Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cinematic Good News/Bad News

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.

28 comments:

Sabra said...

On the plus side, it looks like they've run out of bad 1980s TV shows to make into movies.

Imma go ahead & remind you of that when they announce the "Hart to Hart" movie. (Or what about "Moonlighting"? Or "Night Court"? Or "ALF"?)

Dave H said...

Money is the reason we have a film industry. Apparently some people will pay money to watch anything, and Hollywood has figured that out.

libertyman said...

Oh I don't know, I enjoyed the newer version of True Grit, as well as the latest remake The Count of Monte Cristo. Not all remakes are bad, it is just what you chose to remake, I guess.

Glenn B said...

Twenty or thirty or even forty years ago, there were fewer men and women of worth and fewer good ideals shared by all on which to base new films and shows, therefore we wound up with a lot of junk. It has gotten worse in that regard because we have fewer and fewer such inspirations on which writers can base their stuff and we also have fewer and fewer people (this probably more importantly) who would be inspired by what should be inspirational. They no longer seem inspired by true heroism but confuse baseball players as heroes instead of those who sacrifice their lives for our freedom, they see lower income people who buy homes they cannot afford as being exploited when it is they who exploit the system and suck the rest of us dry in any way they can, they ee failing politicians as succeeding, they see honesty and truth as a weakness and lying as a virtue, psycho-killers and other criminals are glorified and the lawful despised (this has been going on in the fil insdustry for many more years than I mentioned above), and I could go on and on. Today, it is as if we live on Bizarro World. What could you expect but new movies such as political ones as those made by the likes of Michael Moore or a cowboy flick about two cowboys (once the icon of true manliness) who are doing one another sexually, or remakes like the absolutely, in my opinion, terrible The Thing From Another World. Even worse was the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves. One of the, if not THE, worst movies I have ever seen. Another thing about why so many remakes are done is because it is easy. No one needs to be truly creative to ruin someone else’s idea by remaking it with a plot reversal or reversal of roles of good guy to bad and bad guy to good. No one needs to think an awful lot to come up with a remake either. Thoughtless crap is a sign of the times.

All the best,
Glenn B

BobG said...

From what I can see, all they do is rehash the movies with better CGI and 3-D, and think that they have made a better movie, which is not necessarily true.

Bubblehead Les. said...

If they have to do NEW Movies, they have to pay for the rights to the product. Which, in the 21st. Century, means not only the Film, but the Print, DVD, Netflix, YouTube Trailers, On-Demand, Overseas, replay for the TeeWee, Cable, Satellite, etc. And the pay scale is crazy. Remember the Seinfeld Episode where he kept getting the checks from Japan for the Royalties that cost more to process than the checks were worth?

So it's just cheaper in the Long Run to do a remake of something one has the Rights to already.

Too Bad most of them shouldn't have been made in the First Place.....

Dave H said...

BobG: The CGI might be better, but the "new, young, edgy cast" usually ain't. I was looking forward to the remake of Rollerball back when, but once I saw the first trailer I gave it a pass. Eye candy that's younger than my own kids turns me off.

ASM826 said...

The new True Grit is so much better than the old one. I went back and watched the John Wayne version, and except for the scene riding across the field, it's pretty cruddy.

I don't mind remakes like that, when it's going to be done right. What rubs the skin off my backside is slapped together remakes to make a quick payday.

Borepatch said...

+5 to ASM826. I really liked the new version of True Grit, and thought that just about every major role saw a better performance than in the original. Yes, even John Wayne's.

Randall said...

Speaking of rehashing movies with better CGI: Han shot first, dammit!

Randall

libertyman said...

Hmmmm, Borepatch, your icon (avatar?) kind of looks like a remake of AS826's.

I think I see a pattern here!

avidus said...

One point to note about the remade "Red Dawn" - it's no longer the CHICOMs.

The producers were speaking with their Chinese distributors and discovered that the Chinese did not take kindly being the bad guys.

So the production company has spent the last two years replacing the Chinese with North Koreans. Every insignia, flag and so forth has been changed.

That's why it was filmed over two years ago but is only coming out now.

Jay G said...

Wait, what?

*NORTH KOREA* invades mainland USA?

How the bloody hell do they get here? Dugout canoes? Clinging to dandelion seeds?

Dave H said...

I guess we're going to have to watch it to find out now.

Those studies are fiendish.

Dave H said...

*studios

Larry said...

A new Mad Max would be the last straw.

curious Canuck said...

The same thing happened with a video game by the name of "homefront". Chinese get pissy, and the studio replaces them with the NK's.
also, the Judge Dredd remake sounded like it was pretty awesome and waaay more faithful to the comics.

curious Canuck said...

The same thing happened with a video game by the name of "homefront". Chinese get pissy, and the studio replaces them with the NK's.
also, the Judge Dredd remake sounded like it was pretty awesome and waaay more faithful to the comics.

Anonymous said...

No way the new "True Grit" was better than the old one!

Different, yes, but better, no.

To paraphrase...."I knew John Wayne, and Jeff Bridges isn't close to being John Wayne"

I like Bridges in the roll, but....Nope, he ain't John Wayne!

Brian said...

Maybe they're too busy being on the right side of every issue to bother with piddling details like making good movies. Keep some perspective my good man!

GuardDuck said...

Maybe they could do a remake of Starship Troopers that actually has some semblance to the book.....

Nah, asking way too much.

lee n. field said...

. Well, they were pretty close to mining out 60s pop culture.

wolfwalker said...

"Bad news: They're remaking Robocop."

Oh, I don't know about that ... I always thought that Robocop was a right dandy Science Fiction story ruined by grossly gratuitous gore and violence. The question of 'what makes us human?' is, after all, One Of The Big Ones. Handled properly, Murphy's transformation from human to machine and back to human could be as Grand Scale SF as a movie can get.

Do I expect the remake to actually achieve that? Not a chance.

Why are there so many sequels and remakes these days? Because, as you noted, doing new stories requires creativity and respect for the material and the audience -- three things Hollywood lacks completely. I dismiss the argument about 'rights' because I happen to know of a number of good SF stories whose movie rights have been bought ... and then the movie projects based on them went nowhere. There is absolutely no justification for the fact that Ender's Game has never been adapted into a movie.

Wraith said...

Actually, the new Mad Max movie isn't a remake--it's an entirely new film, with George Miller at the helm. We can only hope he doesn't go all George Lucas and jack everything up.

Miguel said...

remakes in the pipeline according to various sites:
Annie.
Point Break.
The Crow.
'An American Werewolf in London'
The NeverEnding Story
Wargames (yup)
Time Bandits
And to really piss me off:
Escape from NY & Death Wish.

Anonymous said...

Ahh....Robocop. I remember it as the very first place I saw a Barret .50 cal. I was so with the scumbag who fires it and shouts "I LIKE IT!"

JFM

Christina LMT said...

"Ender's Game" is being released in November of 2013.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/combined

Texas Sean said...

Starship Troopers is being remade and will supposedly be close to then original storyline. We'll see.

I wish they'd remake "THEM!".... Giant ants with killer CGI? Ok!