MoviePass is pretty great you guys. Found myself with an open afternoon so I figured I’d stop by my local Century Cinema 16 today to see newly-Oscar-nominated-but-really-I’ve-been-wanting-to-see-it-anyway Get Out. It was really good it turns out! I guess sometimes the self-congratulatory circle-jerk movie awards organizations happen to pick productions of actual quality and not movies engineered specifically to sway judges. A broken clock, amirite?
And it turns out, they still do trailers before movies, and many of them are for movies that are derivative works of a prequel/sequel/remake/adaptation nature. Hence, the HUR returneth. It’s not the metric of original storytelling we want, but something about great responsibility.
A pretty barebones teaser, but apparently this Charlize Theron film about a beleaguered mother getting unexpected help from a mysterious nanny (who probably doesn’t even have the power of flight or jumping into sidewalk chalk drawings) was well-received at Sundance. No mentions of source work inspiration, so we’ll say ORIGINAL.
A REMAKE of a 1974 film starring Charles Bronson (itself a book adaptation). Even if it wasn’t, a regular guy going vigilante when they COME AFTER HIS FAMILY NOW IT’S PERSONAL isn’t a new concept. But look, this time it isn’t an aging Liam Neeson, but an aging Bruce Willis! That’s what you were waiting for, right?
This felt well-paired with Get Out thematically, though I suspect it’s less of a thoughtful spotlight on issues of racism in modern America and more people getting chased around by scary bikers through happenstance. Otherwise appears to be an ORIGINAL story.
The 15:17 to Paris
Soldiers fighting terrorists off-duty, and Clint Eastwood is directing? Nice to be warned in advance about movies I’m never ever going to see, even with the MoviePass discount. A true-story ADAPTATION of an autobiography, for whatever that’s worth.
Oh hey, a Tyler Perry/Tyler Perry writer/director joint. A fairly derivative-looking tale of revenge, doesn’t look like it’s worth seeking out if you’re looking for something new. That said, ORIGINAL. Unless it’s secretly part of the Madea cinematic universe.
Although I initially got a strong Panic Room vibe watching this trailer, it ended up feeling like one of the Neeson pics I alluded to earlier. Gabrielle Union made it look way more interesting, though I worry that the film industry thinks we’ll only buy into women fighting oppressors when their kids are on the line. I’ll keep holding out hope for a Jane Wick someday to prove them wrong. ORIGINAL.
As of a January 26th, 2018 screening of Get Out at Century Cinemas 16 in Mountain View, CA, Hollywood was projecting 33.33% unoriginality for its upcoming movies. Not too shabby, Hollyweird! Now get working on more comeuppance for abusive men in power.