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Kevthewriter wonders whatever happened to Amanda Bynes.
Kevthewriter kicks off his look at movies you can watch on Netflix with a review of The Ridiculous Six.
Kevthewriter wonders why the new Power Rangers fizzed out.
Kevthewriter looks at two Guy Ritchie movies and asks who one was a hit while the other wasn’t.
Kevthewriter weighs in on the increasing number of movies that gross a billion dollars or more.
Kevthewriter wonders why the live-action movie based on Dr. Seuss’ most popular character bombed at the box office.
Kevthewriter examines the fates of two similarly themed summer comedies. Why did one hit and the other bomb?
Kevthewriter wonders why Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka remake was a hit.
Kevthewriter looks at actors who play older or younger than their real ages.
Kevthewriter has reviews of three movies currently playing in theaters.
You’re probably wondering…Illumination Entertainment? What’s that? Well, they are the studio behind The Minions/Despicable Me movies, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets, and more. Aside from the Despicable Me movies, which produced the pop culture icons The Minions, a.k.a. those little yellow men that always appear on Facebook memes, every time Illumination releases an animated feature, the following usually happens:
- Their movies get marketed to death for over a year
- When the movie finally comes out, it gets average to decent reviews
However, Illumination has yet to release a great movie. Although many have performed well at the box office, most of them are quickly forgotten. Since most people over the age of 10 consider these movies to be disposable, why do they always do so well?
This movie was basically the beginning of the end for Rob Schneider. The former Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player has never been beloved by critics…or audiences…or anybody except maybe his friends and family. But Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a huge hit, making $92 million on a $17 million dollar budget! His next two films, The Animal and The Hot Chick, however, weren’t quite as successful. So, in a last-ditch attempt to save his career, Schneider made a sequel to Deuce Bigalow and it bombed at the box office and got terrible reviews. But why didn’t the gigolo’s second attempt go down smoothly?
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight kickstarted a trend to make superhero movies more dark and gritty. In more recent years, however, people are starting to get tired of the “dark and gritty superhero” trope and embrace lighter fare, like the majority of the MCU movies. In fact, one of the main complaints against Batman V. Superman was that it was too dark and gritty. But there are still some superhero movies and TV shows that can do dark and gritty well. Ironically, Marvel’s Netflix series show this. One example is Jessica Jones.
Like Batman V. Superman, Jessica Jones takes a more realistic, grounded approach and shows what the possible negative consequences of those with powers in the world would be like in real life. But what does Jessica do that makes it beloved yet makes Batman V. Superman hated? Why does one franchise get away with being dark and gritty yet another doesn’t?