05 May 2009

Remake Of A Remake (Prequel to the Sequel)

Now that just about every goddamn comic book hero and old television show has been made, sorry, I mean "re-imagined" into a movie, Hollywood is betting on prequels. So now that we've replayed every scenario and put a few hundred million behind it we're rewinding the tape and running it up the proverbial flagpole again. The message is clear: Hollywood will bet on anything but an original idea.

Therefore I was quite surprised the other day to see a trailer for a somewhat original movie, "Julie & Julia". It is based on a book (Julia's memoir written with Alex Prud'homme, My Life in France) - but that wasn't enough. The movie execs were still afraid. So fearful at releasing an original movie they decided to awkwardly shove another story into the plot - a plot based upon another book. This one by Julie Powell, a blogger who tries to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, in 365 days. Yeah, I was confused, too.

So, in the spirit of things, let us rerun some of the posts that have received the biggest response over the past year. The cult classics, if you will.

Foiled Again: NPR's Tweed Wall Of Silence

F DiFara's

Bring Me The Head Of George Oliphant


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