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On The Subject of Remakes.

Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Sep 4, 2012 #1 of 10

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Since Hollywood has lost the ability to come up with original ideas and has sunk to the depths or remaking or readapting everything that's ever been done, I thought we could explore which one work and which ones don't.

    From the "Coma" thread:

    I think the only remake I've ever preferred was "Bedazzled" and that's only for the Liz Hurley scenes. The Brendan Fraser scenes are unwatchable.

    I just can't bring myself to insult classic flicks like "The Day The Earth Stood Still" or "The Andromeda Strain" by watching remake abominations.

    And don't get me started on TV-to-movie messes. Aside from the "Star Trek" group, I can't think of one that worked. Daisy Duke is NOT a short blonde!
  2. Sep 4, 2012 #2 of 10

    klang Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2003
    I think the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica worked quite well. At least the first two seasons anyway. Hated the ending.

    I enjoyed the new Bionic Women but I think I was in the minority.

    What about the new Red Dawn coming out? Invaded by the North Koreans. :lol:
  3. Sep 4, 2012 #3 of 10

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    And shot at least partially in Detroit.

    What made the original somewhat believable was the coalition of forces and the landings in remote areas to get to the population likely to fight back.
  4. Sep 4, 2012 #4 of 10

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    I don't know if the movie, The Fugitive, should be regarded as a remake since the original was a TV series, but I definitely enjoyed both.
  5. Sep 4, 2012 #5 of 10

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    I knew of a few off hand that I really liked, The Fly and Caper Fear.
    But after doing a quick google search there are several others that I really like that I did not even realize were remakes.

    The Italian Job

    I'm sure there are a lot of others too.
  6. Sep 4, 2012 #6 of 10

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    The Ocean's 11 remake was far superior to the original, which was basically an excuse for the Rat Pack to hang out in Vegas on the studio's dime. The "caper" was unbelievably simplistic, but hey, maybe casino owners really were that stupid in the 60's.
  7. Sep 4, 2012 #7 of 10

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    I'm thinking of The Producers. It's an odd one, I prefer Gene Wilder to Matthew Broderick, but prefer Nathan Lane to Zero Mostel in their roles.

    I do prefer the Oceans 11 remake, and do like the newer Italian Job (as well as the original.)

    But, if there weren't remakes, we wouldn't have Some Like it Hot, Magnificent Seven, etc.
  8. Sep 4, 2012 #8 of 10

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    I can only think of one remake that has been successful. 12 Angry Men. First there was the 1954 teleplay.Then came the 1957 movie staring Henry Fonda. German television produced a version in 1963. In 1997 it was remade for American television staring George C. Scott. In 2007 a Russian film version was made titled "12". While the 1957 movie is most remembered all versions are quite good.
  9. Sep 4, 2012 #9 of 10

    jeffshoaf Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    After seeing the Gone in 60 Seconds remake, my sister accidentally bought the original on dvd; I really enjoyed the remake, but found the original to be pretty much unwatchable.
  10. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Well, that brings to mind "Vanishing Point". I started watching it one day and wondered what was wrong with it. I though there was a flashback scene to Kowalski's early life that I hadn't seen before. Then I realized what I was watching and grabbed for the remote to change channels.

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