Posts Tagged ‘film’

British!

April 21, 2010

If I were to make a movie, I would call it British!

It would star Sir. Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, The Teletubbies, Kiera Knightley, Colin Firth, Ralph Fienes, the vampire from Twilight, Jude Law, Clive Owens, John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslett and Tim McGraw.

The plot would involve two young lovers separated by their class. Everyone would wear funny looking pants.

Maybe I’ve said too much …. I don’t want to spoil it.

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New Movies, Please!

January 14, 2010

Looking over this list of movies to be released in 2010, I counted over 20 remakes or TV adaptations (there may be more).

Remaking (“reimagining”) the films of the past (Halloween, King Kong, The Poseidon Adventure, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.) has sadly been the staple of Hollywood for many, many years now. Too many. If not classic films, then classic TV shows. If not Hulk, then The Incredible Hulk.  There are less original films each year (making movies like Inglourious Basterds even more appealing). Apparently, the mass public doesn’t care; since many of the remakes and adaptations make astounding profits for the studios. But now, Hollywood has reached a new low. The deep well of classics from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s has apparently run dry. So, where did the studios turn? To the ’90s? Nope. The early ’00s? Not even. Try 2007. You remember 2007, right? Probably. Because it was only three years ago!

That’s right. Later in 2010, Death at a Funeral, starring Chris Rock (Pootie Tang), Tracy Morgan (The Tracy Morgan Show) and Danny Glover (Predator 2), will be released in theaters across the US of A. In case you aren’t familiar, Death at a Funeral was a comedy made in London that debuted in the UK in 2007. It was released later that year in America on a limited basis, and would go on to enjoy measurable success on video and DVD.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage plays the role of Peter, played by Peter Dinklage in the 2007 version of the film.

I, as well as most people I know, have seen the original. It was funny. Funnier than most comedies, in fact. Funny enough that I remember it pretty well. After seeing the preview for the remake, I can tell you that the plot is identical. To a T. A family attends the funeral of its patriarch, wackiness ensues. Hardy Har, Har! Laughs abound. The jokes are the same. Everything is the same. Everything! Peter Dinklage (Death at a Funeral) even plays the exact same part he played in the original. Talk about easy money. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both used the same key grip.

In fairness, the new cast will likely attract a different demographic, but that doesn’t justify this. This is laughable . There is no way I would pay theater admission to see the exact same movie I saw two years ago when I could just go rent it for $3. No one should. But, sadly, people will.

I can see it now. Studio executives will pitch Avatar to be released again next year, but the Navi will be green instead of blue. Cha-Ching!

When will it end?

Dear Hollywood,

Please start making new movies again. Please!

Sincerely,

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