Jon Favreau Makes a Space Western, Mel Brooks’ Life Sucks, and The Worst Remake of All Time is Also Tim Burton’s Worst Movie

July 23-29: Peewee gets busted, a last outing for Pryor and Wilder, Kathleen Turner is a detective, Christian Slater is a mobster, like everybody funny has a Wet Hot American Summer, the UK faces Paedogeddon, Steve Carell has crazy stupid love, and at last, a Smurf movie. All that and more this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago.


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One thought on “Jon Favreau Makes a Space Western, Mel Brooks’ Life Sucks, and The Worst Remake of All Time is Also Tim Burton’s Worst Movie

  1. What was your favorite Pee Wee Herman joke? What is the best film about a rich person living a poor lifestyle? Either through a bet or circumstances, just so long as it’s a film about a rich person living and experiencing “how the other half live.” This is literally the only female private investigator in film I can think of off the top of my head. I know their must be others, but none come to mind. Any recommendations?

    At some point in your Junior High or High School career did you ever slow dance to Bryan Adam’s Everything I Do I Do It For You?
    Honestly I don’t usually care for parodies that are beat for beat parodying something but parodies of the feel, the mood, the vibe of genres like Wet Hot American Summer was? I ate that up and enjoyed every-not-really-a-reference-but-come-on-you-get-it.

    Are there any films that you remember most for being dividing lines in your life more so than for anything in the film itself? For me Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes is burned into my mind not because of any real deep memories of the film itself (although I do remember the audience reaction in theaters when the human kissed a female ape) but because it was the last film I saw in America before I moved to Japan. I had recently graduated college and was in the midst of packing up all my worldly possessions when some friends asked if I wanted to see it. I don’t think I had a strong desire, as I had no affinity for the original, but I also knew it was my last chance to see a film in America with a group of people I was leaving behind (and honestly wasn’t sure if I’d see again) so I made time I didn’t have to see it with them. I had such a wistful mindset as I was watching it, not knowing how long I would have been out of country (it ended up being two years but it could have been longer) that I could never think of the film as anything but “Oh yea, that was right before I moved to Japan. What a dividing line in my life that was…”

    The Smurfs film. The reason a disproportionate number of children’s films go with, “Well, what if the characters went to the REAL WORLD?” is simply that creating fake worlds is a lot lot lot lot more expensive than filming in the real world. As is the Smurf movie cost 110 million but if it was entirely set in a fictional place with every set needing to be built and every bit of the world created? Yea, it would have needed a LOTR budget and if I were a studio exec presented with that the temptation to go “Um… but what if we didn’t?” would be pretty strong.

    Cowboys and Aliens. This seemed like a really interesting concept to me so I decided I would try something different: I got the screenplay to it and told myself that I would read the screenplay before really seeing any of the movie, not even trailers, as practice for trying to visualize what it was like to be a filmmaker reading a script and not knowing if it would make a good movie or not. Yea…. Ten years later the screenplay still remains unread and I’ve yet to watch the film.

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