How Hard is it to Make a Sequel?

It can very difficult to make a good sequel to a recent blockbuster movie. How likely is it that lightning will strike twice, not very? Creating an all new episodic event for you with already established characters can be daunting and redundant. These icons have proven themselves to be heroes in the viewer’s eyes and writers have to raise the bar even further to coerce moviegoers to part with their entertainment bucks.

The common formula for these second acts, rehashed tales often disappoint. The thrill’s gone and producers resort to trickery such as, farfetched story lines and metaphors to capture our attention. They’ve to dig deeper into the psyche and personal lives of the leading cast, which often leaves a lackluster taste on our cinematic palates. It’s very difficult to spin the same old tale time after time, this leads to CGI and over stretched scripts.

Examples of Hollywood’s greed vs. common sense include Jaws 2 and The Fly 2. Thriller movies depend on the suspense factor, keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat with haunting music, and just peeks of what’s about to come. Nothing can compare to what our imagination can conjure up, so making another movie after you’ve already exposed the plot isn’t a brilliant move. Once people have faced their fears, the movie has lost its draw.

Even comedies cannot escape the tragedy of an exhausted script, as this was true for Caddyshack 2. No one could compare to Bill Murray’s portrayal of a slightly crazed groundskeeper, whose exhaustive quest to capture the groundhog was hilarious. They added too many new characters and definitely too many comedians to the mix for this sequel. You know what they say, too many cooks ruin the stew, this couldn’t be more evident in the actors who were tripping over each other‘s lines in order to get a laugh. They should of stuck to the physical comedy of the first movie and not relied so heavily on what they obviously considered big name attractions.

The largest case of failure comes from the Rocky series, they should have left this hometown hero alone. Who doesn’t love an underdog story, apparently Hollywood, because they went onto to kill this character with Rocky II-V and Balboa and Creed. Talk about kicking a guy when he’s down, they ran over him, backed up and crushed Stallone again. From his divorce, to his defeats, and his severe beating from what was supposed to be the symbol for America, this entire franchise was a disgrace.

Making a sequel’s a daunting task to say the least. It’s way too easy to overthink and over budget a not-so original idea. Essentially, you’ve to create a whole new story-line that intertwines with the previous one. The characters have to be the same, but you can change the setting in which your movie will take place. You can now delve deeper into your characters, but the stories you weave have to adhere to the person’s moral compass.

Top 5 Classic Movies That Should Be Remade

Throughout the years, Hollywood has entertained us with big screen movies. Only a few of those movies have a message that holds true through today’s society. The only issue with these movies is that they were made so long ago that today’s generation won’t watch them. What each of these movies have to have is a remake with actors and actresses that’re well known on today’s Hollywood scene.

With that said, let’s take a look at these 5 classic movies that have the best chance in our opinion to be remade:

Classic Movie #5: The Parent Trap

This was a great movie because the story-line was both funny and unique. It’s about identical twin girls that don’t know of each other until they meet at camp to discover they’re sisters. They decide to switch places to learn more about the other parent. Only after the parents discover the switch, they reunite to get the right kid. In the process, the parents discover they still have sparks between them. By the end of the movie, the parents are renewing their vows. With so much divorce and dysfunction in families, this’d be perfect for the new generation to watch.

Classic Movie #4: Thelma and Louise

This was a classic tale of two female best friends that’re on the run from the law. When one of the women is beat up by her husband and the police won’t do anything, the other woman steps in to save her friend’s life. Along the journey they hit rock bottom and decide to rob a bank to survive. Along the emotional journey and when the police catch up to them, they drive off a cliff. This is a great story about friendship and self-worth. If the movie is redone, it should have a more quality ending and show some justice done to the wife beating husband.

Classic Movie #3: Candyman

One of the top classic horror movies of the mid 90s. It’s about a woman investigating the local legend of a killer from beyond the grave. In the movie, she is attacked and soon has a psychotic break and is killing from beyond the grave. If you say his name 3 times infront of the mirror, he comes out from it to kill you. This is a great story of what jealousy can do to a person. It needs to be remade with better graphics and new-age actors.

Classic Movie #2: Gone With The Wind

This was one of the greatest stories of the Civil War. This is a story about a southern belle that’s forced to face the reality of the North winning the war. The only change that needs to be made would be the African American characters. They need to have a stronger passion for what’s happening and what it would mean for them.

Classic Movie #1: Jumanji

This movie dealt with an awesome tale of adventure. It’s about a mysterious board game that predicts the future and entraps its players, causing them great fear. The moral of the story still hold true for today’s youth. The story line needs to remain the same but it should have characters that’re well-known among this generation. Also, the special effects with the animals and Adventure Island should be redone to look a little more lifelike. Children of all ages will love this movie.

Well, there you have it. I’m sure you can think of other classic movies that can be remade, so feel free to comment in this blog or share your thoughts socially.

What does it take to be a Stunt Double?

A Stunt Performer
If you’re interested in becoming a stunt double in the movies or TV, you’ll also become a stunt performer. This means that you’ll stand in for an actor. You’ll be called to stand in when the script of the movie calls for a specialized or dangerous part in any film. A stunt double is used for several reasons. This might be due to the fact that an actor isn’t able to physically perform the stunt. The actor may be prohibited from the performance of the stunt. Stunt performers are also called “stunties” or “body doubles”. They’re considered to be part of the support crew. They’ve to look like their respective actors in order to ensure that the character’s appearance is maintained.

What It Takes?
There are special skills that a stunt double must develop:

*Obtain the basic stunt skills: This would include gymnastics, stage combat, and martial arts. This includes much self-education.

*Develop a specialized area of expertise: Every stunt double ought to stay focused on one specific area. It’ll be a good idea to fully develop one specialty set of skills. The stunt double will then need to broaden that range of skills. Once a specialty area has been focused on and achieved, the skills may then be branched out into other areas. This will broaden the job prospects.

Membership of the Joint Industry Stunt Committee
Almost every stunt double will apply for this type of membership. The joining of this is intended to show a prospective employer that you’re able to execute and perform the professional stunt work. The skills that are needed include:

*Water-sub aqua and swimming

*Strength and agility- including rock climbing and gymnastics

*Falling-high diving

*Fighting-boxing or martial arts

Being Physically Fit
A stunt double will need to be physically fit. This will be needed in order to perform the stunts. It’s not always being big and strong gets you the job. There are stunt doubles that have to have pure stamina, quickness and agility.

Also, having excellent communication skills will be needed in order to take the directions from the production team. It’s required that a stunt performer is at least 18 years old. In the end a high level of skills are definitely needed.

High Exceptional Movies – Low Results

Hype has played a role in the development of many movies across a wide audience range. Public relations agencies are dedicated to listing out movie details for viewers to consider. Trailers and action stills get audiences pumped for an event unlike any other in select theaters. But a few notable flops have diminished returns on the few deals emerging for consumers. Low results will place a financial hardship on the team making these films. With that said, let’s take a look at these 5 movies that basically were a flop at the box office.

Movie Flop #5: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Early indications showed that audiences were excited about the merger of popular genres. Rarely do people see Western and Sci-Fi themes combined together. Unfortunately, box office returns were not as positive on behalf of those interested. Cowboys & Aliens had a stellar cast and an interesting plot twist to boot. But financial returns were lackluster at best, owing to a skeptical audience unsure about its value.

Movie Flop #4: Osmosis Jones (2001)
Billed as a quirky animated film, the creators put some effort in to showcasing the special effects. Trailers were joined with other popular feature films for people to view. But for some reason, Osmosis Jones did not take off when it was filmed. It did feature a tandem celebrity voice over that worked well during the initial film screenings. Its losses amounted to around $63 million when the final tabulation was calculated for audiences.

Movie Flop #3: Sahara (2005)
Despite a magnificent desert backdrop, Sahara was disappointing for film goers. The plot line seemed to be minimal and too reliant on its starring cast. An over-bloated budget was another contributing factor to its total financial failure in the theater setting. Losses were tabulated to be around $121 million when the final screening was ended. It was another setback for director Breck Eisner, but did add to the popularity of Matthew McConaughey in the starring role.

Movie Flop #2: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
The popularity of the video game series was undeniable during the 1990s. It spurred on the release of a dramatic CGI film bearing the same name. Some fans were dedicated enough to show up for the film upon its initial run through theaters. It ran a deficit of about $125 million after box office returns were tabulated.

Movie Flop# 1: The Adventures Of Pluto Nash (2002)
Perhaps one of the more embarrassing films to be released in recent decades. Eddie Murphy returns to the big screen to take place in a Sci-Fi comedy picture. But viewers complained about the plot line and whether the film even made sense. Losses were estimated to be at around $126 million, which surprised the executives in charge. It effectively ended the career of Eddie Murphy as a leading star in films.

The moral here for movies hitting the big screen or have already done so is this: It’s important to learn from the lessons of struggling films in the box office. Simple enough right? We shall see.

America’ Geriatric Movie Celebs Keep Rolling Along After Age 65

As time marches on, so does interest in a whole new generation of movie celebrities. Long gone are many of the big names that adorned theater marquis’ nationwide, but all hope’s not ‘gone with the wind’, as there are still many actors and actresses considered past their prime, that’re still drawing them in at the box office. Let’s take a look at several notable movie celebrities that’re rolling along as if they haven’t missed a beat or script, for that matter!

Harrison FordAt age 72, the veteran of Star Wars, from nearly 40 years ago, along with being popular of course in the Indiana Jones movies, is appearing now in the romance saga, “Age of Adaline”, with Blake Lively, and appears in the new edition of Star Wars, “The Force Awakens”, this holiday season. Despite a harrowing plane crash earlier this year, where he sustained some serious, but non-life threatening injuries, this legendary acting icon carries on.

Meryl StreepIt’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t adore Meryl Streep. This A-list actress, at age 65, has accumulated three Academy Awards and’s universally accepted as one of the greatest actresses ever. Sincere, genuine, and a darling of the theater, Streep appears in “Suffragette, a British drama, as a feminist, which will be released this fall. Late summer will see Meryl Streep, with Mamie Gummer, her daughter, in “Ricki and the Flash”, an entertaining family drama.

Morgan FreemanYou can’t look anywhere without finding Morgan Freeman there, with his trusting soul and forceful yet subtle lead. When Morgan, age 77, isn’t seen, he is narrating numerous animated character parts. Memorable movies include, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Driving Miss Daisy”, and “Street Smart.” Spring debuts for Freeman include; “Last Knights”, a medieval period, action thriller, co-starring in “Five Flights Up,” with Diane Keaton, and “Ted 2”, playing an attorney. Obviously, Freeman wasn’t ready for retirement at age 65.

Clint EastwoodAn American hero, to say the least, Clint Eastwood seems to defy all logic at age 85, and continues to be involved with Hollywood. With an acting career spanning back to 1954, Eastwood got his big break in the Television series, “Rawhide” in 1961, and the rest is history. Eastwood’s last appearance in a lead role was in “Trouble With the Curve”, a sports drama, in 2012. Clint has taken to directing movies and his most notable production to date include, “American Sniper”, released in November 2014 as well as “Jersey Boys”, also released in 2014.

Robert RedfordWho can ever forget Robert Redford in noted roles in, “The Sting“, “The Way We Were“, and “All the President’s Men“. It seemed back then that Redford’s name was on every movie marquis. He was a household name. Since the turn of the new millennium, Redford, age 78, has appeared in over 20 films, with a highly anticipated film due out later this summer, “A Walk in the Woods”, a comedic drama, of walking the Appalachian Trail.

Who says that you have to retire, sign up for an AARP card, and play with your grandchildren, in your golden years?

PG-Rated Movies Have Changed

PG movies are the ones that the film rating system believes some parents may have an issue with, but they’re usually alright for most children. Movies specifically made for the viewing pleasure of children will have a G rating, for General Audiences.

As far as PG movies, those reserved for Parental Guidance, goes, not much has really change in the rating system since 1995. Sure, there are far better graphics than movies had in the 90s, but the same types of movies are slated for this particular rating.

Top PG Movies in 1995

The top ten PG movies according to box office statistics for 1995 are:

Most of these movies are more intense in nature and have a little bit of an edge, even the ones that’re meant for children, like Jumangi, Casper and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. They each have somewhat intense moments that may not be good for little kids.

The rest of the movies are more adult humor that’s alright for older children, with a few romantic comedies mixed now.

Top PG Movies in 2014

To get an idea of what has changed since then, here is a look at the top ten PG movies according to box office ratings for last year, 2014:

  • The LEGO Movie
  • Maleficent
  • Big Hero 6
  • How To Train Your Dragon II
  • Frozen
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Heaven is for Real
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

As you can see, today movies seem far more focused on the kids. However, they’re also attracting more adults because of hidden humor they sneak in under the assumption that only adults will get it.

While most of the box office toppers of yesteryear were more adult oriented, these days movie creators are managing to span a wider audience, making fans of all ages interested in movies once thought to be just for kids.

It Takes More than Most Believe to Be a Good Movie Critic

Almost anyone can work out what they like and don’t like about a movie but to become a good movie critic takes a much deeper understanding of the workings behind the industry as well.

Like just about everyone else, professional movie critics tend to start at the bottom. They sometimes start out by selling newspapers or freelance writing moving up to editing positions. Dan Kimmel, for example, initially attended law school and then stumbled on a chance to write for the Christian Science Monitor. Even now he says that he wouldn’t be able to afford his habit if it weren’t for the fact that he gets into movies for free precisely because he gets paid to write eloquent and concise essays about each one. Most critics also work on the side as radio show hosts, for newspapers or in the television industry. Many who were full-time movie critics have been let go and those who haven’t are trying to hang onto their positions as long as possible.

The industry isn’t just about just working out why you liked or disliked the movie. It is also not limited to just watching as many films as possible. It also takes reading other reviews, articles and books about the industry, genres, etc. However, even the published article isn’t the end of it. Movie critics in a way are movie theorists as good reviews involve taking apart and analyzing characters, color schemes, music and even camera movements.

Once your opinion is in print for all the public to see, there is almost a certain guarantee that someone who disagrees with you is going to come forward and attack you. For example, when John Black gave his negative opinion of The Perfect Storm, his regular New England readers, most of whom disagreed, got passionately vocal about it. The only thing a critic can really do there is to acknowledge that everyone has their own opinion and not take it personally.

So, as you can see, being a movie critic is not nearly as easy as it sounds. At the very least, it takes dedication, appreciation and a passion for movies and the industry. The position may not be considered as powerful as it once was but movie critics still have a lot of leeway in acting as public service providers as to whether it’s worth seeing a movie in the theater.

Top 5 Movie Soundtracks

A movie is only as good as the soundtrack that accompanies it. A quality soundtrack requires more than just powerful songs. Each song must be complementary to the scene rather than distract the viewers from what is happening on screen. Timing for songs is equally important. A song cannot be so short-lived that it isn’t appreciated, but it also can’t linger on in a scene for too long. Below is a list of the top 5 movie soundtracks from popular movies.

Movie Soundtrack #5: The Departed
Martin Scorsese’s Best Picture winner is a phenomenal film from top to bottom, and the soundtrack was a major part of this. Every song’s expertly introduced and you get a true sense of the mastery behind the film as you listen to each song playing out its scene. There are some heavy-hitters in this movie including Pink Floyd and Dropkick Murphys

Movie Soundtrack #4: Jurassic Park
John Williams is one of the greatest composers of this generation. He’s responsible for composing the scores for the original Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and of course, Jurassic Park. The score of Jurassic Park is one that will send chills up your spine in one scene and then have your heart racing with adrenaline the next.

Movie Soundtrack #3: Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino has always been a perfectionist, and his movies show it. The Reservoir Dogs soundtrack is one that grabs you from the start of the film with George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and never lets you go after that.

Movie Soundtrack #2: Casino
Another Scorsese classic on the list, and for good reason. The 1995 Las Vegas drama is full of powerful music that engages even the laziest viewer. This film’s an intense roller coaster ride and the soundtrack is, in this case, the track itself (no pun intended). With over 30 amazing songs in this film, it’s hard not to appreciate what this movie has to offer.

Movie Soundtrack #1: The Lord of the Rings (series)
Without question one of the most iconic sagas to hit the silver screen, Lord of the Rings defines epic. Every piece of these films were calculated and executed to near perfection, and the soundtrack is no exception. Howard Shore composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced the score for the entire series. It’s hard to think about the Lord of the Rings without associating it with the sensational soundtrack that accompanies it.

We’re pretty sure you can think of others, so feel free to comment either on this blog or on our Facebook page.

Top 3 Cool Sci-Fi Uniforms to Wear to Work One Day

There are tons of cool and unique Sci-Fi uniforms you could wear to work. However, we narrowed them down to these Top 3.

Uniform #3: The Star Trek Starfleet Uniform

Ok, now this one is obvious to most but sort of hard as well. You see, at the heart of watching Star Trek, we see the most important part for what Starfleet represents: the liaison and commemoration of a wide range of alien species. With that said, there’s a vast array of uniforms to choose from. The one we’re selecting here, just to reach an accord on one, is the uniform that was originally seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There’s just something so classic about it. It also looks stellar on anyone who wears it (Kirk, Uhura, Bones, anyone). And the way you can fold that one part down to look relaxed is really neat.

Uniform #2: The Main Character Tron with His Outfit from the Movie Tron

When you see that Tron uniform, the first thing you might be thinking is, “wow, that’s really tight. That could be very well be snug or highly embarrassing (or an appealing combination of the two). However, it does glow. There’s a helmet you have to wear all the time, which might seem weird in an office setting, but at least it glows. Okay, overall, it’s tight, but the uniform is awesome simply because it glows!

Uniform #1: The Stillsuit from Dune

Like the Tron outfit, the stillsuit is also a bit tight, but at least in the Dune universe, you could effortlessly incorporate clothes on top of it. It’s got that face filter part, which probably would take a little time getting used to, but we’re fine with that. What really makes this suit neat is the fact you can always hydrate yourself because of its beverage holding capability. I know, I know, we would be drinking recycled waste products, but that beats having to stop in the middle of a project at work for bathroom breaks, right?

There you have it. I’m sure you can think of more, so let us know your thoughts!

Will Smith in Suicide Squad

Will Smith

Filming’s now underway in Toronto, Canada for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and Will Smith is the first to be spotted on set. While his Deadshot look definitely won’t be what you’re expecting, it does in some ways pay homage to the source material.

Here’s what Comic Book Movie had to say about it:

“Will Smith has been snapped on the set of Suicide Squad, and the costume he’s wearing has already created quite a stir on social media. It’s worth noting though that Deadshot appears to have both eyes here, so this could be a flashback to a time before he was a killer. The presence of a young girl seems to indicate that anyway, and it looks like they’re shopping together. Either way, the Gotham City police car confirms where these scenes are set, so that too raises some interesting questions about the movie. For example, could it be that this will be an origin story for the character?”

Overall, I’m not a huge fan when I see things like this. My first reaction is to be extremely negative, but I really don’t want this movie to bomb. We shall see though when it hit theaters late next year.