Hollywood Has a Huge Millennial Problem

Sequels have been the lifeblood of the movie business for more than a decade. In 2011, the seven top films were all sequels, including Fast 5 and the final Harry Potter installment. Last year, the eight biggest opening weekends were all sequels, including Furious 7 and the latest Star Wars installment.

But in the last six months, the sequel strategy seems to be deflating.

  • Clink9

    Crap movies + a generation raised with free downloads, huge HD tvs, and Blu-Ray = less movie viewers.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And yet at work I have to listen to grown men around thirty years old discuss things like Batman versus Superman all day long.

      • Clink9

        You should get hazard pay. Or they should in case you strangle them.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hollywood ran out of original scripts that addressed the human condition decades ago. It would have long folded by now if it weren’t for the comic book industry.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Today we were talking about movies.
      I asked a buddy if he’d ever read Stephen King.
      He said no.
      I should have asked him if he ever read.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Perhaps, But King is not read so much as consumed. Good potboilers, but not really in the realm of “literature”. The ultimate HOWL to me was when I received a copy of Stephen King’s ON WRITING. King knows little about writing but a lot about storytelling. 😉

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I stopped reading King.
          It’s been twenty years.
          He writes a good story but it’s the padding that’s wearying.
          There’s a main plot and story arc which is usually pretty good.
          But then every minor character gets the Stephen King life story vignette for five or ten pages .
          In his earlier books he must have had an editor to rein him in.
          Then once he turned into a million seller he could ignore the editor and write whatever he wanted.

          • Justin St.Denis

            You are so on-the-money on this case. His “novels” becane meandering epics about 30 years ago.

            His short stories are still pretty good, though. 😉

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            The Bachman books are very good.
            Even if the Running Man was turned into an awful movie.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Nowadays movies are not as exciting and the main reason why is because of the writers. A lot of movies are just copies from the past as well. That coupled with the fact that entrance fees going to movies are so high is the main reason why me and many other I know will not watch today’s movies. They are just copies and they are poorly written and I just do not understand how people can be excited by the movies that are out there. The entrance fees started to really go up with large and elaborate movie theatres back in the mid 2000’s. Movies have gone downhill since the early 2000’s as well. I just feel today’s movies are awful and the best writers existed in the 50’s to the 80’s.

    I also was a huge downloader back in the 2000’s with Napster and Kazaa. Those were the days and I was in high school when Napster came around. The same goes with Kazaa.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Try watching ROOM, and Irish/Canadian co-production from 2015. I was surprised. It was brilliant! Probably the best film I have seen in a decade.

  • tom_billesley

    Clinton 2 would be crap.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Nice one!

      • Justin St.Denis

        I’m not into MONSTER films, though.

  • Rarely do people come up with something original. It’s reboots or the usual whiz-bang spectacles. Even bovine audiences get bored.

  • John

    Blockbusters full of special effects are tiresome. It’s like watching a video game.

    Too bad they don’t make a lot more movies like “The Age of Adeline”

    One could look at Blake Lively for hours.