a few things:
A–Have your heard? According to The Guardian, Neil Gaiman is going to adapt American Gods to screen for HBO. Are we excited?! Yes. But who should be cast? Sean suggested Brian Cox would be a good fit for Wednesday. I’m curious to see how it all shakes out.
B–Have you read this? I meant to mention this NY York Times film article by Manohla Darghis and A.O. Scott earlier. “Babies to Heroes: A Field Guide to Big-Screen Men” is about male archetypes in today’s movies. What do you think? What do you think about The Husband? I despise the idea that the empowered female necessitates/equates to the emasculation of her partner; when will we get past this? “A man rearing children in partnership with a woman is barely a man at all, but a man raising kids by himself is perfect,” the section ends. Darghis and Scott’s readings of current archetypes are dead-on however depressing the implication.
C–Have you seen Carl V.’s review of Conan the Barbarian (2011)? His lament? It is wonderful.
Aside: The subject of remakes and sequels returns me to a
question rant I’ve been mulling over: Are we just leaving it up to the Independent branches of Studios, as well as the true Indies, to create original content, while the Major Studios re-boot and sequel the crap out of old (recycled/upcycled) content? The exceptions being, of course, Directors’ and Producers’ own original works making it to screen, making use of their industry footholds. Outside of Pixar, most (if not all) Family Films are adapted from books–not that I am unhappy to see these author’s getting picked up. But, seriously? Next thing you’ll know, most of the juvenile graphic novels section will be novelizations and adaptations from film and literature.
What do you think about the barrage of re-makes and re-boots? Comforting? Tiresome? How does Nostalgia come into play? And how can we make it stop. I mean, another Spiderman re-boot, so soon?!