November 2011

American Adaptations: Please, Hollywood, Stop!

I know there is a need in Hollywood for fresh ideas, and one of the best places to find them is to simply rob the neighbors, but it’s getting out of control.

First of all, these movies are never as good as the originals – no exceptions.  I know everyone raved about Scorsese’s adaptation of Infernal Affairs into the hit movie The Departed, but, even though it was a decent (and Academy Award winning) movie in its own right (and I happen to love Scorsese) it still did not carry the same punch that the original did.

Review: Kikujiro (1999)

I’ve always been a fan of “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, even in the many ridiculous gangster roles that he has played throughout the years.  He brings a style to his characters that make them appealing to the viewer.  Many people may only know this guy from Takeshi’s Castle, but those that do know him know that he’s a comedian first and an actor second.  Which made him perfect for his role in Kikujiro.