In Neil LaBute’s latest exercise the auteur has moved off slamming women to focus his attention to needling a new minority: the urbans. Lakeview Terrace, is currently at 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. It had a semi-decent opening weekend, but then was wiped off the marquees by that retarded Christian fireman movie starring Kirk “Bananas make atheists cry” Cameron. Yeah I know, I also thought it was a PAX Network movie-of-the-week when Best Week Ever snarked on the trailer; apparently it’s actually being released in theaters. Who knew there were enough rabidly Christian Growing Pains devotees to support a theatrical release?
Perhaps in light of this, he’s released an apology of sorts for his execrable re-make of The Wicker Man (I liked it, but only for the unintentional hilarity factor), in which the Bad Guys went from being jolly Pagans to the kind of man-hating she-beasts I thought only existed in Rush Limbaugh’s fevered Oxycontin withdrawal nightmares. Of course, he’s not apologising for that; merely for making us watch Nic Cage run around in a bear suit.
“People sort of got together on that one and said, ‘You know what? I think we’re all in agreement. We just don’t care for this.’ People went, ‘Oh, God, Nic Cage is wearing a bear suit, and he’s running around.’ It’s like, yeah, we saw him doing it. It was pretty funny when he was doing it.”
Is he trying to play it off like he meant it to be that bad? Because in the biz, I believe that’s called “Pulling a Shyamalan”. Also: “We just don’t care for this”? His PA must edit his hatemail before she passes it on, because I’m pretty sure most people’s opinions were just a little bit stronger than that.