Second Breakfast: The Reprehensible Garbage Heap That Is Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

American remakes of foreign films… I occasionally struggle to understand the motivation behind the genre. Obviously, classics like The Magnificent Seven (a remake of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai) hold up on their own and justify themselves by situating themselves as separate artistic entities, with certain changes demanded by the cultural differences and shift in setting, basically…