This week on End Credits, we’re going to go back… Back in time! Instead of a new movies this week, we’re going to revisit an old movie. Heathers turns the big 3-0 this week, and we’re going to revisit this very complex film. Plus, we’re back on the Disney merger beat, we’ll discuss labour issues at movie theatres, and then we’ll look at another 90s remake, and the not so strange world of a filmmaker who might have lost their way.
This Wednesday, April 3, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Candice Lepage will discuss:
King of the (Disney)World. The fallout of the merger between the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox continues. As the pink slips go out, people are looking at what’s being lost and where the potential problems lie. James Cameron’s Avatar pantheon is now under Disney, but can the King of the World fit in with the House and Mouse? And what will be lost with the closure of the Fox 2000 shingle? We’ll look at these questions.
Goldmine Cleaning. A report in Variety painted a pretty bleak picture of what it’s like for janitorial staff at big cinema chains in the United States. Workers making $5 an hour or less, working seven days a week and 10 hours a day is not uncommon, and to add insult to injury these people may be working under nebulous employment conditions as “subcontractors”, robbing them of workers’ rights. We’ll talk about the details of this messed up situation.
Re-Craft. When The Craft was released in 1996, it was pretty much peak-90s. The tale of four teenage women who use witchcraft to get what they want featured Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and the Guelph-famous Neve Campbell, and it remains a cult classic. Now, Zoe Lister-Jones has been hired to remake it, which would bring a female touch behind the camera that the original, surprisingly, didn’t have. Is it a good time for a Craft remake?
The Secret Life of Pet Weirdos. Tim Burton’s latest film, Dumbo, came out last weekend. It’s a new entry from, in the director’s own words, “Disney’s pet weirdo” and it was the number one movie at the box office last weekend. Still, many film writers have noted that Dumbo’s success is in spite of Burton, and not because of it. What happened to this inventive and well-loved filmmaker that he’s now practically an impediment to his own success?
ReVIEW: Heathers (1989). It’s been 30 years since Heathers was first released in theatres, initiating three decades of cult status for a movie that, in all likelihood, would not get made today. The tale of Veronica Sawyer, who tries to right the social wrongs at her school with a murder spree of a few of the most popular kids, is a proverbial onion of thematic material and satire that seems to get sharper with age, not duller. This week for our feature review, we’ll look back at Heathers, and talk about why it may be more relevant now three decades later.
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