I adore Nicole Holofcener, for making Walking and Talking, the best contemporary film about female best friends. Miguel Arteta definitely is extremely talented, considering his excellent direction of Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl. But when I read that Holofcener and Arteta were going remake Lukas Moodysson's "Together", a lovely Swedish Dogme 95 film about hippies during the 1970s, my stomach dropped. Charming and witty and hysterically funny, "Together" is already perfect, why reinvent the wheel? And while I'm sure Holofcener and Arteta will do at good job, they must have a ton of original ideas on their own. Sigh.
Dave Kehr's review of Together.
Janet Maslin's review of Holofcener's Walking & Talking
A.O. Scott on Arteta's Chuck & Buck, which does point to a Dogme like style.
Lukas Moodysson's next film, Lilja 4-ever is at South by Southwest
Christopher Nolan didn't do a bad job of remaking Insomnia but the original version has a more intimate, stifling feel.