Oldboy remake cancelled!

November 10, 2009 at 10:57 pm (Movies)

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There is justice, after all. Apparently, the planned Hollywood remake of Korean masterpiece Oldboy has been cancelled. Thank God! I really don’t care that Spielberg was involved – Oldboy is simply too good to be remade by anyone, without becoming pathetic.

The Hollywood trend of remaking every quality foreign film, with their recognizable actors and in their own language, is starting to get on my nerves. Apparently, the dumb American audiences can’t stand watching foreign flicks and prefer lighter, stupider American versions. Which might actually work in some cases, but it won’t in most. I don’t even wanna think about the way Matt Reeves will butcher Let the Right One In – probably the best European film I’ve seen in the last couple of years.

My advice to everyone: learn to tolerate subtitles, and watch the originals. Go grab Oldboy, grab Let the Right One In, and enjoy the real films, not their fake and useless clones.

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Enough is enough

November 10, 2009 at 10:20 am (Sports)

I have always been against the Romanian way of dealing with soccer coaches: a couple of bad results, and the coach is fired. That’s stupid and irresponsible, because no new coach can impose his style on a team in less than at least a year. Whenever a new coach is hired, he should have enough time to change things, bring new players, new tactics. But Romanian owners are too eager for immediate results to understand it’s pretty much impossible for any coach out there to turn a messy team around in such short time.

However, Rafa Benitez has had plenty of time. 5 years, lots of money, (almost) all the transfers he wanted. He turned FC Liverpool from a British club into a semi-Spanish team by bringing in his favorite Latin players, won a Champions League trophy on the way, but failed miserably at exactly the job he was hired for, in the first place: bring the title back. Heck, at least contend for the title. In 5 seasons, the Reds were real contenders only once (last year).

This season seems the worst of all. The team lies mid-table in the Premier League – already 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, needs a miracle to go through the Champions League, and, worst of all, plays like crap. Sure, we won against the Scum (aka Manchester United), but lately we did that on a consistent basis anyway. Sure, there have been plenty of injuries. And plenty of bad luck. But this is no excuse for this miserable season.
Considering it’s highly unlikely for Rafa to do the right thing – quit -, hopefully the owners will realize sooner rather than later that there’s no light at the end of this tunnel. If Rafa hasn’t been able to do the job for the last 5 years, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be able to do it.

I say, get rid of him, bring a new coach and give him enough time to impose his style, so that maybe, just maybe, next season we’ll be contenders.

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