Usually I complain about music and it’s industry and complain how corrupt, convoluted, and all around crappy it has become. However, I myself tend to forget that the movie industry is in the same downward spiral. Every week, Hollywood throws out some garbage and we, as society, gobble it up. They charge us $11 for a pounding up the ass and all we do is ask for extra butter on the popcorn.
Hollywood is quite content with putting out the same thing over and over again and spinning it as something newer, and better, and more exciting than what came out last week. Sequels are commonplace in today’s theatres. Just this year we’ve seen: Lion King 1 ½, Agent Cody Banks 2, Scooby Doo 2, The Whole Ten Yards, Shrek 2, and Spider-Man 2. That’s not even including re-makes (such as The Stepford Wives) and old re-hashed TV or comic book ideas (Starsky & Hutch, The Punisher) and recycled products (pick any of the various Ben Stiller flicks). Still coming this year in the way of sequels will be: Starship Troopers 2, Alien vs. Predator, The Bourne Supremacy, The Princess Diaries 2, Baby Geniuses 2: Return of the Super Babies, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Resident Evil: Apocylapse, The Ring 2, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Seed of Chucky, Ocean’s Twelve, Blade: Trinity, and maybe if they can rush it out in time…Rocky VI, Seriously Dude, Where’s My Car?, and Anaconda 2: The Black Orchid.
Looking at the list of sequels that have already hit theatres, I’ve only heard good things about Spider-Man 2, Shrek 2, and Lion King 1 ½. As for the others, I have heard that they are completely awful. The Whole Ten Yards (a movie in which I hated the first one) is destined to be on many critics worst ten lists for the year. The upcoming sequels don’t look too promising either (Sinatra must be rolling over in his grave about Ocean’s Twelve).
Sequels are a big problem, but there is also of original crappy films: Gigli, Crossroads, Daredevil, From Justin to Kelly, The Real Cancun, Adventures of Pluto Nash, and Driven. These films were beyond bad, but people were doing interviews and there were commercials and collector glasses you could get when you gas up your car, and Happy Meals, and other junk to promote these films. These films sucked though. And I don’t mean, “it’s raining today so I can’t go to the park today, this sucks”. I mean sucks as in being stuck in a stalled elevator with Pauly Shore. Luckily, these films made very little money at the box office.