“Day the Earth Stood Still” remake exemplifies Hollywood mentality on “improving” old films: “I know! We’ll make the robot BIGGER!”
Archive for December 11th, 2008
@hlkneedler Well, I guess now they’ll think twice about giving you chores to do, won’t they?
I neglected to tell you that “Dear Zachary,” one of the year’s best films and an extraordinarily moving documentary, was airing last Sunday on MSNBC. I totally forgot. Did MSNBC promote it? Would someone who never watches MSNBC have had any way of knowing it was coming up?
Anyway, we are in luck, because MSNBC is showing it again this Sunday at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST). Set your DVR and steel your emotions for an engrossing true-crime drama, a touching tribute to a murdered friend, and a gut-punching story about good’s attempt to triumph over evil.
In the meantime, avoid reading too much about the film. My review is safe, and so is the trailer (below), but some reviews and YouTube comments have been careless about spoilers. The less you know beforehand, the better.
P.S. I’m told that while the theatrical version has some swears — and you’d swear too, in these circumstances — they’ve been bleeped for MSNBC’s broadcast.
To anyone who saw “Dear Zachary” on MSNBC last week: Was the profanity (the original had some F-bombs) included or not?
is continuing his streak, 34 years running, of not caring about the Golden Globes.
Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com: “Jack Frost” (1998) http://tinyurl.com/6hydph
This week’s edition of Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com continues the seasonal festivities with “Jack Frost,” a heartwarming family comedy from 1998 about a boy’s dad being reincarnated as a snowman. It’s one of those films that never had a chance of being good, doomed for failure from the moment someone thought of it.
There was another film called “Jack Frost” just two years earlier, a horror comedy about a serial killer who becomes a murderous snowman. Never having seen either “Jack Frost” but knowing they both had Eric’s Bad Movies potential, it was hard to choose which one to do. I ultimately went with the schmaltzy one because I figured it had a better chance of being outrageously wrongheaded. The horror “Jack Frost” actually sounds like it might be a good idea, at least for a tongue-in-cheek slasher movie.
Next week’s film will be Christmas-related again — in fact, the word “Christmas” is right there in its title! Its star was in some beloved movies, too, and he is dead now. Those are your hints.