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Star Trek - A Sorry Business

Tuesday 28 May 2013, 14:42

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

The makers of Star Trek Into Darkness recently apologised for a gratuitous shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. Which other filmmakers would you like to see saying sorry and for what?

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    Steven Spielberg for finding the most annoying, toe curlingly awful child actors for his films.

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    I would like an apology from the Coen brothers. I consider them to be one of the finest American filmmaking teams working today and have loved the majority of their work, from Blood Simple all the way up to True Grit. I have been a lifelong fan of the Coen brothers but there is one film that I feel that they should apologize for and that film is:

    The Ladykillers.

    When it was first announces that they would be remaking the British classic of the same name, I staunchly defended the Coens for their choice, believing that they would do something different with the material and this would be a remake worth shouting about.

    Unfortunately they let me down. They let me down big time.

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    I'd like to hear Lucas and Spielberg apologise for 'Indiana Jones and the Crystal Mess. After everything that had been said about re-editing 'ET', he original 'Star Wars', 'Close Encounters...' etc., after the fan and critical mauling of those new 'Star Wars' pictures, after South Park made an episode basically BEGGING that they leave Indy alone... why did they go and do it any way? And what the hell were the aliens about? And [etc etc etc ad nauseum]

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    Comment number 4.

    I would like the Japanese government from the 30s to apologize for sending Sadao Yamanaka off to war were he was killed. He only has three surviving films and all three of them are some of the best ever made. And, although I adore Heaven's Gate, I would like Michael Cimino to apologize for basically ruining the power of the director.

    Terrence Malick seriously needs to apologize for spending all that money on actors who he cuts out of his films, which doesn't only make the studios angry but the actors too. These people were interested in working with him, they liked the script, did all the work, and then they are just cut out, Rude, Mr Malick.

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    Comment number 5.

    It would be easy to ask Lucas for an apology for the Star Wars prequels but instead I would like the Wachowski brothers to say sorry for the Matrix sequels! When the first Matrix film, I was studying Philosophy at university so the whole premise of being stuck in a 'prison without walls' really gelled with my reading of Postmodernist authors like Foucault. Then ... out came Reload and Revolutions and everything went down the proverbial pan in favour of Terminator-style wars, just in an effort to have a trilogy cos 'everyone wants a trilogy'

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    Comment number 6.

    Ridley Scott. Prometheus. That is all.

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    Comment number 7.

    It would have to by Edward Neumeier for writting the screenplay that pretended it was Starship Troopers. Truth be told it would be everybody involved with turning one of my favorite books in to that overviolent piece of rubbish not to mention its even worst sequels.

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    Comment number 8.

    I'd like Zack Snyder to apologise for his career up to this point.

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    Comment number 9.

    Well it looks like others have beat me to the sorry messes that are Star Wars eps 1-3 and can only hope that JJ Abrams doesn't have to apologise for ep 7. So instead Ridley Scott owes me a deep, heartfelt apology for the trashy mess which was Prometheus (spot the Lindelof connection).

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    Comment number 10.

    I would like an apology from Ridley Scott for making the world a worse place for having made Prometheus.

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    I'd like an apology from James Cameron for pretty much everything from Titanic onwards, how did a man with such interesting or at least fun sci-fi/action ideas suddenly go and make the 3 hour deep ocean of boredom and dances with smurfs?

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    Comment number 12.

    I don't just want an apology for one person, I want an apology from the following people that have sometimes, tortured my pleasure for films. Robert De Niro, not just for appearing in Stardust, or for doing slapstick comedy fullstop, no I want an apology for being one of the voices in the crude, unimaginative and horrors of A sharks Tale, it really annoyed me when I saw it at the cinema, I may have been 11 at the time of viewing it the cinema, but even at the age I was at, I knew it was awful. My other person I want at an apology from, is William Shatner, for two things. One, for starring in the second Airplane and secondly and most importantly, for directing Star Trek 5 The Final Frontier.

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    Comment number 13.

    I would've loved to ask joel schumacher and the cast of batman & robin for an apology, but if u watch the special features on the dvd they do try to apologise...schumacher actually says 'i'm sorry'
    But hey, i wouldn't mind a personal apology!
    Oh by the way, i do not have or own or want the dvd...i found the interviews online because i needed to know what the cast & crew had to say for themselves

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    Comment number 14.

    I hope Michael Bay's apologies are the start of a trend because that man still has a lot to be sorry for...

    Personally, I'd like an apology from anyone who has ever remade a classic horror movie (see; Halloween, The Omen, A Nightmare on Elm Street, amongst countless others) for wasting everybody's time and helping to ruin the legacies of some truly great films.

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    Comment number 15.

    i would have tom cruise apologise for his entire existence

    i'd have eddie murphy apologise for beverly hills cop 3 and every film of his since

    and i'd have hollywood apologise for not letting mel gibson direct more films

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    Comment number 16.

    Stanley Kubrick. For dying too early.

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    Comment number 17.

    I want all those 2 bit Hollywood producers to apologize for wasting so much time and money re-making or should I say in some cases "re-imagining" good or in some cases classic horror movies that will always stand the test of time. The Haunting, The Omen, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (twice), The Hill have eyes, Let me in and of course the pile of sinking bile that was The Wicker man. There are many more, A few are OK but nearly all are pointless.
    Plus there are more on the horizon, Carrie being one of them.
    Now I know this is turning into a bit of rant, but,one day dear professor they are going to get round to your favorite ever movie, They have already made two pretty bad prequels.
    A few years down line line you could see a trailer saying Michael Bay presents The Exorcist starring Will Smith and Bruce Willis, with Megan Fox. Tag Line (SAY YOUR PRAYERS)

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    Comment number 18.

    I'd like an apology from Tim Burton for falsely misadvertising Dark Shadows. I did somewhat enjoy the film, and obviously it's Tim Burton so I did expect it to be quite dark, but the trailer advertised a light hearted, child friendly film. Instead, it was more of a black comedy with many highly inappropriate scenes, none that bothered me as such but the thought of my little cousins watching it does bother me, as they were quite excited for it

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    Comment number 19.

    Woody Allen for Match Point. All of it. Appalling film.

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    Comment number 20.

    I would like to ask Will Smith to apologise for apologising for making Wild Wild West. When I read that Smith had said sorry to Robert Conrad as he felt that his film wasn't as good as it should have been, it made me quite angry. Growing up, Wild Wild West was one of my favourite action comedies, and I still love watching it to this day. I've always thought that you were right in asking us to "trust the tale, not the teller", Dr K; just because Will Smith doesn't know a good film when he makes one, doesn't mean I have to agree with him.

 

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