Remakes Of Sequles To Remakes Of Sequles

Every now and then Hollywood catches a theme and it seems that all the movies churned out follow that theme. For example when Twister came out, there were lots of tornado and weather related movies, Jurassic Park spawned dozens of dinosaur movies while Independance Day caused alien movies and similar events with volcanos (Volcano), viruses (Outbreak), and so on.

Unfortunately the theme for these past few years has not been a traditional theme as much as a template. These past few years many—I don’t want to use actual numbers but what the heck, let’s say 90%+—of the movies made have been remakes of old films, and in some cases, of not so old films. There is little more dissappointing than to watch a movie that you think is good only to learn that it is just a ripoff/knock off of another movie that was good way back when.

If a movie made in the past few years isn’t a remake then it’s a sequle, maybe a sequle of a remake (ala Meet the Fockers).

Things are really getting out of hand now, it seems that Hollywood has pretty much completely run out of ideas and is resorting to using existing ones to make movies now. It’s not really worth watching movies anymore.

Cycling Through The Same Christmas Episodes Over And Over Again

I’m currently nearing the end of a many month long endeavour to catch up on a couple of shows that I had not watched during their first run but am now watching in syndication where they are airing one or more episodes per day. Checking the current episode against the episode listings and even taking into account special days like Christmas where they may not air an episode, I calculated the exact date when I will finally be done. Unfortunately the networks have done something I did not anticipate. For the past week—the week leading up to Christmas—instead of airing the episodes properly like they should be, they are exclusively airing Christmas—and winter—episodes from those shows. What this means is that my whole schedule is thrown off track because instead of seeing the 10+ episodes that I should be seeing this week past week, I’m seeing episodes that I’ve already seen over and over, and over and over and over again. One show only lasted five season—a lot by today’s standards—so they had AT MOST that many Christmas episodes while the other had nine. As you can imagine they run out of these Christmas episodes quickly so they just cycle through them again and again until Christmas comes and goes; and they call it “A Special Christmas Episode”. This is absolutely ridiculous.