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#421: Back in Black

December 7, 2009

Notes from the Manager

The remake's trailer can be found at Yahoo! Movies. The original trailer is online over at Apple. You'll notice that they hit the same major story points in the same order, even — although there are a few minor differences.

I don't think there's anything wrong with making a "black people version" of Death at a Funeral; I just think it's sort of odd that Hollywood would spend however many tens of millions of dollars to remake a movie that they could have just marketed better and distributed wider in its original release. Especially if they apparently weren't going to change all that much. (The original only cost $9 million to make!) 

It's also really strange that Neil LaBute directed the remake.

But… All that said, it's still pretty funny, and it's a really strong cast. A lot of people dismiss remakes out of hand, which I think is a bit too absolute. Some remakes are better than the original (well, The Departed is), and plays are produced numerous of times; so why not films?


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.

The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).

Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*

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