Has Hollywood run out of ideas? You’d be forgiven for asking that question. In 2019, it feels as though a significant percentage of movies released in theaters are sequels or remakes of hits from 20 years ago. People are starting to take notice. Entire Reddit threads are dedicated to complaints about this resurgence, and Twitter is ripe with commentary on every new movie and TV show being brought back from the dead. Just this year, Toy Story 4, Men in Black International and the live-action remake of The Lion King were among the top box office hits. Charlie’s Angels will join the long list of remakes in November, and Friday brought word that we’re getting another Pirates of the Caribbean. In the world of TV, networks and streaming platforms have brought back shows like Gilmore Girls, Full House and Will and Grace. It seems the reboot and remake trend has reached a fever pitch, and much of that can be traced to our longing for the past. ”We’re looking at a peak nostalgia moment,” says Ryan Lizardi, assistant professor of digital media design and humanities at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. But nostalgia isn’t all that’s at play here. Reboots, remakes and revivals are… Read full this story
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