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  1. eieioj permalink
    September 3, 2010 9:07 pm

    So, what are your thoughts on the Red Dawn remake?

  2. September 4, 2010 11:39 am

    Ugh, I didn’t even like the original. Leggings are back and now Russians are “the enemy” again. How utterly retro.

  3. September 7, 2010 12:28 pm

    If only movie studios would follow your four rules about whether a movie deserves a remake, we’d be spared a lot of stinkers.

    But I’m glad you point out that some remakes are worthwhile, because its easy to generalize and dismiss the lot of them altogether. I really enjoyed Ocean’s Eleven too, plus the remakes of Italian Job and Casino Royale.

  4. evmaroon permalink
    September 7, 2010 2:38 pm

    I’m right there with you on Ocean’s Eleven—it was just fun enough to still be taken seriously, and serious enough to hold the plot together, and then it was fun all over again.

    There are some movies—many, many movies, actually—that eat a big plate of FAIL on their remake execution. I mean you really can’t replace Janet Leigh with Anne Heche, you just can’t. Or Anthony Perkins with Vince Vaughn. Did I really just write that? Eccch! And I enjoy me some Van Sant, don’t get me wrong.

    All directors should read your rules for remakes, Snarky! When are you going to take over Hollywood?

  5. IrishUp permalink
    September 7, 2010 5:58 pm

    Interestingly enough, all my favaorite remakes are in the scifi/horror genre.
    John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is a solid remake, even if I remove the extra Kurt points from the score and the improvements in FX technology. The original “The Thing from Another World” is of course, a classic, but I belive Carpenter did the right thing in updating the characterizations of our Stranded with Aliens by making everyone less, hmmmm, likeable? more warty? Eh, I don’t have this quite thought out. But Carpenter is certainly more jaded and cynical about people than Howard Hawks was. I think if he’d tried using Hawks characterizations it would have been a hokey hot mess.

    The 1978 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” remake was outstanding. And I am one of the few people who really liked the 2007 remake “Invasion”.

    And are “The Fly” and “The Fly II” the only remake and remake of the sequel to, uh, fly? (ok ok could not resist).

    The genre may have several advantages insofar as technology advances will mean more to the center of the story than they would if you were trying to remake “Casablanca”. Also, as we were kind of talking about in Evmaroon’s zombie post, scifi/horror stories are perhaps more maliable – humans have always and will always fear The Unknown, and our lizard brains retain all kinds of useful fears (things biting and eating us, creepy-crawlies), but it is relatively easy to put updated details on the surface of those fears.

    On that note, it occurs to me that a “Logan’s Run” remake, if done well, could really work, given our society’s current fixation with eternal youthfulness and telling each other how to live best. Imagine if it was about 30somethings refusing to lift, tuck, botox, whiten, freshen, and all? Man you could get some great stuff into that. Unfortunately, it looks like that is NOT the kind of movie being made. I mean, are they seriously remaking LR by ratcheting the age down from 30 to 21? ffs

  6. September 7, 2010 6:17 pm

    Unfortunately, it looks like that is NOT the kind of movie being made. I mean, are they seriously remaking LR by ratcheting the age down from 30 to 21? ffs

    In this case, Hollywood doesn’t deserve too much blame. The original has the age of Carousel at 21 and Hollywood smartly raised it to 30 because they couldn’t get enough actors who looked 21 or appear that way.

    I think 25 would be better, because 21 is too young and 30 is too old (given the intended shock value of the story).

  7. IrishUp permalink
    September 7, 2010 6:50 pm

    @Snarky’s – Ah, see, I have never read the original story (a rarity, now I’ve got to go to a library). And you are right, 21 is totally too young. I was thinking 30 is still believable – you get 8yrs after college then it’s Carousel. But I see your point.

    I just noticed the generated “related posts” is proclaiming an “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” remake. Oh.NOES.

  8. September 7, 2010 10:20 pm

    One sad thing about the remake of Diabolique is that I fear most people wouldn’t go back and watch the original because they already know the ending. (I have to confess though, I didn’t hate the Sharon Stone scenery chewfest of 1996, maybe because it was also hot to think about Kathy Bates handcuffing her up.)

    I don’t understand the current trend of super quick turnover in remaking foreign films for American audiences — Brothers, The Girl with the Blankety Blank series, zabillion horror movies. I mean, wouldn’t it be cheaper to mount a massive advertising campaign and show the film in more theaters and drum up dollars that way? I’m sure some full page ads in Variety are still cheaper than Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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