Olympus Has Fallen is barely out of the gate (see our review here), and now we get the first glimpse at this year’s other White House-under-assault movie, White House Down, in the form of three teaser posters.
We’ve all known it for a while, but now it’s official: Originality in Hollywood is dead. It’s bad enough that we have movies adapted from the toy lines Transformers and G.I. Joe, now Hasbro is bringing their board games to life on the silver screen. Battleship, directed by Peter Berg and starring Liam Neeson, is due in theaters in 2012, and now it’s just been announced that a writer has been hired to pen a screenplay based on the strategy game Risk. And let’s not forget those persistent rumors that Ridley Scott is working on Monopoly. It’s not necessarily an idea without precedent; remember Clue? But still, Clue has to be the only board game in history that has anything that could possibly be referred to as a “plot”.
What does this mean? Well, of course it means it’s time to mock Hollywood mercilessly. You want ideas for movies based on board games (or quasi-board games, as the case may be)? Try these on for size: Read the rest of this entry »
Remaking a foreign language film for an English speaking American audience can be quiet a feat. In fact, it probably should never be done as the success rate of good remakes is fairly low. Also, there are a number of issues which are created by remaking a foreign language film. Which movie do I watch first? Should I hold the remake up to the standard for the original? Of course we can not overlook the fact of a remake flopping at the box office. Then we must ask, why did you even waste money remaking it when you could have released the foreign version?
Travis Betz and Devin Barry are two movie lovers, who are also obsessed fans of the film ranking website, Flickchart. Join them as they pit movies against each other, waging verbal cinematic war while building a “best of” list on the blood of the defeated. Tune in each week with new special guests who will act as the tie-breakers for their particularly difficult matchup decisions.
This episode’s special guest: Brian Klugman
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