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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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Although it’s been sixteen years since their first collaboration, BLENDED (2014) starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reminds us that some silver screen partnerships work better than others, no matter the project. Although BLENDED may not attain the box office success of THE WEDDING SINGER (1998), or 50 FIRST DATES (2004), it’s still an enjoyable comedic romp. ...
 
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A Hollywood biopic definitely worth your time, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013) starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, and Barkhad Abdirahman has achieved the perfect balance between character backstory, exhilarating action, and of course a suspenseful plot. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS will stand as a contender when evaluating Tom Hank’s best work to date. This is the true story of Captain Richard...
 
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ALL IS LOST (2013) starring Robert Redford opens with one of the most simple, yet touching soliloquys I have ever heard. A beautiful way to set the mood, especially since there isn’t another spoken for the next twenty minutes. Be warned that I’d classify this picture as an art film—and by that, I mean that it’s a movie that...
 
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It’s unfortunate, but GRUDGE MATCH (2013) starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, and Kim Bassinger is one of those movies that should have never been made. I do give credit to Stallone 67, and De Niro 70, for even considering such physical roles—however their boxing personas made famous in the 80’s might have been better off retired and permanently...
 
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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—a mantra that director Richard Curtis possibly lives by. So sticking with his successful rom/com formula, Curtis’s latest offering ABOUT TIME (2013) starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Billy Nighy hasn’t strayed very far from the old fare that we’re accustomed to with LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) and KNOTTING HILL (1999) already lining the...
 
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I haven't been the biggest fan of Woody Allen's projects down through the years, but BLUE JASMINE (2013) starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Peter Sarsgaard might have me whistling a different tune. Blanchett's portrayal of Jasmine instantly draws you in, her pain washing over audiences and temporarily numbing everyone to their own tragedies until she's totally exhausted her...
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