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(SFGate)   10 movie remakes that are better than the original. Surely you must be joking? I'm not, and don't call me Shirley   (sfgate.com) divider line 113
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2013-11-03 08:04:45 AM
Ugh. Another padded out list to make to make it 10 "something". Boooo
 
2013-11-03 08:06:19 AM
Never did like John Wayne.
 
2013-11-03 08:07:24 AM
List missed the fourth version of Wizard of Oz? Fail.
 
2013-11-03 08:07:36 AM
The Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho was leagues better than that Hitchcock crapfest.
 
2013-11-03 08:10:12 AM
*siiiigh*

Airplane! is not a remake of Zero Hour!, it is a parody.
 
2013-11-03 08:14:13 AM
Some of that listicle was about movies that needed a remake for technical or cultural reasons.

Having read Beau Geste and seen both a classic version and "the last remake" I gotta say it shouldn't have been made. It's a stupid book.
 
2013-11-03 08:22:10 AM
Surely you can't be serious.

/I'll forgive Subby as they are quoting the article.
 
2013-11-03 08:22:33 AM

gnosis301: Never did like John Wayne.


You shut your whore mouth. And no, The True Grit remake wasn't better than the original. Though the girl was hotter.
 /taking a seat
 
2013-11-03 08:23:34 AM
Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.
 
2013-11-03 08:23:55 AM
Putting True Grit on that "list" is a criminal offense.

Stupid author.
 
2013-11-03 08:29:36 AM

jmr61: Putting True Grit on that "list" is a criminal offense.

Stupid author.


I think the remake of this is better than the original, is that wrong?
/not western guy
//this remake made me go watch more

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2013-11-03 08:30:43 AM
Dawn of the Dead. The remake with its strong cast is superior to Romero's original.

I also wanted to say "Let Me In" is better than "Let the Right One In" but I think they're equal.

And while "The Departed" is good, "Infernal Affairs" is the better film. I also prefer the original ending.
 
2013-11-03 08:40:26 AM
No "The Shining" starring that guy from "Wings"? Fail
 
2013-11-03 08:47:17 AM

blustacon: Ugh. Another padded out list to make to make it 10 "something". Boooo


I found it funny that in several of their examples the original had a higher score on the Tomato/Metacritic meter than the remake.
 
2013-11-03 08:47:55 AM

skinink: Dawn of the Dead. The remake with its strong cast is superior to Romero's original.


I like them both. I think they're different enough that if they named it differently you wouldn't even really know it was a remake.
 
2013-11-03 09:09:11 AM

CarnySaur: The Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho was leagues better than that Hitchcock crapfest.


Watching Vince Vaughn beat off was the piece de resistance for a colorized shot for shot remake.
 
2013-11-03 09:10:24 AM

Ooba Tooba: No "The Shining" starring that guy from "Wings"? Fail


Wow, I had blocked that out.

moistD: I think the remake of this is better than the original, is that wrong?


Nope. The remake was quite good and paced well.
 
2013-11-03 09:13:45 AM
If they are going to use Asian movies remade better they could have just cited "Tarantino, Quentin."
 
2013-11-03 09:16:31 AM
Nobody ever remembers Cronenberg's "The Fly" when they make these lists.
 
2013-11-03 09:17:41 AM

abhorrent1: skinink: Dawn of the Dead. The remake with its strong cast is superior to Romero's original.

I like them both. I think they're different enough that if they named it differently you wouldn't even really know it was a remake.


Agreed, although I think the remake is far better.

The original True Grit is just terrible. It's so bad I get mad that I have to talk about it.
 
2013-11-03 09:29:28 AM

abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.


[obvious troll is obvious]
 
2013-11-03 09:31:11 AM
11. The Wicker Man
 
2013-11-03 09:31:26 AM
Much better than the oriignal:
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2013-11-03 09:31:46 AM

Maxc7001: Nobody ever remembers Cronenberg's "The Fly" when they make these lists.


Great point. Thats probably the best all around remake, period. Nice call.
 
2013-11-03 09:33:12 AM

kwame: abhorrent1: skinink: Dawn of the Dead. The remake with its strong cast is superior to Romero's original.

I like them both. I think they're different enough that if they named it differently you wouldn't even really know it was a remake.

Agreed, although I think the remake is far better.

The original True Grit is just terrible. It's so bad I get mad that I have to talk about it.


John Wayne is John Wayne playing John Wayne in John Wayne: The Movie.

I'm sorry to say, but John Wayne was just an actor that knew how to play himself well, and played the exact same character in every movie he was in.  Genghis Khan?  Hell, he's not even going to attempt an accent at that one.

The only thing stupider was Cesar Romero demanding he kept his mustache while playing the Joker.  Nowadays, actors have more respect for realism.  Even the worse Michael Bay film is going to feature actors that look the part.
 
2013-11-03 09:35:24 AM
"The Thing" is good, but overrated on the basis of its one memorable scene. The original is a better movie.
 
2013-11-03 09:36:50 AM

Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.

[obvious troll is obvious]


Not trolling. I really think that version is pretty farking awesome. Though I do like the original too.
 
2013-11-03 09:38:19 AM
Is The Maltese Falcon a remake, or just another adaptation from a book?
 
2013-11-03 09:39:25 AM
1.  Evil Dead 2.
 
2013-11-03 09:49:35 AM
Some others:

The Uninvited (remake of 'A tale of two sisters')
Cape Fear
The War of the Worlds
The Honeymooners
The Parent Trap (back when Lindsay was bangable)
 
2013-11-03 09:50:10 AM

abhorrent1: skinink: Dawn of the Dead. The remake with its strong cast is superior to Romero's original.

I like them both. I think they're different enough that if they named it differently you wouldn't even really know it was a remake.


Agreed.
 
2013-11-03 09:51:29 AM

abhorrent1: Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.

[obvious troll is obvious]

Not trolling. I really think that version is pretty farking awesome. Though I do like the original too.


LOL the original is a masterpiece and the archetype for the genre. Its not gory at all, and a real work of art The remake is shiat, although I respect what RZ was trying to do, he failed.
 
2013-11-03 09:52:14 AM

someonelse: "The Thing" is good, but overrated on the basis of its one memorable scene.


Heresy.  The entire movie is loaded with memorable seems.  Plus:  Wilford Brimley.
 
2013-11-03 09:52:52 AM

Gunderson: The Parent Trap (back when Lindsay was bangable)


Really???

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2013-11-03 09:53:38 AM
I liked the Ocean's Eleven remake but I'm not sure I like it better than the original.  The first one really captured the Rat Pack at their best and I liked the ending more.  That final scene might be my favorite movie ending.

Sabrina is a movie that I think did better in the remake.
 
2013-11-03 09:57:20 AM

Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.

[obvious troll is obvious]

Not trolling. I really think that version is pretty farking awesome. Though I do like the original too.

LOL the original is a masterpiece and the archetype for the genre. Its not gory at all, and a real work of art The remake is shiat, although I respect what RZ was trying to do, he failed.


The original made me realize why classics are classics. Despite every scene and idea being aped and copied mercilessly for two decades, Halloween still seemed fresh. It was like when I discovered Raymond Chandler.
 
2013-11-03 10:04:50 AM

AlanSmithee: Is The Maltese Falcon a remake, or just another adaptation from a book?


Excellent question: They were both produced by Warner Bros, so that strongly suggest remake.  IIRC, Huston said that Warners provided a script, but it was so crappy he re-wrote the entire thing himself in a week, starting from the book.
 
2013-11-03 10:17:13 AM

Bslim: *siiiigh*

Airplane! is not a remake of Zero Hour!, it is a parody.


They bought the rights to Zero Hour, so technically, it's a remake, often shot-for-shot.  It's definietly, at times, a parody of The High and the Mighty, starring John Wayne and Robert Stack (who plays in the hero):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_and_the_Mighty_%28film%29
 
2013-11-03 10:20:55 AM
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2013-11-03 10:21:49 AM
Personally, liked the True Grit remake. But then I'm not a fan of John Wayne's. I think the review they quoted of Roger Ebert's was spot on.
 
2013-11-03 10:24:43 AM

Gunderson: The War of the Worlds


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Not that Spielberg's WotW was a terrible movie, but it fails for chickening out with a happy ending for the family.
 
2013-11-03 10:37:58 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com One of the best remakes!
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2013-11-03 10:38:11 AM

Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.

[obvious troll is obvious]

Not trolling. I really think that version is pretty farking awesome. Though I do like the original too.

LOL the original is a masterpiece and the archetype for the genre. Its not gory at all, and a real work of art The remake is shiat, although I respect what RZ was trying to do, he failed.


Rob Zombie completely missed the point of the original by making Michael Myers the product of an abusive redneck upbringing. The whole point was that he was raised in a good home and not abused at all but was just evil for no explainable reason.

And yeah, Dawn of the Dead is a remake in name only. "Zombies in a mall" is the only thing the two have in common other than the title. And Sarah Polly is a cutie.

Calling Airplane a remake is a stretch, even if they did buy the rights to the movie it was parodying.
 
2013-11-03 10:39:08 AM
Jeff Bridges would have gotten an Oscar for True Grit if Toby Keith had played LaBeouf.
 
2013-11-03 10:40:54 AM

wiwille: [wayninginterests.files.wordpress.com image 779x580]


Love the Gibson/Hopkins version of this story.  I believe this was pre-lethal weapon days for Gibby.
 
2013-11-03 10:42:18 AM

wiwille: [wayninginterests.files.wordpress.com image 779x580]


also, is that a nipple I see.  I know they are aplenty in the film.
 
2013-11-03 10:43:09 AM

Fano: CarnySaur: The Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho was leagues better than that Hitchcock crapfest.

Watching Vince Vaughn beat off was the piece de resistance for a colorized shot for shot remake.


Don't forget the shot of Anne Heche's asshole.
 
2013-11-03 11:07:00 AM

Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Madbassist1: abhorrent1: Also, list fails without Rob Zombies Halloween.

[obvious troll is obvious]

Not trolling. I really think that version is pretty farking awesome. Though I do like the original too.

LOL the original is a masterpiece and the archetype for the genre. Its not gory at all, and a real work of art The remake is shiat, although I respect what RZ was trying to do, he failed.


Well okay. It's not better but I like them both. I certainly wouldn't the remake shiat.
 
2013-11-03 11:10:44 AM

Mugato: And Sarah Polly is a cutie.


Agreed. Cuter as a redhead though. Don't know which is natural.
 
2013-11-03 11:14:54 AM
This may paint a target on my back but I thought the Evil Dead remake was better than the original. We watched it in lieu of one for our Evil Dead marathon on Halloween and there's a ton of callbacks to the original trilogy
 
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