The only shock that registered when Spike Lee’s Oldboy was released in theaters was at how little money it made. It shows just how far violence in the movies has come in 10 short years, because this new Oldboy — released today on Blu-ray and packaged with a digital copy — is technically more overtly graphic.
The danger in remaking a great film is twofold. It draws scrutiny from an existing audience familiar with the source material, but if the remake is too similar, then why create the remake in the first place. Spike Lee manages to fall victim to both.
For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film will be recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! This movie is awesome, and it’s why I’m glad I’m watching the AFI list. I had not seen [...]