Simple Answers no. 12: Why doesn't Hollywood make original movies anymore?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

pacific-rim-rodan.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again addresses the summer movie glut. It's all franchises. There are almost no original stories anymore, except maybe the sensational Pacific Rim, which is fast becoming a faded memory.

You may wonder why the movie market has come to rest in this weird, unoriginal landscape. The answer is simple:

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Topics: shared universe, whiny questions, simple answers

Simple Answers no. 11: Why does August feel like the slowest month in the summer?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

august-is-slow.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again addresses the summertime. You might remember an earlier piece on why it feels like it's only bad news in the summer.

Today, we talk about the month of August, because August is a churning vortex of confusion that can drive a man insane.

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Topics: whiny questions, simple answers, winter is better than summer

Simple Answers no. 10: Why is Suicide Squad getting so much hate?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Aug 3, 2016 10:54:14 AM

suicide-squad-title-card.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again addresses the controversial DC Extended Universe movies. Previously, we drilled down into the reasons why Zack Snyder is allowed to keep making movies.

Today, we talk about why the Batman V Superman follow-up Suicide Squad is getting so much hate.

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Topics: Review, video games, whiny questions, simple answers, shared universe

Simple Answers no. 9: Why do websites write clickbait article headlines?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jul 27, 2016 12:00:00 PM

what-is-clickbait.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns clickbait.

Clickbait: your secret six-times per-day interaction with Russia you probably weren't looking forward to.

Here's your chance to have a simple question answered.

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Topics: technology, online etiquette, whiny questions, simple answers

Whiny Questions, Simple Answers no. 6: Why Does Zack Snyder Get To Keep Directing Movies?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jul 5, 2016 12:00:00 PM

wonder-woman.gifThis is a recurring segment, "Whiny Questions, Simple Answers," where I gather the whiniest question I come across on the internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again addresses the DC "Snyderverse."

We did our analysis of the new Batman V Superman - Ultimate Cut and it's earned greater praise over its initial release.

Coupled with the semi-positive reports from the set of the now-filming Justice League movie, also helmed by Man of Steel and BvS director Zack Snyder, the question cannot be avoided.

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Topics: whiny questions, simple answers, storytelling analysis

Whiny Questions, Simple Answers no. 5: Wait, Why Do People Love The Marvel Movies So Much?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jun 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Screen_Shot_2016-06-28_at_8.31.45_AM.pngThis is a recurring segment, "Whiny Questions, Simple Answers," where I gather the whiniest question I come across on the internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While we're a few weeks out from the billion dollar success of the last MCU movie in Captain America: Civil War, this question has come again because of another release of the MCU's rival film shared universe: Batman V Superman - Ultimate Cut. We did our analysis of the new cut and it's earned greater praise over its initial release.

With that in mind, people are grinding their teeth at the thought of why the MCU movies are so popular?

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Topics: whiny questions, simple answers, storytelling analysis, shared universe

Whiny Questions, Simple Answers no. 2: Why Does Overwatch Have Microtransactions And RNG Loot Boxes?

Written by: Alex Crumb | Follow on: Twitter, Facebook

Published: Jun 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

mercy-imp.jpgThis is a recurring segment, "Whiny Questions, Simple Answers," where I gather the whiniest question I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns the recently-released Overwatch. We covered Overwatch's comparison to its competitors last time. This time the question is about its microtransaction structure and total-luck loot drops.

June 7, 2016: (post delayed from its usual Monday slot due to the death of Muhammad Ali over the weekend.)

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Topics: video games, whiny questions, simple answers

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