Personally, I'm really excited about this remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing" that is opening tomorrow. Do you know what aspect of the original I've never liked and have always thought could be improved by modern actors, writers and GC effects?
NONE.
     There is no part of the 1982 version of that film that can be improved on. The Howard Hawks version from 1951 COULD be improved on, which is why they, well, improved it. The 1982 version is a perfect example of passionate, talented filmmakers making something so wonderfully timeless that if will remain a classic forever. I have nothing personal against this new version, but watch this scene below and tell me that something is missing from this that modern, computer effects can improve on. 

     It's probably for the best that I don't want to see it. This way, I can spend more time seeing "Drive". I'm a bit embarrassed by the fact that I've only seen it twice. That's not nearly enough times to see what is clearly the best film of the decade.


     I'm not totally sure when or how this post became an advertisement for "Drive', but there you go. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sleep, while visions of awesome scorpion adorned jackets dance   
 
 
     I decided to ignore the advice of some trustworthy friends, business associates and Rotten Tomatoes and see the new "Conan The Barbarian" movie. It was part of a double feature and it was at a drive-in.
As a result of all of that, technically, I did not walk out. I guess I "Drove out". I've only ever walked out of about three or four movies ever (one of which I later bought on DVD. It's along story. Maybe I'll tell it on here sometime), so it takes something truly offensive to get me to leave a moving picture show. I'm sure part of it is that the 1st movie, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", was excellent. I'm sure part of it is that I'd been away from my dog for a while and I knew that she really needed to be let out. Mostly, however, it was that this new Conan movie hit me pretty hard. 
     The original "Conan the Barbarian" from 1982, is one of my favorite movies ever made. It's very fun, very watchable and, sad to say, a seemingly unrepeatable feat. It took itself deadly seriously in a way that only a script by John Milius and Oliver Stone could. It had very sparse dialogue, copious amounts of blood and, most importantly, never once looked down on or pandered to it's audience.
     This new film is awful, at least the first half hour was. It was so bland and redundant and boring that I took a lot of offense to how much of a discrepancy there was between it and the first one. The worst part of all of this is that I still am going to see the remake of "Fright Night" that is out now and the remake of "The Thing" later this year. Three of my favorite films from the 80's all remade and released in a matter of months.


What the hell is wrong with us?