With 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge: Anarchy,' what comes to mind are other potential cultural events that may further reflect the 'simpling' of America. Consider these imaginary lowbrow possibilities:
Seriously, the premise could easily fit into the new FX show 'Married.' Only there it would likely get some oddball spin and foster some interesting observations on the waning fires of love.
As masochistic exercises go, 'Aftermath' is fairly effective. It eventually becomes a slaughter-fest in the guise of a cautionary tale.
Although it does happen, it's rare when Oscar fare emerges in the first half of the year. However, that doesn't mean the first half of the year was all garbage; far from it.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is the sequel to a prequel to a long line of films that date back to 1968. But it's doubtful any of those films could come close to matching the visual spectacle and Shakespearean interplay.
There's a sense of despair, of something broken beyond repair, in the intricate 'Third Person,' written and directed by Paul Haggis, writer-director of the Oscar-winning 'Crash.'
Director Kat Chandler never lets 'Hellion' become a fable of cheap redemption. In fact, the pain that drives the film seems to be contagious, leading to a harrowing confrontation of messed-up kids.
'Rage' is a relentless mess of a film, moving from stilted dialogue to countless scenes of senseless violence with plenty of irrelevant side stories along the way.
The end is near. It's at your local movie theater, it's on your TV. It's streaming into your computer, on your phone, on your tablet. Apocalyptic culture — books, movies, TV shows that deal with the end of civilization or the world — seems to be coming at us non-stop.
Despite the seeming parade of hits this summer, the season's box office was actually down about 13 percent last week from the previous summer.
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