January 11th, 2003

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The Sure Thing

You know, this was going to start out as a rant about how annoying and tedious moviemakers are. But then I thought about it and - even though I'm no fan of Hollywood - I decided that most of my ire is directed at those lovable mush-for-brains types, my fellow moviegoers.

See, something that annoys me to no end is Hollywood's inability to produce anything new that's actually worth watching and not just a glorified tax write-off. Moviemakers are such wimps that they stick to things they consider 'proven': sequels and remaked.

Then I visited http://www.upcomingmovies.com (to my disgust it's been co-opted by Yahell), just too take a gander at some of the movies coming out in the coming months and perhaps discover that all this pathetic behavior was in my head. The now-fouled-by-Yahoo page now has listing of the day's "Most Visited Previews". And an amusing list it is.

- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A sequel to a sequel, created from an incredibly popular book. This one gets half a pass from me because at least the Harry Potter books are encouraging kids to read. But as far as the movies go, they're a predestined success.

- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Another sequel from a book. Ditto.

- The Fast and the Furious 2. Sequel.

- When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer. Sequel.

- The Matrix: Reloaded. Sequel.

And so on and so on. Mad Max 4. Terminator 3. Anaconda 2. The Hulk (which isn't a sequel, but sure isn't a new idea). Star Wars Ep 3. Indiana Jones 4. Batman. Spiderman. Rocky 2,753.

Now maybe I'm just picky. But I really wish that moviemakers would do something different and take some risks, try something new, instead of falling back on sure-thing sequels and comic book ripoffs. But on the other hand, if that's what people are going to go see, how can moviemakers be blamed? If polls say that some piece of recycled tripe with the current flavor of the week will do better then something with substance, why wouldn't they go for the former? And when even the 'greats' like Spielburg and Lucas are falling into the trap, how long will we have to wait for new ideas?

[Rant on cookiecutter television postponed because it's too unspeakably horrible to even contemplate sober. I'll get back to you in October.)
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From paintings by Sir Frank Dicksee...



La Belle Dame Sans Merci, The Confession, Chivalry, The End of the Quest, and Romeo and Juliet, respectively.

I really love his paintings because they're just... well, 'inspirational' is a cliched way of putting it. They appeal to me in a storytelling sense because they all seem to be a snapshot of a larger event, a single moment in time, not just a pretty picture, and they make you wonder what happened before or after that snapshot. What is being confessed in The Confession? What exactly is the Quest? A milisecond after the 'snapshot' was taken, did the knight in Belle fall flat on his face, sans kiss?

And on a weird tangent, doesn't the guy in An Offering look like Fifth from Unnatural Selection? I think it's the hair. He just needs the creepily-large smile.
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