Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
I decided to test your theory and take a look at my watchlist on IMDb. These are my 9 star and 10 star films from the last five years:
Drive (adapted novel)
50/50 (original screenplay)
500 Days of Summer (original screenplay)
Knocked Up (original screenplay)
The Dark Knight (comic book franchise)
Inglourious Basterds (original screenplay)
Midnight in Paris (original screenplay)
District 9 (original screenplay)
No Country for Old Men (adapted novel)
The Fighter (original screenplay)
The Hurt Locker (original screenplay)
There's my 11 favorite movies from the past five years, and eight of them are original screenplays; two that are not are adapted from far-from-household novels. Only Batman is the obvious fanchise, and it had one of the best directors of our generation at the helm.
The Prestige, Children of Men, and Little Miss Sunshine all just missed the cut by a year and are (mostly) original franchises.
I think film has gone the same way as music--there's just more of it out there. As a result of the development of the internet, you really have to dig to find the good stuff. The studios and record companies are cramming garbage down your throat. But it's there...
I was thinking more about Franchises than simply movies. I agree that there are a ton of good movies and there always will be, just like music. But The Dark Knight
is the only franchise movie on your list and it is not an original concept.
Look, there have always been sequels and a certain lack of originality in Hollywood. But, I would argue that art is at its best when the good stuff actually makes it to the general public and is not just revealed by the Oscars or music writers. The historic movies are the ones that combine public viewership with critical acclaim.
The only (non children's) movies that combined box office success with originality in the last 5 years have been Avatar (although Ferngully fans might argue with me), Inception, The Hangover and Hancock.
In 1984, look at the original movies that were top 10 grossing, original, and franchise creators:
Beverly Hills Cop
The Karate Kid
1988: look at the movies in the top 10 (while most didn't inspire franchises, but they were all excellent movies that were creative and brought something new or unique to the box office.
Rain Man (number one)
Coming to America
The Naked Gun
There was so much more creativity making it to the masses instead of simply doing layups. Look a the 2011 top 10:
Harry Potter 7 part 2
Twilight (who knows)
Mission Impossible 4
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Hangover part 2
We are sheep. Why do we allow them to do this?