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”
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
Continue reading “Blair Witch: The lazy train keeps rolling”
There was a time, when I was a much angier person, that would have been reveling in the fact that the new Call of Duty trailer is becoming one of the most disliked videos on Youtube. I would cheer how the “sheeple” are finally coming to their senses and realising the repetitive tripe Activision are putting out isn’t all that.
Now though, I realise that while Call of Duty may have a very specific section of its fan base I’m not too fond of, the games themselves still contain a high amount of polish to their campaigns and shouldn’t be written off all together based on their popularity. That all being said, I haven’t played a Call of Duty game since Modern Warfare 3, which was five games/years ago. I simply don’t have anything to see in the games they put out. Continue reading “People jumping on the Call of Duty hate bandwagon”