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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Don't Revisit the Sins of the Past!

Jan. 12, 2010by: J.A. Hamilton

...dont revisit the sins of the past!
by J.A. Hamilton

Summing up the past decade in cinema is no easy feat; though pointing out some of the places Hollywood went wrong is a smidge easier. The movie tree certainly did bare some luscious fruit over the past ten years with highlights like Disney/Pixar coming into their own, the surprisingly entertaining HARRY POTTER series, the epic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and a sleek new Bond in Daniel Craig to name but a few. But fans also bit into their fair share of rotten apples with nonsense like the last two MATRIX films, a horrendous TRANSFORMERS sequel and all out crap like THE WICKER MAN, CATWOMAN and of course Indys last adventure. Heres a recap of some the areas I think they can do better.


Emma Watson's becoming quite the little vixen

It should be no secret by now that Im not a huge fan of unnecessary sequels or remakes. I know we have a lot of pre-production plans in the pipeline right now but for God sakes forget about stuff like the CROW, CLIFFHANGER and FRIGHT NIGHT remakes (and Im still worried as hell about a re-envisioned HIGHLANDER), and if youre going to play hard ball with sequels, give them to surefire titles like BOND, STAR TREK, THE HANGOVER, IRON MAN, DISTRICT 9 or even FRIDAY THE 13th and depending on how well it goes, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Im also digging the comic book film craze, as long as they keep it smart and dont over think the scripts.


I still have high hopes for Freddy's new nightmare

Speaking of the over thinking process, Id also love it if Hollywood would stop trying so hard to find the next HARRY POTTER or LORD OF THE RINGS with crap like ERAGON, THE SORCERERS APPRENTICE and a slew of other titles that theyre running with in hopes of filling the gap once Harry and co. have run their theatrical course. I love fantasy, and I know theres a couple slots that need filled, but TF3 could be good if Bay learns from his mistakes and G.I.JOE is also just getting warmed up and has potential to boot. Some of these newer tent pole franchises like JOE always start out rough around the edges (X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN did), but tend to bloom by round two. So heres hoping on that end.


I enjoyed Rise of Cobra for what it was

I suppose I should toss in a word about PG-13 fluff here as well, as we seemed to be drowning in it for awhile there, but Im happy to say that the R rated flicks have been much more abundant nearing the end of this past decade which puts a big smile on my face. Im not the only one to piss and moan about the PG-13 plague, so I can only hope that the hate mail, complaints, poor reviews and forum rants have gotten through to the right people and are indeed being acknowledged. Im not trying to ban PG-13 films, there is both a need and demand for them, but were all just sick of seeing great films being dissected and watered down to meet a lower rating standard.


This remains one of my favorite R rated flicks of the decade

Lastly Id like to see less annoying just trying to get a paycheck performances from our stars and starlets this go around. Come on, have people like Nicolas Cage, Will Ferrell, Eddie Murphy or Adam Sandler (though I did enjoy FUNNY PEOPLE) done anything of interest lately? Im also hoping to see more ass kicking from guys like Daniel Craig, Liam Neeson, Ryan Reynolds and even Gerard Butler (if hed lay off the romantic comedies). There are more than enough sins from the past ten years to make up for in the new year/decade and I can only hope and pray we see some of these things fixed and or realized in the days to come. Happy New year all!
Extra Tidbit: So here's to a new year and fresh era in movies and if there was something I missed that really pissed you off about the last ten years in film, feel free strike it back.
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1:46PM on 01/13/2010
This year has been up and down, but id be lying if i said there wasnt a lot of goodies im looking forward to this year.
This year has been up and down, but id be lying if i said there wasnt a lot of goodies im looking forward to this year.
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1:19PM on 01/13/2010

Spider Man

This Spider Man reboot shit is fucking dumb.
This Spider Man reboot shit is fucking dumb.
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11:43AM on 01/13/2010
not only is it annoying with all the remakes coming our way, but what is almost worse is the rebooting trend that has started where they take relatively new films to reboot. we've been hearing about reboots of films like fantastic four, and now spider-man. wtf?
not only is it annoying with all the remakes coming our way, but what is almost worse is the rebooting trend that has started where they take relatively new films to reboot. we've been hearing about reboots of films like fantastic four, and now spider-man. wtf?
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2:30AM on 01/13/2010

What???

J.A. Hamilton gave a positive rating for the straight to dvd crapfest The Marine 2 while still hating on Indy 4!
We all know that Crystal Skull was not on par with the first three Indy movies but it was a damn site better than J.I. F'n Joe!!! Your rep as a film critic is shot with me buddy! Take note Jo!
J.A. Hamilton gave a positive rating for the straight to dvd crapfest The Marine 2 while still hating on Indy 4!
We all know that Crystal Skull was not on par with the first three Indy movies but it was a damn site better than J.I. F'n Joe!!! Your rep as a film critic is shot with me buddy! Take note Jo!
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1:20PM on 01/13/2010
Marine 2 wasn't that bad, I liked it but it wasn't as good as the first one that's for sure. But as far as straight to DVD stuff goes it was good times.
Marine 2 wasn't that bad, I liked it but it wasn't as good as the first one that's for sure. But as far as straight to DVD stuff goes it was good times.
10:19PM on 01/12/2010
You just lumped Indy IV into the same sentence as The Wicker Man, TF2 and Catwoman? Give me a fucking break man. The hate for that movie is astronomically over the top because of the massive hype built up by fanboys. To say it was a piece of shit anywhere close to those other films is a joke.
You just lumped Indy IV into the same sentence as The Wicker Man, TF2 and Catwoman? Give me a fucking break man. The hate for that movie is astronomically over the top because of the massive hype built up by fanboys. To say it was a piece of shit anywhere close to those other films is a joke.
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8:34PM on 01/12/2010
I'm not at all happy with the way of things in Hollywood these days either, i'm with you in hoping we get a better year.
I'm not at all happy with the way of things in Hollywood these days either, i'm with you in hoping we get a better year.
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5:03PM on 01/12/2010

Can't believe I'm defending Nic Cage

"Come on, have people like Nicolas Cage . . . done anything of interest lately?" Have you NOT seen Bat Lt.: Port of Call - New Orleans? Everybody was talking about it.
"Come on, have people like Nicolas Cage . . . done anything of interest lately?" Have you NOT seen Bat Lt.: Port of Call - New Orleans? Everybody was talking about it.
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8:30PM on 01/12/2010
I saw it, it was ok but nothing to brag about.
I saw it, it was ok but nothing to brag about.
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2:45PM on 01/12/2010

Action Movies = Direct-to-DVD.. WHY???

As an action fan I feel denigrated as most action movies from since the year 2k have gone straight-to-dvd... WHY?? I mean, come on.. sure there are fans for [link] but there are still some of us who want plain action movies like Cobra, Commando, Die Hard, Rambo on the big screen.

Really.. how many action movies have been in the theaters last 10 years? Rambo IV, Die Hard 4, Transporter... then what? What about Ong Bak, Give'em Hell Malone, Banlieue 13, The Marinem, The Tournament ..
As an action fan I feel denigrated as most action movies from since the year 2k have gone straight-to-dvd... WHY?? I mean, come on.. sure there are fans for [link] but there are still some of us who want plain action movies like Cobra, Commando, Die Hard, Rambo on the big screen.

Really.. how many action movies have been in the theaters last 10 years? Rambo IV, Die Hard 4, Transporter... then what? What about Ong Bak, Give'em Hell Malone, Banlieue 13, The Marinem, The Tournament .. etc...

BTW.. Bring me EXPENDABLES already !!!
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8:31PM on 01/12/2010
I'm with you.
I'm with you.
1:14PM on 01/12/2010
There are so many things to complain about over the past ten years and last year when it comes to movies, and some of them will never change but one that I think really has to is dependence Hollywood's having on remakes. And that Spider Man reboot shit, gimme a break. What a fucking joke.
There are so many things to complain about over the past ten years and last year when it comes to movies, and some of them will never change but one that I think really has to is dependence Hollywood's having on remakes. And that Spider Man reboot shit, gimme a break. What a fucking joke.
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1:00PM on 01/12/2010

Cool stuff

I'll throw my two cents in and say I'd like to see Statham get a tentpole sometime too. I dig all his stuff and it's pretty profitable and he can still delve into more serious roles like Bank Job and London, but I'd like to see him go to a higher level....oh and more of Colin Farell too. I think he'll win an Oscar one day...
I'll throw my two cents in and say I'd like to see Statham get a tentpole sometime too. I dig all his stuff and it's pretty profitable and he can still delve into more serious roles like Bank Job and London, but I'd like to see him go to a higher level....oh and more of Colin Farell too. I think he'll win an Oscar one day...
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12:52PM on 01/12/2010
What does any of this have to do with the last decade? You've basically said that Hollywood should stop making crappy movies and putting money ahead of quality, which are two things that Hollywood has always done and will continue to do until people stop picking up these turds of films and smearing them in their noses at the theaters.
What does any of this have to do with the last decade? You've basically said that Hollywood should stop making crappy movies and putting money ahead of quality, which are two things that Hollywood has always done and will continue to do until people stop picking up these turds of films and smearing them in their noses at the theaters.
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1:12PM on 01/12/2010
I think this article makes perfect sense and clearly marks a pattern for the past decade and not a cool one. I agree that change is probably not gonna happen but what he said is still valid and it never hurts to have a little optimism.
I think this article makes perfect sense and clearly marks a pattern for the past decade and not a cool one. I agree that change is probably not gonna happen but what he said is still valid and it never hurts to have a little optimism.
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12:40PM on 01/12/2010
I don't think they'll find the next Harry Potter now matter how hard they try, but you're right when you say they're trying pretty damn hard.
I don't think they'll find the next Harry Potter now matter how hard they try, but you're right when you say they're trying pretty damn hard.
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12:40PM on 01/12/2010

Good article but...

Still with the Indy 4 hate? I personally loved it. If you could enjoy G.I. Joe for what it was (a dumb, cheesy action flick), then you should be able to enjoy Indy 4 for what it was; a cheesy, pulp adventure action flick, which the first three exactly were.
Still with the Indy 4 hate? I personally loved it. If you could enjoy G.I. Joe for what it was (a dumb, cheesy action flick), then you should be able to enjoy Indy 4 for what it was; a cheesy, pulp adventure action flick, which the first three exactly were.
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12:42PM on 01/12/2010
I'm with you on a fifty fifty basis. GIJOE was ok if you had no expectations which most people didn't. I think peeps hated Indy because of the ridiculous hype train and all the build up.
I'm with you on a fifty fifty basis. GIJOE was ok if you had no expectations which most people didn't. I think peeps hated Indy because of the ridiculous hype train and all the build up.
12:15PM on 01/12/2010
Love it, but a "sins of the past year" article will always be needed every year I'm sure. They'll never learn.
Love it, but a "sins of the past year" article will always be needed every year I'm sure. They'll never learn.
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10:31AM on 01/12/2010

This is the reason...

...I keep coming back here on a daily basis. I have ranted on the lack of R rated films in my blog on several occasions. It is nice to see I am not alone. It looks like we share the same views on Remakes and sequels.
...I keep coming back here on a daily basis. I have ranted on the lack of R rated films in my blog on several occasions. It is nice to see I am not alone. It looks like we share the same views on Remakes and sequels.
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9:45AM on 01/12/2010
I just want them to stop doing remakes now that the decade is over, and try more original ideas, especially in the horror genre. By Platinum Dunes basically being a shameless remake factory, they have dug early graves for Freddy and Jason. I've come to the conclusion horror icons boom about every 30-40 years or so. That was the jump between Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman to Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers. So c'mon Hollywood, let's create some new characters!
I just want them to stop doing remakes now that the decade is over, and try more original ideas, especially in the horror genre. By Platinum Dunes basically being a shameless remake factory, they have dug early graves for Freddy and Jason. I've come to the conclusion horror icons boom about every 30-40 years or so. That was the jump between Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman to Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers. So c'mon Hollywood, let's create some new characters!
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12:44PM on 01/12/2010
I totally agree. We really only got two new horror icons this decade: Jigsaw and Mrs. Ganush.
I totally agree. We really only got two new horror icons this decade: Jigsaw and Mrs. Ganush.
8:42AM on 01/12/2010
I'm always game for a new installment into today's monster/horror franchise market from these few series-Friday The 13th / Halloween / A Nightmare On Elm Street even Jeepers Creepers.
I'm always game for a new installment into today's monster/horror franchise market from these few series-Friday The 13th / Halloween / A Nightmare On Elm Street even Jeepers Creepers.
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8:30AM on 01/12/2010

Nightmare

I agree! Also, I may be in the minority, but I really am excited (despite being a glossy Hollywood remake) for A Nightmare on Elm Street.
I agree! Also, I may be in the minority, but I really am excited (despite being a glossy Hollywood remake) for A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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12:16PM on 01/12/2010
You and me both.
You and me both.
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