October 01, 2016

Biblical Epics seem to be in this year…what cinematic trend could be up next?

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Every single year we seem to get some sort of trend in the movies. Sometimes it’s Oscar themed (remember how many 2013 prestige releases were about survival of some sort?), while sometimes it’s a specific sort of a disaster movie, or even a particular type of genre outing, like how the apocalypse has been in of late. 2014 looks to be the year that the Biblical Epic returns to the screen, with both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus looking for awards attention (and just this past weekend Son of God opened, though that’s basically just an expansion of that TV series The Bible, so it’s hardly an epic in my eyes). That got me thinking about what other trend could be next…

Personally, I never mind if we get two astroid movies in one year or something like that, as long as they each offer something different. With that in mind, here’s three ideas for the next cinematic trend that we could see coming to a theater near you in the impending years:

1. Sequels we actually want to see- This is kind of an open ended concept, I know, but wouldn’t it be great to actually see franchises made out of material that folks enjoyed the first time around? 2015 is a year filled with some things we’d like to see, but plenty of extraneous money grabs as well, so one of these years I’d love to see the summer just full of things to look forward to, as opposed to things to endure. A pipe dream in all likelihood, but I’ll continue reaching for the stars.

2. Presidential biopics- This is a personal preference of mine. We get one every few years, but I’d love a deluge of two or three looks at former Commanders in Chief in a given year. Oliver Stone alone could probably be good for a few, right? I know that Martin Scorsese has a Teddy Roosevelt project in his back pocket as another Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration, so hopefully that’s another one we can count on, though DiCaprio has a Woodrow Wilson flick he’s planning to make as well. On second thought, maybe we should just see how many Presidents we can get him to play?

3. Kids Sports movies- Remember the days when we used to get things like Little Big League, Little Giants, The Might Ducks (franchise), and Rookie of the Year? These were just fun bits of wish fulfillment and I always enjoyed them, so I wonder what kids today have. Maybe they just re-watch those films, but I’d love seeing something like those movies of yesteryear done for the modern age. Hopefully they wouldn’t be terrible, but I’m sure if I looked at those aforementioned movies with a purely critical eye, they wouldn’t be masterpieces, so surely this could be done, right? Well, at least I hope an attempt is made at some point…

Those are just a few of my ideas on this topic, but if we start to see any of them pop up, you’ll know who to thank!

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About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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