(Warning: Possible plot spoilage happening here.)
The other day I found out that the movie they’re advertising by this name is a
remake. Found out because one of the tv stations showed the original. This
itself was odd. Maybe because it’s non-ratings season, (and of course because
it’s been dragged up by Hollyweird again) but rare are the times that they put a
1960 movie on at 8:30pm.
I wish they’d do it more often. Generally, old movies are easier to watch, the violence, if there is any is much lighter and the whole thing goes slower
therefore easier to understand. They’re funny in their antiquatedness and also
interesting from that angle.
I haven’t seen this new version so I don’t know how closely they followed the
plotline of the original. It had an unexpectedly quirky ending; the heroes
didn’t get their money.
To me this oldie highlighted how the values of Hollyweird have changed. Of
course, even Hollyweird has bosses they answer to – but it’s the directors,
stylists, and casting agents who tell us what we want. It’s not `give the
audience what they want’, it’s `We’ll give the audience what we want’.
The original starred (Mr.) Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., another
guy who looked familiar but who I couldn’t put a name to (the guy who croaked
it) and another guy who looked oddly similar to Biily Crystal! Hahah
Now let’s compare this to Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts … (I don’t
know who the hell the rest of them are).
But my point is that Now – there is less emphasis on talent and more on looks.
Put aside the question, `Can any of them act?’ – because I can’t answer it.
What is good acting? I don’t know… I feel like all this watching of
Hollyweird’s output has completely blunted any sense I had of what good acting
Acting as a creative endevour is right up the other end from where I am. it’s
alien to me — there’s no way I could ever do it. i should ask my sister if she
can tell good from bad – she’s into drama.
Ah – hang it – I’ll have a go anyway – Franky S. can’t act. -1960 he looked
quite young – it took me a while to catch on that it was actually him, and he
didn’t do any singin. I don’t think Sammy Davis is much of an actor either, but
then, he’s got a brilliant singin voice, and they gave him a bit of a run in
Dean Martin is probably the only one of them all who’d cut it in today’s
modern Hollyweird. This is because he fits into the “Dreamboat” catagory. (I
say this as a happily hetro fella, but who can openly recognise a handsome man
when he sees one.) Martin can also sing – and got to, incedentally, they also
gave him a lot of the funny lines too, so his character really shined.
This is what I’m saying – talent like singing ability these days is worth little
compared to looks — or so say the powers that be in Hollyweird.
Of the 3 modern day actors that I know of in the remake – I don’t think any can
act — Clooney should stay on tv, Pitt gets roles based on spunk-ability (and
the crowd that’ll pull (this brings up the question of beauty: do we know what
we like, or are we conditioned through mass-media to like what we know — I’ll
leave this for another time) (although I did like Pitt in Johnny Suede) and
Julia Roberts, from all appearances, seems like a lovely person, but I don’t
think she can act either, and is starting to go the way of the `Jack Nicholson’
figure – where the actor shows up to any sort of movie and plays themselves
rather than a specific role.
So what actors do I like? I s’pose I make my judgements based on what type of
roles they take, and how well they fit the roles. Keven Spacey is good, John
Malkovich, Judy Davis, Samuel L Jackson… I can’t think of many right now.
If I was an actor I don’t think I’d be satisfied with taking a role in a remake
of essentially what was a dud movie to begin with.
They always do that. Haven’t you ever noticed whenever a supposed new Holywood “blockbuster” comes
out, the Saturday/Sunday night movie turns into a) the latest “hit” movie one of the stars (or preferably) both were in,
or b) in the case of remakes, show the old movie.
Pushes up ratings :)
“Hey, that guy thats in that new movie is going to be on tonight.” – Famous last free-thinking words
phony bolognese – 02.03.02, 09:20