Epic Symmetrical Guessing

by Gunther Heinrich, 30 Apr 2008 in The Movie & Me

I almost pity the screenwriter of this flick.

Two days ago I went with my friends to my personal-movie-theater-of-choice(tm). Although our group was only half of the regular size we had a lot of fun. Of course, there was the movie, too.

This time we watched SHUTTER, an asia horror movie remake. As with almost all of these movies these days SHUTTER had a lot of potential, yet some problems here and there ruined the overall good impression (I like those psycho horror movies without much slashing).

The best part of the screening was around the 50 minute mark. It had not to do with the happenings in the movie, though, but in the theater itself. You know, Robert McKeee is absolutely right when he writes in STORY that the IQ of the

Stupid German Movie Titles Reloaded

by Gunther Heinrich, 28 Mar 2008 in The Movie & Me

It is almost unbelievable how successful my post dealing with stupid German movie titles became. Well, at least my various tools I have installed for basic tracking tell me this. So, what could be better than build upon this success? You named it: nothing.

Hence, without much further ado I bring you a new part giving you some new stupid German movie titles. Because the ones I already posted are by far not the only ones.

Original Title: The Thing
Original Title in German: Das Ding
German Title: Das Ding aus einer anderen Welt
German Title in English: The thing from another world
Comment: Well, it seems that The Thing in German was not good enough. It seems that the studios thought about giving more information about things (no pun intended) we already knew.

What is up with all those remakes?

by Gunther Heinrich, 23 Mar 2008 in Movie News The Movie & Me

Today I read this article about a FRIDAY THE 13THh revival and I immediately had to think about my old post again. Because some months ago I wrote some thoughts about remakes after hearing of the “revival” of METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang.

I am not quite sure how this remake will turn out but I start to get remake fatigue. Even more because it is very likely that for each remake created one good script a promising writer has created doesn’t. Of course a remake of a well-known franchise is an easy bet. But please, dear producers, don’t build your studio future around this business plan because it can backfire horribly when overdone.

And by the way: slowly but surely it starts to wreck

Opening Scene

by Gunther Heinrich, 5 Mar 2008 in The Movie & Me

INT. CARLOS’ WAREHOUSE – DAY

A squeamishly dressed man in his forties lights a cigarette. He takes a deep drag as the faint clouds fan him and fill the air of the dirty room.

FRANK

Well, well. Quite a nice place you have prepared for me. And this for me. A guy with thinning hair and a good dress, simply wanting to go home. But who am I saying this, you already know that by seeing me, aren’t ya?

Frank pleasurably takes another drag and pauses for a moment.

FRANK

Shit. This means my talking is unnecessary. Redundant. And you know what? Redundant is simply another word for irrelevant. When you hit a certain point it is almost impossible to be not redundant. And it is the same with humans.

Franks wants to …

Normally I should write something about the current status of my 3D short movie project but this is something I simply have to write about.

Moments ago I surfed the web and found a web page that showed both the German Covers of the movie “Gremlins 2”. And I simply couldn’t believe what I saw. After checking the English versions of the same movie it was clear: Warner has lost any sense of taste. At least regarding DVD Covers.

When you have the old VHS Version of the movie or have seen it a dozens of times you surely know the old and great cover:

gremlins-2-old.jpg

Not much to say except: great idea and execution. It shows the essence of the movie. Now here is the new version: