Monday Afternoon Roundtable: Dead Trends


This week, the Heave staff was asked:

Scary Movie 5 pretty much flopped this past weekend, and some are saying it might be the end of the parody film. What’s a dead trend in film, music, pop culture etc. that you’d like to see come back, and why?

Jonathan Mondragon

The world always needs more metal bands with DJs…

Tim Munroe

There was a surplus of athlete rappers in the 90s and early 2000s. (Allen Iverson, Shaq, Ron Artest, Kobe [feat. Tyra Banks,] Jason Kidd, Chris Webber, Stephon Marbury, Deion Sanders, etc.) The world needs more rich and famous athletes rapping about life off the court. The last one to make an album that I can recall was Delonte West’s attempt at making a Gucci Mane-inspired trap album. It’s not so much that I think that their albums are full of substance and insight to the inner struggles of millionaires who play games for a living, it’s just that for the most part, they’re worse than any average 13-year-old kid’s attempt at rapping, and they have (and do) spend the money on high production and dazzling videos. So yeah, basically all I want is more Jock Jams.

Adam Cowden

Arcades. Outside of movie theaters and bowling alleys they’re basically dead, which is a shame because watching Wreck-It Ralph with my little sisters reminded me how righteous they are.

Quinn McGee

Parody is only really good in smaller chunks. Even SNL gets a little annoying from time to time at over an hour. Anyway, I would really like to see the return of parachute pants, because I missed that train and they look comfy as hell.

Cory Clifford

I wanna see more movies filmed with vintage equipment. I feel like that was a popular thing in the 80s and 90s. I could see it getting back into Hollywood due to the popularity of Holga cameras and Instagram.

Johnny Coconate

How about something that should be next to die? Saturday Night Live, I’m looking at you.

Dominick Mayer

A trend from the 90s that I truly miss and have long felt needs a revival is the filmic tradition of end-credits songs made specifically for the movie (bonus points if an actor from the film is doing it), which describe the movie you just saw. “Men in Black” is probably the most famous example, but Deep Blue Sea‘s is pretty good as well, largely because LL Cool J draws numerous analogies between himself and the sharks he just killed onscreen. A lot of filmmaking would benefit from this; I for one will be thoroughly disappointed if Pain & Gain doesn’t herald Mark Wahlberg’s return to the rap game.