Screen Junkies » miami vice Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 7 Instances Of Good Directors Choosing Very Bad Sequels And Remakes Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:55:41 +0000 Penn Collins I wanted to put Gus Van Sant's remake of 'Psycho' on here seven times, but my editor wouldn't let me.

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Today it was announced that lauded Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson would move from producer to director for the next episode of the Tintin franchise with The Adventures of Tintin 2. The first installment, directed by no less than Steven Spielberg, was meet with critical “meh,” and is often cited as proof that, if Spielberg can’t make it work, maybe this mo-cap thing isn’t so hot after all.

Making Jackson’s decision all the more conspicuous is the fact that he’ll be preceding the project with back-to-back Hobbit films. I guess he views Tintin as a vacation, much as we viewed the first one a vacation for Spielberg. Unfortunately, Jackson isn’t alone in tacking his name onto a tired or beaten property, as this list of great directors who tackle bad franchises would indicate.

Read this list, then bite your lip and imagine what they could have done.

Brett Ratner – Red Dragon

Red Dragon, though not a terrible film, seemed like a horrible waste of resources for many involved, mainly due to the tremendous dip in quality from The Silence of the Lambs to its sequel, Hannibal. Red Dragon was prequel to the series, and a remake of Michael Mann’s film Manhunter. Dragon starred Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ralph Fiennes and Harvey Keitel. While I would say that the film was didn’t maximize much of the talent involved, its most glaring shortcoming was in the direction by Brett Ratner, who serves as a pretty strong action-comedy director, but can’t seem to steer away from that genre successfully.

So this could prequel/remake was outside of Ratner’s wheelhouse, but even if it wasn’t, we would have probably enjoyed a different Ratner film more, provided it wasn’t Rush Hour 2.5 or something.

Gus Van Sant – Psycho

Gus Van Sant is a fine, fine director, and Psycho is an American classic. It’s for these two reasons that these two things should never have been close enough to touch. Van Sant went whole hog with the “homage” concept and directed the film as a shot-for-shot remake, adding virtually nothing to the story, save for some color and a new cast.

The film probably achieved exactly what Van Sant intended, which is the reason that so many critics and viewers alike were wondering what the purpose of this whole exercise was.

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Iconic 80′s Movie Fashions We Want Brought Back Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:30:34 +0000 Penn Collins In honor of the return of Marty McFly's sneakers.

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Simpler times, those 80’s. Actually, wait. No. More complex times. The high school hierarchy was tantamount to an Indian caste system, everyone was meaner because they were on cocaine, and it seems like bullies were a bigger threat than al-Qaeda is today.

So, more complex times, I guess. But it’s hard not to long for the era represented in movies of our childhood. We can’t relive those days, but we can still dress like the 80’s. Recently, Nike made the announcement that they’re releasing Marty McFly’s Nikes from Back to the Future 2. They might not have power laces, but it’s insane to think that these won’t be the hottest shoes since #23 laced up.

Are we nostalgic yet? Technically, those “80’s” shoes were from the future, but since we’re talking McFly, let’s look back at some 80’s fashions we’d like to bring back while we’re bringing back 80’s shoes that were actually supposed to be from this era. I’ve got a headache.

And in case you missed it, here’s the Nike ad for Marty’s shoes…

9. Hockey Jersey

Hockey jerseys: when sweatpants aren’t apathetic enough. Nowadays, the only champion of the hockey jersey is (shudder) Kevin Smith. It used to be that wearing one meant you didn’t give a damn in a cool way. Now it seems to mean you just don’t give a damn.

Icons: Cameron (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

8. Canadian Tuxedo

Here’s an instance of Back to the Future displaying a fashion that actually is from the 80’s. Denim. Denim wherever you can cram it into your outfit. The more the better. You won’t look ridiculous. You’ll look like a sleek urban cowboy, only instead of rustling steer, you’ll rustle up women and jealous stares.

Icons: Marty McFly (Back to the Future) Audrey Griswold (European Vacation)

7. Shoulder Pads For Girls

Linebackers ARE sexy. So it’s no wonder that women took the initiative to give themselves wide, angular shoulders that made them look like walking V’s. Of course, congestion in narrow hallways reached an all-time high, so the style was dropped as quickly as it was embraced. However, with today’s hallways bigger than ever, let the women broaden their shoulders.

Icons: Every Heather (Heathers), Working Girls (Working Girl)

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