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Well yay! the annoying whiny part of the book is over!! (Yup--just saw Deathly Hallows.) On the other hand, the first four previews demonstrated that my childhood is being trashed, one movie at a time. Green Hornet, Yogi Bear, Red Riding Hood, and Gulliver's Travels. Fortunately the trailers for Green Lantern (I think I may have seen Sinestro in the Green Lantern Corps [before he went all evil-evil]), Voyage of the Dawn Treader (yay--more Reepacheep, and, bonus!, Caspian eye-candy), and Tron took the bad taste out of my mouth (OMG the CGI they did on Bridges is...stunning). Though, to be fair, Katherine Tate as the Queen of the Lilliputians may make GT worth the price of admission. And has anyone heard anything about Sucker Punch? Looks seriously weird.

As I was watching the trailers it occurred to me that the high proportion of films related to icons from my childhood tells me something about the age of those greenlighting productions in TinselTown. They're signing off on movies that plug into their nostalgia, that they tweak to appeal to the current youth market. It's a bit pathetic, really, if you think about it.

Frankly, I don't care that the movies are based on recycled material--it's a long proud tradition that includes Homer, Ovid, Shakespear..., and in movies includes many really great films (The Maltese Falcon, Gone With the Wind, Philadelphia Story,  For Whom the Bell Tolls, Rebecca, From Here to Eternity, Ben Hur [book, then silent film, then the Heston film], The Graduate, True Grit, Jaws, etc., etc., etc.). But some of the current crop, to me, don't seem to be trying to make good movies, based on other material. They just seem to be cranking out product to cash in on. I could be wrong.

Oh, well, time to stop dithering and do some work.



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Nov. 23rd, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, but the stories
they're putting out were the ones we liked when we were younger like. Which means we can watch them again.

And the kids can see the cool stories we had when we were growing up [I refuse to grow up. Old is required. Up is optional.] like to watch.

Harry Potter is not the only thing that is cool for these kids.

And I agree that they may ruin the Green Hornet. It wasn't a comedy when it came out. It was written to the Comics Code, and 1960's television standards. It screams for a better plot. It is, after all, the followup to the Lone Ranger stories. He's a Reed boy. --H
Nov. 23rd, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
When my kids were little, we used to play the preview game. Before the first one, we'd each guess how many there would be. Then the countdown began. Once upon a time, it wasn't predictable, but when Rose and I moved up here, she quickly figured out the magic number. (And felt so superior to her mother, me, who always had to pick a different number -- but that was half the fun.)
Nov. 23rd, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
What a lovely game!
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I can't believe the trailer I just saw.

Of all the movies I've seen redone, of all the concepts that have been "rebooted."


Nov. 24th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah. Though I'm willing to give it a shot. I read the book before I went to the theatre to see the Wayne/Darby version ( I had a thing for Glen Campbell. Sue me. ) I was really irked by the movie. The book is very...gritty. The 70's fiilm not so much. This one looks much more like the Rooster and Mattie I remember from the book. I am hopeful.
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