Independently, playing video games and watching movies are immensely enjoyable activities. But when the two mix, the result is often an exercise in disappointment. Likely rooted in Hollywood’s never-ending effort to print money without exercising an ounce of creativity, movie executives always seem keen on taking whatever video game happens to be hot at the moment and turning it into a movie. Even in the face of ridicule and a string of box office failures, we’ll likely never see Hollywood stop trying to turn popular video games into hit films.
Netflix’s strategy for global video domination can be summed up in two words: original content. Building off the success of 2013’s House of Cards, Netflix in recent years has launched an absolute avalanche of original content that spans every genre imaginable, including crime thrillers, comedies, sci-fi, political dramas, animated sitcoms, superhero dramas and even true-crime documentaries. In fact, Netflix this past January said that it plans to roll out 600 hours of original programming throughout 2016, an impressive 33% increase from 2015.
Because developing and producing original content can get wildly expensive, Netflix’s increased focus on original content coincides with the company’s lessening interest in securing licensing deals with movie studios. The most recent casualty of Netflix’s original programming addiction is Miramax. In May of 2011, Netflix signed a 5-year and rumored $100 million licensing deal with the famed movie studio. With that deal set to expire at the end of May, Netflix reportedly has no plans to renew it in full. In turn, more than 600 movie titles will instantly be removed from Netflix’s catalog beginning on June 1.
There is an overwhelming amount of media to consume in 2016.
You can catch up on the latest episodes of a network TV show, go to the theater to watch a multi-million dollar blockbuster, log in to Netflix to binge on the latest original series or jump on a PlayStation 4 to play a 60-hour game.
With so much content at our disposal, it’s easy to just give up and watch Seinfeld reruns, which is why it’s always nice to have a list of suggestions from others.
For a short period of time, Adam Sandler seemed destined for greatness. Thanks to his work on Saturday Night Live and iconic roles in films like Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, he was on the verge of becoming the biggest name in comedy (hard though that is to believe).
But as the early 2000s began, Sandler’s films experienced a staggering drop-off in quality. Somehow, the man who gave us gems like The Wedding Singer was soon bringing us abominations like Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy. In fact, Sandler for a while almost seemed as if he were trying to amass as many Razzies as he could in as short amount of time as possible.
Marvel and DC have competed at comic book shops and newsstands for decades, but the stakes are higher than ever as the two brands compete at the box office.
With marketing and promotion included, the production budget of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was likely north of $400 million, which makes its impressive $860 million worldwide haul slightly less impressive. But failing to hit $1 billion isn’t the biggest mistake DC has ever made.
In fact, it’s not even close.
Everyone has a favorite fictional character from a movie or TV show.
If you’re an action fan, it might be Indiana Jones, John McClane or Neo. Sci-fi fans likely prefer Luke Skywalker or James T. Kirk, while superhero fanatics might have trouble deciding between Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman.
But some of the most memorable characters in the history of media aren’t really characters at all, but rather the vehicles that the characters get around in.
It’s 2016. We’re accustomed to movies being filled with green screens and CGI. Batman v Superman, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War and virtually every other blockbuster film of the past few decades have relied on special effects that simply can’t be replicated in the real world.
It’s relatively easy to find soundtracks or independent film scores nowadays, as long as you know exactly what you’re looking for. But there’s a new site that can help you find every song used in your favorite movies in an instant without having to dig around at all.
Late last year, we pointed our readers in the direction of The Paramount Vault, a YouTube channel where Paramount Pictures uploads full-length films from decades past. Admittedly, most of the movies aren’t going to make you consider canceling your Netflix subscription, but there was one very interesting addition this week.
Great art occasionally requires great sacrifice, but not every artist is ready and willing to put everything on the line in order to chase perfection.
In fact, many of the biggest blockbuster movies of the past several decades have put their stars in increasingly uncomfortable scenarios, forcing them to step outside of their comfort zones to bring the world of the film to life.
It’s nearly impossible to overstate the impact that superheroes and comic books have had on the film industry over the past several years. From Spider-Man to Iron Man to The Avengers to Batman v Superman, superheroes have been the biggest draw at the theater (other than Star Wars and Jurassic Park) for nearly a decade. And now the trend is spreading worldwide.
I heard an interesting debate the other day regarding whether or not movie stars are replaceable as it pertains to film quality. In other words, would Deadpool have been any less or more cool with Matt Damon as the lead as opposed to Ryan Renyolds? Does a film like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button need the acting prowess of Brad Pitt, or would the film have worked just as well with an equally competent actor no one had ever heard of?
Even if we assume that most actors are replaceable, it’s hard to deny that there exists a small contingent of actors who are so talented – i.e Sean Penn in Milk or John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire – that it’s near impossible to imagine them being replaced by anyone else without affecting the resulting film. On top of this, some actors just have a knack for knowing how to pick the right type of projects that really enable them to show off their acting chops.
Following in the footsteps of the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t feature an especially complex story. A girl who was abandoned by her parents finds herself in the middle of a galaxy-spanning adventure while the remains of an evil empire rise from the ashes and attempt to regain power.
But despite the simple story, the movie is still holding on to plenty of secrets.