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The Top 5: Cult Films With Real Potential For a Remake

As every year passes, the cinema is increasingly overrun with film re-imaginings, adaptations, remakes, sequels of remakes and various other unoriginal rehashes of classic films.

In recent years we have been insulted with such tripe as a remake of Clash of the Titans, and even a sequel to this with Wrath of the Titans. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has also fallen prey to the remake treatment, and I don’t even know how to class the latest instalment. Is it a remake? An homage? Or is it just as it seems – a lazy rip-off of a classic genre defining film?

The Warriors

A list of re-done atrocities could go on for ever. But the most frustrating thing about all of these examples is not necessarily just how awfully they are remade, but the fact that there was no reason to have a new version or continuation in the first place.

Although this is the case for most, there are a few films which have been bettered or built upon by a well-conceived remake. This list is shorter, but remade films which brought a fresh perspective and delivered an equally pleasing, or even improved viewing experience, do exist. Continue reading

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Film Preview: Jameson Cult Film Club Presents Reservoir Dogs

Fine Whiskey, an exclusive screening, an intriguing location, dress-up – it can only be the Jameson Cult Film Club!

For the uninitiated, Jameson Cult Film Club travels the country presenting exclusive screenings of classic and cult films in obscure but fitting locations.

Jameson Cult Film Club

So far they have already brought us Jaws at the Greenwich Yacht Club, Seven Psychopaths in a Bethnal Green warehouse and many more unforgettable cinema experiences.

For their next event, Jameson’s will be returning to Birmingham for an unmissable screening of Tarantino’s debut film, Reservoir Dogs.

The event will take place at Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace space on the 27th and the Gibb Street Warehouse in Birmingham on the 28th February. If you are lucky enough to get tickets and attend one of these dates, you can expect a night to remember.

Jameson will be using these locations to bring the film to life by transporting you into the world of Tarantino’s colourful jewellery thieves. A fulReservoir Dogsly interactive experience will be created for you to enjoy. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Mr Pink, Mr White and of course, a smooth Jameson’s drink.

As well as being set-up with industrial machinery and bare brick walls, synonymous with the film’s main setting the two locations will also be transformed into unique viewing spaces for people to watch the film that made Tarantino one of the most influential new filmmakers of the 1990s.

There will also be the opportunity to look in on Joe Cabot’s notorious briefing, and watch the infamous shootout. Cops and police vehicles will also be on patrol – and if you’re really lucky Mr Blonde may be in a good enough mood to teach you his dance routine for ‘Stuck in the middle’.

With all of these interactive opportunities and a truly unmissable viewing experience, Jameson Cult Film Club’s screenings of Reservoir Dogs threatens to be their best yet.


The Top Ten Quentin Tarantino Collaborators – Part 2

Much like Tarantino with his current Kill Bill films, I thought I’d make this a two-part article.

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Unlike Tarantino, I won’t be getting twice as much money for doing it.

Sally Menke

sally menkeSadly, Long-time Tarantino collaborator Sally Menke passed away in 2010. As Tarantino’s loyal and exceptionally talented Editor, Menke worked on all of his feature films until her death, starting with Reservoir Dogs and ending with Inglourious Basterds.

Yes, Tarantino often gets credited for being the auteur of a generation, but without Menke, his films would undoubtedly have lacked much of the precision, tempo and grit, which only Menke could apply to a roll of celluloid.

Her exceptional contributions didn’t go unnoticed though. She received Academy Award nominations for both Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction.

No doubt if she was still with us Menke would have continued her editing career with Django Unchained. The film is most comparable in tone and style to Inglourious Basterds, and new Editor Fred Raskin (Assistant Editor on the Kill Bill films) does her proud.

But Tarantino’s latest did feel like it lacked the complete sharpness and clarity felt in his previous films, and maybe, this was partly due to Menke’s absence.

(A Band) Apart of: 7 Films

Collaborative influence: 9/10 Continue reading