The Wicker Man has a measly 14% on Rotten Tomatoes. Does it deserve this terrible score? Jonah Ray is in the studio to deconstruct and celebrate the ridiculousness of this Neil Labute remake disaster. We also get a call from Liam O'Donnell, one of the writers of Skyline, who defends his movie and offers up an explanation of how it got made. In case that isn't enough, we've got a special tease into our next episode which you can expect earlier than normal. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a special ceremony to attend.
Episode 19 — The Wicker Man
Posted 27 September 2011 - 06:19 AM
@Julia: It's really bad for the first hour or so, where nothing makes sense in plot, dialogue or acting choices, but Cage is somewhat subdued, then after that he takes off the brakes and goes full-on Cage. So you have to invest some time before you get the sweet, sweet pay-off. If you've seen the Youtube clips, you've seen the best beats, although I usually like my craziness in context. But if you are a bad movie buff, go watch it.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 07:16 AM
Always great when a Nick Cage movie is reviewed. Just a suggestion: Whenever you guys review a remake, you should make one person watch the original movie (or check out the wikipedia page) to compare and see where the new film lost the plot. Also, it was very cool that Liam O'Donnell came on the show to talk about Skyline. Its always interesting to hear what when wrong from someone on the inside.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 07:19 PM
Great episode! I just wish you remarked about Fionna Apple's lines throughout the movie. Every sentence just kind of canceled the other out in terms of making sense or structure. She didn't help AT ALL. Then again, Cage's fault for always trusting her. Those crazy honey-making women.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:10 PM
When you guys talked about the flashback 25 min. in...about the first 25 mins. worth of scenes, you guys reminded me - you NEED to watch an Uvve Boll movie! That part reminded me of House of the Dead, where there's a flashback, in the middle of the final big battle, of events that JUST happened. You don't have to understand any of the source material (he's made a lot of video game "adaptations") to get stuff out of it; they're just insane and only tangentially related to whatever IP he licensed. By far, House of the Dead is the most entertaining movie of his - with Halloween coming out, you guys should do it in October!
Posted 28 September 2011 - 10:01 AM
I think some of the incomprehensible plot points can be explained by them taking ideas from the 1973 original that don't really work outside of the context of that film.
A good example would be the need to specifically lure cops to the community for sacrifice. In the original, set in the UK, the pagan islanders specifically want an adult virgin with "the power of the king/queen". They set out to lure a specific policeman from the mainland, who is a devoutly religious virgin, because he represents (in English parlance) The Queen's/King's Peace. The pagan/christian conflict that lies at the heart of the film makes much more sense in the UK, which still has small pagan communities. It actually culminates in the villagers singing a traditional Old English folk song while the policeman recites bible verses, directly referencing the conflict between ancient and modern faith.
I've only seen bits of the remake, but I'm curious if the film focuses at all on the protagonist's faith? The Christian values of the policeman in the original film are very heavily emphasised.
I'm not opposed to remakes and I'm sure you could make the premise work in an American setting but I think the creators of this film needed to create a uniquely American setting for it to work rather than just importing a very specifically British setting.
Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:00 PM
Hello everyone on the How Did This Get Made team! I just wanted to tell you that I love the podcast and that I count the days to the release of every new episode. But I mostly wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed hearing you interview the writer/director of Skyline in this most recent episode. I love what you do with the podcast, but have always hoped you'd dig a little deeper into the question "how DID this get made?" Where did things go wrong? Why did the studio spend millions of dollars on this turd? Weren't there ample opportunities for someone to stand up and announce that the proverbial emperor has no clothes??? I think the Skyline interview shed some light onto how that movie turned out the way it did - if only you could get Sandra Bullock in to explain/defend All About Steve or the writers of Old Dogs to appear on the podcast, that would be amazing! I look forward to hearing from the director of The Punisher.
Again, I love the show, and please keep being awesome at what you do.
Thanks for the fun times.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:27 AM
Love your show, this was a really funny episode. I found the DVD of this and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans at my local grocery store (!!) so have had my own "Nicholas Cage is out of his fucking mind" movie festival. If you watch Wicker Man with the commentary, the filmmakers actually explain some of the weird shit that is going on (they also seem oblivious to the fact that the movie is pretty ridiculous).