Total Recall, with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel & Bryan Cranston. Len Wiseman, director. I’ve about had it up to my eyeballs with remakes, re-do’s & reboots; as far as having to actually describe these things as if they’re “new” movies. They’re not new. So, I’ve decided to just point out a few things & give general impressions & then maybe a recommend or a kick in the pants. Maybe not even that. Also, I’m not going to stroll down memory lane by listing comparisons to the original movie(s) as if previous eras or decades were somewhere worse or better than our present day. However; please realize that a remake cannot be spoiled, except in the most extreme instances.
Lockout, with Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James & Vincent Regan. Directors, James Mather & Stephen St. Legar. I’ve heard that a lot of reviewers didn’t like this & rated it low, low, low. When I like an actor it takes more than rumor or even a merely adequate production to put me off. My instincts & character judgment are excellent, with actors, friends & items on a restaurant menu. As I’ve previously noted, there’s nothing wrong with a formula, if it works. This definitely works.
The past few days haven’t been a part of a banner year for Gwyneth Paltrow, who arrived in London (with her children) for a concert given by Jay-Z & Kanye West & tweeted to her drips, using the forbidden N-word, for the public record!
Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh http://say.ly/ySc3rTP
There was a bit of a Twitter scuffle to which she countered,
Hold up. It’s the title of the song!
If you ask me – I’d say she feels comfortable enough to use the word, song or not. One doesn’t speak the forbidden word, encased in a “song” or solo, unless you’re black. Isn’t that the way it is? Otherwise, there’d sure be a lot of bad folk slinging around the insult, all the time, night & day.
However; we must remember, in this country (America) we have freedom of speech & expression. She (Paltrow) is certainly free to be the kind of person that spews racism right & left. Usually in private, with similar-minded friends. Here I thought she was a Liberal who adhered to the sacred precepts of political correctness.
One of the iconic sitcoms of my childhood, The Munsters, is being re-stuffed in the form of Mockingbird Lane, starring Jerry O’Connell, for NBC. Collider reports this good news for the dusty old comedy.
As a kid, I saw the original fabricated house-prop on the set of Universal, many times, during the late 1960’s & early 70’s. We would always end up on a family vacation in Southern California, seeing all the tourist traps, new & old. Before Universal streamlined its lot into an amusement park, there were tours through the working sets (while not in use). Everything from the house from Psycho to brick building, faux-residential districts was something to rubber-neck at.
Seeing the reality, behind these TV shows & films was always a shock & letdown. The allusion of larger than life can be shattered so easily when you’re only a few years out of diapers. A good lesson it was, in the slight of hand that old Hollywood conjured for it audiences.