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Max Landis is best known for writing films such as “Chronicle,” “American Ultra,” and “Victor Frankenstein,” but he’s also well known for freely sharing his opinions about the film industry. In a series of tweets, Landis provided his opinion about Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot and shared the story of his own pitch for the movie that eventually fell through.
Landis first says that the film is “pretty whatever,” and that though there are “very funny parts,” the third act “gets really horribly dumb” and that the “racist stereotype character,” i.e. Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan, “is as advertised.” He expands further criticizing the film’s lack of internal consistency as to “how the ghosts work,” the inclusion of a “big sassy yelling black woman,” and the weirdness of »
- Vikram Murthi
When I was 11, I saw “Ghostbusters.” I thought it was funny.
Since the “Ghostbusters” reboot was announced, we’ve learned that, for a great many people, their emotional relationship with the original “Ghostbusters” is substantially more fraught. There were those who thrilled to the idea that, after 20-plus years of rumors and false starts, we’d finally get more “Ghostbusters.” And, there were those who objected to reviving the franchise, arguing that any attempt to recapture the original glory was doomed to fail.
Then there are the Ghostbros, the noisiest if not most numerous contingent, for whom reviving the franchise with women in the leading roles is the ultimate desecration. It would have been one thing to pass the torch, as Ivan Reitman had originally planned, with a sequel in which the classic quartet trained a newer, spryer group in the finer points of busting ghosts. But effectively redoing the »
- Sam Adams
It would be nice to say that the controversy around the forthcoming remake of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters is unprecedented. But we only need to take a look at the unfortunate reality of Gamergate to recognize the cold and uninviting truth of the matter: in certain circles of culture, women are still a long way from being seen as equals.
The controversy, which has been brewing for a handful of months, initially reared its repugnant head when the first trailer (seen above) for the film became the most “disliked” movie trailer in YouTube history. The thumbsdown campaign, some have reported, was a co-ordinated attack against the film — one that participants claimed was based solely on the merits, or lack thereof, of the trailer.
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- Gary Garrison
Even with big releases like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War in 2016, perhaps the most talked about movie of the year is Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters. It has caused ire among some corners of the Internet realm and has developed a large portion of supporters who will shoot down anyone who talks negativly about it – just ask James Rolfe of Cinemassacre.
One man who is the ‘defend’ camp is Judd Apatow, who he collaborated with the on the short-lived TV series Freaks & Geeks.
“I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful Ghostbusters will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,” he told Uproxx. “I would assume they are the exact same people.”
He adds: “That movie is made by the great Paul Feig and stars the funniest people on earth, so I couldn’t be more excited. »
- Luke Owen
4 items from 2016
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