Ready Player One: The Weaponisation of Nostalgia

A couple of new trailers dropped this week for two movies I should probably be pretty excited for. The problem is, Hollywood is just becoming less and less subtle about how hard they’re relying on nostalgia to keep people coming to see movies. Both the trailers for the adaptation of Ready Player One and Jurassic World 5/Fallen Kingdom popped up on Youtube and I felt more annoyed than excited after seeing them.

I’m at the point in my life now where all the things I enjoyed growing up have become mainstream again, because the people like me who enjoyed them growing up are now the people behind them. But rather than do anything new or interesting with these properties, large media producers are just banking on the fact that nostalgia itself is going to be enough to sell their product as it is. Why make something new or original when you can just point and say “Hey, remember this thing from when you were a kid? Us too! How exciting.” Continue reading “Ready Player One: The Weaponisation of Nostalgia”

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The Power Rangers Movie looks Bad

I used to be Power Rangers super fan #1 back when I was a kid. I was obsessed with them. I had the videos, I had mountains of toys and as much memorabilia as I could get my hands on. I used to pretend to be a Power Ranger. Before I really fell down the video games and anime well, Power Rangers was my life. So now a brand new Power Rangers movie, based on the original “Mighty Morphin” series of the show, is coming to theatres. How do I feel about it?

Well, strangely enough, up until yesterday I was totally indifferent. A fact that surprised even me. I’d seen the promotional stills floating around the internet, I’d caught bits of teasers before skipping them on Youtube. It wasn’t that I was disguised, or “triggered” that my childhood was being interfered with. I just didn’t care. Nothing about it interested me. It all just seemed so derivative, especially in this period of superhero overload in cinemas. Continue reading “The Power Rangers Movie looks Bad”

Thoughts on: Assassin’s Creed The Movie

You know, I didn’t have very high expectations for this movie before it came out. Its trailers seemingly confirmed my fears that the movie wasn’t going to be what I wanted it to be. But you know what, when the talk started and a lot of people were saying it was good, I thought I’d give it a shot. So I did. Guess what… Assassin’s Creed it bad.

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Blair Witch: The lazy train keeps rolling

Looking through all the reveal trailers from this year’s Comic Con in preparation for something I’m writing,   I spotted something else that whipped me up into a familiar frenzy of frustration. Some background first, I have a friend who is usually more knowledgeable on new movies than I am, and he has been telling me about an upcoming found footage horror movie that might be worth a watch. It was called the Woods and there was some buzz about it.

At Comic Con this year, Lionsgate showed he first real trailer for this “Woods” and made the shock reveal that the movie was, in fact, a direct sequel to 1999’s Blair Witch Project. Simply called Blair Witch

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: How it could have been better

I hate being the guy who has to say I told you so. Especially when it comes to something like this. Off the back of Man of Steel, I had some very distinct concerns about the coming DC shared universe, especially if it was going to feature another Zack Snyder movie. But I pushed those worries down as March drew closer and tried my very best to give Batman V Superman the chance to impress me. Sometimes, being right sucks.

I wouldn’t flat out describe the movie bad. It does have its redeeming qualities and does an awful lot to set up this new shared universe it wants to create, the problem is that it is to its own detriment. Batman v Superman is too focused on being some kind of event, or jumping off point, and it makes the whole experience far too busy to be properly enjoyed on its own.

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