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Friday, 02 June 2006

photo by Seven Stock

Thanks to everybody who came to the shows I played in Toronto with Chris Cawthray and Ed Zankowski. We had a great time and we'll play again in September.

Special thanks to Chris, Shauna and Lola for their hospitality. It was a blast staying at their place. One night we watched Napoleon Dynamite, which was very amusing. It reminded me of Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim. Coincidence? I look forward to Nacho Libre.

My favorite Jean-Pierre Melville movie, and one of my favorite movies of all time, Army of Shadows, is still playing at the Film Forum. I think it's in its fifth week. Go see it if you can!

As I've mentioned here before, I'm not particularly enthusiastic about all the remakes of movies that are being made. I'm refusing to see most remakes, in fact, just because they're remakes. If there's a special reason I think a remake may be worth seeing, then I'll go. I may also check out a remake of a movie I've never seen or that I've never been much interested in. For example, I've never seen The Poseidon Adventure, and I've never much wanted to see it, so I could go see Poseidon without a qualm. Except for the fact that I don't want to see Poseidon.

What I don't understand is why, in this age of digital special effects and hunger for genre exercises, nobody has remade Werewolves on Wheels. It's about a lycanthropic motorcycle gang and satanic monks! Okay, the original is perhaps awful, but all the more reason to remake it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, why remake good movies?