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post #31 of 253
Cringe worthy: Eddie Murphy's The Incredible Shrinking Man comedy.

I think the movie Seconds with Rock Hudson could be updated and remade into a pretty good thriller.
post #32 of 253
I think the movie Seconds with Rock Hudson could be updated and remade into a pretty good thriller.

I still remember the sound of the drill at the movie fade out...
post #33 of 253
I'm not offended by remakes as a matter of general principle, but many of them do make me sigh..."Why'd they do that?"
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I heard Fiona Apple's "Across the Universe" before I knew it was a Beatles song. I then heard the original and liked Apple's.

Just goes to show people are different. Apple's Across the Universe is #1 on my "worst commercially released remake" list.

(Worst remake ever - not commercially released thankfully - is Celine Dion's "You Shook me all Night Long".)
post #35 of 253
Haha, a remake thread that has yet to mention the movie that may be the most remade in cinema (besides generic Dracula spam): Invasion of the Body Snatchers. That's been done what? Four times?
post #36 of 253
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I agree that remakes are sometimes quite good, even better than the original. I also agree that the second Mutiny on the Bounty and The Italian Job were very entertaining films on their own merits, although the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh and Clark Gable as Mister Christian, is a classic, one of the best sea stories of all time. In stark contrast, I wasn't crazy about either version of Sabrina.

Ive never seen the original Italian job what did you think of the remake gwsat? I enjoyed the one with Donald Sutherland and Mark Walhberg.
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Ive never seen the original Italian job what did you think of the remake gwsat? I enjoyed the one with Donald Sutherland and Mark Walhberg.

I know you specifically asked gwsat, but my take is, the original is really a completely different movie. So I don't know that I would consider the newer one a true 'remake', as much as 'loosly based on the original.' In fact, the only real similarities are the mini-coopers (and the title of course.)
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I know you specifically asked gwsat, but my take is, the original is really a completely different movie. So I don't know that I would consider the newer one a true 'remake', as much as 'loosly based on the original.' In fact, the only real similarities are the mini-coopers (and the title of course.)

Thanks Rutgar.
post #39 of 253
I have no recollection of having seen the first version of The Italian Job, which starred the young Michael Cane, but I liked the 2003 movie of the same name a lot. It isn't great art but it is exciting. It is also filled with excellent performances, which depict interesting, quirky characters. The often underesstimated Jason Statham is a hoot. I've seen it a couple of times.
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Comparison of cast members for the new 'Red Dawn' remake of the 1984 original:

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20285234,00.html
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Comparison of cast members for the new 'Red Dawn' remake of the 1984 original:

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20285234,00.html

Thanks for the link. Still, just can't get excited about this one.
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Comparison of cast members for the new 'Red Dawn' remake of the 1984 original:

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20285234,00.html

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Thanks for the link. Still, just can't get excited about this one.

I can't get excited about a Red Dawn remake, either. I thought the 1984 original was a dog. Its premise, a surprise invasion of the United States repulsed by teenagers, was nonsense then and I can't imagine how a remake could make it any less so now.
post #43 of 253
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I can't get excited about a Red Dawn remake, either. I thought the 1984 original was a dog. Its premise, a surprise invasion of the United States repulsed by teenagers, was nonsense then and I can't imagine how a remake could make it any less so now.

LOL! Then it's not just me. I thought Red Dawn was a crap movie as well. And I was even it's target audience at the time. So yeah, I have no interest in a remake.
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LOL! Then it's not just me. I thought Red Dawn was a crap movie as well. And I was even it's target audience at the time. So yeah, I have no interest in a remake.

Yeah, I was part of the target audience as well (shows what the director thought of us), and the plot was even ridiculous to me back then at that age.
post #45 of 253
I liked Red Dawn at the time and although it doesn't hold up as well as it once did, I still like a lot of elements of it, like the choices the teenagers have to make (about torturing/executing) and being forced to grow up and deal with death and fighting a guerilla war.

Of course, the USSR is no longer a threat so it's a product of its time, but there's still a lot to like IMO, even if it's a bit ridiculous.

Not sure how they'd do a remake, unless they just set it back in the cold war days, but with hindsight being what it is, I'm not sure how that would come across.
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Not sure how they'd do a remake, unless they just set it back in the cold war days, but with hindsight being what it is, I'm not sure how that would come across.

Middle East invasion perhaps? North Korea? Thats the only thing I can see as relevant.
post #47 of 253
North Korea invading US? Come on.
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North Korea invading US? Come on.

:P

I didn't say it wouldnt be a stretch!
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:P

I didn't say it wouldnt be a stretch!

Well, it IS Hollyweird...
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:P

I didn't say it wouldnt be a stretch!

No more of a stretch than the first movie's plot was.
post #51 of 253
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Poltergiest remake coming Thanksgiving 2010:
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17065

The original was just before my time. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was pretty stupid and boring (worse than The Exorcist.. which is apparently also being remade). There were a few scenes that got my attention (also similar to The Exorcist) though so who knows what they could do with it now.
post #52 of 253
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Poltergiest remake coming Thanksgiving 2010:
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17065

The original was just before my time. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was pretty stupid and boring (worse than The Exorcist.. which is apparently also being remade). There were a few scenes that got my attention (also similar to The Exorcist) though so who knows what they could do with it now.

I like Poltergeist. A lot, actually. Still holds up today for me.
post #53 of 253
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St. Elmo's Fire being remade... for TV

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0929293/

Blech.
post #54 of 253
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Originally Posted by lwright84 View Post

Middle East invasion perhaps? North Korea? Thats the only thing I can see as relevant.

Aliens. Red Dawn meets Independence Day
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Originally Posted by Salmoneous View Post

Aliens. Red Dawn meets Independence Day

Yeah, that would be the only scenario plausible.

It worked in 84 because of the paranoia from decades of the cold war.
Not even these dumb kids of 2009 would believe another earthly power could invade this country.
post #56 of 253
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Originally Posted by lwright84 View Post

Poltergiest remake coming Thanksgiving 2010:
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17065

The original was just before my time. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was pretty stupid and boring (worse than The Exorcist.. which is apparently also being remade). There were a few scenes that got my attention (also similar to The Exorcist) though so who knows what they could do with it now.

Did you really just imply that The Exorcist is "stupid and boring"?
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Did you really just imply that The Exorcist is "stupid and boring"?

Only in comparison to the amount of praise that was lavished upon it leading up to me seeing it, and the amount of people that claimed it scared or freaked the hell out of them. But no not really, but I guess I should've worded it better. Poltergeist was, and it was worse than The Exorcist.
post #58 of 253
The Exorcist. The Alpha and Omega of horror. But that Version You've Never Seen (and I wish I hadn't) takes a classic and nearly ruins it!
post #59 of 253
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Only in comparison to the amount of praise that was lavished upon it leading up to me seeing it, and the amount of people that claimed it scared or freaked the hell out of them. But no not really, but I guess I should've worded it better. Poltergeist was, and it was worse than The Exorcist.

If only they'd have used a shaky cam
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If only they'd have used a shaky cam

Anyone remember the Filthy Critic? I thought his EXORCIST review was memorable, and actually reminded me of opening night: http://www.bigempire.com/filthy/theexorcist.html

-Bill
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