‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Looks Amazing And Full Of Darkness In First Trailer

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Anticipation. It’s a killer. Fortunately not a real life one, but for some people it may as well be. The time between a first photo or trailer is just too long and it doesn’t move fast enough. How is one supposed to manage? The intervening months might not be filled with plenty else to get excited about, and then as the film’s release date draws nearer, plus some nagging from entertainment news outlets, it becomes harder to brush off and live without some idea of what the finished film will have in store for audiences. In some ways, it might just be easier to forgo a new trailer altogether. At least then, the anticipation can mostly be squashed.

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Torture Porn Is Back In First ‘Jigsaw’ Trailer

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As it turns out, a studio doesn’t even have to wait 10 years before deciding that a reboot is in order. Making things even more fun, is the fact that this film isn’t just a reboot, but a sequel. So, in this case, a sequoot. Yes, I’m still working on making that a thing. The only question now, as far as the finished film is concerned is, Will it be worth it at all or just be a quick money grab? Mind you, it’s still an obvious money grab regardless.

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‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Is The Kind Of Sequel Most Franchises Seldom Get

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Reboots are tough enough, but when one is made that’s actually successful and truly liked by enough people, the demands on the follow up get even higher. How do you make a sequel even better? What worked before might not fully work a second time, especially if the demands on the overall narrative go up as well. While these thoughts pop up in some form with all sequels, this one came prepared to answer them.

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10 Years Later ‘Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix’ Reminds Me Why I Dislike These Films

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When it comes to some sequels, you’re usually just watching them because they’re part of a much bigger franchise. Sometimes, especially with book adaptations, there’s this feeling of obligation. You know what’s coming next, it might not be the best in the world, but you still want to see how it all turns out. So you sit through it and then discover for yourself. Was it what you expected? Did it falter more than you’d hoped it would? Or, was there really no way to be pleased with the final result?

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‘Live Free Or Die Hard’ Delivers Fun And Exciting Action 10 Years Later

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With some sequels, it’s really going to depend on the franchise it’s part of. If there’s a significant gap between the previous one and the newest one, like there is here, then there could be even more riding on the sequel. How will it live up to what’s become so beloved, if not outright iconic? I guess it’ll just depend on which franchise the film is coming from. We’ve definitely seen examples of sequels that didn’t need to exist at all, especially coming several years later.

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‘Batman Forever’? More Like Batman Never Again

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Sequels… Why do people bother? Oh, yeah, that’s right, money! It’s always about how much money a studio can make. And while that’s not the problem, in and of itself, as I get the need to make money, it never seems to help when it comes to any of the creative aspects of the film. The reason why it’s being made at all and hopefully will be liked by fans and critics alike. Apparently, even in the mid-’90s, creativity was shelved and an inferior product pushed upon an eager and hard to please public, all while hoping nobody noticed.

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‘Batman Returns’ But He May As Well Have Sat This One Out

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Apparently sequels, even in the early ’90s, were tough to get right. So many expectations that any one wrong move could disappoint fans and filmgoers. If you’re a superhero film, there’s so many more expectations riding on the film. How do you further the story of the hero in an interesting way? How do you incorporate the villains? How do you pick which ones you want in the film? So many things to get right, how does anyone even attempt another film? I guess they just do and hope for the best.

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