Prequel-mania

Newsweek‘s Devin Gordon does his part to help devalue originality while bumming out readers in the bargain by saluting…well, not quite…acknowledging with muted respect the increasing popularity of prequels, a slightly re-energized indication of Hollywood’s boundless tediousness. The latest include, in no particular order: Casino Royale, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Halloween (young Michael Myers), Friday the 13th (young Jason Voorhees) and Hannibal Rising (young Hannibal Lecter). I need to find a hole to get sick in.

  • D.Z.

    I’ve always wondered if the 007 agent wasn’t just a character in the universe of the films which MI6 created for the purpose of throwing the scent off of
    the key personnel in the organization. That is, they all are supposed to, for example, say like their drinks “shaken, not stirred”, as a code. It’d be interesting if they’d do a movie where they all meet, just like that episode of Dr. Who.

  • http://martiansattackingindianapolis.blogspot.com Josh Massey

    “Casino Royale” is the first Bond movie I’ve been excited about since “Goldeneye,” so I’m not going to complain a bit.

  • Mgmax, le Corbeau

    It is interesting that the Bond films, as routine as they get, manage to maintain some level of interest that I find absolutely impossible to rouse, even with a shot of Viagra, for The Young Hannibal Lecter Chronicles or Die Really Fucking Hard This Time. Is it because they’re based, however dimly, on a fairly good writer’s books and maintain some vestiges of a serious, thoughtful, war-weary worldview that hasn’t been totally masticated over by the Hollywood herd of shallow yuppies with MBAs?

  • Krazy Eyes

    I prefer to the let individual films speak for themselves rather than making blanket condemnations based on preconceived biases.
    Any Hollywood franchise at this point needs to be considered a product and just as Tide having more whitening power next year expect Hollywood to keep reworking their existing products. Some of the films will be good, some bad, and a few might ever be great.

  • Mgmax

    It is interesting that the Bond films, as routine as they get, manage to maintain some level of interest that I find absolutely impossible to rouse, even with a shot of Viagra, for The Young Hannibal Lecter Chronicles or Die Really Fucking Hard This Time. Is it because they’re based, however dimly, on a fairly good writer’s books and maintain some vestiges of a serious, thoughtful, war-weary worldview that hasn’t been totally masticated over by the Hollywood herd of shallow yuppies with MBAs?

  • corey3rd

    hollywood is just doing what Hanna-Barbara has been doing for decades – “Muppet Babies!” The next big fad will be to send characters into space.