1. Getting Lethal, Getting Weapony
I’ll give you this, a new Lethal Weapon seems like a project we should be against. But the more I ponder, the more I’m liking the idea. As such, here are the three good reasons you should tell people that a Lethal Weapon remake isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Things Have Gotten Weird With Mel Gibson
Have you tried to watch a Mel G. film lately? From Braveheart to the Lethal Weapon series it has definitely gotten hard not to remember all the “incidents” that have transpired since those films were initially released. Now, I’m all for separating the art from the artist … except when the artist makes it impossible for me to do so. That’s what has gone down with Mel, and a new set of Lethal Weapons could help us all move past that particular phenomenon.
A New Duo
We need a new Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs for our time. Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell took a mighty swing and a miss at updating Miami Vice, and the Top Gun update remains a glimmer. Let’s let Craig Robinson and James Franco to breathe new life into this bad boy.
Dramedy is Dying
Cop Out wasn’t funny enough and The Other Guys wasn’t serious enough. Rush Hour was probably closest to recreating the vibe, but they definitely trended more silly. Lethal Weapon represents an iconic ’80s arc, loads of comedy up front with oodles of serious business when things get “real real” at the back end of the film. And yeah, now that I’ve quoted it, I’ll give you that Bad Boys hit that mark, but there’s no way The Fresh Prince is walking through that door again anytime soon to pick up that franchise as Annie has him pretty busy.
A new Lethal Weapon has a decent shot at success, so long as they find at least one actor who can separate his shoulder.
2. Scream 4 Live Bloggin’
:01 – :20: The original call was to Drew Barrymore, right? I miss her. Will she make a cameo in this one? What’s that? She’s dead? I see. Can we make this a cheeky prequel then?
:21 – :26: Smart move getting the cheerleader from Heroes involved. This new generation is definitely going to want to see her offed.
:27 – :33: Let’s just say David Arquette was available and move on.
:34 – :43: My Scream mythology might be off, but there were multiple sets of murders over the course of many years, right? Still, good to see Neve back. Loved her work in Party of Five.
:44 – :48: I also love that she still has a house phone.
:49 – 1:00: Run!
1:00 – 1:10: Whenever someone tells you they are in the closet I think your best bet is just to roll out. Any questions you have can be safely answered from whatever Four Seasons hotel is closest to you, because they have room service milkshakes there.
1:11 – 1:16: Do you think this was the movie that broke them up? Be honest.
1:17 – 1:24: My favorite scary movie is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Trying watching that without being terrified.
1:25 – 1:35: This Scream feels updated! Well except for Arquette, I mean.
1:36 – 1:42: “Go ahead if you have the guts” is a billionth on the list of things I’d say to a potential murderer, right after “Can I show you my lower back tat?”
1:43 – 1:52: Scream remains the most self-aware franchise in history.
1:53 – 2:08: Pretty sure he was looking for Willy Wonka there.
2:09 – 2:15: Seth from The O.C.? Our cup runneth over!
2:16 – 2:29: Ugh, they did the numeral in the title treatment thing with Scre4m. And of course that leaves the door wide open for 5cream, doesn’t it? Start printing up the posters!
On that note, I’m off to enjoy The Sundance Film Festival.
Laremy is the lead critic and senior producer for a website named Film.com. He’s also available on Twitter.