Greetings, programs, and welcome to a very special episode of the show. This week (and next!) Simon is on holiday, so Matthew is joined once again by our friend Rachel Ho of Exclaim.ca, ThatShelf.com, POV Magazine, and The Globe and Mail!
We’re diving into an indie darling and a big, oscar-bait action spectacle this week. First, Benson & Moorhead’s Something in the Dirt, which is finally in release after premiering all the way back at Sundance at the beginning of 2022. Then we move on to Emancipation, Will Smith’s first big release since “the slap”. One of these is quite good, and the other not so much. Listen to find out which!
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of our great actors at this point. He has proven himself over and over again in a multitude of supporting and leading roles. That he carries The Guilty –a remake of a recent, critically acclaimed Danish film of the same name– should be no surprise then, given his stature. Given the conceit that most of the other characters are only ever heard on the phone, it’s also the main thing that the movie has going for it.
Remember we [told you a few months ago that this might happen](https://awesomefriday.ca/2014/06/denzel-washington-to-maybe-star-in-magnificent-seven-remake-for-antoine-fuqua/)? Well it’s happening.
[Variety reports](http://variety.com/2014/film/news/equalizer-director-antoine-fuqua-on-denzel-washingtons-work-ethic-magnificent-seven-remake-1201300471/) in passing that _Magnificent Seven_ will be the next team up for the pair whose current film, _The Equalizer_ is doing so well in festivals that a sequel is already in the works.
There’s bound to be some people who aren’t too happy with a classic being remade but _The Magnificent Seven_ is fact a remake of _Seven Samurai_, and has been remade over an over and over again (a group of heroes from different backgrounds band together to fight off a villain and his many nameless henchmen, sound familiar Marvel fans?).
Ultimately movies like this are going to be remade so maybe we should just hope that the remakes are good. Right? Right.