Love is to woe is me as films about love is to waaah is me.
Take the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower as an example… an example already set previously by 1994’s Reality Bites:
Pictured in each poster: two dudes (one square, one “like, whatever”), short-haired pixie chick, wall.
If the posters are any indication, these are supposed to be the films that define the generations they’re made in. But that shouldn’t be the case for TPOBAW (nerd acronym alert!).
The book written in 1999 by Stephen Chbosky actually takes place around the early 90’s in which sex, drugs, homosexuality, and aimlessness were common themes (a.k.a. buzzkills) also featured in RB (n.a.a. again!). Does the same pre-social media angst of the 90’s translate to now? If the posters can do it, so can the celluloid.
(SIDENOTE: I read and bought TPOBAW multiple times. It was one of my favorites. A Holden Caulfield for Gen-X’ers. I’d hate it now.)
Your time will come...
Hollywood loves remakes. It also loves sequels and reboots, but it really loves remakes. And it’s not just horror films anymore. Footloose
and Red Dawn
are on the horizon. There’s talk of remaking Dune
(needs it), Short Circuit
(ready for a CG robot, anyone?), and Judge Dredd
(more Rob Schneider
What else might be coming up?
(SIDENOTE: Did this trend begin when the TV shows-turned-into-movies trend ended?)
At lunch, we discussed the inevitability of a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off remake. Who would play Ferris? Shia LeBeouf? Zac Efron? Zack or Cody?
To me, if they remake such a seminal 80’s film as Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, then the 90’s flick Reality Bites wouldn’t be far off. And that leaves me tons of more questions:
- Who would be cast in that film?
- Would it keep the same name? (Reality Sucks Balls anyone?)
- Would it be about vampires?
- Why is Janeane Garafalo so gross now?