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Monday, July 25, 2005

Linklater vs. 'The'
This is going to expose me as a language nerd, but I couldn't help noticing something this weekend. On his new remake of Bad News Bears, Richard Linklater excluded the 'The' from the original title. Likewise, on his 2003 film, he changed the title from 'The School of Rock' to simply School of Rock. (In the film, the title is shown as a neon sign, and it still reads 'The School of Rock' simply because Linklater didn't have the means to digitally change it.) Additionally, Linklater only has one other 'The' in his entire filmography: The Newton Boys. A coincidence? A conspriacy? Or nothing at all?

On a side note, Linklater recently listed his seven favorite remakes in Premiere Magazine: A Star Is Born (1954), Imitation of Life (1959), Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Fly (1986), Cape Fear (1991), The Nutty Professor (1996) and Psycho (1998).

I think I'd agree only with The Fly. My list would also include His Girl Friday (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Cat People (1982), The Thing (1982), Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and Quick Change (1990). Certainly none of the onslaught of remakes from 2004 and 2005 would make any kind of list like this, and that's including Bad News Bears.
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 7/25/2005 Comments (0)
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