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  • noun US, slang A schlocky blockbuster; a film that is tasteless and inferior but still very successful.

Etymologies

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Blend of schlock and blockbuster

Examples

  • This ties in nicely with the movie [current Hollywood schlockbuster related to aforesaid crankery] which comes out in November.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • This ties in nicely with the movie [current Hollywood schlockbuster related to aforesaid crankery] which comes out in November.

    Oh Dear Dog

  • Put Trek and Abrams together and add in the meta-issues of Hollywood corporate cinema -- SFX schlockbuster superficiality combined with the attempt to suck every last scrap of narrative meat from the bones of a rotting franchise -- and I have better things to throw money at.

    Star Dreck

  • Indeed, mainstream American culture is permeated by apocalyptic beliefs and the yearning for messianic deliverance; the success of the movie 2012 and the forthcoming schlockbuster Legacy are just two recent examples.

    Max Blumenthal: Obama, the Fallen Messiah

  • In five years time I expect to see some crap Hollywood movie using the Singularity trope in a schlockbuster heroic adventure, but at the moment, I think, it would run up against a "not an instantly graspable trope" barrier.

    The Walls Of The Ghetto

  • I'm not complaining that Kong wasn't some thrill-a-minute rollercoaster ride of a schlockbuster.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • In five years time I expect to see some crap Hollywood movie using the Singularity trope in a schlockbuster heroic adventure, but at the moment, I think, it would run up against a "not an instantly graspable trope" barrier.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • I'm not complaining that Kong wasn't some thrill-a-minute rollercoaster ride of a schlockbuster.

    King Kong...

  • For others, they're merely an excuse to go see schlockbuster matinees and pig out on massive quantities of Chinese buffet food.

    Warren Ellis

  • Part of it is I suspect a good generation of writers have grown up through a period of pulp reclaiming the mainstream if it ever really lost it in anything but name, with even someone in their late thirties like myself barely remembering a time when the dominant mode of Hollywood movies wasn’t the pulp spectacular, the shameless sensationalism of the SFX schlockbuster.

    War of All Against All: Realism vs Fabulism? Er, No…

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