Friday, March 26, 2010

The "WS" stands for wickedly shitty

In a way, you almost have to be impressed with Paul WS Anderson. No, not Paul Thomas Anderson, the director and writer of brilliant films like Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood. I mean Paul WS Anderson, who directed Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Soldier, Resident Evil, Alien vs Predator, and Death Race. Sorry, that was a long list of film titles, and nobody likes to read a whole list of film titles when they want to hear interesting things about movies. Anyhoodle, I'm amazed that ole WS is still able to get work, and not just any work, but work that OTHER people actually want. Deadline reports that WS snagged the directing gig for Buck Rogers, a revamp of the pulp icon that will be in 3D. Frank Miller at one point had that job, but he isn't blessed with the anti-shit-stick formula that has allowed WS to keep making movies. Seriously, did you see that he directed both AvP AND Soldier. Either of those would have ended the career of lesser men, but this guy is like a cinematic cockroach. He just won't die. Personally, this movie is now totally off my radar. It wasn't really that high when Miller was attached, but I liked the character enough to consider it. No longer. If you see a movie that has Paul WS Anderson's name on it, it's like reading a warning label on something that says "if you eat this, it will kill you" and then eating that something anyway. This is actually a public service: Now you don't have to go see Buck Rogers.

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