My moan today - remakes! Why remake a perfectly good film? In some cases we have seen some old classics be get revitalised, I for one like the new versions of Star Wars... and I really liked the remake of Dawn Of The Dead, but sometimes they remake films for just the totally pointless reasons.
The Grudge was akin to the 50s Godzilla, use the same film but stick an American as the central character, pointless? Yeah maybe I dunno, some people just hate subtitles right. Who am I to judge just because I have been blessed with the ability to read while watching a film at the same time.
REC - the fantastic Spanish horror movie (with quite possibly the best non-cut long scenes in ages) was basically remade shot for shot just with an American. Now that's pointless.
Just yesterday I watched the Uruguayan film THE SILENT HOUSE (La Casa Muda) from which was possibly the best horror film of 2010 - creepy, dark, jumpy (we screamed several times) and shot entirely in one long shot with one camera. Just amazing. This year we get the American version. Why?
Us Swedes or those who had become engrossed in the Steig Larsson books are probably waiting for the American version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (Män Som Hatar Kvinnor in Swedish - "Men Who Hate Women"). Over here in Sweden we've been blessed with all three films already, featuring a perfect cast! Who could be better than Noomi Rapace as Salander.
Rooney Mara apparently. It's been said that (thankfully) they kept the film in Sweden but that the actors will speak with a Swedish dialect. That's just odd if you ask me.
And now....to put my Hilter boots on. Death At A Funeral came out in 2007 and was a perfectly funny British film - remade in 2010 as an American movie with a 99% black cast. Is this because in the British version it's mostly white cast so someone got offended? Is it because they felt that white people and black people have a totally different sense of humor so they need their own version of films? I just don't get it. You know me, I like races to be equal, not segregated.
The same was done with the 2009 film "Obsessed". Which is basically Fatal Attraction.
Well, I'm off to make a version of Lord Of The Rings starring twigs I found. Elk out!