I just love this quote from Hardwicke:
“Japanese anime artists show [the red cape] in tatters, with Red Riding Hood holding an axe with blood dripping down it.”
ALL the ‘Japanese anime artists’. ALL OF THEM. “Surely that’s just one artist’s–” EVERY JAPANESE ANIME ARTIST. NO EXCEPTIONS. “But–” IF A JAPANESE ANIME ARTIST DRAWS RED RIDING HOOD THEY DAMN WELL SHOW HER WITH A TATTERED CAPE AND A BLOODY AXE.
My interest in these films is nil bordering on negative (ie active avoidance of the fingers-in-ears and lally-lally-lahing variety). I mean, we all knew it would finally happen, Hollywood has run out of old TV shows and popular contemporary fiction to feast upon, so now they’re heading way on back to fairy tales. Heaven forfend an original idea should surface in Hollywoodland. After the Hollywood Beast has torn its way through all the popular fairy tales I’m afraid all we have to look forward to are remakes of remakes. I wonder if in a hundred years we’ll start seeing new stories just through the process of evolution, as these copies of copies of copies begin to mutate and gain a life of their own, minor changes exaggerated in the next iteration, like a massively expensive and wasteful game of Chinese Whispers, the remade-remade-remade-remake barely recognisable. Different actors each time, different directors and writers each time, different creative input, the Hollywood Beast consumes and excretes but there are individual talents involved, sparks of distinction, and eventually I think you might end up with something new and, perhaps, dare I say it, interesting.
Or else Fart: The Movie, with an all-star cast of CGI Eddie Murphys.
I’m being followed on Twitter by Manny Bianco. Yes, Manny from Black Books. We shared joy at sales over a cup of tea this evening. This is a surreal and wonderful world we share, isn’t it?
Catastrophic Technical Failure (at a U2 gig):