This week, killers travel through space, and theories about space get people killed.
My Great Aunt Muriel's old excuse for holding onto her VCR -- and eschewing the purchase of such "new" technology as a DVD player -- was that there were more titles on video tape, and that there was no way she'd ever be able to replace all (eight) of the movies in her library to make the DVD player purchase worth it. If she hadn't died five years ago, I'd print out this article from the Hollywood Reporter and mail it to her with a Best Buy gift card. The number of films now available on DVD has passed 90,000. I didn't even know there were more than 90,000 films out there. Turns out by December 31st of this year, there will be 90,440 movies that you can take back to Blockbuster without having to rewind them.
Some people remember where they were when, like, JFK was shot. Or when 9/11 happened. Me, I recall where I was when The Big Lebowski came out. Sadly, I was not in line to buy tickets. I was at a boarding school in Michigan nodding off during my Constitutional Due Process class. Little did I know then what a cultural touchstone this filmic gem would be, and what a personal totem it would become for me.
There are certain movies that should be put on a "Do Not Remake" list in order to preserve people's memories and enjoyment of them. Casablanca, for one. The Godfather, probably. Oh, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fans have been proving for over 30 years that there is no way to improve on it, if the fact that they keep going to see it and acting it out verbatim is any indication. And yet MTV Pictures is going to remake the film, using the original screenplay. At least the old fans will still be able to say the lines.