Re: Is Marvel the only good thing left in entertainment?
The Horror Genre has kind of made a comeback in the last few years with some very good films. Get Out, Oculus, The Babadook, The Conjuring 1 and 2, Lights Out, Don't Breath, and A Quiet Place just to name a few. Even remakes and sequels like It and Halloween turned out fairly well. It seems like we've finally moved beyond the found footage craze which was just killing the genre for a while.
And as far as cinematic universes goes, The Monster Verse is the only other one that has turned out okay. Not Marvel levels of epic, but we got a good Godzilla movie, and a good Kong movie where I didn't have to see the poor guy get shot off a building for once. And Godzilla: King of the Monsters seems poised to be one of the best Summer blockbusters this year.
Personally my favorite modern day franchise has been the Planet of the Apes Caesar Trilogy. It put those up on a very high pedestal, but they don't always get the love. Also John Wick is really good, and the Creed Movies hit me right in the feels.
For TV shows, right now, nothing beats Better Call Saul for me. Love it! And while not all the episodes are hits, I do enjoy Black Mirror, which to me, is the real spiritual successor to Twilight Zone.
But yeah, a lot of pieces of entertainment are falling apart. In movies, you have reboots and remakes galore, almost all of which are terrible. The Disney Live action remakes do nothing for me, and even a lot of animated films have become loud and annoying.
One unfortunate trend I've noticed with TV shows lately is that the 1st season will be very good and then it'll sink like a rock in the 2nd season. I Robot, Jessica Jones, Westworld, True Detective, and so on and so on. And there are other shows that I've loved for years that have fallen by the way side, victims of being around too long. Archer was my favorite show on TV for a while and has fallen hard in the last two seasons. Game of Thrones is limp dicking its way to the finale. The last season of Sherlock was dreadful. And don't even get me started on The Simpsons and Family Guy. And even shows I like, such as Rick and Morty and Venture Bros, have such a long layoff between seasons that I forget they exist sometimes, and in the case of Rick and Morty, I am waiting for the day Dan Harmon causes that thing to fall apart. And unfortunately the world of animation has been plagued by spastic weirdos that are obsessed with shipping, making every thing cute rather than awesome, and having the shows be loud and obnoxious. Ninja Turtles, She-Ra, Thundercats, and Teen Titans all got transformed into this. And the fans of these cartoons are downright terrifying (MLP fans, I'm looking at you).
Its sad because with technology being the way it is, we have more options for entertainment than ever before, but it feels like I am always picking out diamonds within a mountain of shit. BUT there is more good entertainment out there besides Marvel. You just have to look really hard for it sometimes.