Sick of Reboots, Sequels, and Extended Universes? Blame Classic Literature

Don't blame Michael Bay or Marvel for all the sequels, reboots, and extended universes. Blame William Shakespeare, Alexandre Dumas, and Mark Twain.

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Let’s Hope the New Beauty and the Beast Ends with Gaston Killing the Beast

Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast is almost here. And while the majority of the conversation has circulated around its awe-inspiring special effects, its loyalty to the original, and Josh Gad's portrayal of Disney's first openly gay character, there is a different conversation I'm interested in having. Specifically, this new adaptation of Beauty and the …

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No More Gritty Reboots: Why Lego Batman and Legion Are the Future of Superheroes

Yes, this blog is dedicated to "an ongoing exploration of the dark and gritty reboot." But, as written about in the previous post on this blog, The World Needs Bad Men, it's time to admit that the dark-n-gritty reboot has run its course. The anti-heroes have ascended to the White House. It's time for a …

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The World Needs Bad Men: How the Bush Era Caused the Anti-Hero Wave that Gave Rise to Trump

Toward the finale of the 2016 election, Mike Huckabee took to Fox News to give a defense of Donald Trump that I’ve been mulling over in my head ever since. I see Trump as Capt Quint (Robert Shaw) on the boat, Orca, in the movie "Jaws." He's salty, drunk and says incorrect things. He spits …

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Will True Detective’s Second Season be to True Detective as Halloween 3 is to Halloween?

Matthew McConaughey recently stirred up some folks by saying that yes, he misses playing Rust Cohle and, yes, he would consider reprising that character, if given the right opportunity. “Would you ever consider going back,” his interviewer asked him. “Yeah, I would," McConaughey answered.  This fueled some speculation and some argument. Questions like what would …

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What Should Mr. Robot Pay Homage to in Season Two?

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning cable series Mr. Robot is notable for a number of reasons, with a big twist: in the final two episodes, you realize you've been watching a ten hour unlicensed Fight Club reboot. One could say that the twist is "Elliot was Mr. Robot all along!" just like the twist in Fight Club is …

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What Would F. Scott Fitzgerald Say About the Ghostbusters Reboot Controversy?

If you haven't noticed, there is a very heated and very strange argument occurring right now in certain circles of the internet. It's about Ghostbusters. There are two sides to this argument: The new Ghostbusters is going to be the worst movie of all time. It won't be funny and it does not honor the original …

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No Matter His Name (Or How Old He Gets), He’s Still Indy and They’re Not

Ever wondered what your grandpa would look like in a fedora? Well, Harrison Ford may give you a good idea. Believe it or not, another Indiana Jones movie is in the works, and, according to Steven Spielberg, there's only one person who can carry the whip. "I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, …

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How Has This Not Happened Yet: Natalie Portman in a Sequel to The Professional

This is another guest post, the second in the new guest author series. This post is authored by Russ Ball, a haiku writer and film fan. Okay, film fans. There's something we need to talk about: the universe owes us a debt. There are things that are simply supposed to happen.  When you place bread …

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Please, No More Origin Stories of How Evil Villains Used to be Good Guys or Children

If you haven't heard, the latest complete failure at the box office was the flaccid reboot Pan, an attempt to create a franchise out of the Peter Pan story by starting with Mr. Pan's origin as a young boy on an adventure to Neverland. In which the villain is Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Peter's best …

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