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Sloppy rehashes of original films cheat viewers

 

People are caught in the hype of seeing their favorite characters again in sequels but often have their dreams dashed when they realize it is only a sloppy rehash. Scary movies are repeat offenders of this, for example Insidious 2. The first one was exciting, something abstract that I had never experienced before. It left me frightened. The second was nothing new, with the same ghosts and the same plot lines. With all the wonderful special effects and advances in movie production you would think that the writing would catch up. Every year, people in the movie industry release unoriginal films just for the easy, big money.

The number one offender of rehashes are often superhero movies, no contest. Don’t get me wrong I love the Christopher Nolan’s “Batmans”, but come on. There’s been three “Hulks”, including three different lead actors, three Iron Mans, and an upcoming “Thor 2”. We all love a hunky, snarky, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man but it’s just cheap entertainment.

One of the few exceptions in movie installments are series based on books. They have already gained popularity from readers and don’t need as much creative writing. It is truly hit or miss whether movie companies will interpret the novel’s characters the exact way the readers want.

As Americans it seems we love to be completely zoned out and not have to think through what we are watching. We need filmmakers to step up, bring forth some new ideas and translate them well to the big screen. You don’t have to be a movie buff to enjoy a film made to be thrilling, thoughtful, or resonating.

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Julia Mogen
Julia Mogen, Co-Arts and Culture Editor
While most high school students spend their free time hanging out with friends, Julia Mogen, senior, is out at concerts or the movie theater looking for her next story. “I started journalism my freshman year,” Mogen said. “My brother was a photographer, so it just felt right. I kept with it after freshman year because it felt different from all my other classes.” Ann Breyne, English teacher, enjoyed Mogen’s writing and encouraged her to continue writing in journalism, which lead to her becoming the Arts and Culture editor her junior year.   “I just kind of started writing reviews. No one was writing reviews when I started, so I decided to start writing them,” Mogen said. “ I really like movies and music and didn’t like doing interviews. I stuck with Arts and Culture because it felt like my own thing and Ann liked my reviews so she wanted me to be editor for that section.” Mogen likes certain directors and reviews their movies. “One of my favorite directors is Wes Anderson. I also will search out movies that I have heard are good or have won Oscars.” Mogen also enjoys alternative music, specifically the radio station, 94.7 fm. Mogen enjoys watching Netflix in her free time. “I like watching older shows,” Mogen said. “I am watching the X-Files right now. It’ll take me a while to finish the show because when I really like a show and don’t want it to end, I just stop watching and it takes me years to finish.” As much as Mogen loves journalism, she is unsure if she will pursue it in college. “It seems daunting to continue in college,” Mogen said. “I feel comfortable in the way I am doing journalism now and to step up and be with other kids who have done it at their high school, I feel like I will be behind even though it’s not true.” “It scares me to enter such a good journalism program,” Mogen said. “But I have considered going to other journalism schools or going to University of Oregon to pursue other majors that I am interested in.”
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