The Friday Fives

1. What bad film could be made into a great film if it were to be remade?

Mitchell!  (A Mystery Science Theater 3K film) with Jo Don Baker) It could be refilmed with George Clooney or Daniel Craig and made into a decent detective thriller.

2. Probably asked and answered, but, what is the absolute worst movie of all time? [defend]

Referencing above, take some time, go online and try, just try and watch the original, unedited version of “Manos, Hands of Fate.”  Just awful.

3. Conversely, the absolute best, bar none? [defend]

Casablanca.  A nearly perfect film, shot for shot, scene for scene.

4. What makes a better movie adaptation: a Nonfiction story or book or a novel to film?

The subject matter is not important – it is the film director and art director and some savvy editing that can take a film from “Okay” to “Great.” 

5. Off to youtube – whats a good ‘Tube post/link/scene from a movie that brings back the whole film so you don’t need to rewatch it?

John Wayne’s introductory scene in “Big Jake”


2 Replies to “The Friday Fives”

  1. 1) The Stand. Unlike the latest version of “IT”, the Stand has never been done justice with a large budget.

    2) Dammit, Greg. No wonder we are friends. I was gonna say Freddy got fingered, but I will go with Zombeavers…I believe it was Roy and Greg that made me…no, forced me…no, raped me with that movie.

    3) Again, I was thinking Shawshank…but I will go with another of my favorite movies, Never cry wolf, 1983 movie that sums up a lot about a lot in my thinking.

    4) There has been great and horrific of both genres. I suppose a book allows more creative license without serious public blowback. When you start fukking around with real stories and I find out just how much it was fukked with, that can turn a good movie into a “why you do that?” movie.

    5) I got two, from arguably the best shlocky movies ever.

  2. 1. Scooby Doo. The first attempt hit a lot of the right notes, but Freddy and Daphne needed to be recast. (Of course Matthew Lillard would have to return as Shaggy. He was robbed of an Oscar nom IMHO.)

    2. Private Resort. It was Johnny Depp’s first movie after Nightmare on Elm Street. It also featured Rob Morrow in his movie debut. The IMDB blurb pretty much sums it up, “The story of two adolescent boys who are guests at a Florida resort for the week-end. Their only interest is, of course, chasing girls.” Remarkably bad.

    3. I’m going to go with the 1985 Merchant/Ivory interpretation of “A Room with a View.” Technically it is nearly flawless–I can spot two *possible* continuity errors in a film made with nothing more than eyeballs and cameras. Also, the script captures E.M. Forster’s voice perfectly.

    4. My favorite movies are usually based on fiction books. So that is my bias.

    5. Airplane is a classic. Here’s a quick taste of why.

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