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Thursday
Feb162012

Movie remakes: Which movies deserve a do-over?

I’ve had a lot of different opinions concerning remakes recently. Everywhere I look, another one seems to pop up, from the lackluster Straw Dogs to the hilariously thrilling Fright Night. I tend to see two different reactions to remakes. If you’ve seen the original film, whether you loved it or hated it, you’re wary of another attempt at it again. Either it’ll be just as bad as the original or a botched blasphemy. If you haven’t seen the original, then you stand a chance of finding more enthusiasm.

There have been plenty of great remakes among the disappointments as well. Compared to it’s loud and campy predecessors, The Dark Knight series has been welcome with it’s dark and gritty take on the infamous Batman origins.

The Oscars aren’t exempt from remakes either. As USA Today points out, most of the nominations films are adaptations of books, and the Guardian thinks the adaptations will be favored to sweep most of the awards. Since I double-time as a bookseller, I can vouch that a lot of people come through wanting to read the books before seeing the movies. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a good example. The Artist is one of the only original films up for many awards, and I think it stands to win.

So while we’re talking about the idea that not all remakes are bad, I asked some of the writers here at Cinema Soldier what they’d like to see adapted to the big screen from another medium, or some movies that they would love to see get another chance (or a third). Below are our picks for the movies most deserving of remakes. 

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Sunday
Oct232011

'The Three Musketeers' review - airships, explosions, and Matrix slow-mo

I vaguely remember reading The Three Musketeers when I was young and, honestly, I remember The Three Amigos a lot better. Try as I might though, I can't recall flying pirate ships with giant blimps attached to them. I didn't know the musketeers dabbled in science fiction. Paul W.S. Anderson's version of the classic trio is fairly harmless and shouldn't offend anyone, but it doesn't pay much tribute to its brand. Like the Resident Evil flicks, this movie starts out accurate, but ends up veering into the ridiculous fairly quickly. Unfortunately, it's lacking in fun as well. Mix the world of Pirates of the Caribbean with the insanity of the Resident Evil movies and the slow-mo of The Matrix and you've got 90 percent of The Three Musketeers. Add two teenage love stories and you've seen it all. 

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Thursday
Sep162010

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is a mindless 3D slow-mo shockfest (review)

Rating:  (Passable)

If you think you've seen it all, hold on to your colostomy bags, because Resident Evil: Afterlife is about to blow you away! Not only is Paul W.S. Anderson--the series writer and helmer of the 2002 original--back to direct, he's brought a horde of upgrades to the series! Check it out!

It's got:

  • Big outdoor cinematic shots
  • Tons of bullet-time shots, circa 1999
  • An Emilia Earhart plane
  • Upgraded "Las Plagas" (Progenitor) zombies with fangy faces ala Blade II
  • Digging zombies
  • A 10 foot tall axe-hammer zombie
  • Boss fights
  • Wentworth Miller trapped in a prison cell (poor guy)
  • A mind-controlling chest device (RE5)
  • 3D!!!!

With gimmicks like these, who needs anything else? Resident Evil: Afterlife is more a series of zombie-defying 3D scenarios than a real movie, but is anyone complaining? 

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Tuesday
Jun222010

Trailers: The Last Airbender (first look at Momo!), Despicable Me, The Green Hornet, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Charlie St. Cloud

It's a sure sign that Summer's started when trailers get this plentiful. I just posted a bunch of new ones last Thursday and I'm already overloaded with new 2-minute movie ads. Despicable Me is the highlight of the trailers, but this new Facebook clip of The Last Airbender is pretty sweet. I'm a big Airbender fan, and the more footage I see, the more optimistic I get. Hopefully, Shyamalan strikes the right balance and adapts the Nickelodeon series well. More trailers below!

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Wednesday
Apr072010

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE trailer is 3D-eriffic

Every few years a new Resident Evil movie comes out with a great trailer attached to it. They always look good. When they come out, they're always disappointing. They are not terrible, but they ain't good. For this fourth movie, series writer Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat) is stepping in to direct--his first time since the 2002 original. As usual, Milla Jovovich stars as the super-woman Alice.

I have to say, yet again, this looks pretty cool. Better yet, it actually looks like the video game series that inspired it. Oddly, there are a lot of great villains in this trailer--including a golum of some kind--but not one zombie. It looks like a movie full of boss fights. In any case, it looks like good, Matrix-ey fun. Hopefully, they don't go too nuts with the 3D. Resident Evil: Afterlife hits theaters September 10, 2010.

Monday
Sep282009

"Pandorum" is enjoyable for sci-fi fans and videogamers (Review)

Pandorum might be the best videogame movie adaptation I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it’s not based on a videogame. Many of the ridiculous plot points we commonly dismiss in survival horror games are not so forgivable on the big screen. The biggest problem I have with Pandorum is the same major problem I have with Gamer (which is terrible btw): this movie doesn’t know what it wants to be or accomplish. I really wish it did, because I like a lot of what’s here.

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Monday
Aug032009

Hollywood is playing it safe with remakes, sequels, and licenses

Thompson on Hollywood posted up a brief, but very true, article today about the lack of original movies coming out of Hollywood lately.

It’s an age old argument, and has always been a problem, but it’s reaching dangerous levels. The Hobbit is in development, as are 4th installments to the Alien, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spider-Man franchises, among others. Steven Speilberg is working on a remake of the classic James Stewart film, Harvey Next, as his next project. I can’t see anyone adequately replacing Jimmy Stewart, but he’s looking at Tom Hanks for Will Smith. Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes. There are also quite a few classic novels and other licenses in development, including video game movies like World of Warcraft. What we aren’t seeing is original movies, entirely created for the screen, not adapted to it.

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