What I like about reviews and editorials is that we can agree to disagree. I read Josh Hadleys latest editorial and
disagree on some of his choices for bad movies while agreeing on most. Alien 3 is a movie that I really like because it was
moody and it was interesting and the hero died at the end. Alien Resurrection on the other hand is great for the first hour
before launching into a crappy second half with no tension and no suspense. It is like Ripley is on auto-pilot!!! It is what
I describe as a walk-in-the-park movie. A movie that sees the characters overcoming things easily with no challenge or suspense
like they are beating an easy video game they already conquered. Highlander 2: The Quickening is a mess due to the story concept
and bad editing, but the renegade version (aka the directors cut) makes Highlander 2 a better movie. Highlander: Endgame was
an unmatchable mess that was painful to watch for the most except the ending was a nice surprise. It should have never got
out the gate with the bad script that goes against movie and series continuity big time.
Star Trek 5 is a movie I enjoyed more than Star 3: The Search For Spock. Hellraiser 3 is a movie that continued the saga
and tried to take it into a different direction from the first two. hell raiser: Bloodline could have been a better movie
if Dimension didnt screw it up and cut 20 minutes out and re-edit it with new scenes shot. Ack! Whether it worked is up to
debate whether you like it or hate it. And to the subject of Independence Day, it is more of a movie to see in the theater,
but then you see how much it sucks when you watch it at home.
Some horrible movies get created because the studio execs think the stars or crew behind it with a great track record can
do no wrong. The hype may bring in the bucks for the first week, but a good movie stands and grows if people like it. I didnt
think Spider-Man is the greatest movie in the world and started thinking I could have written a better screenplay!!!
I like Star Wars: Attack of the Clones even though some didnt. I like minority Report, but I do find faults in it especially
the ending which sucked. Just imagine how great Poltergeist would have been if Tobe Hooper could have done the ending without
Speilbergs interference, and maybe we would have been spared the trouble of two bad sequels or maybe not. The problem with
bad movies is that they happen because you have egos clashing and rewrites by several different writers and studios locking
in a release date be damned whether the movie is crap or not. And of course, actors shouldnt be paid $20 million per movie
even if they deliver. Maybe they should be paid that if the movie opens well and continues to perform. Star salaries water
down budgets and bloat them like crazy if youre not careful. Studios wont take this stance because theyre afraid a bankable
star might go to some other movie for some other studio. They pay up because they want to get that blockbuster in and rake
in the cash.
Just think what could be done if studios were forced to have less high budgeted movies and go for several movies that dont
cost so much that might be better due to less on the line and less interference. Do I believe stars should have power over
changes in the script once they sign on? No. Leave the writing to the director and the writer. Leave the producer out unless
he is a writer himself or can offer good ideas. I have no problems against actors offering better lines, but I do take offense
to actors wanting changes in scenes if it means that it will be a bad movie or send the writer screaming mad because his vision
is being torn into something he doesnt want it to be. Maybe that is why TV shows seem to be better than some movies. There
are horrible TV shows that do get made too along with horrible movies that get made. Then the big reason why bad sequels get
made because the studio thinks it is an easy way to make money no matter how bad or good it is. Bad movies and bad TV shows
get made because the people in charge dont want to get blamed if something good fails and makes no money! They think the safe
bet will work. Something almost the same to last years hit will be great according to their twisted sense of logic. It is
like the same thing with summer ratings. You can make the figures fit to whatever study you want and call it legit unfortunately.
It is annoying.
On top of this, I dont think the Batman/Superman movie isnt a good idea after hearing what it is about. It sounds like
theyre ripping off some elements from The Dark Knight Returns and make up some other bullshit and call it a script!!! I would
have rather seen Batman: Year One green lighted. It just goes to show that studio heads dont know a good movie if it bit them.
It comes all down to how much money it will make and who is starring in the movie, or what characters are in or what director
is directing it. Do you really think studios are going to listen?! No. They will keep making bad movies and bad TV shows.
Sometimes they get lucky and there is a good movie made (or good TV show). They get really lucky if the movie or show is a
success. But then it also depends if they promoted it right or put it out at the right time (or on the right time on the right
day is youre talking about TV shows). Its a crap shoot sometimes and we wish it would get better. Only if it can get better
many of us say, but it will probably do no good.