Like most of Quentin Tarantino’s movies, his new one, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is driven by cultural nostalgia. Yet, this time around, Tarantino’s nostalgia is his film’s guiding principle, its entire ideology—in particular, a nostalgia (catnip to critics) for the classic age of Hollywood movies and for the people who were responsible for it, both onscreen and behind the scenes. The movie draws a very clear line regarding the end of that classic age: it’s set in 1969, at a time when the studios were in financial crisis owing to their trouble keeping up with changing times, and its plot involves the event that’s widely cited as the end of an era, the Manson Family killings of Sharon Tate and four others at the house that she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. The heroism of his Hollywood characters is an idea that Tarantino works out gradually until it bursts forth, in a final-act twist, with a shocking clarity. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has been called Tarantino’s most personal film…Read more.
Hollywood has an unhealthy obsession with film franchises these days; every studio is in desperate need of an IP title that can provide repetitive cash flow i.e. sequels. Don’t get us wrong, there are some absolutely great film franchises out there. To quote How I Met Your Mother, “If you’re not [Star Wars] trilling it at least once every three years, the Dark Side wins.” But it’s not easy to get a film series up and running, just ask Warner Bros. amid the fallout from Justice League. To build a successful movie series, you need a steady combination of fan love, critical praise and box office profits. Then and only then can you start pumping out sequels, reboots and spinoffs.
A new interactive data explorer looks at the rises and falls in quality of some of the most enduring franchises from the last 50 years… Read the article at the Observer.
A film series or movie series (also referred to as a film franchise or movie franchise) is a collection of related films in succession that share the same fictional universe, or are marketed as a series.
Sometimes the work is conceived from the beginning as a multiple-film work, for example the Three Colours series, but in most cases the success of the original film inspires further films to be made. Individual sequels are relatively common, but are not always successful enough to spawn further installments.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest grossing film series in unadjusted US Dollar figures surpassing the Harry Potter, Star Wars, James Bond, and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series. However, “Star Wars” has the highest when adjusted for inflation. Read more at Wikipedia.