Movie Remakes

Why does the movie industry feel the need to saturate viewers with movie remakes?  Why not do something original more often?  The last few years, especially, has seen a veritable explosion of movie remakes, and it seems the trend is far from over.

Anyone remember the 1991 Phoebe Cates / Rik Mayall film Drop Dead Fred?  It was a fantastic film that, while commercial unsuccessful, gained a very large cult following and fanbase over the years.  The film was done very well, and left little room for improvement.  This, it seems, is not good enough, though.  Russell Brand, the at times annoying, at times funny British comedian with the weird hair, will be starring in the remake, written by the same man who is penning the Land of the Lost remake for Will Ferrell.  But it is not only our beloved Drop Dead Fred who is getting the makeover treatment; no, no, there is more.  Dudley Moore earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Arthur, as the titular character, the loveable drunkard heir to a vast fortune.  The film won two Oscars of the four it was nominated for, which is an obvious sign that it needs to be remade!

And don’t get me started on the garbage “[Insert Topic Here] Movie” and “[Insert Topic Here] Flick” that studios will vomit out every four months.  The “spoofs” (if you can call them that) are filled with random pop culture mentions connected together by the loosest of plots pulled, at times, directly from the parody movie with no original spin added.  These movies give “spoof” films a bad name.  Good God, is there not an original bone left in Hollywood?  Why can’t we have more of films like The Fall, or Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, or Pan’s Labyrinth?!  COME ON!

SERIOUSLY.  COME ON.

-Because I said so

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  • Ashley

    Cheers! I’d love to see more films like The Fall! Remakes, whether of foreign films or American classics, never do the original justice.

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