By Toby Miller, Nitin Govil, John McMurria, and Richard Maxwell.
Indiana University Press, 240 pages, $27.95
Those who contend that Hollywood and Washington are two
branches of the same cultural conglomerate will find ample evidence in Global
Hollywood. The relationship between these two company towns has been volatile
at times, but the so-called Washwood alliance has remained intact.
How dare director Tim Burton "reimagine" (he avoids the word "remake") the
classic 1968 film Planet of the Apes? It's a milestone in sci-fi history, a
brilliant, many-layered social commentary, many Apes buffs would argue, and
its timing and essence can never be revivified.
Actually, it's been more than ripe for reimagining for years. It is
terribly hokey, it disses its source material, and its social commentary is at
best a hopeless hodgepodge and at worst a market-driven right-wing dissemblance.
The more you think about it, the less clear it becomes what the heck it's about.