Marmaduke Explains guy on the Marmaduke movie

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06.02.10 16 Comments

The guy who wrote “Marmaduke Explained,” who goes by Joe Mathlete, recently wrote a piece about people always asking him about the Marmaduke movie.  It’s really long and covers a lot of ground, but I thought a couple of points were particularly interesting.  For instance:

“If there exists a finer metaphor for the creative bankruptcy of the Hollywood film system than a movie based on a half-century old comic strip that has been recycling the same five gags since blacks and whites had separate drinking fountains, I cannot imagine it.”

He goes on to do a run down of what movies are coming out this summer that, like Marmaduke Explained, is little more than a deadpan statement of obvious facts, and yet incredible.  I added the bullet points.

  • Sex and the City 2 (sequel to a movie based on a TV show based on a book based on newspaper articles)
  • Iron Man 2 (sequel to a movie based on a 2nd-tier comic book)
  • Jonah Hex (based on a 5th-tier comic book)
  • The A-Team (based on a campy 80s TV action show)
  • Macgruber (based on a series of TV comedy skits based on a campy 80s TV action show)
  • Robin Hood (beyond being basically a Bible story in terms of freshness, it’s also for all intents and purposes a sequel to the film Gladiator)
  • Step Up 3D (sequel to a sequel… in 3D!)
  • Toy Story 3 (sequel to a sequel… in 3D!)

  • Shrek Forever (sequel to the sequel to the sequel to a movie based on fairy tales and fart jokes)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (based on the sequel to a computer game)
  • The Karate Kid (remake of an 80s movie that spawned several sequels, starring the sequel to Will Smith)
  • Ramona and Beezuz (based on children’s books which have already inspired filmic adaptations)
  • The Last Airbender (based on an animated TV series)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (based on a graphic novel)
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (sequel to a movie based on a series of books)
  • Piranha 3D (remake of a movie that was based on ripping off Jaws)
  • Predators (you know, like the movie Predator, but plural!)
  • Dinner for Schmucks (remake of a French film from a decade ago)
  • Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (sequel to a movie called Cats and Dogs that I’d never heard of until I Googled it so I could write this)
  • That’s not counting films whose plots are just lazy retreads of previous films. And that’s also not counting the Marmaduke movie.  [full piece here]

Although I knew about all of those films, seem them laid bare there like that was stunning.  Much like Diora Baird.  Hint hint.

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