All the remakes that come out used to make me angry. That must also have been the case when this came out back in 2003, although I can't remember now. Nowadays I don't feel that strongly about remakes any longer, or even the massive production of sequels / prequels / reboots. I guess it doesn't matter.
That being said, I guess some films actually could do with a remake? And maybe even become a good one?
Well, The Texas Chainsaw…
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was the classic at this year's Ramaskrik, in connection to its 40th anniversary (the film, not the festival). Of course I attended, since it would be the first time for me to watch it in a theater. And, according to my notes, seven years had passed since I last saw it in any shape or form. It was rewatch time!
The film has apparently gone through one of the most extensive restoration processes in movie…
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…
Toho (the studio) had estimated that Seven Samurai was to be completed during the course of eleven weeks. Kurosawa had very different ambitions and extended production to last for a whole year. Of course he then ran out of money several times, and had to require additional funding from the studio. And Toho gave in every time. From then on, Kurosawa became known as Tenno. The Emperor.
Minoru Chiaki, who plays Heihachi in the film, has told the following anecdote…