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Nostalgia and the New Era: The Return of Veterans and Classics to the Big Screen

The landscape of movies is constantly changing. At second glance, it would be easy to believe that today’s date was somewhere between 1990 and 2005. More and more, stars that we assumed were well past their primes have been saturating screens, both big and small, and have begun to make their presence known once again refusing to get lost in the shuffle.

These past few years have created the opportunity for older stars to return to the medium that made them and it has been welcomed with open arms from those who find themselves on the outside looking in, wondering how this resurgence began and why.

Careers have been completely revitalized even as the new wave of talent has come flooding in. Winona Ryder in Stranger Things, which has already become a cult classic, is a reminder of the star she was in the 90’s through her performance.

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Ben Affleck, who was nearly forgotten, rose from the ashes as the new Batman in the DC extended universe.

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Michael Keaton got a fresh start again as Birdman and is now a featured character in the upcoming Spider-Man film.

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And now, Eddie Murphy has come out of a long hiatus to grace the big screens as Mr. Church.

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This era of millennials is fascinated with nostalgia. Not only is the clothing littered with vibes from the 1990’s, but film has been tapping into the need for millennials to feel the decades that have passed them by. Star Wars is one of the shining examples of that as its 2015 release broke records and showed that it was still very much relevant to even the casual fan.

Filmmakers and television show runners alike are beginning to see the power in nostalgia hence the massive push for remakes and continuations of popular films.

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Power Rangers is a movie that has become a headliner already as a major remake of a popular franchise in 2017. The anticipation and buzz that this film has created has managed to get fans excited, maybe a little worried, but definitely ready to experience the what the Rangers have to offer to the silver screen…again.

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Bad Boys III makes the list as a continuation of another film that has had a bit of time gap since its predecessor Bad Boys II. The thought of a sequel featuring two long-term veterans in Will Smith and Martin Lawrence already ushers in an atmosphere of the same magic they captured in both movies. Fans want to see it and for good reason. Two top-tier actors are returning to a franchise years later after the hopes of a final film to form a trilogy were not as likely as some wanted. Now, Bad Boys III has been greenlit and is looking to capitalize on this new era’s focus on classics.

As mentioned before, it is not just the films that are getting a vintage retouch. Their actors are as well. Expect to see many more pioneers of the entertainment industry to make their fateful comebacks in various forms of media. Now is the time where the door is wide open for them to return and hopefully continue to resurrect their careers for a new and changing generation.

Agree? Disagree? Leave your opinion in the comments below and let’s chat!

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3 Reasons Power Rangers Needs A Trailer…NOW!

In a season where constant movie news and trailers are being released, nowhere to be found is footage of any kind from Power Rangers.

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Power Rangers has played on the heart-strings of eager 80’s and 90’s babies. It is among the pinnacle of nostalgia for them, who grew up watching the then revolutionary television show and eventually, movies. Anyone can type in “Power Rangers” in google and see it littered with articles and pictures teasing its return. Despite that, bringing up Power Rangers now is met with tremendous moans and lengthy complaints because of one monumental element missing: a trailer and any sign of one coming soon. That is a bad, not just from the casual fans who watch movies on their own volition, but from those who righteously follow films of this nature. Interest is slipping quickly, and without anything for fans to lay their eyes on, here’s why:

No Trailer, No Buzz: Simply put, teasers and trailers are necessary for this reason alone – they keep people talking. Conversations about films, especially after the release of a teaser or a trailer, create an atmosphere around a product that remains intact even until the next trailer. They play a part in getting people excited about what’s to come. Word-of-mouth is still in the promotion business and still a staple in effective marketing to this day. When a movie like Power Rangers, which is quickly approaching its release date, still has nothing to show for itself except casting news and pictures, it begins to halt its own progress among fans and leaves them relatively unsatisfied with what they have. This lack of satisfaction from movie-goers can easily lead to contempt (happening as I speak) and even silence, which can make or break a film entirely.
Bottom of the totem pole: There are some major, highly anticipated films in the comic/fantasy genre scheduled for 2017. Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and Spider-Man are a few that take up that mantle. Many of them already have at least a principle teaser out or have taken major strides to keep fans invested and because of that, Power Rangers is at risk of being swept back to the furthest corner of entertainment and given the spot at the bottom of the totem pole. Power Rangers does have a lot of factors on its side. It’s a nostalgia based film. It has newness about it even as a remake and it is something that many were skeptical they would ever see again. The movie has given people a reason to care, but in this generation, it is not enough to just get people to care. They have to be invested for the long haul. Power Rangers is in need of a serious teaser because buzz is starting to die down and fans are becoming too impatient to care each day they have to imagine what this movie offers.
Concerns of Quality: For anyone who follows movies, a huge concern is for the production to not be consistent or timely. That can be costly. And fans want Power Rangers to be something that will give them reasons to leave the theaters satisfied. No one, not even me, wants them to put together poorly produced material for the sake of time, BUT if there was ever a moment to get something out, it is now. People are in a place where they are not sure if they should put too much energy into this film. For Unfortunately, there are questions being asked that are not getting answers. It’s creating a lot of doubt towards the worthiness of this film. Power Rangers is in crisis mode and needs to put something out that is good to let movie-goers know that there is nothing to worry about, that they are up to speed, and that they have everything under control.

Until a trailer of some sort is released, Power Rangers is going to be met with a lot of criticism and rightfully so. It desperately needs one if it intends to compete with the other blockbusters of 2017. While some believe this may be a clumsy attempt to capitalize on fans born in the 80’s and 90’s, this film could very well shape up to be a success and prove that there was a lot of care put into it. Hopefully there is a push for a trailer that will show us a clear indication as to where this movie is headed.Power-Rangers-2017-Movie-Logo-Header-Image-570x285

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