Thursday, October 19, 2006

what about that, then?

Did you ever notice that movies come out in pairs?

I'm not sure if it means nefarious doings are afoot in Hollywood, or if it just means that plot ideas aren't copywritable, but it seems weird to me that two different studios will release different-but-very-similarly-themed movies in the same year.

"But what about some examples?" I hear you cry. Okay, then -- here you go:

Antz
A Bug's Life

Alexander
Troy

Chasing Liberty
First Daughter (both about a young secret svc agent falling for the president's daughter)

Mission to Mars
Red Planet

Braveheart
Rob Roy

Blow
Traffic

The Wild
Madagascar

Underworld
Van Helsing

Cheaper By The Dozen
Yours, Mine, & Ours

Major League
Bull Durham

Training Day
Dark Blue

The Longest Yard
Gridiron Gang

Butterfly Effect
Sound of Thunder
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

13 Going on 30
Freaky Friday

I grant you that some of the connections above are tenuous, but I still think it's weird.

And after having composed the above list (with the help of my son), I found this on Wikipedia...

5 Comments:

At Thu Oct 19, 05:14:00 PM PDT, Anonymous si said...

was going to say that there's a couple out now (or will be) together: the illusionist and the prestige. and then there's the 9/11 films. and i had heard there was another truman capote film coming out... but it's all for naught since wikipedia has them all listed. (forgot about the 2 steve prefontaine films too.)

you still in cdt? or back in the same time zone (as me)?

 
At Thu Oct 19, 05:47:00 PM PDT, Blogger Alan said...

Deep Impact and Armageddon came to mind right away. I see Wikipedia had them listed.

 
At Thu Oct 19, 06:13:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Cal said...

...and surely any discussion of the "movies in pairs" phenomenon is incomplete without an acknowledgment of the well-known "Pixar hit followed by lower-quality, edgier, less-creative Dreamworks ripoff"...

 
At Sun Oct 22, 11:12:00 AM PDT, Blogger Stephanie said...

Wikipedia...an amazing storehouse of bizarre trivia...

 
At Sun Oct 22, 09:28:00 PM PDT, Blogger SoozeSchmooze said...

You Go Bryan...look how smart you are...maybe if you lose your shirt you can work for Wikipedia..come up with great ideas to stun the public with??...love your blog...just razzin' ya because I can...Susie***

 

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