Avengers: Age of Ultron and wars without end

Days before it opened, advance ticket sales for the new Avengers film promised one of the biggest opening weekends ever, making it obvious – in case you might have missed it – that we’re living in the age of the comic book movie.

Ever since the movies began, nearly every decade has been dominated by some genre of film. The ‘30s had gangster movies, the ‘40s had film noir and the ‘50s had melodrama. The ‘70s will be remembered for disaster films, the ‘80s for teen flicks and the ‘90s for romantic comedies.

As for the ‘60s – well, even over four decades later it’s hard to decide just what the hell the ‘60s were all about.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The resort by Hollywood to comic books for its scripts is a sure sign that screenplay writers have run out of intelligent material to dramatize for adults.

    • It’s Joss Whedon. That sort of thing is his forte.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Decades ago.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    It’s nice that Hollywood is making movies for the ADHD generation. (Do you think any of them would have the patience to sit through “The Shining”, or understand it?)

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    These are The Avengers.
    (By the way, she was in Game of Thrones, too.)

    • Me Like Emma Peel

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Me too, Mongo.
        Me too.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Diana Rigg was every boy’s erotic fantasy back then, wasn’t she? Yum-yum-yum! 😉

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ah, Mrs. Peel! You’re WANTED!

      I have the full series on DVD. An all-time favorite.

  • David Murrell

    Good piece by Rick. All of this fantasy stuff started in earnest with the first Star Wars movie (1979?). And with the earlier “Jaws” movie (Steven Speilberg was the first “nerd” director), these comic-book movies truly replaced the 1960s/1970s genre. I will not go out and see these type of movies, and certainly I do not miss the insufferable “Five Easy Pieces” and “Easy Rider” junk of yesteryear”. The latter stuff was truly bad movie making.

    • I don’t mind fantasy or comic book movies. To each his own, perhaps.

      I do mind when it’s repetitive or slanted in some way.

      • David Murrell

        I did like some of the Superman and Spiderman flicks, since most of these were well done. And I liked the Star Trek movies for the most part.

        • Most movies are stunning visually but light on the story.

          • That’s the big problem

          • I don’t mind a spectacle but I would also like a coherent tale to go with it.

          • kkruger71

            I think in many ways we are getting that now, at least much as we have in the last 35 years. I find the current superhero movies (for the most part) have decent scripts and as much story as most of the stuff from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I think a lot of people that don’t watch them really are combining in their minds the worst parts of the superhero stuff (goofy costumes, “kids” characters) with the Michael Bay movies (no plot, no characters, just stuff that goes boom).

            Just like any genre, you can pick the worst of the bunch and say they all stink (Green Lantern, Fantastic 4), or you can pick the best ones and say they are all great (The Dark Knight, Iron Man). Pretty much any era of film or genre has its good and bad, its innovators creating new and interesting stuff, and its imitators putting out crap just to try and cash in.

          • The Nolan films were just terrific. Even if one didn’t like superheroes, there were things in that trilogy that were thought-provoking.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I do mind the thirty year old guys I work with talking about it like it matters.
        And then the other hour they spend rehashing what they did together in their online video game world the night before.
        They sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown specials.

        • Justin St.Denis

          That’s not freaky, it’s fucking scary! My sons are that age and are totally blown away by their contemporaries who CARE about shit like that. Then again, they call “fair” and “unfair” what they really are – sandbox words used by petulant children.

          Apples, trees, you know what they say. 😉

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Lahey: Shit apples don’t fall far from the shit tree.

        • Peter Pan guys.

          It’s one thing to like a movie. It’s another thing to want to live it.

    • Justin St.Denis

      First Star Wars movie was 1974. I hated it with a passion. Unfortunately, it caught on as a franchise despite my opinion. 😉

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Me and my cousin took the bus to the movie theater by ourselves to see the first run of that movie.
        (Nowadays they arrest eleven year olds for that.)
        We stayed through three showings even though we ran out of money after the first one.
        We walked four miles down the train tracks to get home by dark.
        After that we spent a lot of our paper route money on Star Wars ‘hockey cards’.
        We’d moved on when the next one came out three years later.
        Maybe because we were both teenagers with our first jobs trying to save money for a car when we could go for our drivers test.

        • Justin St.Denis

          You’re right. I was thinking The Exorcist, which was 1974. Another big disappointment for me and my teen buddies. it didn’t scare us at all. Indeed, we laughed so hard that the ushers had to come tell us to keep it down. It was very stupid, funny and unscary. It caught on despite my opinion, too. 🙂

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I never understood The Shining either.
            Maybe because of Shelley Duvall.
            Carrie scared the crap out of me although Piper Laurie’s performance as Carrie’s mother I now see as emblematic of Stephen King’s bible bashing world view.
            Still, it remains a high point of cinema because Travolta dies in that movie.

  • DMB

    I miss the days of the classical movies i.e. Spartacus, Barabas, Ben Hur, The Silver Chalice, The Robe, Quo Vadis. The Name of the Rose, etc. Classical historical movies with lots of drama are my personal favorite.

  • WalterBannon

    wrong article/moved post

  • Edubeat

    I just decide I like redheads very much