The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Weekend before last Sherry and I took in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was different from the book in many ways, but as long as the plot consisted of random events and deus ex machinae, the movie was going to be faithful to the spirit of the written material. (Though I object to the portrayal of Zaphod Beeblebrox as an airhead.)

Because the movie was shown in a second-run theater, I was subjected to only one preview: For Herbie Reloaded, the Lindsey Lohan Herbie-the-love-bug movie. And that's not the only example of Hollywood's complete inability to come up with new ideas: This summer will see the release of The Honeymooners, War of the Worlds, and perhaps most inappropriately, Bewitched. What part of Nicole Kidman's work convinced a producer that she could do light comedy? It's not a good sign that the movie posters don't actually show Kidman or her co-star Will Farrell. (The fact that Farrell starred in a 60's TV sitcom ripoff, and an ancient conquerer epic, shows that he is a great actor. Or that Oliver Stone is a fucking idiot. Or that I can't tell one Farrell from another, as Rob pointed out in the comments.)

Roger Simon notes that box office receipts are down this year. How surprising is that? Look at what Hollywood did with somewhat original material, The Crusades: They turned it into a diversity seminar. The First Crusade, while grossly immoral, was an incredibly exciting tale of how the Christian knights fought much larger armies while clawing and scratching to a desperate victory in Jerusalem. During my plane rides to and from New York I read stirring tales about the opening moves of World War I (The Guns of August) and the American Revolution (1776). The fucking History Channel puts out more exciting entertainment than mainstream movie studios.


3 comments

3 Comments:

I think you've got Will (a huge Angel fan, BTW!) and Colin mixed up. Though Colin Farrell is starring in the new Miami Vice movie, so your point about recycled crap in Hollywood is well taken.

By Blogger Richard, at 10:45 PM  

And in 2006 Will is starring in Curious George and Joan of Bark: The Dog Who Saved France. Mmm, smell the quality!

By Blogger Floyd, at 10:25 PM  

"Joan of Bark: The Dog Who Saved France"

Sweet Jeebus. And it's directed by David Mamet!

By Blogger Richard, at 2:05 AM  

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