Tuesday, August 29, 2006

…And No Funny Stuff

Gloomy, school-masterly, high-arty, lefty misanthropic (and occasionally brilliant) Austrian film director Michael Haneke is set to remake one of his worst (and most well known) films for Hollywood, claiming that he has no intention of sanitizing it for American audiences. Which is just as well, as it was barely watchable in its original incarnation. Supposed to make us question our relationship to gratuituous movie violence, the film's disurbing ultra-violence, though superbly enacted was couched in a preacherly tone that made me want to go out and watch any dumb film by his compatriot Herr Schwarzeneggar as an act of rebellion. Does Mikey seriously think that the average audience for violent Hollywood films will pay a blind bit of attention, much less get the point?