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Nigeyboy
Nigeyboy  5534 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 - 9:20 AM

Mornin' all

I'm having a bit of debate on FB at the moment. Seems Hollywood are remaking the film Point Break (1991). Now, while I have no problem with this, I have to ask 'why'? The film is only 20 years old. Is Hollywood running out of ideas for films?

My thoughts are the remakes are never as good as the original – take The Italian Job for example. While it may appeal to the younger audience, those a bit older will look down on it.

So what do you think? Are remakes just a way of cranking more money out of an old format? Are they ever better? Examples if you can think of any!!

The comment was made on FB that they want to introduce the film to a younger audience. So my reply was “That Rembrant is a bit dated – lets redo it for the younger crowd!!!””

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Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 9:31 AM

The Thing was better than the original. I hear they might now be remaking the remake.

It's odd when they remake films you remember - it reminds you how old you are Wink

Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 9:35 AM

Off the top of my head, better remakes:

John Carpenter's 'The Thing'
The Coen brother's 'True Grit'

Nigeyboy
Nigeyboy  5534 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 - 9:38 AM

Good stuff!

What about really bad remakes?

Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 9:38 AM

More good ones:

'Casino Royale' with Daniel Craig
David Cronenberg's 'The Fly'
The Magnificent Seven

Bad ones? The list could be a long one. 'Alfie' and 'Psycho' spring to mind.

Last Modified By Boyd at 14 Sep 2011 - 9:39 AM
NikLG
NikLG  81736 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 9:38 AM

John Carpenter's 'The Thing' was essentially a sequel to the original, rather than a re-make. In the original, as far as I remember, there is a point where one of the base's dogs runs off and that's where his version kicks off ( but he swapped the US base in the original for a Swedish base, presumably so the dog could end up at a US base.... ). And, IMO, the original is still a great film. And you're right, they are remaking it but this time it's a 'proper' remake.

I was reading an article on IGN yesterday about the current raft of remakes in the works and some of them beggar belief. Robocop, Total Recall, Old Boy ( I never thought there'd be a Hollywood version of that one... ) and many many more. Seems like they have got a list of my favourite films and decided to bu**er about with them Sad

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:35 AM

Bad remakes:

The Wicker Man
Get Carter
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:36 AM

True Grit, agreed - the new version is excellent.

Tron Legacy - not a remake, but absolutely dire.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:38 AM

Of course "I am Legend" is not a remake, rather a different version of the original book, of which there have been many. Of course, the ending of the book is very different..

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:42 AM

Oh, and Karate Kid ! Not an exact remake, but better in many ways.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:43 AM

Clash of the Titans - the original was innovative in its day, but looks really awful now.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:43 AM

3:10 to Yuma is a good remake

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 10:48 AM

Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of the 1922 film Nosferatu is quite amazing. He managed to keep the essence of the old black & white but give it a modern makeover. Choosing the gorgeous Isabelle Adjani and the sinister Klaus Kinski, and backing it all to a soundtrack by the wonderful Popol Vuh.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1215507 forum posts England
14 Sep 2011 - 10:55 AM

Are you related to Klaus Kinski, Pete ? I see similarities.....

Have you seen Shadow of the Vampire, a film about the making of Nosferatu that suggests Max Schreck was a genuine vampire....

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1218416 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 11:03 AM


Quote: Are you related to Klaus Kinski, Pete ? I see similarities.....

Really? bald maybe but that's as much as I can see.
I did actually want to be like him when I was younger. The way he performs in Fitzcarraldo is legendary.

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