A New Movie Game – Film Recipes (aka. Cinematic Algebra)

Here’s a thought. Can films be explained as a recipe of other movies? As if you could you summarise a film by combining other films (or even subtract).


Some examples… (and please bear in mind that this is done in a light hearted way before someone comes at me over one of them)

The film recipe for Joker (2019) might be…

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The movie recipe for Shazam (2019) is Big (1985) mixed with Superman (1978)…

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Ad Astra (2019) is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) combined with Apocalypse Now (1979)…

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Die Hard 2 (1990) is a unsophisticated blend of classic Die Hard (1988) and Airplane (1980) – ok this one is a bit mean spirited…

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…and you can play it backwards.

So if you take Rambo : First Blood (1982), take away Deathwish (1974) you get…

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and so on, and so on…

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Have you got any film recipes to share? Add your comments with the best ones that you’ve got… 

(and again remember – the over simplification is just for fun…)

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