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Lynne Martin Talks Movies

THE AGE OF SEQUELS

As I once again stood in line at the box office, I couldn't help but notice the sequel posters adorning the theater's coveted wall space. Some highly anticipated by the viewing public, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (2016) and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (2016), others new releases appear to be more aptly categorized as projects propelled by the studio's bottom line. 


ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (2016) will open with little fanfare as Fox Studios trusts that parents will recognize the brand and fill the seats. The fifth installment in a franchise that has already earned over 920 million dollars, how can we really question this kind of financial success?


What I do question is the loss of originality in favor of the bottom line. I can only imagine how many new and inventive projects have been stalled in favor of a reboot being green lighted by the studio for little more than its financial guarantee. Are we, the viewing audience, so conditioned to pick the familiar that studios are only acting in response?


I believe that the age of sequels can be directly linked back to the struggling state of our economy. As paying customers, most are looking for a positive experience and don't like taking a risk at the box office. Organizing a movie night for a family of four, complete with parking and snacks, can be a noticeable hit to the wallet...not to mention that it only entertains the brood for roughly two hours. So with a credit card in hand, many customers are going with a product they trust vs. a new offering with no proven track record. Sad but true, and more than understandable in today's economy.


I thought it might be worth mentioning that out of all the projected 2017 new releases, eight of the movies had reached at least the third installment stage. I've included a short list for your amusement:


PITCH PERFECT 3, INSIDIIOUS: CHAPTER 4, BAD BOYS III, CARS 3, DESPICABLE ME 3, WOLVERINE 3, FAST 8, and of course, FRIDAY THE 13TH: CAMP BLOOD which will actually be the fourteenth installment in that particular slasher franchise.


As long as the viewing public continues to vote with an ever shrinking wallet, I think we had better get used to new releases being little more than sequels with familiar characters and reworked plotlines.

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You'd better enjoy a healthy dose of physical violence mixed in with your comedy if you're going to enjoy HERE COMES THE BOOM (2012) starring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, and Henry Winkler. In this story, a burned out biology teacher takes his school's budgetary cutbacks to heart, volunteering to fight his way up through the ranks of mixed martial...
 
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With age, I've realized that choosing a partner to marry is just the very beginning of life's journey and THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (2012) starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is proof of that very concept. The basic principal that couples meet, fall in love, and everything ends in 'happily-ever-after' once again proves to be the stuff of fairytales. ...
 
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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (2012) starring Kathryn Newton and Katie Featherston can be summed up in two simple words...IT'S OVER. In my opinion, the franchise is done and it's time to pack up all the gear and go home. They writers have explored the idea of a 'voyeuristic style of filming' as far as any audience is interested in watching....
 
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Wow...ARGO (2012) starring Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston is one of those unique movies where I never once checked my watch. An engrossing film that keeps you involved in the action from the opening narrative until the end credits is a rare and wonderful thing. Based on a true story, this thrilling drama follows the incredible process...
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My husband and I love watching comedies, too bad THIS IS 40 (2012) starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann wasn't the least bit funny. This movie was two hours and ten minutes of whining, complaining, and the rehash of everyday financial struggles. Maybe part of the problem is that THIS IS 40 could not decide if it was...
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TED (2012) starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis was definitely a surprise, and as I sit here writing this review, I find myself stumbling for just the right words to describe it. Maybe it's best to start with what this movie is not. This movie is NOT for children or impressionable preteens. There may be a...
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A favorite to win big at the 2013 Academy Awards, LINCOLN (2012) starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Fields is the type of movie you should sit back and watch undisturbed if you are to truly enjoy every nuance and line of the richly worded script. The dialogue is pivotal, as the action is kept to a minimum in...
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FRANKENWEENIE (2012) is an animated movie with voice overs provided by Martin Short and Catherine O’Hare. Although released from Disney’s Studios, don’t let this trusted label fool you. This is not a fun little movie for any child. It’s a thinly veiled spoof of the classic horror movies ‘Frankenstein, Godzilla, The Mummy, and Gremlins’ all rolled into one. It’ll...
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It may take SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro a few minutes to grab a hold of you, but this movie will definitely leave its mark. We meet our lead character as he arrives at his parent’s home after an eight month stay in a psychiatric facility, fighting to balance his...
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Not a fan of musicals, I decided to watch LES MISERABLES (2012) starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe anyway. So what did I think? Well, I'm still not a fan of musicals. I can take a movie where the cast occassionally breaks into song (eg. Chicago, Rock of Ages), but not one line of dialogue was spoken...
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