Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cinemaniac Reviews Twenty Questions (Part Two)

A continuation of yesterday's quiz from Cinemaniac Reviews. Again, leave your answers or a link to your answers in the comment section.

11. What film gets your vote for the worst or most pointless remake?
As Katie-Bar-The-Door said when I mentioned this question, the most pointless remake of all time was Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot recreation of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. That's just an objective fact.

Worst? Perhaps Barbara Streisand's version of A Star is Born? Although come to think of it, Barbara Streisand's version of anything is the worst.

12. Is there any film you think is actually desperate for a remake?
I'd think you'd want to go with a near miss, right? Something with a good cast, but a fatally-flawed script, or vice versa, or it-began-so-well-but-what-an-end (to quote Sinatra).

You know, I thought somewhere in Laws of Attraction was the germ of a really good romantic comedy. Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore had great chemistry together and some scenes worked really well, but it went off the rails when they shifted the action to Ireland forty minutes in, and then the writers' apparent lack of familiarity with the way lawyers make a living left them flailing for a way to end what could have been a nice updating of Adam's Rib.

Let's let Brosnan and Moore try it again. But let me fix the screenplay first.

13. Name your three favorite film heroes.
Humphrey Bogart's Richard Blaine (Casablanca)
John Wayne's John T. Chance (Rio Bravo)
William Powell's Nick Charles (The Thin Man)

14. Name your three favorite film villains.
Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
Jane Greer's Kathie Moffat (Out of the Past)

15. Best sequel?
Aliens, maybe. Toy Story 2, maybe. The Godfather Part II, maybe.

16. Worst sequel?
Not counting (to my mind) obvious crap knockoffs like The Sting 2 which didn't feature the original stars, I'm going with Alien 3, which wasn't just a bad movie, but ruined the previous two retroactively. I like to pretend it doesn't exist.

That Katie-Bar-The-Door and I both came up with this one independently should tell you something.

17. Best trilogy?
The Toy Story trilogy, probably, although I read that Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy just wrapped Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. So possibly that one, depending on how it turns out.

18. Worst trilogy?
I'm sure Meet the Parents or some such thing or the other is the worst, but I only saw part of the first one.

Indeed, therein lies the rub
—because unless you're getting paid to review them, why would you seek out a trio of movies bad enough to qualify as the "worst trilogy of all time"?

So, with that in mind, I'll say the most disappointing trilogy for me that was at least good enough for me to see all three films, was the Star Wars prequel
—because the story of a whinging teenager who destroys the Republic because he's cock-blocked by the some obscure provision of the Jedi code of conduct just didn't resonate with me.

Picture instead, if you will, a story that opens on a swaggering young pilot out of the Harrison Ford/Han Solo mold who is taken under Obi Wan Kenobi's wing during the Clone Wars, taught the ways of the Force, but who turns to the dark side—ala the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib—because he feels that sometimes you have to do what you have to do to save the ideals you love (in this case, the Republic), and in a twist of classical irony, destroys the very thing he is protecting.

19. What’s your favorite word to use in a movie review (if your film blog does not feature reviews, substitute “review” with “-related post”?)
In the past month or so, the word has been "Chaplin."

20. Anything else?
Julie Andrews. What about Julie Andrews, you ask? I don't know. She just popped into my head and I've always dug her and she's still alive. So there.


Erik Beck said...

11 Worst or Most Pointless Remake

Katie-Bar-The-Door is very right. Psycho is the most pointless remake.

For worst, I will go with The Legend of the Lone Ranger - a hideous attempt to revive the franchise.

12 Should have a Remake?

I am really desperate for a new film version of MacBeth.

13 Three favorite film heroes?

Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade (Maltese Falcon)
Han Solo
Indiana Jones

14 Three favorite film villains?

James Earl Jones' Darth Vader
Sydney Greenstreet's Casper Gutman (Maltese Falcon)
Heath Ledger's Joker

15 Best sequel?

I'd go with Dark Knight, as rivalling Godfather II for best sequel ever and one of the few (like Toy Story 2 and 3) that are better than the original

16 Worst sequel?

I have to go with Caddyshack 2. How can a film so funny have a sequel without a single laugh?

Also, the great horror films with sequels - so any sequel to Jaws, The Exorcist or Halloween.

17 Best Trilogy?

Well, if I counted Lord of the Rings, that would be it.

I think I would go with the Dark Knight Trilogy - might not average as high as the original Star Wars Trilogy, but the weakest film (Dark Knight Rises) is better than the other weakest (Return of the Jedi).

18 Worst Trilogy?

The Matrix trilogy. The Transformers films are worse but I'm not sure they're a trilogy and I only saw them because of my awards fixation.

The Matrix films began okay (though massively over-rated) and then descended into pure crap.

19 Favorite Word to use in a Review?

I wish I had an excuse to use Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis because I'm the only person I know who can say it out loud.

20 What's Missing?

Book most in need of being made into a film. I made a whole list at one point, and thankfully Tintin has finally graced the screen. So I'm going with Nova, by Samuel Delany, which could be brilliant.

mister muleboy said...

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mister muleboy said...

Sorry, my link failed.

You can find my brilliance over at

Mouth of the Mule.

Katie said...

The Monkey walked by, read the comments and said that what he should had answered for "What's Missing?" was "A movie made from one of my books." As someone who would like a full time maid, gardener, and other assorted household help so that I have more time for napping, I have to agree with him.

mister muleboy said...

Katie, I'm confused.

I thought that they already had.