Red Dawn: The Worthless Remake


Anyone that reads this blog knows I hate remakes. I don’t pretend. But I will give credit where credit is due – True Grit, 3:10 To Yuma, The Thing, Last House On The Left. These all brought something to the table and were worthwhile remakes. When I first heard they were remaking Red Dawn I actually thought it may actually be a good idea. With the state of the world as it is today it seemed like it was a story worth telling again. I was even excited about the fact that they were using the Chinese as the bad guys. It made sense.

That was 2009.

By the time the movie hit theaters some three years later I had lost all hope that the movie could actually be good. Why? Not because it sat on the shelf. No. That’s easily explained due to MGM’s bankruptcy issues. The reason I lost faith was that the studio decided that China was too big a movie market to use them as a villain and potentially lose millions in revenue. So, instead, they changed the villain to North Korea because it’s okay to hate them unless you’re Dennis Rodman. The movie that’s creative decisions are made by following the dollar is not a movie worth seeing.

With all that said I want to tell you that I went into the movie with an open mind. But that didn’t last long. The moment the first car chase happened I was over being nice to the movie. The movie had a promising cast, an interesting director, even some really cool stunt work. But none of that could save the movie from the studio.

You know, I would normally go on and on about how much I hated the movie but just read my Twitter feed for the 23 tweets I sent out while watching it. They’re probably more entertaining than the movie itself.

Sorry for the lazy blogging. The movie just kinda put me in a mood. I need to watch something better to get this bad taste out of my mouth. Where’s my copy of Showgirls?

1 out of 5 stars.


Possible Guardians Of The Galaxy News

It is being rumored that Marvel may have settled on a director for their upcoming adaptation of the Guardians Of The Galaxy comics. Ever since Marvel has been making movies they have made bold choices in who directs their movies. Even with their missteps you can’t help but respect the thought behind it. As much as I loved the idea of Ang Lee making a Hulk movie it didn’t turn out well. That doesn’t mean I won’t give Marvel a large heaping of respect for thinking outside the box.

They are continuing the trend of making bold choices if this rumor is correct. James Gunn, the man behind such films as Tromeo & Juliet and Dawn Of The Dead as a writer and Slither and Super as a director, is reportedly in talks to make the film. This is great news. The man has a wonderful sense of humor and can also go very dark. He is very skilled as a writer and director. It seems strange that a man who’s films have barely registered as a blip at the box office would be the director of choice for such a film unless you consider his relationship with Avengers director Joss Whedon. They have been friends for years. Whedon even named the character of Gunn on Angel after him. Given that Marvel is very happy with Whedon after what he did with Avengers and even helping Kenneth Branagh find his Thor in Chris Hemsworth I would imagine that his word is gold around the Marvel offices right now.

If you haven’t seen Slither or Super you owe it to yourself to seek them out. They are both very good movies. Gunn also recently created a video game called Lollipop Chainsaw that I hear is quite fun. The only thing I haven’t really liked that he wrote was the first two Scooby Doo movies. I don’t really blame him for that though. I saw glints of Gunn’s sensibilities there but they seemed to be watered down in favor of keeping the films more family friendly. It was Scooby Doo after all.

If James Gunn is involved with Guardians this just jumped up on my must see list. The other good thing is that he and Whedon are both good friends with Nathan Fillion who is the fan favorite to play Ant Man. With two directors pushing for Fillion to be a part of the Marvel Universe we may actually get to see this happen.