Wednesday, April 26, 2006

another hollywood remake or the original (and the best)?

I will concede that Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films serve a purpose, as many Americans don't like reading subtitles (worse still, would be terrible dubbing) - The Grudge, The Ring, Dark Water and Pulse. However, there is nothing like the dark and edginess of original Japanese horror.

Re-hashing seventies TV shows for the big screen is well, interesting. Okay, Charlie's Angels was an improvement on the original, but hey, get an original idea! But Bewitched? Gimme a break! Dukes of Hazzard, well, okay. But now Miami Vice, mind you, Colin Farrell and updated fashion might be an improvement.

Then there is the usual stock of recent and upcoming remakes of older films. Some of the originals though, are in fact near classics.

The original Poseidon Adventure (1972) with an all star cast including Shelley Winters really was a minor classic. This was remade into a telemovie with a silly plot, and now comes a movie remake called Poseidon (what's even more disappointing is that the director is the well respected Wolfgang Petersen).

Rehashing old horror movies (not just remaking Japanese ones) is getting a bit too common - The Hills Have Eyes, The Omen etc. What next, The Exorcist?

Remaking The Shaggy Dog was really silly. Is Disney running out of ideas? They should have stopped at Freaky Friday. What next, those early Kurt Russell films?

As for The Pink Panther, there will only ever be one Inspector Clouseau, and that was the late great Peter Sellers.

My human loves the original Lassie Come Home (1943) with Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall (he always cries at the end). But why remake such a great classic? Surely the original could be re-released.

Some classics that should never be remade are Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's (basically any film with Audrey Hepburn - Sydney Pollack's Sabrina is unforgivable), any of the Hitchcock ones, and certainly not the Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings series.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Uh oh. I shouldn't have let the cat out of the bag in yesterday's entry about my second breakfast. My human read what I wrote and this morning I got nothing after my tinned salmon. No ham, no treat! So it served him right this morning when he got agitated because he couldn't find a particular fork. He found it in the end in the drawer below the cutlery drawer. He has a wierd thing about cutlery!

Today was a back to work day, so I was home alone again during the day. Sigh!


Anonymous Nick said...

There are so many remakes because Hollywood has run out of ideas.

I expect a call any day now to star in the remake of "That Darned Cat."

Thursday, 27 April, 2006  
Blogger Keiser said...

Nick, you are already a star in my book!

Saturday, 29 April, 2006  

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