Another Thursday, another Thursday Movie Picks, and this one is a great one! Foreign Film adaptations, and this one could go any which way (as in, it could be a foreign film that was adapted from an English language film and not just English language films adapted from foreign films) and so with so much to chose from, I personally narrowed this down to films for which I've actually seen BOTH the original and the adaptation. It didn't narrow it down THAT much, but it helped!
And here's what I've got.
|Last Man Standing (Walter Hill, 1996)|
Adapted from Akira Kurosawa's beloved Yojimbo, this dusty Bruce Willis western is sadly never talked about. It's actually a really well paced and nicely rendered adaptation that feels uniquely it's own while still paying homage to the original. Last Man Standing was one of those films I snatched up during my 'I want to be Bruce Willis' stage, and it's one that I've never let go of either.
|City of Angels (Brad Silberling, 1998)|
When you compare this film to Wim Wenders' brilliant Wings of Desire, it pales, sure...but when you judge this for what it is it actually soars. Anchored by a beautifully moving performance by Meg Ryan (let's not talk about Nicolas Cage), City of Angels has the right amount of sexy to go with the thought provoking premise, and while it may not go as deeply as the original, it still taps into the themes presented in Wenders' classic.
|Vanilla Sky (Cameron Crowe, 2001)|
Alejandro Amenabar's original film, Open Your Eyes, became one of those sought after foreign films after Crowe's remake took audiences by surprise. Personally, I prefer Vanilla Sky, but the similarites run so deep that I guess I love them both. Cruz's performance (as the same character, mind you) is better in the original, but Crowe's mindf*ck has Cameron Diaz in such a delicious villain role that it kind of trumps the original for that fact alone. Either way, you can't go wrong placing either (or both) in your queue!