As the summer, season of the blockbuster, winds down, the franchise — and the sequel, and the reboot, and all other forms of the nostalgia manipulation that’s been in turbo drive for the past several years — no longer seems so unstoppable. At the box office, we’ve seen tepid performances from some sequels and the straight-up implosion of Fantastic Four, numbers that have been analyzed at length by this site and others. And now the signs of trouble in paradise have migrated to the small screen, with NBC’s announcements that the new Coach, perhaps the most baffling entrant in the revival onslaught, is (mercifully?) no more.
With its Shakespearean monologues, stellar cast, and gritty setting, HBO’s Deadwood quickly became one of the network’s finest series. When it was canceled in 2006, rumors persisted that there would be two two-hour television films — at least until acclaimed star Ian McShane declared the show dead, reporting that the sets were being dismantled.
Last night at 10:15 pm was the moment we’d all been dreading: the end of AMC’s Breaking Bad. As we brace ourselves for life in a post-Breaking Bad world (much like Low Winter Sun, we imagine), our Sunday nights seem as lonely as the New Mexico desert. To cheer ourselves — and hopefully you, too — up, we took a temporary leave from mourning to recommend ten television shows that should help fill the Breaking Bad-shaped hole in your …Read More
After five years of “what ifs” and “maybes” and “we’d like tos” and various other forms and hemming and/or hawing, the feature film follow-up to the much-beloved, low-rated TV masterpiece (I do not throw that word around lightly!) Veronica Mars is finally really going to happen — thanks to a studio-approved Kickstarter campaign to raise preliminary funds that pretty much wildly exceeded anyone’s expectations. Of course, any silver cloud must have a gray lining, and the project’s tricky intermingling with the kind of Faceless Bad Corporation the platform was ostensibly created to circumvent has already prompted plenty of hand-wringing. But the project’s remarkable Kickstarter success (it reached its goal in ten hours) is a testament to the feverish nature of the show’s fans — and is, in fact, a good way for said fans to prove to the holders of rights (and purse-strings) that they’re serious about supporting the films they’re passionate about. So, could other long-desired films adopt a similar approach? After the jump, we suggest ten more cult films that could finally find their way to the big screen by following Veronica’s lead.