Anyone else out already on this week’s topic?
Got to thinking about the movies we haven’t seen from Barbryn’s thread. I really see very few movies these days. Mostly due to logistics – I’m in the boondocks now and not a city, and i don’t drive. My tastes are admittedly fairly narrow. And i just seem to get irritated at all of the remakes – can’t anyone do anything original anymore?
The G had the above trailer today – apparently they’ve done a remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. First thought – are they stark raving nuts, trying to remake perfection? A 5+ hour TV series down to a 2 hour movie? But then i saw the trailer and the cast list. Oh my. Gary Oldman takes over the lead Alec Guiness role. (I do have a possible reservation or two about casting Colin Firth as Haydon.)
Maybe it is due for a remake. I re-read the Smiley/Karla books a year or two ago, it was weird how dated the geopolitics and technology are. Just can’t wait to see it now.
Any films, TV shows, that you think might benefit from a remake? Who would you cast, and who would direct? I’d maybe love to see a Prime Suspect movie, but it couldn’t really be anyone else but Helen Mirren, could it. If not her, maybe a remake in another 20 years or so.
What about foreign film remakes? I couldn’t bring myself to see the American remake of La Femme Nikita. I loved Belle Du Jour, and great as Catherine Deneuve was, i could see someone else taking over the role. I just shudder to think how a remake for the American market would turn out. Monsieur Hire? Hmm. Could work.
Any book adaptions you’d like to see? A decade or two ago, word was that David Lynch had an option on D.M. Thomas’ The White Hotel. Far as i’m aware, it never happened. Shame.
I feel badly that i missed all of the birthday threads last week, so can i wish a very happy birthday, many more, and a wonderful year to Steen, Maki, Bish, Mr. Blimpy, Glassarfempty, and anyone else that i hopefully didn’t miss.
And apologies ahead of time if i’m a bad thread host this week and don’t get back in a timely fashion.