Archive for April, 2010

Coming Attraction: The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It

April 11, 2010

Click here to watch the trailer for The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It

Yes, this is a real movie, and yes, that is the real title. If you haven’t figured it out from the title, this is a spoof of Judd Apatow comedies.

There is a certain connotation that goes with movies with long titles. I’m thinking of movies like Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazahkstan and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. These movies present themselves as quirky, different, and unbound by the normal conventions of movie titling. The 41 Year Old Virgin doesn’t appear to have any of those qualities. Instead, it looks like a mindless spoof (has there ever been a good spoof other than Airplane!?).

What is the point of parodying movies that are already comedies? I can understand making light of disaster movies or horror movies, but comedies are already funny to begin with. And all of the jokes from the 41 Year Old Virgin trailer are either direct scenes from other movies or outdated pop culture jokes such as the “Can you hear me now?” cell phone guy. These scenes from the original movies already seemed outrageous, trying to make them more outrageous was just a fruitless pursuit.

I’m going to give this spoof a 0.5 on the Potential Meter. Please avoid it when it comes out on June 8.

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The Remake Pile: April

April 9, 2010

I’m thinking about making The Remake Pile a monthly edition, because it seems like every few weeks or so I hear about several new remakes coming down the pike. Some remakes are abominations, like Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes; and some remakes surpass the originals, like John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 classic The Thing From Another World. I’ve found that I have somewhat of an interest in remakes, mostly, I think, because it is a good intellectual exercise in movie comparisons.

So, here we go with this month’s list.

Swamp Thing

Splice director Vincenzo Natali has a strong interest in remaking this 1980’s sludgy cult classic, says the SciFi Squad.

Horror maestro Wes Craven helmed the original Swamp Thing in which a scientist turned into the titular character when he jumped into the swamp after a fiery accident. I think a remake could be good if they go for a creepy atmosphere instead of a cheesy over-the-top quality. We’ll see what direction they go.

Let the Right One In

The remake will be called Let Me In and is due to be released in October of this year. The studio producing Let Me In is Hammer films. The same Hammer Films that made all those British Dracula movies from the 50’s but has not released anything in the last 30 years. So they’re basically hoping that this remake will relaunch the studio. (source: Cinematical)

They’ve hired on Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) to direct. I thought Cloverfield (the movie about a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on New York) was handled well and I hope that he can bring the same kind of mysterious quality to Let Me In. I just hope they don’t water it down to a PG-13 movie.

Piranha

According to the MTV Movie Blog, Piranha remake director Alexandre Aja promises record breaking bloody violence. “I don’t remember the exact number,” he told MTV, “but we’ve passed Kill Bill. You’ve never seen something like that before.”

The MTV interview made it seem like the new Piranha will not take itself seriously, and really, how can a movie about killer fish take itself seriously? And also, it’s in 3D! So it’s got that going for it. Piranha is due out this year in August.