May 07, 2009

Creative bankrupcy

Via, we learn that they're going to redo Red Dawn.

It was an OK film, but definitely a creature of its time. It was during the Cold War, after all. And the main reason it was decent was because Patrick Swayze was in it. And Charlie Sheen was pretty good, too. Plus Powers Booth as the Air Force pilot who eventually trained the Wolverines and made them an effective force.

Everything I read in that post says "third rate horseshit" to me. Definitely not a film to look forward to -- assuming it gets made, which I bet it doesn't. Lots of films get to the scripting stage and go no further; it's the way the business runs.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 05:08 PM | Comments (10) | Add Comment
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1 So, are you saying they've ran out of artistic skill, or that they've discovered a new and innovative way to lose money? 

Posted by: metaphysician at May 07, 2009 06:15 PM (WPSw+)

2 I think the answer to your question is "yes".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 07, 2009 06:26 PM (+rSRq)

3 "Via" in "the link is here", or "Via" as in "I'm cursing like I've been in Hammer's Slammers for ten years"? Either works...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at May 07, 2009 08:04 PM (pWQz4)

4 "Via" is what I use now instead of "On screen".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 07, 2009 08:53 PM (+rSRq)

5 "Via" makes more sense, since it's a blogging standard. The "On Screen" was supposed to refer to Startrek somehow, but I could never figure it out. Usually the captain calls "on screen" to bring up a visual to the big screen, and somehow this does not click with "I have received this information thanks to...".

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 07, 2009 09:37 PM (/ppBw)


I have a bad feeling about this movie.

They can't make Americans the good guys anymore, so expect to see all sorts of angst as the Wolverines wonder if they're on the right side and also expect to see the politicians working with the enemy as thinly disguised Republicans, extra points if they get Teh Fred to play one.

Nope, Hollywood is far too political to ever allow a movie with unashamed American values free.

Heck, it would surprise me not at all if this remake is set in Iraq or Afghanistan and the Wolverines are fighting against the Imperialist Americans with Israelis playing the part of the Cuban allies.

Quick question, which one (1) movie since 9/11 has America as the good guys in the War on (Some) Terror?

Team America, the one with the non-anatomically correct puppet-sex scene.

In all the rest, we're the bad guys.

Posted by: Veeshir at May 08, 2009 07:18 AM (ThMnZ)


Yeah, the post I linked to said:

The cause of the invasion? Oil, of course. There are hints that America is kinda to blame, too. In today’s PC environment, that’s not too much of a surprise.

As you say, making America or American's heroic is just not acceptable in this day and age. Americans are supposed to doubt, apologize, and do penance. The only good Americans are anti-American Americans.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 08, 2009 09:43 AM (+rSRq)


Without getting into the politics of it all, I remember seeing the movie at the theater and laughing through the opening invasion of Colorado by the Cubans. It was the one scene where the commander stoops down and takes a pistol from a dead citizen. As he does so, we see the bumper sticker on a truck.  "They can have my guns when they pry them from my cold dead hands!"

I cracked up and said to my friend "this film has to have been financed by the NRA!"

Funny how you don't see that bumper sticker around so much any more...

Posted by: ubu at May 08, 2009 09:52 AM (i7ZAU)

9 One of the things about it that didn't age at all well was the fact that a lot of the invaders were Nicaraguans. That was topical when the film was made (this was in the era of the Sandinistas) but seems strange now.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 08, 2009 11:04 AM (+rSRq)

10 Robocop might also be remade ("might" because Sony said "no", but MGM said "yes").

I'd rather they just make a Robocop IV than rehash the original.

Posted by: Zyrkon at May 08, 2009 02:24 PM (PBdV8)

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