Westerns and remakes run at the core of Hollywood tradition so much that it’s surprising it took the studios this long to get to The Magnificent Seven
. Originally a remake of the cinematic classic Seven Samurai
by legendary director Akira Kurosawa, The Magnificent Seven
tells a story that deeply resonates because it has all the right ingredients: underdog heroes, revenge, righteous indignation, and standing up to ruthless villains even when the cards are stacked against you.
While Director Antoine Fuqua does...
Have you ever noticed how the bad guys in generic action movies tend to listen to classical music? For an old, goateed sociopath on the verge of launching nukes at Washington or slaughtering innocents for his own financial gain, there’s nothing better than some Chopin or Bach to calm the nerves. Usually it’s on an exquisite antique turntable, which shows he’s a Jack White-level connoisseur. Sometimes he even leans his head back and conducts with his fingers. He’s really into this stuff.
The idea (besides how everyone needs to stop ripping off Die Hard
) is that art, specifically high art
, doesn’t make people better. Reading Milton won’t inspire you...