What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

All this week, Film School Rejects presents a daily dose of our favorite articles from the archive. Originally published in November 2011, David C. Bell explores some of the toughest roads to the big screen for a score of great movies. Most films tend to be technological and logistical nightmares right from the start; clusters of egos working together with complicated equipment in an attempt to capture what is essentially a really elaborate lie tends to be a rather surreal process, so it’s not really surprising to hear that a whole lot of craziness can go down during the making of a movie – however as unsurprising as it may be, it’s still damn entertaining. That’s why DVD documentaries, in my opinion, are like the ultimate kind of reality TV: stick a bunch of millionaire actors, union laborers, and eccentric artists in a room with expensive and possibly life-threatening electrical equipment and you’re surely going to get something worth watching. These are the sets that were no doubt the worst to be party to, and the best to be a fly on the wall for – that is if you happen to be a really sadistic fly.

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Whatever happened to Walter Hill? He’s never really stopped working, but it’s fair to say Hill’s heyday was the 1980s and that it’s been a low profile ride downhill ever since. The man behind The Warriors, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs, Streets of Fire, Brewster’s Millions and Red Heat began to slow down into the 90s as his particular brand of straight-forward, hype-free films lost cachet with audiences. Most folks probably can’t name many of his movies after 1990 aside from Trespass and Last Man Standing (granted, he only made four others), but it looks like he may be headed towards a resurgence of sorts. Next year will see the release of Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone, Thomas “Not Ethnic Enough” Jane and Sung Kang as a cop and a hitman who join forces against a common enemy, and the director is already lining up his next project. It’s a remake, and surprise surprise…it’s pretty much unnecessary.

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