Friday, January 04, 2008

4 January 2008

It seems like fewer and fewer original movies get made, but I haven't really been keeping track. In the new year, I will make an effort to keep track. Hence the rechristianing.

It will work thusly: Every Friday I will list the releases for the week and call them original or not. I foresee a need for another category or two, but I'll tackle those when appropriate.

Not Original would include anything based on a book or play or real life (except for documentaries) as well as any sequels or remakes.

If there happen to be any sequels to remakes (Cheaper by the Dozen 2) or sequels to metasequels (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem) this year, they will be in the super derivative category.

Also, original movies that are based around other films or pop culture (the upcoming Be Kind Rewind) could bring about the creation of a fourth category. We'll keep up with it like a win-loss ratio. I suspect it will be a very bad year for originality.

Atonement: based on a novel by Ian McEwan.

One Missed Call
: Remake of the Japanese film Chakushin Ari. Even if this weren't a remake, the "phone call kills you" premise seems like an unpleasant hybrid of The Ring and Scream, which might qualify it for "not original" all the same.

The Killing of John Lennon: Not a documentary. Not original.

The Score: 0-3 (Miami good)

note: All films getting a full release in 2008 will be considered (Atonement) as well as any film getting its first release in 2008 (which is why the 2006 Japanese film A Bloody Aria is getting no attention here despite it's limited release today).

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