Good news: Robocop still drives a Ford Taurus.
Bad news: They're remaking Robocop.
Gah. I thought it was bad when they remade Red Dawn and turned the baddies into the Chicoms instead of the Russkies. True Grit with someone other than John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn? On the plus side, it looks like they've run out of bad 1980s TV shows to make into movies. The A-Team? The Dukes of Hazzard? REALLY?
And there doesn't appear to be an end in sight - there are way more remakes on the horizon. Dirty Dancing? Judge Dredd? Pet Semetary? Point FREAKIN' BREAK??? I mean, Hollywood's really mining the bottom of the 1980s barrel for some of these - what's next, "Bill & Ted: Reloaded"? WARGAMES???
It's a sad commentary on the state of the film industry that there are so many remakes. Why bother coming up with a script and new characters when you can just take an existing story and put new actors and actresses in it? It's a shocking lack of creativity, which, hello, is the whole reason we even have a film industry. If I wanted to watch "Weekend at Bernie's" again, I'll watch "Weekend at Bernie's" again - I don't need someone else to toss together a new, young, edgy cast and a talking alien that only Bernie can see.
Maybe we're seeing the start of the decline. Maybe this shocking lack of effort and, dare I say it, artistic vision, is the death throes of Hollywood as they succumb to the same fate as dead tree newspapers. With the advent of the internet, streaming video, and cheaper and cheaper means of filming and editing one's own videos, the independent filmmaker has never had it better. Rather than come up with a superior product, Hollywood just puts in less effort until finally they're the celluloid equivalent of a horse and bayonet...
And to top it all of, there is talk of a new Mad Max. I may have to hurt someone.
That is all.