"Quo vadis, Hollywood - and why?

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"Quo vadis, Hollywood - and why?

Postby raiph » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:53 am

In recent times, there has been a spate of “remakes” of previously successful films. For the most part; I can only wonder why.

It possibly indicates a paucity of creativity in the film industry, or maybe just a desire to cash in on the memories of those who saw the originals. Whatever the reason, almost invariably the modern version cannot hold a candle to the the original.

There are some exceptions: “King Kong” and “War of The Worlds”, for example, were successful exercises in using modern film-making techniques to produce worthy versions of classics. (With WoW I could almost imagine Wells himself standing at the back of the cinema reading aloud from his book, so well would it have fit!)

But enthusiasm wanes to dismay we turn to such poor imitations as
- “Poseidon” (The original “Adventure”, with such giants as Hackman, Borgnine, Winters, is reputed to be the second largest box-office hit of all time, in real terms: the remake is a confused, and confusing, lacklustre time-waster.)
- “The Italian Job” (Set in Los Angeles! The Italian Job? And they were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!),
- “The Omen” (turned into mere gore-porn),
- and other ersatz offerings...

The ultimate blasphemy (so far)? - “The Wicker Man”.
The original is a tale of the collison between Woodward’s mainland policeman (a middle-aged, virgin, devout Christian lay minister), with the ancient, British pagan beliefs that thrive on a secluded Scottish island: the denoument and climax still grip my memory - probably more than any other film I have seen.
The re-make successfully strips away all the meaning and mystery that pulls the original towards the shocking end, and merely substitutes a silly and illogical tale.

Why “The ultimate blasphemy (so far)”? “So far”, because I fear that before long the artistically-challenged philistines of Hollywood might turn their attentions to “Casablanca”, “Brief Encounter”, “The Maltese Falcon”, “The Magnificent Seven”*.... (Add your own list.)

I urge all those who might not have seen the originals to eschew these poor imitations and treat themselves to some good cinema art by first viewing the older versions.

Meanwhile, sic transit gloria mundi – as usual.


*(“The Magnificent Seven” was, of course, itself a re-make of “The Seven Samurai”, but did not seek to replace the original; indeed it augments and complements Kurosawa’s classic alongside which it sits quite comfortably on the shelf.)
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Postby maxx england » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:07 pm

Brief Encounter gives you a snapshot of old fashioned British middle class values colliding with red blooded emotions and the drama and tension is in that dichotomy; I suppose Hollywood would have them banging maniacally away over the table as a train enters the station with a climactic whistle.

Probably the producers sit around a table with a shortlist of remakes and say to each other, "Let us prey".
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Postby stumblin » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:40 pm

The Wicker Man is one of my favourites. I was dumbfounded when I saw the advertising for the, presumably dismal, remake.
I imagine that my reaction was, in some respects, similar to Raiph's - I began to dread the day when Hollywood decide to remake The Third Man, starring Orlando f*****g Bloom. It's bound to happen...
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Postby dcblues » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:53 pm

I saw Scorsese's latest, "The Departed" last week. It's a remake of a Hong Kong crime thriller and it's a hell of a good movie.

I refuse to watch most remakes, especially when they take a foriegn film and make it more appealing to American audiences (luckily Scorsese didn't do this). I will NEVER watch "City of Angels" or the American version of "The Vanishing" (which I've heard has a horrible ending). I saw the new version of "The Manchurian Candidate" just out of curiosity and I wish I hadn't.
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:16 pm

Dude - "War of the Worlds" had Tom Cruise in it - that's unforgivable.

And the "Kong" remake wasn't great either.

You're too easy to entertain for your own premise.

Of course, the most disgusting thing I've seen lately was "Road to Perdition" - "Lone Wolf and Cub" restated as a Gangster flick - not a bad idea - but with Tom Hanks as an assassin.

Ew. I wish I hadn't typed his name - I feel dirty.
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Postby srvlives » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:36 pm

I didn't know that dc... me and the lovely wife saw it last weekend (her choice, go figure!)

Thought that Nicholson was fantastic, wasn't no surprise there at all really.
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Postby dcblues » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:52 pm

The Hong Kong movie is called "Infernal Affairs." It's worth seeing if you liked "The Departed."
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:55 pm

Oh hey - I saw "Infernal Affairs" - it was great.
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Postby raiph » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:21 pm

"War of the Worlds" had Tom Cruise in it - that's unforgivable."

"War of the Worlds" pleased me in particular by the way Tom Cruise avoided "starring" in it, rather allowing the situation to run and unfold.

But, in any case, argumentum ad hominem can never be accepted with serious concern.


(Who is this "Dude" person, by the way? )


Maxx - love the "let us prey" bit.
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:40 pm

Too easily entertained, AND too easily offended.


Dude, as used here, means sort of "Look here, my good chap".

Or, perhaps, "Yo G!".

I don't even know any old Germans.

(Ok, I used to work for an Amishman, and they speak old high German - but he bever called me 'Dude'.)
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:42 pm

Ah - you edited your post while I was writing my response.

Well, there ya go.
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Postby raiph » Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:12 pm

"Too easily entertained..."

Sometimes.



"AND too easily offended."

Not at all, Yank - but I wondered how quickly you'd bite.



"Ah - you edited your post while I was writing my response."

Don't you just hate it when they do that?


OK on "Dude". (We can keep the others guessing about the old German reference - the which I am doubtful about, anyway, hence its deletion.)
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Postby ricochet » Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:45 pm

Anything with Tom Cruise in it is "unforgiveable."

The man can't act. He doesn't become a believable character in the movies he's in. You see him and think, "Oh, there's Tom Cruise."
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:26 pm

Exactly.

He couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag with a script and a machete.
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Postby mickeypainless » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:37 pm

I have NO use for TC and I truly believe that young Ms Holms must be on some mind numbing drugs and is being held against her will!
As for his movies I did enjoy "Top Gun" and "Days of Thunder" but can think of several other actors that coulda filled the bill!
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