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Info 101: Movieclips 152: 2013-a year less extraordinary

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One likely gets jaded from watching remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. It just seems that a life of 'been there seen that' is less satisfying than an original idea that might not score the big numbers but is solid and well done. Studio executives will never agree because their philosophy is "stick with what worked because it'll work again and we can make money, feed our egos and enjoy the lap of luxury". That's fine for them since many of them must not even watch a lot of this crud. All they want is the money and an Oscar (or at least a nomination).

At one time, the Oscar may have meant the best film, actor, whatever. Now it just means the most tickets sold. Those numbers don't reflect how many people actually liked the films they saw. Most people who lay out the money hope they'll like a given film. Their voices are seldom if ever heard if they don't.

2013 was a good enough year as years go. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was superb as was "Gravity". "Frozen", "Monsters University" and "The Croods" provided excellent animated entertainment as did a personal fave in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2". "Lovelace" was a little slow in parts but Amanda Seyfried is such a good actress it was worth sitting through. "Pacific Rim" and "Jack the Giant Slayer" were both better than expected for CGI fans and "Star Trek Into Darkness" was incredibly good science fiction. Honorable mention goes to "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man 3" for sentimental reasons.

2014 has some scheduled releases that hold a lot of promise, all building toward 2015--the year of "Star Wars Episode VII". We'll take a look at these films and see if the new year holds true to the promise. Happy New Year!

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