Since forever, Hollywood has prospered by taking an original idea and reverberating its life force into oblivion. This is what us cigar-waving Tinseltown experts call "industry trends" whilst hucking Moxie cans from shiny convertibles. If a film did well this year, you bet your ass there will be ten more identical ones following along like mediocre ducklings. And going by that sliver of knowledge, it's actually quite easy to paint a picture of the upcoming cinematic landscape of copy/paste movies. Simply go by what has succeeded so far ...
8Early 2000s Comedy Is Inexplicably Coming Back
The early 2000s was a dark time in America, following September 2001's attack of the movie Hardball.
Working at a movie theater at the time, I was right there when it happened. I could literally touch the posters. Luckily, our nation found solace during the following week when Zoolander came out. Little by little, we learned to laugh again with good comedies like Legally Blonde and Wet Hot American Summer. Not only was that year filled with comedy, but also a broad spectrum of it, from Bridget Jones's Diary to How High to Joe Dirt. Hell, 2001 was even the year we got Super Troopers. And now, for some bizarre reason, we're reliving every single one of the films I just mentioned.
I'm not complaining -- just really, really confused about why Hollywood simultaneously became nostalgic for this oddly specific era of comedy. It's like how in 2002 we were flooded with goofball spy films like Austin Powers, Spy Kids, and iSpy. Remember how weird that was?
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See? Wait ...
Oh right. You don't have to remember because that's also happening again. We're totally just doing early 2000s comedy again, you guys -- down to sequels to My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bad Santa.
Again, save for maybe that pointless Cabin Fever remake, I don't hate the prospect of reliving any of these films ... but it's also not hard to cynically think that they are less about continuing the rich story of Zoolander and more about brand recognition. On the bright side, perhaps we'll get that Kung Pow sequel I know everyone is begging for. Can you imagine how much nuts that would be?
But this isn't the only era we're about to get flooded with baffling reminiscence for ...
7Everything's Going To Start Looking Like It Was Made In The '90s
Hey, '90s film kids, remember all the rage-nostalgia that went into fighting the switch from film to digital? It wasn't just the look of film, but the implied deliberation and craft that goes into burning light onto an expensive film reel as opposed to doing take after take on some training-wheels 4K abomination. We weren't just yearning for some old-timey quality because it looked old, right? Otherwise, you'd see jackasses getting all elitist over the turd-fog of gargled VHS tapes.
Okay, shit, maybe it is just blind nostalgia for an older look. Because VHS is totally coming back in viral whims. For example, there's the wildly successful Kung Fury short (soon to become a full-length film), which homages the look of shitty '80/'90s home video the way Tarantino and Rodriguez aped broken '70s grindhouse reels.
Except people actually watched this one.
As someone who first saw Aliens on my best friend's TV-pirated VHS copy, I can assure you that there's nothing fun about watching the snuff-porn-quality version of your favorite movies. And yet the more I exist, the more I see nostalgia for this irrelevant garbage format. Even Deadpool released a new trailer done to look like one of the inescapable previews you'd fast-forward through on some grainy Hollywood Video rental.
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Nothing says "'90s" like a hashtag.
But it's not just the quality of VHS being imitated here. It's also the camp of the VHS era, with (albeit terrific) films like Red Letter Media's Space Cop and Turbo Kid -- the latter takes place in the "future year" of 1997. Between this and movies like Straight Outta Compton and Dope romanticizing the fucking terrible style of the time, I wouldn't be surprised if 2016 is the year I find myself in handcuffs and arson gear outside of a JNCO revival factory.
These pants were practically engineered for the cleanse of flame.