In which I continue my list of what kind of bad movies are the best to riff on.
There are discussions amongst film critics and fans on the criteria to judge a movie as good, or bad, or “so bad it’s good.” I don’t agree with the “so bad it’s good” camp because I believe bad is bad, but I do believe a movie can be so bad it’s fun to mock. Mocking badly made media is its own form of entertainment, and the premise of MST3K. So with that in mind, the revival coming soon, I present my general categories of bad movies and their suitability for riffing. Please note some bad movies crossover categories.
*Wham* *wham* *wham*
That is the sound of my forehead connecting with my desk as I see one of YouTube’s many random videos it thinks I’ll like is a teaser trailer for a remake of Pete’s Dragon. Like an idiot, I clicked on it, and then watched the trailers for a remake of The Jungle Book. And then I saw an article about a proposed Flatliners reboot. My desk can’t take the punishment, nor, I suppose, can my head. At this rate the only movies released will be superhero movies and remakes/reboots of mostly ’80s/early ’90s movies (for some reason; I don’t understand why movie studios are targeting Generation X instead when millennials are supposed to be the ones spending the money).
I know that not all movies are art. Movies are made to make money. I get that. Some movies seem to be immune to this current trend of sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, or reinterpretation. This rarefied group is often referred to as “the classics” and while people debate endlessly what are the best movies ever made, I’m using the American Film Institute’s updated 100 greatest movies list. Out of these 100 movies, not a single one has been remade or rebooted. Only five have had sequels made, and one of those sequels is also on the list.
It seems any movie is fair game whether it was good, bad, or just mediocre, although the classics are largely (but not entirely *cough* Psycho *cough*) left alone. There are a lot of movies that are while not necessarily classics or flawless or won Oscars or awards are nonetheless something that really can’t and really shouldn’t be duplicated or improved upon or expanded upon. Has this trend of reboot/make/interpretation/sequel/prequel produced anything worthwhile?
Franchising, franchising, franchising. Where the real money from the movies is made.
I’m probably pretty slow on the uptake for not recognizing the trend in movie-making. Movie studios I think prefer to make sequels because there’s a certain guaranteed return. Prequels are a logical extension of that thinking, and franchising is just the logical extension of that thinking.