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Friday, June 2

Die Kasme

I recently had a slight disagreement with someone who does not appreciate the KASME (Kick Ass Sci-fi Movie Extravaganza). What this person could not understand was why there was such a constant stream of "crap" coming from Hollywood. "its all superhero's and hobbits these days". "where is the quality film?"
The answer is quite simple. Its all about the money. If something makes money, you are going to see allot of the same pretty soon. Why do you think they made a "Big Momma's house 2"? Lets look at the all time top 10 grossing movies:
Rank Title Worldwide Box Office
1. Titanic (1997) $1,835,300,000
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1,129,219,252
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) $968,600,000
4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $922,379,000
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $921,600,000
6. Jurassic Park (1993) $919,700,000
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) $892,194,397
8. Shrek 2 (2004) $880,871,036
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $866,300,000
10. Finding Nemo (2003) $865,000,000

What do we have here, 3 Harry Potter's, 2 Lord of the rings, 2 Animations, a Star Wars and Titanic at the top (note: Titanic success is due partly to some crazy's watching it up the 16 times). Just look at that, Science Fiction city. Actually the highest non Sci-fi movie only comes in at number 22 - Forrest Gump ( and even that is riddled with special effects). If you had to scroll down to a non-special-effect "normal" movie you would land up at no.37 - Home Alone (no there's quality).
But its not that these movies are bad. The creativy assounds me. So much works and effort goes into creating a believable unbelievable world. Animation movies take 3 years to make. I sometimes feel that they have more "art" than art house movies. The only thing that they are lacking in are strong political or social opinions. But you can get that anywhere really.

So if you feel slightly guilty for eagerly anticipation the next Spiderman movie much more than the next Brokeback Mountain movie, don't feel bad. You are normal. You are the majority. Its all about the pop corn.


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