Is it all over for Marvel? That’s the tough question just about nobody is seriously asking: their movie franchises rumble onward with no sign of slowing, their future plans continue to stretch off far into the future, and their television department… actually yeah, there’s a bit of a problem there.
Remember when the end of television ratings meant the end of first-run television? Someone must have forgotten to tell the current crop of television programmers that when summer starts, local television stops, because these days the longer the day the greater the chance there’s going to be some new release Australian comedy showing.
Charlie Brooker’s TV series Black Mirror has been an internet fave since it first launched in 2011, so it’s hardly surprising that with a third season just launched on Netflix, there’s been a lot of online chatter about his trademark grimly funny take on the future of social media.
Last week the BBC released a survey of 117 film critics worldwide to find out the top one hundred films of the 21st century.
There are a lot of reasons why superhero movies go wrong. It’s easy to forget just how long it took Hollywood to even get them this close to right; go watch The Shadow, or Meteor Man, or Batman and Robin if you want to know what a real superhero trainwreck looks like.
If you ask around it seems like nobody likes sequels. “Where are the new ideas?”, movie-goers cry. And fair enough too, as pretty much every blockbuster this year (and every other year) is a remake or a reboot. And yet audiences keep on turning out for sequels and remakes. Everyone says the Ghostbusters remake looks iffy; yet everyone’s still planning to check it out at some stage.