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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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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
Off the top of my head, better remakes:
John Carpenter's 'The Thing'
The Coen brother's 'True Grit'
What about really bad remakes?
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.
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
The Wicker Man
The Day the Earth Stood Still
True Grit, agreed - the new version is excellent.
Tron Legacy - not a remake, but absolutely dire.
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..
Oh, and Karate Kid ! Not an exact remake, but better in many ways.
Clash of the Titans - the original was innovative in its day, but looks really awful now.
3:10 to Yuma is a good remake
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.
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....
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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