Remaking Escape From New York is a bad idea and everyone involved in doing so should be ashamed of themselves.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the news. It seems that Robert Rodriguez is the latest director to find himself at the helm of a new version of John Carpenter‘s dystopian action masterpiece. He’s one in a long line of filmmakers to take a crack at this, so anything can happen. However, there’s something else to gleam from this…
This story was broke by Jeff Sneider over at The Tracking Board, who has a strong record with scoops like this. He reports that Rodriguez is the current frontrunner for the gig, which means that no dotted lines have been signed yet. So while many things could still happen, I’d wager that the Sin City and From Dusk Til Dawn director is, at the very least, near the top of 20th Century Fox’s list.
Carpenter’s 1981 classic starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a criminal recruited to break into the massive prison once known as Manhattan and rescue the president of the United States, who is being held captive there. It’s an effortlessly cool and weird little movie that coasts on a unique attitude that is all its own. It’s the kind of effortlessly badass movie that achieves total badassery by never trying to hard to be badass. You can’t fake that. Trying to recapture that energy feels impossible. Foolhardy, even.
So maybe that’s why this new movie is going the prequel route, following Snake back when he was Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken on a mission to bring in a wealthy heir with a shady past just as a massive hurricane is about to slam into New York City. Presumably, the events of this film will explain why Manhattan is a walled-off wasteland in the original movie while also explaining why Snake’s military career comes to an end. Hell, we’re probably going to learn the source of that eyepatch as well, because everything must be explained. And then, everyone will be free to actually remake the original plot with the new cast because that’s how things roll now.
The current screenplay is by Luther creator Neil Cross, but this project has been in the works for literally a decade. Len Wiseman was going to make it 10 years ago, and then Brett Ratner wanted to tackle it with Gerard Butler, who was riding the 300 wave at the time. A few years after that, it was Breck Eisner.
I have mixed feelings on Rodriguez, a director who has made his fair share of entertaining movies and his fair share of junk. Still, it’s easy to root for the guy and hope he can back into the groove that resulted in fun movies like Desperado and Planet Terror. No one should remake Escape From New York, but if it means Rodriguez finding his feet again…
Anyway, here’s something to consider about this. If Rodriguez is 20th Century Fox’s first choice for this remake, what does that say about Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced science fiction movie he’s currently finishing for them? That’s surely a sign of confidence, that the studio likes what they see and want to stay in the Robert Rodriguez business. In other words: what if Robert Rodriguez has already achieved his comeback and we haven’t even seen it yet? Would that change any minds about him making a new Escape From New York?
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While numerous directors are putting the 70’s and 80’s on a pedestal lately, Anna Biller comes to the table with a meticulously crafted homage to 60’s pulp and technicolor. More impressive than the luscious color and elaborate detail though are the efforts of Biller, who not only wrote, directed and edited, but hand crafted the majority of the costumes and set decorations herself. Her vision, talent and dedication are admirable and subject matter aside, make this a film very well worth watching and appreciating for its ability to bring a world and a concept to life. This is perhaps one of the most perfect examples I’ve seen of the realization of a concept visually; where every aspect feels completely natural, yet is obviously plotted down to the most miniscule element.
The heavy contrast and explosive color make The Love Witch a feast for the eyes, with every article of clothing, piece of jewelry, and knickknack being thoroughly designed and coordinated. Each set is packed with detail and every change of setting equates to a change of wardrobe, with no article of clothing less lush or vibrant than the last. Biller’s design harnesses a perfect vision of 60’s nostalgia, while still weaving in the crispness of modern film making. The soundtrack is also perfectly matched to the visuals, rarely too prominent but nostalgically familiar in its sultry tones and retro mannerisms. The acting and dialogue are similarly retro; often cheesy and stilted, but playfully and purposefully so. Bearing that in mind, it is perfectly enjoyable and suited to the film’s style. I’m no connoisseur of 60’s pulp, but this film was able to transport me to the time and mindset seamlessly and I’d have to imagine bigger fans of the era will take great pleasure in what it has to offer.
So after spilling my guts about how fantastically designed this movie is, you might be asking what the problem is? The plot has drawn some substantial controversy for its feminist elements and projections, but I have to say it wasn’t really what I expected for all the fuss. Samantha Robinson plays the titular Love Witch, who has moved to a new “apartment” (and what an apartment) after the death of her husband, whom she very clearly poisoned. Obsessed with finding real love and her Prince Charming, she dates various men (who keep turning up dead) and occasionally has tea with her new friend Trish (Waddell). The two have differing concepts of feminism and what it takes to earn the love of a man, the concept of which basically underscores the whole plot. While some of the suggestions, namely from Elaine, are rather unhealthy, it’s important to bear in mind the affects of society on these characters, as well as their personal damages. To take any individual message or mantra too close to heart does no good; after all, we do bear witness to the steady dismantling of all the character’s lives thanks to their lust and inability to relate to other views.
My own issues with the plot don’t stem from the feminist element of this movie, which proves to have value to the characters, but simply in the drawn out tale and the very obvious and lackluster conclusion. Though the fallout occurs with enough explosiveness, the final outcome drifts around without repercussions for too long before delivering a heavily telegraphed finale that leaves Elaine almost exactly where she begin, if only with a higher body count. While The Love Witch might provide a character examination of the dangers of certain obsessions and thoughts, it doesn’t feel enriching and the plot as a whole doesn’t really benefit from the inner revelations. Instead, the final package feels more episodic in nature, as though we’ve simply watched a few of Elaine’s exploits, versus the resolution of a larger story. It’s a lovely and entertaining product, but much less compelling and insightful than it could have been. Still, I’m plenty interested in seeing what other kaleidoscopic features Anna Biller will produce in the future.
My Rating: 7/10
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I have around 33K to blow. Should I get a used 2015 BMW Z4 or the new Miata RF GT trim?
Details: - I prefer manual - I have a budget of 33K. - Car will be used for fun
Pros and Cons of Miata Its new. Lightweight. Reliable and cheap to maintain. Handling. Not as much prestige. Spending 33K for a Mazda.
Pros and Cons of BMW Z4 Prestige. Looks good. Refined. Luxurious. Power. Old. Handling is not as good.
I've driven both and still can't decide which to get. What would you do?
Will I go nuts spending all my life at the dealership getting costly repairs? There are actually two for sale near me right now, the other's a 2004 with 110K miles.
Assume for the sake of argument that the dealership does an inspection for me and both vehicles are in great shape, am I still in for big bills either way?
I live in the mountains, want AWD, and love the comfort of a Benz, but the only other Benz I owned was 30 years old and falling apart constantly. Not my best decision ever.
Do i really need to understand the inner-workings of a vehicle? Is the outside just enough? (I.E Functional/Visual Features)
I ask this because i have the chance to start working as some form of "Assistant Seller/Promoter" kinda thing with a Part Time contract and i want to know if i am up to the test!
I do have experience as a Salesman, the part that worries me is that i don't know much about mechanics! I know how to drive and do basic maintenance, as well as the differents types of transmisions and models.
It’s Friday, so we’re ready to take a load off and celebrate the thwarting of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And what better way to kick up our heels than to revel in the news that professional charmers Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are going to combine their powers to put on what could possibly be the most personable musical ever? Variety reports the two affable actors, who last worked together on Stop-Loss, will star in a musical film that Gordon-Levitt will also direct. It won’t be much of a departure for Tatum, who recently starred in Hail, Caesar!, or Gordon-Levitt, who did all kinds of musical things for the now-defunct Pivot.
The film has a working title—Wingmen—and a plot that will center on two pilots (Tatum and Gordon-Levitt) who crash-land in Las Vegas, and presumably have to sing their way out of ...
While the GOP suffered a major setback today with the indefinite tabling of the party’s proposed Obamacare replacement, bringing Republicans nearly to tears over just how unfair it was that they couldn’t condemn millions of Americans to bankruptcy and premature death just to spite former President Obama, not all is lost in the heartless world of conservative politics this week. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to allow internet service providers to share their customers’ private information, including their web browsing histories, without their permission. The reason? Money, of course.
The vote was to overturn privacy rules passed last year by the FCC requiring ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T to obtain permission from customers before sharing their private information. This was apparently deleterious to ISPs’ ability to sell customer data for targeted ads, prompting the Senate to spring into action to protect the poor, beleaguered telecom giants ...
Deadline reports that blood-drenched genre director Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Fox picked up the remake rights to Carpenter’s classic action flick two years ego, emerging victorious from a vicious bidding war.
It’s been three years since Rodriguez last helmed a major studio movie, the disappointing Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Since then, he’s been focused on his own TV network, El Rey, the From Dusk Till Dawn TV show, and putting the pieces into place for his adaptation of anime classic Battle Angel Alita. That being said, if an Escape From New York remake is inevitable, Rodriguez feels like a better-than-average choice to treat Snake Plissken’s cinematic legacy with some modicum of respect. (Fingers crossed that he can get Carpenter to handle the soundtrack duties, too.)
[Note: El Rey, like ...
Weekends are for your roommate being away so you have no shame about sitting on the couch and shouting at the TV while eating nothing but pizza for two days. Also, video games.
I’m finally into the Blood and Wine DLC for The Witcher 3. Someone who is TOTALLY NOT ME started it last weekend while drunk and lost all Geralt’s money buying paintings and sucking at Gwent and now doesn’t have any money for other stuff. That person sure will have to grind a lot of money in The Witcher 3 this weekend. Bummer for that guy.
I’m also going to play some Sunless Sea on my iPad, since it came out yesterday. And I’ve been obsessed with this mobile game Card Thief so will probably start playing it while doing something else and then spend hours doing that.
What about you? What are you playing this weekend?
World of Warcraft gets one of its biggest updates yet on Tuesday, as the Legion expansion’s demon war reaches a fever pitch. Update 7.2 gives players a chance to take the battle directly to the demons’ front door, when they aren’t busy learning to fly, battling through the pet dungeon or engaging in new PVP brawls.
The key focus of the Tomb of Sargeras update is the Broken Shore zone, the scene of the devastating events that launched the Legion expansion pack, leaving both the Alliance and Horde under new leadership. Now players get a chance to strike back. It begins with a multi-stage Assault on Broken Shore event, which leads to players establishing a base on the Isle.
Players will be able to continue their Class quests in the Broken Shore zone as they farm war supplies to construct benefit-giving buildings. Some demons will drop beacons that summon waves of attackers, leading to a raid boss encounter. Players will also gain access to the Cathedral of Eternal Night dungeon, where I am guessing it’s always pretty dark? Sure.
Meanwhile, in the rest of the Broken Isles, players will be participating in Legion Assaults, as the demons up the aggression factor. These special events (which are optional) function sort of like the Demon Invasions that plagued Azeroth proper leading up to the expansion launch, though these will use Legion’s world quest system. During these events players will get a chance to participate in three-man assaults against the Legion command ship leading the incursion.
What else? Players interested in flying in the Broken Isles will be able to take on the second part of the quest line to unlock not walking everywhere. Pet battlers will be able to journey into a new Wailing Cavern dungeon built specifically for Pokemon-style pet battles. And, taking a page from Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch, every other week will see a different player-versus-player battleground brawl, featuring unique twists on classic PVP battles.
I let my World of Warcraft playing lapse a bit after my first two months with Legion—I wasn’t much for the dungeon grind. Sounds like there’ll be plenty of new stuff to draw me right back in when Tomb of Sargeras update 7.2 drops next week.
Check out the official page for more details on what’s coming.
Weather is warm but very blustery.
There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest by the kitchen window.
The barrel garden has a purple hyacinth budding beneath it. The first of the purple grape hyacinths have opened near the patio. Daffodils are budding in the inner ring around the maple tree, and a purple crocus is blooming there. I saw the first blue-and-white violet blooming today.
I used to be able to find all rifftrax movies with commentaries pre-synced when TPB and KAT were the places to go, but now im using https://1337x.to/ and https://rarbg.to/torrents.php and there arent any. So many new ones im missing that im sure people are still putting up somewhere. Anyone know where to find them nowadays? At least Samurai Cop?
YouTube Red has announced an new animated series, Kings of Atlantis, featuring Cody and Joe from the Minecraft-inspired YouTube channel, TheAtlanticCraft. The 13-episode series premieres on April 7th.
Kings of Atlantis is an epic animated series that tells the story of two young monarchs of the vast underwater city of Atlantis, who seek to overthrow the brutal usurper of their kingdom, not only to reclaim their birthright, but also to protect their people from his cruel reign. The series is based on the existing characters and world of TheAtlanticCraft and has been developed into a long-form, premium family series, by digital content studio Omnia Media, in association with Mighty Coconut.
Here is the first official trailer for the series:
This made my day! I was driving my energy green civic near the rutgers campus in NJ and me and a red 10th gen civic exchanged a wave! I've always heard of the car waves but this is the first it's actually happened! I'm so excited! To the red civic with NY plates driving on 18 in new brunswick, thanks for making my day bro!