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Old 07-28-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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Indiana Jones,
X-Files,
Die Hard,
The Mummy Returns,
Rambo,
Rocky Balboa,
The Incredible Hulk,
The Dark Knight (Batman),
Spiderman,
Superman,
Terminator?

WHAT REASONS WOULD YOU GUYS MENTION?
WHY IS AMERICA DOOMED TO PRESUMABLY KEEP THEM AROUND FOREVER?

And what about these COMEDIES: Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, Meet The Spartans, Superhero Movie, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Drillbit Taylor, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Baby Mama, The Love Guru...WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THEM FINANCIAL SUCCESSES?!!!???

I can't wait to find out your point of view.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Indiana Jones,
X-Files,
Die Hard,
The Mummy Returns,
Rambo,
Rocky Balboa,
The Incredible Hulk,
The Dark Knight (Batman),
Spiderman,
Superman,
Terminator?
Answer in order in which they appeared:

Good TV show that lasted too long. I think I'm going to wait for the DVD on this one.

Big, dumb fun.

Big, dumber fun.

Heard good things about it. Haven't seen it.

Good movie that needed a better ending.

Great movie that needed those 70 minutes added back in.

Best movie I've seen in a long, long time. Can't wait to see it again!

Time for a revamp. Last one was disappointing.

Time for a complete revamp. Needs an absolute total do-over.

T2 ended the movies for me, and the TV show is a fun 55 minutes, but I've got zero interest in the new movie.


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And what about these COMEDIES: Semi-Pro, Step Brothers, Meet The Spartans, Superhero Movie, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Drillbit Taylor, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Baby Mama, The Love Guru...WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THEM FINANCIAL SUCCESSES?!!!???
Never heard of it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it, haven't seen it (but I want to!), haven't seen it (but I want to!), and haven't seen it (but it was a critical and box office flop).
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:56 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Originally Posted by Just_A_Tourist
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WHAT REASONS WOULD YOU GUYS MENTION?
WHY IS AMERICA DOOMED TO PRESUMABLY KEEP THEM AROUND FOREVER?
Because entertainment = big bucks?
I mean Batman and Spiderman are guaranteed ‘show-me-the-money’ box-office smash hits.

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And what about these COMEDIES
Who am I to tell people that they should not be entertained by these comedies?
Why should people only enjoy comedies you, Just_A_Tourist, like?
[That is if you even like comedy?]
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I don't think I will see the Mummy sequel, since Rachel Weisz won't be in it. But I really want to see the new Indiana Jones and Batman (Dark Knight) movies. I really liked the first Harold and Kumar movie, so I'll definitely rent the second one when I get a chance. But some of the other movies you mentioned (like Stepbrothers) just looked silly to me.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I think you're being majorly melodramatic....I mean come on now..."doomed"????

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH help me Mr Bill!!!!!!!

And why are we shouting in all caps?????
And is just American that's doomed? Opps sorry DOOMED!!!!!!

It's very simple really....these movies made alot of $$$ the 1st time and there always a chance they'll make a lot of $$$ if they come out again.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I can't wait to see the new "Mummy" movie. And, hope Spiderman and Batman continue (like James Bond). However, you're right about Rocky XXXVII, or whatever number they're up to now.
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Old 08-06-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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Hollywood doesnt take many chances on movies thats the issue.
Another Superman or Batman is a sure thing.
Its really hard to believe someone financed & produced some of the horrible..
Unoriginal movies out there.I think theres plenty of good idea's left for films.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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The Harold and Kumar movie was hilarious, as was Drillbit Taylor. But that's my personal opinion.

Basically, as long as the franchises sell, they will keep on making them. And don't forget there's another Robocop movie coming.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:20 PM
 
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I think it's interesting to see what different generations do with classic stories. Battlestar Galactica in 2008 is much different than it was in 1978. Batman in the 60s was much different than Batman in the 90s, and today's Batman is much different. Superman has changed.

America isn't "doomed" to keep them around forever, but as long as the characters and situations can be used to reflect some part of our culture back at ourselves they'll still be around. It is why we keep retelling ancient myths, Shakespeare - the stories are timeless and tell us something about ourselves.

Comedies are the same way, but they tend not to be as timeless as action heroes are. Comedies are based a lot on the actors in the movies, the writers, and on audience knowledge of the current times. Some comedies seem to be timeless, like "Blazing Saddles", while others that were hilarious at the time just seem dated and not quite as funny, like "Foul Play" or "What's Up, Doc?". But it's a lot easier to reimagine "Batman" than it is to reimagine "Airplane".
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