Monday, July 08, 2013

After the 4th, the only dud was Lone Ranger.

After a Fourth of July filled with explosions and hot dogs, sometimes simultaneously, we basked in the collective schadenfreude of the Lone Ranger remake's dismal performance at the box office and used the occasion to reflect on the state of the blockbuster today and Johnny Depp's decline from Dead Man to Tonto-tarded.

I reviewed the horror anthology VHS 2...which had almost no VHS in it. While the "films" framed in the story were found on a VHS tape, they were very explicitly shown to be made with digital cameras. I thought this kinda whizzed away the whole nostalgic focus (if not the point) of the original, which, while not groundbreaking, had an interesting framing device. That being said, a couple of the films in this sequel were probably better than anything in the original, it just didn't have a convincing meta.

We heard music from the following:

Kill Them All and Come Back Alone, 1968 - Francesco de Masi
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003 - Klaus Bedelt
Dead Man, 1995 - Neil Young


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