Sunday, August 30, 2009

Apocalypse Now and Now and Now

I've come to the conclusion that there is some contract within the movie industry that the world as we know it must be destroyed on film at least once every summer. Giant tidal waves, asteroids, alien nanomites, random explosions, environmental catastrophes, zombie pandemics and plain old biblical curses- one way or another it's gotta happen at least once a year. Much the same way that a re-make of the Christmas Carol must be made at least once every five years. (Maybe less, I haven't paid that close attention.)

I wonder what would happen if these movies weren't made? What are the terms of the contract? Is it plain old boring bankruptcy or the CEO getting fired or is it something more technical? Like you lose your CGI rights for your action movies or you're not allowed to use Meryl Streep in your new independent film which would be destined for an oscar if she signed on. Or maybe you're banned from making formulaic romantic comedies for a period of no less than 3 years and therefore lose half of your revenue for each quarter you're out of production. Or your slasher movies can't show blood or body parts of any kind or your family movies can't have kids in them.

These are just some of the things I wonder about when I go to the movies.

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