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Saturday, April 26, 2008

You Go, Edward Woodward!

There aren't many among the human race who weren't reviled by the utterly asinine 2006 remake of The Wicker Man, starring flavor-of-1987 Nicolas Cage. I know I can safely say it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And now you can add Edward Woodward, Scottish star of the 1973 original cult classic, to the list.

Contactmusic.com quotes the actor as saying, "I didn't watch it. I didn't feel like it. If it was a run-of-the-mill movie, then fine. But The Wicker Man was very special and has claimed a cult following." The 77-year-old Woodward has vowed never to see the remake, and admits to being baffled as to why it was modernized in the first place (answer: a quick and easy buck).

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While I'm on the subject of one of the worst movies of all time, I just wanted to make a quick comment about one of the best. I know There Will Be Blood isn't a horror movie (though it sounds like it would be), but bear with me for a second. I finally saw it last night, and can't stress enough what an astonishing achievement in filmmaking it is. As great as No Country for Old Men was, There Will Be Blood deserved the Oscar. We're talking Citizen Kane-good here. And no, I don't think that's an exaggeration. One of the finest motion pictures ever made. See it at all costs.


gord said...

I completely agree with your opinion on There Will Be Blood. It was nothing short of amazing. I figure the reason it didn't win an Oscar is because it's not a film for everyone. Not every movie goer wants to see a three hour, sprawling, depressing, epic.

And regardless of what people thought of the ending for No Country (which seems to have divided so many), most everyone is interested in it at some level. Plus the Coens have been snubbed for years now

Mr. Karswell said...

There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men are definitely the two absolute BEST American films I've seen so far this year, and I agree with your statements on Blood 100%, it's rare these days when you see a film that actually feels like you're watching A FILM. I mean a REAL film that is actually about something and not pandering to find an audience. Blood is what it is, probably more a testament to the Upson Clair story but still, if I had one word to sum up Anderson's vision it would "haunting." Or maybe "haunted" ? We should appreciate the fact that there are filmmakers like him out there willing to deliver something other than the typical visionless Hollywood bullshit starring a bunch of overrated super models in roles that are way over their own stupid heads. And goddamn, Daniel Day Lewis once again proves (as he did in Gangs of NY) that he can be the scariest MF on the planet with just a subtle quiet glare or a simple single word. Freddy and Jason would even shudder.

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