Ocarina of Time is lauded among the series' greats, but some find its early 3D graphics charmless. A fan project is remaking the game with chunky pixel art to give it that perfect old-school look. Borrowing art and audio from other entries in the Legend of Zelda set to augment their own work, they've already released a playable demo of the classic's first chapter. [via]
I recently saw a preview for another remake of a movie I cherished as a child: Footloose. As with The Karate Kid, my initial reaction was one of disdain for Hollywood. And then I talked to the remake's director, Craig Brewer, whose own passion for the original film trumps mine, fifteenfold. Unlike other coming-of-age high school films of the era like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, which left Brewer dreading the transition from junior high to high school, Footloose felt like seeing his life story in a film. Between Lori Singer's racy woodland escapades, her pot-smoking boyfriend, and Kevin Bacon's rock out session in the warehouse, Footloose "both terrified me and excited me because I felt that the movie was speaking to my experience and no movie had done that to me yet." Brewer loved the movie so much that when he realized his VCR audio outputs could be connected to the audio input on his boombox, he wasted no time in recording and memorizing the entire audio track, dialogue and all. Brewer sat down with me to talk about the film, its soundtrack, and the genre of the remake.
BB: How did you get involved in making this film?
CB: Paramount was already down the road with a different version of it. It was going to be a little more like a dance celebration of Footloose. And they decided to change their mind. Adam Goodman, who's the head of Paramount, he came in and he was like, "You know, Footloose has a certain spirit. Read the rest