Mr. Cellophane

In a location adjacent to a place in a city of some significance, what comes out of my head is plastered on the walls of this blog.

Monday, February 11, 2013

"ReBoot!": Europe's Most Wanted

Timecop - Special agents monitor the time stream and keep people from futzing around with time for their own gain. Maybe, I'm just fascinated by time travel stories, but we need another version of this story, not so much to supplant the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie (really, it's one of his better vehicles) or the short-lived 1997 TV series. We just need, in my view, something (movie, comic book, what have you) every 7-10 years. It's an awesome idea that deserves to be kept fresh in people's minds.

The Invention of Lying - In a world where everyone can only be brutally honest with each other, one man finds that he has the ability to lie and uses it to his advantage. The first half of this movie is one of the most underrated comedies of recent memory...then it gets bogged down in rom-com nonsense and flies off the rails. Too bad. A revamp of this movie could answer some intriguing questions about how we relate to each other...and speaking of questions, I think we could do with some kind of explanation about how Mark (Ricky Gervais) was even able to suddenly lie (so far, all I have is 'genetic anomaly').

Wild Wild West - All right, it's been thirteen and a half years. Let's just admit that there were some good things about Barry Sonnenfeld's would-be blockbuster: the costumes, the production design, Elmer Bernstein's score (you hear that, Agony Booth?!), "Shoot him in the head.", Kevin Kline (but then, when is he not good?), the back-and-forth between West and Loveless... However, the sex jokes just kill the film on its feet. The 60s TV series was a pretty neat idea: James Bond in the Old West. Pretty simple. Why not do that?



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