Is American pop culture and Hollywood running out of creativity?

I’ve wondered about this for a long time now. Is American pop culture running out of creativity? Hollywood remaking old movies and TV shows, new pop songs “sampling” old pop songs, Broadway making new stage shows out of old Hollywood movies or oldies music. It’s keeping the entertainment machine going for now, but how long can pop culture keep devouring itself before there’s nothing left? I was at the movies the other day. As I looked around I looked at the posters for the upcoming movies and here is what I saw

1. Footloose. … a remake
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes…a remake
3. Fright Night…a remake
4. Conan..a remake
5 Final destination 5…a remake
6. glee in 3d …a tv show
7. The Change up…another body switching movie
8.. Spy Kids 4 ..a remake
9. The HELP… where ( actual word for word description) Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen’s sassy best friend, struggles to find and hold a job
10. One Day… which seems to be a remake/adaptation of “When Harry met Sally”

Once upon a time, being cool was harder than it looked: The great sleight-of-hand involved was to have all the right taste in all the right things, to be that further ahead of the rest without ever revealing just how much effort was involved (especially for anyone growing up in suburbia), to push beyond what came before to create something that had yet to be seen, heard, experienced.

This just in…”The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to star in the remake of “The Crow,” EW reports. Previously, Mark Wahlberg was in consideration for the part, but talks fell through.

This laziness has metastasized, ranging from the margins — a band such as BOAT, which can easily be mistaken for ’90s indie darlings Pavement — to the mainstream: Lady Gaga’s entire schtick is as a rip-off artist nonpareil; in the miniature, there is the widespread criticism of her single “Born This Way” as nothing more than a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Oprah Winfrey announced that the bulk of programming on her new network, OWN, will be composed of repeats of her talk show with additional commentary — this in addition to her “Behind the Scenes” show, currently the network’s top-rated.

The most buzzed-about ad during this year’s Super Bowl was VW’s spoof of Darth Vader and “Star Wars,” which currently has over 40 million hits on YouTube. There’s the new word “reboot,” all too eagerly adopted, apparently less of an indictment than “remake,” and used to describe the endless torrent of reheated leftovers served up by film and television producers: everything from 1981’s “Arthur” to “Spider-Man,” which apparently needs a re-imagining since the last film was released in 2007. TV is no better, and in the near future what we have to look forward to is the past: “Charlie’s Angels,” “Prime Suspect” and “Dallas” are but a few of the retread that will be joining “90210,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Teen Wolf.”

So I got a idea Instead of RE-MAKING a movie why not continue a story. Take Silverado for example. At the end Jake says “We’ll be back”. Well. They never came back. Perfect closing line for a sequel that never happened. Also the movie BIG. When he really did grow up, what became of him? Did he get a job in the toy industry? Did he look up the woman he had a relationship with? Did Shane really die? What became of James Earl Jones as he crosses into the corn field in “Field of Dreams.” Did he meet the Children of the Corn?

Sergio Leone’s The Man with No Name Trilogy features a legendary character played by Clint Eastwood. In each of the three films he goes by a different nick name but his true name is never revealed. Who was he ?

Does the top fall or not in Inception…..

I don’t think I would have waited as long as Chuck in “Castaway” did to open those packages. If I’m stranded on an island, I’m opening those things immediately to look for useful items. Still, you have to admire him for leaving one unopened. It’s a package that he feels saved his life. But… What’s in there!? Was it useful? Could it have helped him?

One of the most fascinating aspects of Christopher Nolan’s vision of The Joker is the origin of his scars. No doubt the result of a violent act either committed by himself or inflicted by another. Nothing is certain except it was an amazing performance and one of the coolest villains of all time.

In Pulp Fiction what about the glow in Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase. What is in the briefcase?

There are hundreds of theories out there. Is it simply a light bulb? A few suggest the case contains connections to other Tarantino films like the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs. Some believe it’s a nuclear bomb. (Which is ridiculous.)

One interesting thought is that Marcellus Wallace sold his soul and is trying to buy it back. Hence the band aid on the back of his neck. It’s the most imaginative theory I came across. Apparently when the Devil takes your soul he takes it from the back of your neck. There’s your fun fact of the day I suppose.

Now was that hard?

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2 responses to “Is American pop culture and Hollywood running out of creativity?

  1. Yes, brilliant. Couldn’t agree more.
    Movies have stopped being ideas for storytelling, or just ideas, and have become about showing people what a book, or a comic book, would look like if it were real life. Stephen Spielberg shows you dinosaurs! Peter Jackson shows you the Lord of the Rings! Jon Favreau shows you Iron Man! Kenneth Branagh shows you Thor! (Although to be fair, who saw THAT coming?) There are of course honourable exceptions, but what happened to the movie you talked about afterwards? After the first Spiderman I foundmyself remarking on how good the swinging through the skyscrapers sequences were. HELP! And you’re right about “re-boot” too – for ever Battlestar Galactica – which took a cheesy 70s series and turned it into something complex and grown up, we have endless V, and clones of Lost (Fast Forward, The Event) shows which don’t realise the original worked because it forced viewers to speculate.
    Spot on.

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