Are you sick of having to remember movie titles that have more than one word? Of perusing your local movie theater's marquee and seeing a long list of cut-off movie names? Then you're right in line with The New York Times, who have just offered up a new article called "Invasion of the Big, Scary, Long Film Titles." The premise and intro of this piece: We should pity the students who have to put up marquees because "Hollywood has come down with a serious case of title elongation. That is, if you can figure out the title at all."
The article details the confusion over some titles -- not for their vagueness, but rather their oft-changing names. Shrek Forever After, for example, has been called Shrek 4 in some places, and Shrek: The Final Chapter in others. But from there, it's just a big rant on long titles, and not just Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire or Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. They pit the likes of Speed, Armageddon, and Twister against titles like How to Train Your Dragon, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, citing how "title elongation has been building for years."
But has it? Sure, Star Wars has a new name now, but let's take The Empire Strikes Back. That takes up one less space than this year's Dragon. The image shows Clash of the Titans being cut off on the marquee, but that's a name from the '80s. And what of the Back to the Future series? Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze? Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery? A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge? One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?