The guys talk about this week’s releases, last week’s Total Recall, and teach an important lesson on screenwriting.
Please keep your hands inside the ride at all times as we launch into a new Film Pigs Podcast! This episode, the Pigs take on Remakes, Reboots & Re-Imaginings, dissecting why Hollywood has come to rely on the constant stream of remakes and mining of past successes instead of creating new content. Plus, an impassioned prosecution by Stephen Falk for Movie Jail, Tonn Slingdog’s DVD corner, and our usual collection of fun and games!
Good Lord, where to start on this one? The Wolfman is a big-budget remake of a classic horror film that incorporates all of the slow, clunky nonsense of the original and adds a tired Anthony Hopkins, a strangely non-compelling Benicio Del Toro, that computer-elf guy from them nerd movies, and Emily Blunt’s sideboob. The end result is not quite the “magic” you’d expect.
The most fascinating part of The Wolfman, if you can manage to keep yourself awake by repeatedly stabbing yourself in the thigh with an icepick, is Del Toro’s crazy choice of acting like he’s covered in syrup. Syrup that’s laced with horse tranquilizers. He buries his normal high-intensity so deeply, that when he finally turns into the wolfman…well, you’ve already fallen asleep and will miss all the Act III gore.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Film Pigs watched the Unrated Director’s Cut from the Blu-ray disc for this commentary. No, we don’t know why.
TO SYNC WITH MOVIE: start this commentary 10 seconds after starting movie (chapter 1 for DVD/BD).
Matt Reeves, of Cloverfield fame, is still plugging away at his American adaptation of Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. I shudder to think of what’s being changed, because the original was basically flawless. (via io9)
REALLY? Do we really need this? Is it so hard to read subtitles, America? Just thinking about the corporate sheen this remake is going to get is depressing. I guess we better prepare ourselves for a needlessly shaky camera and a bland-but-pretty cast. Continue reading “Cloverfield” Director Set For Pointless “Let The Right One In” Remake