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Atmospheric. Haunting. Subversive. They're words that could be applied to virtually anything in the Adam Wingard canon and they are no less true here with his latest feature, A Horrible Way To Die. But what Wingard has now that has, perhaps, lacked from his earlier work is a story that's truly a story rather than an experiment. If micro budget sensation Pop Skull was Wingard with a mood then A Horrible Way To Die is Wingard with a point. Don't let the trademark atmospherics and languid delivery fool you, this is Wingard with a focus as tight and sharp as any blade wielded by Garrick Turrell (Aj Bowen) as he leaves his trail of corpses scattered across the country.
When I first heard that Warner Bros. was considering an Arthur remake, I first thought some typically derisive thoughts. "Oh, that's dumb," I internally opined. "Dudley Moore so nailed that character it's not even funny." But then I corrected myself, because Dudley Moore was absolutely drop-dead funny in that flick. And even though I loved the film way back in 1980 ... I always had a problem with the leading lady. Liza Minnelli, multi-talented though she may be, never really struck me as, well, pretty. Sorry, Liza.
But fresh word from Deadline.com indicates that the leading lady in the remake will be not only adorable, but quite the cool actress as well. If "talks" go accordingly, then it will be Greta Gerwig starring alongside Russell Brand in a comedy about a drunken millionaire and the "plain" girl he falls in love with. Helen Mirren is also on board (in the John Houseman John Gielgud role? »
- Scott Weinberg
2 items from 2010
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