A new twist on the Pulse controversy reported earlier today:
GreenCine's David Hudson says there's a lot rotten there, and it goes
beyond what the remake may or may not be stealing from the original. As
he stops just short of calling me out for not disclosing, the tip came
from a publicist associated with the re-release of the original – who,
incidentally, send in gobs of tips and materials that we never use.
"Reps for one film are now going to try to rally us against
another. Once a disparaging rumor about any particular film gets
it's going to be very, very hard to stop, even if that rumor turns out
not to be true. We're going to have to be more vigilant about
considering our sources." Follow a little bit more in the comments from
David and myself (I apologize for hitting send on a comment so badly in need of proofreading;
I'm used to the editability I enjoy when commenting here).
Walter Chaw says Munich has pretty big shoes to fill - it has to knock Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul out of his memory as the ultimate illustration of an idea and an era. "The film was made two years
after the murder of the Israeli athletes in Munich when Arab/German
tensions were at their height in the Berlin of the picture. Until I see
Spielberg’s film, it is in my mind the definitive picture about that
awful moment in time – and, it goes without saying, that watching it
now as an American in the middle of chapter 2 of Bush 2, the echoes are
deep and our fresher scars are still sensitive to the touch.