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September 5, 2009


As a follow up to last week’s rant, my take this time around is on the never-ending stream of movie and television show remakes. (Shudder!)

As I have to give some props to some of the more recent attempts at re-telling old mish-mash, this whole thing of reinventing familiar storylines & characters has got me by the short hairs.

Movie remakes are a gamble. On one hand, you're beginning with a movie audiences have already known & grown to love. On the other, if it fails, it becomes a an embarrassment for everyone involved with the project.

But nothing is worse than when the remake is made by someone who apparently had no clue to what the original film project was all about. That, my friend, is how you fall off track.

Now why exactly, in all of creation would you remake (well, re-shoot exactly) a movie classic like “Psycho”? And have the nerve to mirror the cinematography frame for frame? Did anybody see that new “Knight Rider” or “Dragnet” on television a couple of season's ago? Did you really care?

Was anyone the least bit interested in seeing the ‘human’ side of Michael Myers in the remade “Halloween” by Rob Zombie? Are you fired up for "Halloween 2"?

These movies and television shows were, and still are in a sense, classics in their own right!

Seriously, People! And as stated in a previous blast, is there no more sense of originality or creativity? I can see being inspired by a film. But a remake? (sigh.)

Ok, if you are going to remake a movie, wouldn’t you at least try to keep the same “feel” of its predecessor? "Dawn Of The Dead", “King Kong" , "3:10 To Yuma", "Star Trek", were all excellent attempts, and may have been even better than the original, in my opinion. But in recent years, attempts at "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Witch Mountain"? Sheesh!

That new installment of “Friday The 13th” that was recently released was, yes, ladies and gentleman, a remake. As are the upcoming following films, just to name but a few:

1.) The Blob - Another attempt at telling the story of a renegade Jam Preserve

2.) Footloose - No comment...

3.) Clash Of The Titans - Better acting this time? The special effects were the only thing good in the original!

4.) Red Dawn - Maybe this one will be based on Starbuck's employees becoming rebel soldiers against the invasion of an enemy nation? Nice, huh? Well?

5.) Short Circuit - wow...

6.) Rosemary's Baby - Michael Bay, you've redone "Amityville Horror" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". After this one, you can start working on remaking "The Exorcist" ...or "Short Circuit".

7.) The Wizard Of Oz - Dakota Fanning rumored to play Dorothy. The original one was a flop, so I understand this one. NOBODY remembers the original film. Am I right??? (sigh...)

8.) Yellow Submarine (in 3D) - Apologies to all in advance. But then again, it might just work. The Fab Four's voices were done by actors in the original. So, hmmm...

Hell, they might as well redo “The Godfather”, “Star Wars” and “The Sound of Music”!

These movies and television shows should be left alone…with that said, I have to say that the re-imagining of the now ended series “Battlestar Galactica” was pretty kick-ass! Listen, not ALL these redos are bad, don’t get me wrong. All I’m saying is that it would be nice to see something fresh and new from time to time.

Have you noticed that the majority of the movies in the last 5 years were based on comic books?

‘Nuff Said.

This is just my opinion, people and I’m sure a lot of you out there don’t mind these offerings, albeit 'reheated' items. But, sooner or later, things have to get back on track. As it stands right now, it will probably be much later. Irene Cara, a singer from back in the day once sang these following words, and seeings that the movie it was taken from is about to be remade (“Fame”), it’s safe to say that these “Safety Net” studio remakes are “ …gonna live forever”!