Avocado Weekly Movie Thread (9/5)

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A hundred years ago, four brothers — Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack — got together to found a movie studio. They had made movies before. In 1918 they had released a silent war drama film called My Four Years In Germany. But it would be the drama film, Main Street — celebrating its 100th anniversary this year —- that would be the first film released under the newly organized Warner Brothers Pictures.

Also, it looks kinda racist, so Warner Brothers is probably kinda glad it’s lost.

You can’t think of the Golden Age of Film without thinking about Warner Brothers. Humphrey Bogart became its biggest star, headlining films such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca.

You also had classic musicals like Footlight Parade and The Adventures of Robin Hood, perhaps the most enduring adaptation of the character even though it came out 85 years ago.

Warner Brothers has managed to remain relevant throughout the years. Perhaps the reputation has suffered a bit, thanks to the whole debacle that is The Flash, the Warner Brothers/Discovery merger, and the reset of the DCEU causing heartaches across the board.

But there’s a reason everyone from AoL to Time to AT&T have seen the Warner Brothers studios as a sort of prize jewel. This is the film company that released My Fair Lady in 1964, A Clockwork Orange and Dirty Harry in the 1971, Goodfellas in 1990, The Matrix in 1999, and Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001. They created modern masterpieces with Christopher Nolan until, you know, they screwed it all up with the streaming thing.

And then, of course, there’s the superhero stuff.

When this film division hits, it hits.

Unlike other studios, Warner Brothers is a studio strongly tied to its history. It means something when everyone was showing off their streaming services, and among them HBOMax had its classic movie collection (The Criterion Collection) displayed, straight up, as one of its main channels. Maybe there’s a price to pay for looking backwards for so long, but I for one do appreciate that within the culture there’s some inkling that one studio values their history, at least.

… Even if it means they do something weird like sticking Humphrey Bogart in Space Jam 2 and putting CGI Christopher Reeve and Helen Slater in The Flash.

Today’s bonus prompt: what movie do you think of when you hear “Warner Brothers”?