I think some of the changes in the new version lessen the impact.I saw All Quiet at the Western Front tonight. What a brutal film obviously but great. Entire cast was great but Kammerer stands out as the lead. I never watched the previous versions so I can't compare but it is a great movie, I can see why it has so many Oscar nominations.
I think some of the changes in the new version lessen the impact.
The title itself comes from an official dispatch from the day Paul dies. It’s an unremarkable day, described as “nothing new in the west”, with the first English translation going with “all quiet on the western front”. Moving it to the day the armistice was announced still shows the horrors of war and highlights that people were sent to their deaths even though higher ups knew an agreement has been made. But it removes the absolute banality of his death in the book and other versions.
Stacked was a pretty good sitcom which should have done betterI watched the Pamela Anderson documentary. Pamela is a foundational figure for me, the height of her fame and her power coincided with some of my most formative years and I remember every boy in my class being obsessed with her growing up. I was too but for different reasons. For someone living a very small, closeted, scared existence she always represented beauty, sex, freedom. I would see her out and about making out with Tommy and I thought she's so wild, she just does whatever she wants and that felt very freeing and aspirational. All that is to say, I was always invested in her career and still am so this documentary was inherently interesting to me. It was fun reliving the glory days of the 90s (Baywatch was on every afternoon after school in my country) and it was definitely fascinating to hear her perspective about everything that happened and how she feels about Tommy, her career and everything. I will say, I do think she deserved more. I don't think she would have won an Oscar or anything but she has self awareness and comic timing and I don't think she's a worse actress than say, Jen Aniston so if her image wasn't so oversexualized and turned into a caricature she could have had a decent career leading a nice sitcom instead of floundering for the best part of the last 20 years. It's clear she's not a victim and she doesn't see herself as one though and she has had a fascinating life and lived her youth to the fullest so she is understandably pretty content.
All in all, it was a satisfying watch for a trip down memory lane and for people to see Pam is actually thoughtful and smart. I agree with someone in another thread who said that it had some parallels with the Britney doc in that her image and even her body was taken from her and used as a commodity without her having a say in it. I would recommend it for Pamela Anderson fans and fans of celebrity and the 90s as no one was quite as white hot back then as Pamela was but she seems to have come out the other end of it pretty ok.
“Edgier and racier” sounds like a positive change for the show, too.Uncoupled gets a Season 2 after all..