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We spent a few weeks in January pondering the best movies from twenty years ago. But before you find yourself waxing nostalgic about how they don’t make ’em like they used to, here’s a little reminder that Hollywood made just as much crap thirty years ago as they do today. If you’re looking for bad movies, sequels are usually a pretty good bet. 1998 had its fair share of clunkers with very few bright spots to even the scales. It’s not the worst year in sequels we have seen so far, but it’s still pretty lousy. Let’s relive the mediocrity of the sequels of 1998
Kevthewriter considers the “late sequel” trend. Are movies like Mama Mia 2 too little, too late?
For the last couple of weeks, we have talking about some of the best movies 1988 had to offer. But before you find yourself waxing nostalgic about how they don’t make ’em like they used to, here’s a little reminder that Hollywood made just as much crap thirty years ago as they do today. If you’re looking for bad movies, sequels are usually a pretty good bet. As it turns out, 1988 was one of the worst years for sequels I have ever seen.
The first-ever superhero movie franchise started with Superman: The Movie in 1978. Producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind were so certain of its success that they filmed the movie’s sequel back-to-back with the original. Unfortunately, the Salkinds clashed with director Richard Donner so they replaced him on Superman II with Richard Lester. Lester took full control of the third movie in what most assumed would be a trilogy. After Superman III proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment, Christopher Reeve announced that he was done with the character. The Salkinds eventually sold the rights to the Superman franchise to Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who hoped to revive the series at Cannon Films. Instead, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace did what Lex Luthor never could. It killed Superman.
For one reason or another, Roland Emmerich and Fox decided to wait 20 years to make a sequel to the blockbuster Independence Day. In hindsight, that might’ve not been the best idea. Domestically, Independence Day made $306 million and $817 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million (and this is 90’s money were talking about) while the new one made half that, if not less, making $103 million domestically and $389 million worldwide. But why was it such a disappointment at the box office? Let’s find out!
As the current bracket game demonstrates, 1997 was a pretty good year to be a movie lover. Whether you’re looking for popcorn movies or award-winners, 1997 had something for everyone. But it turns out, it wasn’t such a great year for sequels. Eleven sequels were released during the year and most of them were not very memorable. But we’re going to rank them from worst to first anyway because… why not?
A little later today, we will crown the winner of our Movies of 1987 Bracket Game. But before we close the book on 1987, I thought it would be fun to look at the sequels which were released that year. None of these movies were included in the bracket game largely because most of them weren’t very memorable. Still, a couple of them endure and it’s fun to laugh at the others. So let’s get to ranking the sequels of 1987.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is arguably one of the most surprising box office bombs this year. While I don’t think anyone predicted that it was going to replicate the box office success of its predecessor, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to bomb just as badly (if not worse) as The Lone Ranger and John Carter.
But why did it bomb?
Here are my theories:
In late June I took advantage of some free days to visit my Mother in Virginia for her birthday. It was a fun long weekend that included meals out, a screening of Finding Dory, and an unexpected shared activity when I ran across a puzzle in the book store that was just too good to pass up. It consists of thirty-nine posters from a wide variety of classic films stretching from the silent era of the 1920s into the 1970s. It was an engrossing project to undertake alongside my Mother and we naturally discussed several of the featured movies as we built it. What stunned me a little was that I had actually only seen twenty-six of the thirty-nine films honored. I have vowed to fill these gaps in my knowledge of film and take you along for the ride as I reconstruct the puzzle in question. I’ll re-watch the movies I’ve already seen along with experiencing the ones that are new to me and share my thoughts on each one.
Up to this point in my coverage of this visual celebration of classic movies, what we’ve seen have been largely either legendarily great films, or top-notch examples of genre forms. Even something like Pillow Talk holds a significant place in the history of the romantic comedy and still stands as an excellent example of that kind of movie. Today’s entry Creature From the Black Lagoon, though plenty famous and possessing of some admirable qualities here and there is the first of a few flicks that will be part of this project which will mostly be considered memorable as just being fun.
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Maybe it’s because of when I was born, but to my eyes this looks like the most legendary group of Best Picture winners we’ve presented yet. There are at least three bonafide classics here, and there is very good overall quality. The Oscars gained some much-needed legitimacy in the ’70s, even if they made a couple of mistakes. They weren’t doozies. Even though fashion and television were terrible during the “Me Decade,” film in general was on an absolute hot streak. Last April, LeBlog spent an entire month celebrating all things polyester and punk, so if you enjoy looking back at these Oscar-winning movies, dig into our archives and have a nice day!
But first, rank these movies…
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In the first half of our action/sci-fi portion of this bracket we dealt with dangerous, and even deadly situations, but today’s competitors contain some true horror elements that shocked and frightened audiences on a much deeper level. Both films were not just hits at the box office, but generally admired by critics and cinephiles, taking home a little bit of Oscar gold when awards season rolled around. The Fly won a statuette for its amazing and horrifying makeup effects, while Aliens grabbed two wins for its sound and special effects. Both films have also aged reasonably well due in part to those award-winning special effects and the genuinely emotional reactions they produce when you sit through them.
In today’s bracket game showdown, we have two movies that are parts of larger genre series. After Star Trek hung out on television for three seasons before being cancelled and then gathering a huge and devoted following mostly via reruns, it became a feature films series starting in December of 1979. It has since spawned eleven additional films and multiple spinoff television series. While there is some disagreement among fans, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is generally warmly regarded and considered one of the best Star Trek movies. Unlike with Star Trek, the Highlander series has no such confusion about which of the movies in the franchise is the best. The original film is widely regarded as the only one worth sitting through, with the second film Highlander II: The Quickening generally despised by fans. So much so, in fact, that when I was in college, “The Quickening” was a standard joke tag that we would add to any sequel we regarded as pointless or terrible in its very conception. For example- “Caddyshack 2: The Quickening,” “Rocky V: The Quickening,” “Godfather: Part III: The Quickening,” and later “Blues Brothers 2000: The Quickening.” It was the gift that kept on giving.
This Thanksgiving week, movie fans are being treated to the newest story from the world of fictional boxing champion Rocky “The Italian Stallion” Balboa. The film Creed will feature Michael B Jordan as Apollo Creed’s son Adonis, who is following his Father’s footsteps into the boxing ring. Apollo has already booted Adonis from our little competition here, but if you join us below the break, you can help us decide on the final member of our final four.
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