by Anthony King
If you'll allow, some news at the top...
Life is a'changin' over here at the King house. With both boys playing hockey and yours truly attempting to play hockey we're at one of the five ice rinks in town five nights a week now. Plus with Dear Old Dad back to work, this has led to some sacrifices. The first being that I'm not sitting on my fat ass for hours on end and watching four movies a day. The other casualty of the hockey life is my podcast, Cult Movies Podcast. While I'm not saying it's officially dead, CMP will be lying dormant for the next several months. While I'm a little sad about it, this was an easy decision to make in order to be the biggest cheerleader for my children.
Now, while I'm now longer watching 50 movies every month, I'm still managing to squeeze one in every day. After all, cinema waits for no Hockey Dad. And with no audio outlet to bloviate about all the wonders of film in which I partake, I'm bringing the old format back. For those new to NoF, it's a bit like the “Have you seen anything good lately?” portion of FTM. I'll catch you up on what I've been watching and then I'll cull some sort of topic out of thin air. (Originally, this column was born out of my love for Jonas Mekas' "Movie Journal" column in The Village Voice. Anyways, for god's sake, let's get on with it!Martyrs (2008), David Moreau's and Xavier Palud's Them (2006), Alexandre Aja's High Tension (2003), and Alexanre Bustillo's and Julien Maury's Inside (2007). These (including the American film) are all glossy films with intentions to disturb. Last House '09, while a remake of a classic genre film, can stand on its own merits, proving that not all remakes are shit.The Blob (1988), and Paul Schrader's Cat People (1982) among others. Mind you, I'm speaking only of horror remakes. Not too long ago I was of the populace who counted all remakes (barring those mentioned above) to be worthless trash. All remakes. Oh how naive I was. And angry about something that ultimately doesn't matter. Folks, honestly, who gives a shit if someone decides to remake your favorite movie? I haven't seen Exorcist: Believer (2023) yet, but judging by all the negative reactions I already know I'm going to like it. That's just the way my brain works.
(Allow me to venture down a rabbit hole momentarily. I was in the car the other day and I heard Tracy Chapman's “Fast Car” come on. Except... what the fuck was this shit??? It was some country ass covering Tracy Chapman. Now, normally I'd have the same thinking I do about a movie remake: who gives a shit. Plenty of bands have covered plenty of songs and ruined them and I never thought twice about it. Except for some reason this version of “Fast Car” raised my hackles. Cover anyone you want, any song you want. But you DO NOT touch Tracy Chapman. I'm not even a huge Tracy Chapman fan, but I believe “Fast Car” to be one of the greatest songs ever written. Back to movies.)
There are plenty more good, if not great remakes. These are just a few of my favorites. So, while I think the remake discourse is actually just something pretend on Twitter, it's always worth mentioning movies we love.