I have been getting the itch to write. Although my running has been going well, I haven’t had anything noteworthy to blog about. Short, Round, and Fast’s about page begins with the words “Marathon Runner, Husband, Father, Movie Buff, Pizza Addict”. While I am confident that I have spent plenty of time proclaiming my love for running, my family, and, of course, pizza; I have hardly spent any time writing about my love of movies. While I will still be doing posts about my running and Short, Round, and Fast super fans 1 & 2, I will also doing posts about my passion for movies. So, without further explanation, I declare like Ross from friends that it is time to PIVOT!

Friends Pivot

What movie related news is on my mind right now? Oh, you know, things like…

Beauty and the Beast 2017 One Sheet

  • How does a live action remake of Beauty and the Beast make over a Billion Dollars in a month?! It was the exact same movie people! My 4 year old daughter blurted out “dad, this is the exact same movie only weirder!” in the middle of our showing. Is nostalgia really that powerful? Disney certainly hopes so.


  • How did Fate of the Furious (aka Fast and the Furious 8) end up with the largest worldwide opening ever ($536 million)?! We now live in a world where Fast and the Furious 8 outgrossed Star Wars Episode 7 worldwide during it’s opening weekend. Let that sink in people!

Vin Diesel "Movie Star"

  • Along the same lines… why does Vin Diesel still have a career?!

Luke Skywalker The Jedi Must End

  • What the HECK does Luke Skywalker mean by “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”??? Obi-wan and Yoda are rolling over in their graves right now thinking, I knew we were wasting our time on that ungrateful little prick. We should have sent him to Tachi station to get those power converters and focused our efforts on Leia. 

And last, but certainly not least…

Dumbest Idea Ever

  • What Disney executive actually thinks that casting Will Smith as the Genie in the upcoming live action Aladdin remake is a good idea?! Will Smith hasn’t had a hit movie since 2008 and lost his bankable status shortly thereafter. You had a good run Will, but your chances of a comeback are not in your favor.

Too Many Remakes

  • Honestly, why does Disney think making a live action remake of Aladdin is necessary?! Here is some free advice to Disney… You don’t need to make live action versions of all of your animated classics! I am not being unreasonable. Disney currently has 19 live action remakes of their animated films in various stages of production. 19!

Phew! it feels good to get those questions out in the open. I know that many of my friends and followers are movie buffs. I also know that many of my friends and followers love a good argument / debate about movies. I welcome any and all comments and look forward to lively discussion.

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Cathy Monnett (Jaron's MIL) · April 22, 2017 at 5:47 am

Your first statement about Beauty and the Beast pretty much answers all your questions. A Billion dollars in a month. That’s really all Disney is about anymore anyway. But families will pay up just to have some entertainment they can be pretty sure will be safe. And watch the way you talk about Luke Skywalker. It’s not his fault Lucas decided to crumple up his dream like a wad of fishy newspaper.

    Nick Bernard · April 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Lol… thanks for chiming in Cathy! I know that money talks, I just wish Disney would be more protective of the legacy of their films. Watch, Beauty and the Beast will be made again as a computer animated feature within 25 years. I am ready for more original films. Star Wars started out as a 10 million dollar film that no one believed would make money. 40 years later, that universe is still only beginning to be explored. I wish studios would risk smaller budgets on original content. One hit movie in that model could yield decades of new content.

Percevial Murphy · April 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Yeah I skipped seeing most of the new films you mentioned. I was stunned at how well Beauty and the Beast and Fast and Furious 8 did. I guess they got their timing right. Kinda disappointing that this very formulaic, repetitive stuff does so well. I guess they’re giving us what we want?

    Nick Bernard · April 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you for chiming in my friend! Like you said, with how much money these movies made, I guess Hollywood is giving the people what they want. Money talks and the people are speaking loud and clear with their wallets.

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