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Entries in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (2)

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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Thursday
Jul012010

THE LAST AIRBENDER is worse than The Phantom Menace (review)

Rating:  (Dreadful)

Wow. I know remaking movies is popular, but did Star Wars Episode I need to be "re-imagined" so soon? With The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan finally proves that he is more oblivious to his own failings than George Lucas. The acting is atrocious, the 3D is awful, and the script is worse than Prince of Persia (review). The original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series is the best source material you could ask for, but Shyamalan drowns in the material, floundering even the easiest of tasks. You know, just like George Lucas, who insisted on writing and directing the Star Wars prequels.

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