Random Thread for June 2015

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In the “no ideas, no problem” category, League of Extraordinary Gentleman is getting a reboot (I guess it coudn’t be worse than the first one) and Dwayne Johnson is remaking Big Trouble in Little China, a movie that only existed as an attempt to jump on the Raiders of the Lost Ark bandwagon.

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Big Trouble in Little China is a classic. I think The Rock is actually quite a good choice for the role – not sure who else could do it to be honest – but he and the film will never touch Russell and the original.

  2. I loved the humor & campiness in Big Trouble. Don’t know how it can be re-made today. Those movies just don’t exist any more… except in Sweden!

  3. The Rundown came close to that zany 80’s level ridiculous humor that really works well in n action movie, a la Golden Child and Big Trouble.

  4. More recycled ideas: SIster Act is being remade. Also, James Wan has been signed to make Aquaman. Adrian Grenier will probably not get the role.

  5. Inside Out is currently at 100% on RT with 33 reviews in (only 2 are Top Critics, though) and word from Cannes was effusive praise. I’m seeing it Wednesday night so I’m sure I will have a scholarly objective review up on Thursday.

  6. COP CAR is pretty good — tone isn’t always consistent as it tries to move between comedy and dark drama, but Kevin Bacon and the kids make it work. Guessing its Watts’ work with the two boy leads that helped nab him this job.

  7. Ha! Yeah, love living in Melbourne but all the back-patting and smugness in the local media about how great Melbourne it is (and stories like this about how well rated Melbourne is) gets pretty tiresome. Even worse when it comes to sport and how Melbourne is said matter-of-factly is the ‘sporting capital of the world’.

  8. Oh, yeah….it must be horrible to have so many great articles and stories about how awesome it is where you live. Must be so, so sickening.

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