Sequelitis: Movie Sequels, Remakes, Reboots, & More!
We at CCS have several bones to pick with the entertainment industry, but only a few as prominent as our complaints of the movie industry’s current stratagem. We frequently lambast Hollywood’s complete lack of imagination, their stubbornness to take chances with new ideas, their sheer laziness by pandering to the lowest common denominator (i.e., Michael Bay, James Cameron et al), and rehashing old ideas for a quick profit.
Sequelitis and movie reboots are nothing new, but the sheer amount of them in this day and age is nothing short of obscene and insulting to the people who they’re meant to entertain. However, are they the industry’s attempt to squeeze blood from a rock, or are they simply providing a service for people who clamor for new stories with their favorite fictional characters and facelifts to their favorite franchises?
Join B-Mask, LaughingMan, and CineMax as they share their frustrations with Hollywood’s outrageous lack of imagination (or shame), challenge some of the more questionable IP’s the studios have decided to revive, and, most important of all, promulgate the real reason behind the sudden inrush of reboots. The truth is once again more hackneyed than you think.
And tune-in two weeks from now for a sequel of our own: Sequelitis Part 2.
Sequelitis: Movie Sequels, Remakes, Reboots
B-Mask: So anyway…
B-Mask: And we’re not talking about the Egoraptor show. That’s for another episode (*FORESHADOWING*)
B-Mask: We’re talking about sequels of movies. *Laughs* There’s been a lot of them.
LaughingMan: Yeah, and most of them needlessly. Like Footloose! Who the fuck needed a reboot of Footloose?
B-Mask: There was a reboot of Footloose?
B-Mask: Fuck me, that passed me by.
LaughingMan: You’re lucky. I didn’t go see it, though; but you’re lucky you haven’t seen any of the TV ads. “Oh, it’s the 2010 version of Footloose and…”
B-Mask: Ugh. Sure makes me wanna vomit over everything. So Max, are you gonna jump in? Oh yeah, you were just about to!
CineMax: (Pause) Not really.
LaughingMan & CineMax: LOL.
LaughingMan: Well this is gonna be lively topic…
B-Mask: *Laughs* Yeah. Come on, Max.
CineMax: What do you mean ‘come on’? From all the examples you could’ve chosen… Well, I suppose Footloose is a good example to demonstrate how desperate they are. ‘Cos honestly up until now I had no idea what that movie was. I’ve known of a similar movie. You know the one with Patrick Swayze? The dance movie?
LaughingMan: Dirty Dancing. I think they’ve rebooted that one too or at least made a sequel to it.
CineMax: Oh, for fuck’s sake…
LaughingMan: Yeah, seriously. They do that to every 80’s movie, no joke! Every singe 80’s movie they’ve rebooted just for the fuck of it. Around the 80’s was when film-making was, like, at its best. You got movies like Indiana Jones and later Star Wars. You know, some of the most iconic movies of all time (e.g., Back to the Future, Die Hard, Ghostbusters, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, etc.) And here they are, rebooting them just to make a quick buck!
B-Mask: I think the thing about those movies is… You’ve got to remember that back them we had all these guys who were massive film buffs (e.g., Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola, etc.), which you don’t necessarily get in the same way nowadays. A lot of people tend to be very selective about their area of cinema. And I think it’s interesting that back then you got these big massive movies which were essentially amalgamations of past movies that came out before.
LaughingMan: Indiana Jones was an amalgamation of past adventure serials.