really need to be reworked. Even though this is a very in the moment episode, we will also look at where we think these trends are heading and what we can expect in the future of movies. As always we had a blast recording today's show, and we really hope you love it as well. If you do, then please spread the word to other movies fans.

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