Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Keanu Barada Nikto

"Why did you come to our planet?"

"Your planet?"

Don't remember if that's in the original, but it tells you what we're in for with the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still: A Hollywood browbeating. Keanu Reeves seems suitably robotic (it comes naturally) and the special effects look spectaculous, but please, just leave me alone.

The only thing I wonder is, what will the mix of anti-war and pro-environmenton sentiments be? My guess: 60-40.

For some reason I'm reminded of the late, unlamented band Kansas:

We've strangled all her trees and starved her creatures.

There's poison in the sea and in the air.

But worst of all, we've learned to live without her,

We've lost the very meaning of our lives!

And now she's gonna die!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Yeah. I always liked the comment by the director of the original, Robert Wise, who said the movie should have been called "The Day the Electricity Went Off for Half an Hour," because, well, that's basically what happens. Spectaculously!

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