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Horrible movie trends that are now mostly over

Just as when you're well it's hard to remember how truly awful it was to be sick, so too do we often ignore how some of the worst movie trends of the last twenty years have indeed finally ended for the most part (though a few lingering traces remain). We need to be reminded of how horrible these were as well as why they started in the first place to remember that some of the worst trends of today (like endless remakes of Spider-Man) may finally one day end.

(1) FILMS THAT ARE INSPIRED BY "SNL" SKITS. "The Blues Brothers" was the first successful version of this, and after the huge hit that was "Wayne's World" it seemed we would never be done with it. But after "It's Pat" "Stuart saves His family," "A Night at the Roxbury" and "Superstar" are failed, we've fortunately not seen full length films of "Target Lady" or "The Sisters on The Lawrence Welk Shpw."

(2) FILMS THAT RE-MAKE CLASSIC NOSTALGIA TV SHOWS. How this tend started in the first place is hard to imagine, but it kept getting kickstarted again with the surprise success of film versions of "The Brady Bunch" and "Charlie's Angels" and (most of all) "Mission: Impossible." But the number of duds in this category--"Car 54, Where Are You," "Leave It to Beaver," "The Mod Squad," "The Flintstones,"--proved that this genre was less welcome than producers supposed. After the huge flop of the film version of "bewitched," most of these TV re-makes seem to be over, except for the films in the "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible" franchises.

(3) SHALLOW AND MATERIALISTIC ROM-COMS ABOUT WEDDINGS. Probably the most hated film trend in the last 20 years were the movies that celebrated a bride's right to have her special perfect day, and that glorified wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, destination weddings, and "retail therapy" montages. The trend may have been started by "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and never seemed it would die after the success of "My Best Friend's Wedding": for a while, these films seemed to be singlehandedly keeping Kate Hudson's career afloat. But after the wretched excesses of "27 Dresses," "Bride Wars" and "The Wedding Date" seemed to glorify materialism and competitiveness rather than satirize them; the genre became finally deconstructed entirely by "Bridesmaids," which suggested film audiences realized the women in these kinds of films were acting like crass idiots.

by Anonymousreply 1805/16/2013

Good thread idea and good post, OP.

by Anonymousreply 105/13/2013

Don't forget McGruber! That bombed miserably.

by Anonymousreply 205/13/2013

Exorbitant numbers of pigs seeding Dawson's hole

by Anonymousreply 305/13/2013

Detective novel adaptations

Reinvented Westerns (once Lone Ranger bombs)

Buddy action comedies (they'll be back, but are dead for a while)

by Anonymousreply 405/13/2013

Pop-inspired remakes of classic American novels: Oh, wait.

Tepid and cynical rehashes of Marvel and DC comics: Oh, wait.

Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 505/13/2013

Movies based on Disneyland rides.

by Anonymousreply 605/13/2013

Apparently no one told OP about Gilly--The Movie

by Anonymousreply 705/13/2013

Or "What's Up With That?"

by Anonymousreply 805/13/2013

Fat black maid movies.

by Anonymousreply 905/13/2013

A savage review of Bride Wars -

by Anonymousreply 1005/16/2013

Other than SNL, Hollywood is still making movies from TV shows (eg, Tom Cruise in The Man from UNCLE) and will never, ever, ever stop with the wedding movies.

by Anonymousreply 1105/16/2013

2) and 3) are still happening, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1205/16/2013

[quote]FILMS THAT RE-MAKE CLASSIC NOSTALGIA TV SHOWS. How this tend started in the first place is hard to imagine,

"hard to imagine", really? Try harder.

[quote]but it kept getting kickstarted again with the surprise success of film versions of "The Brady Bunch" and "Charlie's Angels" and (most of all) "Mission: Impossible."

There is nothing at all surprising about the success of any of your examples here. Add to your list "The Adams Family"... well scripted, well cast, well acted, well directed and you have a hit. No surprise at all.

3/10 You shouldn't use DL to try out your homework assignments.

by Anonymousreply 1305/16/2013

Those Madonna Louise Ciccone movies.

by Anonymousreply 1405/16/2013

Isn't La Cruise remaking "The Man From Uncle"? (directed by G. Ritchie)

That is going to make MacBeth look like a light-hearted piece of fluffy period comedy...

"Tom Cruise IS Napoleon Solo!!!"

by Anonymousreply 1505/16/2013

No really r15? He was laughable as Jack Reacher. Please don't let him contaminate Solo.

ps Who's in line for Ilya?

by Anonymousreply 1605/16/2013

Movies about 4 withered old hags blubbering on about their pointless lives in NYC. One that looks like a horse, one that looks like a mentally challenged librarian, a red-headed olive oil character and one old enough to have watched the Hindenburg crash who for some reason is portrayed as the sexy one. Put the franchise out of its misery.

by Anonymousreply 1705/16/2013

R16 - Armie Hammer

by Anonymousreply 1805/16/2013
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