While I don't see the point of most remakes, there are some that I think are better than the originals, like Ocean's Eleven and Little Shop of Horrors, or different but more or less equal to the originals, like The Thing and Cat People.

The local video library has brought back $2 Tuesday, so I thought it was time to check out the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

It's a pointless remake that will be deservedly forgotten within a couple of years, along with the remakes of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. Very minor spoilers )

This film is exactly why I don't go see major films at the cinema unless I get glowing reports from people. It wasn't worth my time or my money. In fact I originally thought that $2 would be a fair price to see this, but now having seen it, it wasn't even that good.

Don't bother. Hire or buy the original. Yes it's got its flaws, but it was written by people who knew how to write, and made by people who knew how to make films.
dalekboy: (Exterminate Butterflies)
( Mar. 25th, 2009 11:44 pm)
Watched Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd tonight, based on the Stephen Sondheim musical. This is the sort of movie that is made just for me. Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter (who I'm pretty sure wants to have my babies), Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman, working together on a dark musical.

As a film it was ok, but as a musical it didn't work. Which means essentially that as a film it didn't work. Now I'm left to wonder whether the musical was always bad, or whether Burton's adaptation of it is rubbish.

For me, if I don't come away humming a single song, or even remembering them, it's a failure. And if Sharon, who is a song-stuck-in-the-head magnet, isn't caught by any of them, then that's badness times two!

I just watched Deep Roy's songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to get the taste out of my mouth.
dalekboy: (Exterminate Doctors)
( Jan. 17th, 2009 02:00 pm)
Was as bloody ordinary as I remembered, I was hoping that it would hold up better, as some films do.

Easily the weakest of the films, it falls into the "if this is cool, then ten times as much of it is ten times as cool," trap. Sequences go on far too long, the dreams end up boring and repetitive, and Freddy has now attained cartoon character corniness.

One can only wonder what it would have been like if Peter Jackson's Elm St. script Dream Lover had been made instead.
dalekboy: (Brainscan)
( Dec. 16th, 2008 10:39 pm)
* Between Lex and selling stuff, I've had bugger all time to post. So here are a bunch of things I wanted to do proper posts about. Nothing of vital importance in here, move along... )
dalekboy: (Motivation Hazard)
( Aug. 30th, 2008 10:07 pm)
I had never seen any of the Scary Movies, and happened to notice in the paper that one was on TV tonight. So I watched it. Well, half of it.

It was exactly what I had expected - bland, stupid, telegraphed American humour with its only clever moments being more accidental than planned. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if it had had better actors. While the writing hadn't improved, the scenes with Leslie Neilson were by far the funniest.

They weren't hugely funny, they were just the funniest in the film.

I stayed watching past where I wanted to turn off, but just after the blind girl hit the guy in the knackers with her stick, I turned the TV off.

Now I know why I had never bothered previously with the series, and I need never bother again.
If you ever get the chance to watch this 1969 Italian vampire film, don't. They had a real, and very nice, castle, and somehow managed in some shots to make it look like a bad model.

Not so bad it's good, just bad. Even the Wasp Woman (1960) had more amusement value.
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