I have jumped up on the old soapbox before....whether it was defending "bad movies" that most people have no interest in (Nobody's Children - Defending the UnDefendable) or standing up against the myriad horror elitists and so called journalists who engage in active hate mongering on movies, directors, actors, etc (The Problem With Horror Elitists and the Self Appointed Critics or, Roger Ebert Would Be Ashamed of You.). I'm a pretty upbeat guy and I'm also pretty relaxed, but every now and then I feel the need to address problems that arise that really bother me.
I suppose that this could be considered a continuation of the "Horror Elitist" article......but the problem has run deeper and expanded past said elitists. In this day and age everyone with a keyboard or a smart phone has a platform to let their feelings be known. There are some who use this amazing privilege to create blogs and websites that celebrate the things they love. Then there are others who see the technology as a way to spew their venom and toxic thoughts to plague the rest of us. For a great example of these dregs of humanity look at the YouTube comments on pretty much any video in existence. Holy hell.
Anyway....before I go off on a huge tirade about people trolling and such, let's focus back on the task at hand....which in and of itself is really a form of trolling. I can't believe I'm using the word trolling in an article...what the hell has my life come to.
As I'm sure you are well aware we (and by we I mean Hollywood....not you and I) are in the midst of a long running reboot/remake cycle. No big thing.....it happens. There was a big remake boom in the 80's too. Not quite as big as this one....but it was still there none the less. In addition to remakes, there is also a trend in which filmmakers who grew up in the 80's (much like myself) are now taking the things they loved in the 80's and turning them into films.
Do you know what the #1 response is to a new 80's toy/cartoon/pop-culture/videogame inspired movie? "Stop ruining my childhood you ^&$#^&$^)@^&)!!!!!!!"
Really? Please enlighten me as to how the filmmakers traveled back to 1985, track you down and then proceeded to defile your most beloved toy/etc. The truth is it does absolutely nothing to your childhood. Skynet did not go back and erase your childhood. Just as remakes do not magically erase your DVD's and Blu Ray copies of the original films. They are still sitting there on your shelf waiting to be watched.
And now to make matters worse, some of these jackasses have managed to start writing for film websites such as WhatCulture which feature one of the most ridiculous articles entitled 10 Ways That The Marvel Cinematic Universe Has Ruined Cinema. It was one of the most infuriating reads of my life. Uneducated, biased and complete bullshit. Sam Hill, the author of said steaming pile of garbage is clearly against Marvel films from the get-go. Most of his "10 Ways" are the same thing worded slightly different. I will not go into specifics because the article does not merit nor deserve any additional views. It is crass, lazy and offensive "journalism" and it frustrates me to no end.
I wish that article was an isolated incident but the sad truth is that if you spend about 5 minutes online you'll come across no less than 20 similarly themed articles. All written by whiny wanna-be writers who evidently have no joy in life other than sucking the fun out of the air for the rest of us.
If you've read this far, I thank you. I needed to get that off my chest. I realize that I haven't been around much and I know that I've already said that I'll be getting back to maintaining a more regular schedule and I still stand by that statement.....it's just taking a bit longer to get to that point than I thought!