Shortcast 16 – Nostalgia Mining

Shortcast 16 – Nostalgia Mining

Week in Geek: The guys felt the draw to local cinemas this week as Andrew saw Warcraft and Dan saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and debate a bit about what movies trading on nostalgia and fandom should do versus what was done and, of course, come to no conclusions.




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4 thoughts on “Shortcast 16 – Nostalgia Mining

  1. Both of the new TMNT were written by the same team. I also registered to the old episodes about the first of these movies and feel like the praise Dan gives it also applies to the latest. This one just had more acknowledgement of its cartoon incarnation.

    1. “the praise Dan gives [the first movie] applies to the latest.”

      I’ll grant you that to an extent. The character work done with the Turtles themselves is good, though I would argue that their story is relegated to being a B-plot whereas it was kind of the point of the first movie (which, admittedly, is kind of the point of any origin story).

      I think it comes down to the fact that you and I want different things from these movies, and that’s fine! I hope my opinion on this film wasn’t trying to be pressed as gospel. It was not what I wanted out of a TMNT movie, but some people wanted what this movie offered, which is good.

      An interesting thing to talk about is the fact that, in the light of this and the Transformers movies, this movie basically does what a lot of Transformers fans wish Bay would do with those movies. However, this movie is performing poorly in the box office, which makes me wonder if fan service––while successful for the few––is actually the way these movies need to go. Perhaps it’s a careful mediation between right-turn newness and nostalgic reverence that will help these actually become good movies in their own right rather than just appealing to perpetually smaller and smaller audiences.

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