Comment of the Day: Peak Geek Edition

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Today, we whispered our secret hatreds of beloved films into the unknowing winds, assembled a super-team of the worst mentors ever to hand down a piece of terrible advice, and predicted when the geek-bubble would come crashing down on all of our heads (wait for it, wait for it, and...)


In Morning Spoilers, commenter Daniel M. Clark surveyed the crowded upcoming media landscape (Fantastic Four! The Secret Service! Assassin's Creed!) and pronounced a date for the hammer to fall: 2015. "Nothing is going to perform as well as it should," he said, "and everyone will proclaim the death of of comic book and science fiction based movies. Too many releases all at once, too expensive to attend each one." Commenter LightningLouie jumped in with both a name for the problem ("Peak Geek") and a harkening back to its last cycle in 1984:

So... are you saying we're looking at Peak Geek?

2015 might end up being a repeat of 1984, when there were a ton of high-profile, expensive genre movies like Greystoke, Last Starfighter, Dune, and 2010, all of which had been greenlighted during the post-Star Wars SF/fantasy boom of the late '70s and early '80s. The ambitious movies failed at the box office, with the clear successes being comedy-genre hybrids like Ghostbusters and Gremlins, and low-budget genre movies like Terminator with mostly traditional action sequences (i.e., no space battles). In fact, if you look at the rest of the '80s and much of the '90s, there really weren't many "pure" SF movies with a futuristic or otherworldly setting until The Matrix and Phantom Menace, and epic fantasy didn't even exist as a movie genre until Fellowship of the Ring a couple of years after that (despite a bunch of abortive attempts in the '80s like Willow). Even revolutionary effects movies like Jurassic Park emphasized the real world setting over the genre elements.

So we might be looking at a repeat of the era, when lavish genre flicks gave way to mainstream action vehicles like Rambo, Top Gun, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, etc.

What say you, folks? Make your predictions now for the movies coming to a cinema near you in 2020.

Image: Bob Jagendorf



I...I... don't know what to say... I had nothing prepared...

(Oh yeah: I meant to add that there were a bunch of Star Trek movies in the '80s and '90s, but Paramount loved making those because they were super cheap and had a nice fat profit margin. Until 2002, when Nemesis ran up against genre films with actual effects budgets like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Two Towers. There, fixed it.)