March 4, 2012
Hollywood, please stop letting Adam Sandler do movies.
I just watched the trailer for his latest movie, “That’s My Boy,” and it is terrible. (P.S. Normally I would post the trailer so you could join in my misery but it is a red band trailer and not safe for work, children or really anyone who enjoys movies.) It looks like it could be worse than when he played twins last year. Sandler was once funny. “Happy Gilmore,” “Billy Madison” and “The Waterboy,” were all pretty funny, but since then, he has just gotten worse and worse. To the point where I want to treat him like the little kid he acts like. No more movies until you can come up with something that is truly funny.
Hollywood, please stop using the movie phone guy voice in “the Artist” TV commercials.
It is ridiculous. I wasn’t paying attention to the commercials on my TV and then I caught what is basically, “In a world where one actor can’t talk, there’s only one girl who can save him.” And I look up and it is a commercial for “The Artist.” They are trying to capitalize on its Oscar success by getting more people to watch it in theaters. I understand this, and I understand it is hard to make a trailer for a silent movie, but using movie phone guy voice is not the way to go. It just made me angry. This movie is more clever than that, so your TV commercials should be, too.
Hollywood, please stop making unwanted sequels and remakes (er reimaginings).
I read this week that they have hired “The Town” writer to pen the script for “Top Gun 2.” No Hollywood, just no. I love “Top Gun.” My cat’s name is Maverick. But I don’t want to see a sequel even if Tom Cruise and Tony Scott are expected to return. Just leave it alone. I don’t want you to tarnish the image I have of the first one with a second-rate sequel.
I also just read they are redoing “Robocop” with Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman from AMC’s “The Killing” set to star in it. Do we really need a remake of “Robocop?”
And don’t try to tell me you are just trying to bring older movies to new audiences, because you aren’t. My guess is that you are trying to have the old audience come out to see the new movie. Well count me out.
Hollywood, thank you for allowing Tim Burton to make a full-length feature of “Frankenweenie.”
The 30-minute short from Burton in 1984 was great. It’s about a dog who gets hit by a car and his owner, a young boy, reanimates the dog a la Dr. Frankenstein. Burton is now doing it as a full-length, stop-action film. While it is an old idea, it is now getting the treatment it deserves.
Here’s the original “Frankenweenie.”
And here’s the trailer for the new film.