The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 July 2005

An endless stream of Fockers

If you remember Meet the Fockers — and why should you? — you'll recall that the Ben Stiller and Teri Polo characters wed and were expecting.

Hollywood, already out of ideas, is hot for Meet the Little Focker, which would focus on (I'm guessing) a whole new generation of Fockers.

I think I speak for many of us, or at least for Lawren, when I say that we've had enough Fockers to last a lifetime.

Posted at 8:35 AM to Almost Yogurt

Actually I wonder if there is one real story writer left anywhere. All there seems to be anymore are perverts posing as writers. Having "pushed the envelope" of indecency to its end in order to get noticed, these people have nowhere to else go. Devoid of story skills they are now adrift. Time to save our book dollars get back to the old classics.

Posted by: Major Mojo at 1:02 PM on 18 July 2005

I'm surprised there hasn't been a move toward adapting old classics simply because they're in the public domain and require no payments to copyright holders.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:22 PM on 18 July 2005

There is already a trend in this direction. I've picked up a number of old classic films on DVD lately with a $1-2 sticker. Fer instance, _My Favorite Brunette_, a Bob Hope 1947 flick. I have others, but this is the only one that came to mind....

Posted by: unimpressed at 5:24 PM on 18 July 2005

Re the Fockers: Even I would not attempt to get so much mileage from such a poor, crude attempt at humor. And I'm pretty shameless.

The comments thread seems to be leaning toward our apparent saturation of cultural product. This is across the board, I think, from film to TV to book to blog. Competition for attention is fairly cutthroat. As always in such instances, the consumer wins. I think rejection of product will in some cases result in somewhat fewer but better products.

Also the ability of product to enjoy a longer half-life of availability is a happy thing. If a great movie or book comes out, and it's not quickly embraced, it traditionally goes off to a corner to die, allowing something else to step up to the plate. Today, TV shows that are killed can fall back on late night cable, build an audience without pressure, return as DVDs, catch the spotlight again, and be revived in prime time. (Family Guy). A failure at the conema likewise can rebound as a 'cult' DVD hit (Fight Club). And because of Amazon, which can reprint many books on demand, few books ever go out of print.

Anyway. I feel good about today's choice. Otherwise, too many good films and books would be crowded out by all the focking crud out there.

Posted by: Mr. Snitch! at 8:36 PM on 18 July 2005