Re: RE : RARA-AVIS: Re: movie remakes

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 17 Feb 2008

--- "Mark R. Harris" <> wrote:

> But I agree
> with this poster about *Carrie *-- first rate -- and
> although I don't think
> *Dressed to Kill *is "better than *Psycho*," it's
> pretty darn strong. *Body
> Double *is an interesting effort I'd like to
> re-visit, and *Blow-Out* is an
> excellent thriller (acknowledged by Tarantino) with
> perhaps John Travolta's
> best performance.

See Carlito's Way. It's really a fine movie with an incredible performance by Sean Penn. While all this can just be reduced to preference, I take issue with Blow Out and could care less what QT thinks of it. Blow Up is -- even with some apparent shortcomings -- a brilliant film that covers material rarely dealt with in thrillers. If there's a disproof of the pop culture notion of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, Blow Up is it. The Conversation is also a wonderful thriller about an odd and damaged individual and I'll take the ending of The Conversation over Carrie any day of the week. Sometimes less is more. Blow Out is a pretty good B movie. To me, for the most part, De Palma is always a day late and a sawbuck short. Casualties of War being an excellent example. He'll probably be remembered for inspiring recycling . . .


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