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(Pop Matters)   Ten film franchises that need to die   (popmatters.com) divider line 209
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2013-07-23 10:22:44 PM  
I'm not sure that Ice Age needs to be #1, but otherwise I can't argue with the list.
 
2013-07-23 10:31:41 PM  
Granted, the last installment in this series,Dark of the Moon, made over a billion dollars at the box office, but with the limited returns of this summer'sPacific Rim still ricocheting across studio suites all over Tinsel Town, one imagines a less than enthusiastic response to another bloated, bombastic giant robot flick.

Didn't Pacific Rim make something like $80 mil over the first weekend?  And isn't it #1 internationally?  What the hell does it take to be a success?  And why lump it in with Transformers/Bay just because it has big robots?
 
2013-07-23 10:33:04 PM  
I'm sorry, it was $38 mil in America.  But apparently international sales don't count, because 'Merica.
 
2013-07-23 10:35:03 PM  
Why stop at ten? Why not nuke them all and start from scratch?
 
2013-07-23 11:09:29 PM  
Can we add any Spider-Man reboots to this?
 
2013-07-23 11:43:23 PM  
no Fast and Furious?
 
2013-07-23 11:45:59 PM  
we've reached the day and age where   franchises will never die. They'll just be "rebooted" every couple of years.
 
2013-07-23 11:48:29 PM  
Resident Evil must live on, for it features Milla Jovovich in tight costumes.
 
2013-07-24 12:27:59 AM  
List is missing Star Trek

/*ducks*
 
2013-07-24 12:31:52 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List is missing Star Trek

/*ducks*


You beat me to it.

/Star Wars gets a reprieve until we see how bad Disney will do.
 
2013-07-24 12:43:00 AM  
List fails without Fast & Furious
 
2013-07-24 12:59:05 AM  
Needs to include James Bond. What are we up to on that one now? Eighty-three or something like that?
 
2013-07-24 01:00:03 AM  
No Cars?

Aliens is heading into this territory. The first two are classics, I didn't mind Alien3and Alien Resurrection was  a huge waste of talent for everyone involved. The first Alien vs Predator was PG 13 rated garbage, AvP: Requiem was absolute garbage with terrible lighting, and Prometheus started out promising before the Lost-esque dead ends and misdirections robbed it of its potential


/I wouldn't mind a good Terminator movie if James Cameron comes back
 
2013-07-24 01:00:28 AM  

GreenAdder: Needs to include James Bond. What are we up to on that one now? Eighty-three or something like that?


So. Much. THIS
 
2013-07-24 01:17:46 AM  

johnnieconnie: List fails without Fast & Furious


Have you seen the last few versions of that? They're the modern version of Schwazenegger's 80s films like Commando & The Running Man.
 
2013-07-24 01:21:29 AM  
no Die Hard?
 
2013-07-24 01:46:24 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: List is missing Star Trek

/*ducks*


Nerd rage rising
 
2013-07-24 01:49:15 AM  

stilted: no Die Hard?


I agree, all of them were good (yes, even the PG-13 one) in comparison to the latest bit of crap that they put out with John McClane in Russia and the producers didn't even bother to bring Bonnie Bedelia back (even though Bruce Willis wanted her back in the Die Hard films) as Holly Generro-McClane for a film that involved both the children.
 
2013-07-24 01:51:20 AM  

clancifer: Can we add any Spider-Man reboots to this?


I would watch it all over again.

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2013-07-24 01:52:26 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GreenAdder: Needs to include James Bond. What are we up to on that one now? Eighty-three or something like that?

So. Much. THIS


James Bond isn't a franchise like these others, though, at least not until recently. In the Sean Connery/Roger Moore era, the Bond flicks had no real thread tying them together except for 007. There was no story "arc" and no attempt to develop any of the characters (like, say, in "Terminator" that tracked John Connor through his life or even Saw that kind of followed the life & times of Jigsaw). All that made the original Bond flicks a series was that they had the same characters and the same gimmick (hot chicks, cool gizmos, weird villains with white cats).

I'd say with ANY series or franchise, when they start telling us crap about the characters we don't want to know about, it's time to kill it; whether it's the second iteration or the 92d. "Hannibal" killed the "Silence of the Lambs" franchise because who cares why Lecter is the way he is; but it wasn't until "Skyfall" or maybe the one before that that we started getting into Bond's inner demons and he started getting dull.
 
2013-07-24 01:53:46 AM  

cato113: No Cars?


I agree, Disney should try something fresh

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2013-07-24 01:54:27 AM  
Sounds more like a list of movies the writer just didn't like.
I don't mind the " dead" stuff. If it's not your bag well, fark off.
And Die Hard needs to be on there. I'd own the pg13 one on Bluray before if ever watch that last one again ever.
Also, anything by the Insidious writer. Insidious 2 should never happen.
 
2013-07-24 01:55:14 AM  
No Superman? Or X-Men? Askewniverse?
 
2013-07-24 01:59:26 AM  
The Resident Evil franchise needs to keep going long enough to get Ali Larter back in one of the movies. Then it can die.
 
2013-07-24 02:00:30 AM  

ManateeGag: no Fast and Furious?


I heard the last one was really fun and entertaining.
 
2013-07-24 02:01:14 AM  

stilted: no Die Hard?


Yes, I was going to ask the same thing! What are we at now......four or five of them? I think it is five.

/ Wondering when Bruce Willis will say,  "Really? Not another one!"
 
2013-07-24 02:02:02 AM  

Shadowknight: I'm sorry, it was $38 mil in America.  But apparently international sales don't count, because 'Merica.


I was under the impression it opened much later in foreign markets and that's why they haven't really been following the worldwide gross closely because it's still not open in some of the bigger foreign markets.
 
2013-07-24 02:04:17 AM  
What about the Godfather films?
 
2013-07-24 02:09:52 AM  

OOBE Juan Kenobi: What about the Godfather films?


Dude, Godfather 3 came out over 20 years ago.
 
2013-07-24 02:10:59 AM  
Toy Story is getting a fourth installment? Since when? I know there have been several (very good) Toy Story shorts since the last movie came out but I doubt they're talking about that.
 
2013-07-24 02:11:14 AM  
This is an easy list to compile. You want an article that is radically more difficult to compose and (potentially) more thought-provoking? Try authoring an article covering the 10 modern-ish film franchises that are of a high-enough caliber that they are worthy of continued existence.

I can't author it. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

I suppose the James Bond series?
Maybe the Marvel-verse?
 
2013-07-24 02:11:55 AM  

ManateeGag: no Fast and Furious?


You can't really argue that the F&F franchise isn't cheesy good natured fun.  Unless you really are that much of a bore.
 
2013-07-24 02:14:38 AM  
Like one of the commenters said,  don't blame the studios, blame the tards who keep lining up for this shiat. The fact that Grown Ups 2 is making vasts amounts of money pretty much says it all.
 
2013-07-24 02:15:18 AM  

TheJoe03: ManateeGag: no Fast and Furious?

I heard the last one was really fun and entertaining.


you are what is wrong with the world and you deserve to die a million deaths at the hands of zombie Hitler and Stalin combined.
 
2013-07-24 02:15:24 AM  

johnnieconnie: List fails without Fast & Furious


Fails so much.  The first one was silly enough as it was.
 
2013-07-24 02:15:25 AM  
Star Wars.
 
2013-07-24 02:16:05 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: you are what is wrong with the world and you deserve to die a million deaths at the hands of zombie Hitler and Stalin combined.


I didn't even watch it you weirdo.
 
2013-07-24 02:19:35 AM  
Here's an idea, if you don't want to see a movie, don't watch it. Why anyone gives a flying fark about shiat like this is beyond me.
 
2013-07-24 02:31:11 AM  
Eh, I enjoy the F&F films. They're fun, entertaining, and enjoyable. You don't go to F&F expecting cinematic mastery such as NCFOM or Mystic River.
 
2013-07-24 02:32:50 AM  
To this day, I still can't figure out who should get the credit for the success of Scary Movie 1 and, to a lesser extent, 2. The writing staff consisted of the Wayans brothers - who've gone onto do horrible things like Little Man and White Chicks - and Seltzer/Friedberg - who've somehow done worse with the likes of Meet The Spartans, Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, etc. IMDB suggests that Scary Movie 1 and Not Another Teen Movie (i.e, the only good ones in that series) had two other writers who have since done absolutely nothing of note. So why do those guys not get movies, while everyone else involved is allowed to do terrible things with large budgets?
 
2013-07-24 02:33:11 AM  
I don't know how the author thinks Resident Evil isn't still based on the video game. The whole bunch of them are essentially video games.

Enter stage. Discover a problem. Find a clue. Discover/lose partners. Discover key to solving problem. Move to next stage.
Repeat 3-4 times until 90 minutes is reached.
 
2013-07-24 02:36:08 AM  

ThatBillmanGuy: No Superman? Or X-Men? Askewniverse?


Superman doesn't count because they keep making the same one where Lex LAuthor has some kind of land swindle going on.
 
2013-07-24 02:38:20 AM  
Yeah count me in for Die Hard, Spiderman, James Bond and Resident Evil.
It's astounding how little originality there is in Hollywood, it's a real shame.

You know what else I'm sick of? People (especially on the entertainment tab) getting all pissy-pants when you criticize their favourite superhero movie or whatever is currently big. Let people gripe already would you? It's cathartic.
 
2013-07-24 02:44:48 AM  
Wait, are we doing this thread again?  Didn't we just do this last month with a different list of movies?
 
2013-07-24 02:47:47 AM  
They could have kept rebooting Footloose every 30 years with Bacon offspring, but they broke that chain.
 
2013-07-24 03:10:52 AM  
The lack of fast and the furious renders this list worthless.
 
2013-07-24 03:43:34 AM  
Amityville
300
Clash of the Titans
 
2013-07-24 03:52:17 AM  
No Pirates of the Caribbean?
 
2013-07-24 03:55:08 AM  
List fails without the "Movie" movies.
 
2013-07-24 04:01:29 AM  

gameshowhost: johnnieconnie: List fails without Fast & Furious

Fails so much.  The first one was silly enough as it was.


At least when they remade Point Break that time they didn't call it Point Break like they're trying to do with the latest reboot.  Also if Diesel really did get Dame Judi Dench to DM whilst filming Riddick 2 I'd say he gets a lifetime pass, but that's just my opinion.
 
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