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(Deadline)   The Lego Movie continues to block all newcomers and retain its #1 spot at the box office. At #2 is the Kevin Hart remake About Last Night, which is on track to bring in $34 million.However, the other 80s remake, Robocop, was DOA   (deadline.com) divider line 44
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2014-02-16 12:58:50 PM  
4 votes:

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Judge Dredd


One of the reasons that I liked the idea of a remake for that one (and a rule that I wish would be applied when they get greenlit in the future) was that the original movie was terrible. If you're going to remake something, do it for something that was bad the first time around.
2014-02-16 11:45:59 AM  
3 votes:

RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: SPACESHIP!

The only thing missing from that film was...

RELEASE THE KRAGLE!!!!

/or, I could have missed it because I was laughing so damn hard

Liam Neeson had the line "Release the copper choppers". Not quite as direct a reference, but the adults I was around picked up on it.

I'll just have to watch it again, then.

Although it's both awesome and sad that the LEGO Movie has more depth and layers to it than 90% of 'grown up' movies.


I friggin loved the Lego movie. I still collect LEGOs occasionally, but even then I wasn't expecting the movie to be as good as it was. Nor was I expecting Will Ferrell to be a caricature of myself when it comes to my collection vs my kids collection. Nor was I expecting that there were many more just like me, judging by the uncomfortable laughter in the audience during that scene.
2014-02-16 11:27:10 AM  
3 votes:
They should have made Lego Robocop. I'd watch that.
2014-02-16 11:23:12 AM  
3 votes:
Stop remaking shiat!
2014-02-16 11:07:08 AM  
3 votes:
Who wants to see a PG-13 Robocop?
Maybe it's a message that adults want to watch movies for adults.
2014-02-16 09:03:03 PM  
2 votes:
Just saw The Lego Movie and it was more awesome than I even thought possible. It goes to a place that I never saw coming, and yet, was perfectly set up from the beginning. The layers of depth on this movie are amazing, and it's also really, really funny.

Plus, you know, BATMAN!

/"I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very dark gray."
2014-02-16 05:20:50 PM  
2 votes:

CodeMonkey4Life: Dredd was a reboot of a comic book property where the first movie really sucked and should be forgotten.

It shouldn't be listed with pointless remakes of a classic movies like Robocop.


Dredd 2012 was the closest this world will ever get to another decent Robocop flick.  Good Christ, it kicked all kinds of ass.  Absolute brutality from start to finish.

Loved it.
2014-02-16 11:52:17 AM  
2 votes:

RoyFokker'sGhost: Although it's both awesome and sad that the LEGO Movie has more depth and layers to it than 90% of 'grown up' movies.


It confirms my suspicion that the best dramatic writers, editors, producers, etc. have all left cinema for television.

Think about it... dramatic TV for the last 10-15 years or so has blown away everything from the 60+ years that came before it. At the same time, non-family-friendly movies for the last 10-15 years have been completely formulaic and uninteresting. I think that's why we're seeing a decent number of upper-middle-tier film stars cross over to television... they are the ones who are more interested in the story than the paycheck.
2014-02-16 11:11:12 AM  
2 votes:

RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: SPACESHIP!


The only thing missing from that film was...

RELEASE THE KRAGLE!!!!

/or, I could have missed it because I was laughing so damn hard


You missed it.
2014-02-16 11:05:03 AM  
2 votes:

StopLurkListen: SPACESHIP!



The only thing missing from that film was...

RELEASE THE KRAGLE!!!!

/or, I could have missed it because I was laughing so damn hard
2014-02-16 10:20:23 AM  
2 votes:
I see I'm not the only one who wouldn't buy Robocop for a dollar. Or ten dollars. Anyway, I'd rather see the LEGO Movie again than either of those two.
2014-02-16 09:04:08 PM  
1 votes:

Ishkur: Why would I want to watch a Robocop movie with no dark satire, no social commentary, no over-the-top blood squibs and no R rating?!

What kinda shiat is that? That's not Robocop, that's Robocop 3.


The funny thing is that except for the R rating, the LEGO movie has all that. A character has their head popped off right on camera, for pete's sake.
2014-02-16 09:01:06 PM  
1 votes:

Fano: I'm not surprised LEGO learned the craft of movie making because the LOTR and Marvel games are full of 5 minute cut scenes at every checkpoint now.


Although the only superheros in the movie are DC characters.
2014-02-16 07:09:52 PM  
1 votes:

Forbidden Doughnut: Mad_Radhu: BadReligion: Mad_Radhu: skinink: The Dredd remake was good for a few reasons:

-Did not waste time setting up a backstory, just went right into the action
-Special effects were good
-Actors did a great job
-Really no dead spots in the movie

Dredd is now streaming on Netflix. It's worth seeing if you haven't seen it yet.

It was well done, but my wife couldn't help but refer to Dredd as GrumpyCop because of the constant frown.

Dredd really is not known as a happy-go-lucky character.

Yeah, it was true to the characters, but the constant frown reminded her a bit too much of a certain cat.

Someone with skills really needs to photoshop a Judge's helmet on that particular cat...


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2014-02-16 06:26:52 PM  
1 votes:

Mad_Radhu: BadReligion: Mad_Radhu: skinink: The Dredd remake was good for a few reasons:

-Did not waste time setting up a backstory, just went right into the action
-Special effects were good
-Actors did a great job
-Really no dead spots in the movie

Dredd is now streaming on Netflix. It's worth seeing if you haven't seen it yet.

It was well done, but my wife couldn't help but refer to Dredd as GrumpyCop because of the constant frown.

Dredd really is not known as a happy-go-lucky character.

Yeah, it was true to the characters, but the constant frown reminded her a bit too much of a certain cat.


Someone with skills really needs to photoshop a Judge's helmet on that particular cat...
2014-02-16 06:22:49 PM  
1 votes:
My kids and I just saw the Lego movie a few hours ago and I squee'd through the whole thing. It was fantastic. Kids thoroughly enjoyed it too. It'll be one of the few movies I will have ever bought on its dvd release date.
2014-02-16 05:55:41 PM  
1 votes:

robsul82: Durendal: I could not believe just how good The Lego Movie was

No kidding.   "Everything is AWESOME!!!" getting performed at next year's Oscars and winning Original Song will be highly amusing too.


Spaceship!  Spaceship!  Spaceship!
2014-02-16 05:55:33 PM  
1 votes:

Durendal: I could not believe just how good The Lego Movie was, right down to the chewed-up, battered and faded look that Spaceman Ben had. Methinks that most of the people working on that flick broke out their old Foot Destroyer collections with their kids throughout production.

/Still a touch disappointed that there was no visible Blacktron or other unified Space themes visible, but maybe I missed it. Way too much to take in.
//Well, the number on Emmet's instructions to start the day are actually the model number for the Aerial Intruder, so maybe that counts.


Agree that they got all the details right.  It will take multiple viewings to catch everything we missed the first time around.

Our only complaint is that none of the Star Wars characters was a Master Builder, and there were no Indiana Jones references (that Lego game is a staple in our house).

/Everything is Awesome!!
//Unless you have a four-year-old that sings the song repeatedly...
2014-02-16 05:36:46 PM  
1 votes:

BadReligion: Mad_Radhu: skinink: The Dredd remake was good for a few reasons:

-Did not waste time setting up a backstory, just went right into the action
-Special effects were good
-Actors did a great job
-Really no dead spots in the movie

Dredd is now streaming on Netflix. It's worth seeing if you haven't seen it yet.

It was well done, but my wife couldn't help but refer to Dredd as GrumpyCop because of the constant frown.

Dredd really is not known as a happy-go-lucky character.


Yeah, it was true to the characters, but the constant frown reminded her a bit too much of a certain cat.
2014-02-16 05:23:07 PM  
1 votes:

BafflerMeal: The Lego Movie was a retelling of the Matrix.  Discuss.


Yep but a damn good retelling in lego-form.
2014-02-16 05:08:25 PM  
1 votes:
Dredd was a reboot of a comic book property where the first movie really sucked and should be forgotten.

It shouldn't be listed with pointless remakes of a classic movies like Robocop.
2014-02-16 04:52:15 PM  
1 votes:
I could not believe just how good The Lego Movie was, right down to the chewed-up, battered and faded look that Spaceman Ben had. Methinks that most of the people working on that flick broke out their old Foot Destroyer collections with their kids throughout production.

/Still a touch disappointed that there was no visible Blacktron or other unified Space themes visible, but maybe I missed it. Way too much to take in.
//Well, the number on Emmet's instructions to start the day are actually the model number for the Aerial Intruder, so maybe that counts.
2014-02-16 04:21:18 PM  
1 votes:

Mad_Radhu: skinink: The Dredd remake was good for a few reasons:

-Did not waste time setting up a backstory, just went right into the action
-Special effects were good
-Actors did a great job
-Really no dead spots in the movie

Dredd is now streaming on Netflix. It's worth seeing if you haven't seen it yet.

It was well done, but my wife couldn't help but refer to Dredd as GrumpyCop because of the constant frown.


Dredd really is not known as a happy-go-lucky character.
2014-02-16 03:17:45 PM  
1 votes:

Apocalyptic Inferno: The movie is certainly mediocre, but there is social commentary there. The most obvious is our place as world police, the separation of humanity from war via drone technology amd corporate influence on public opinion and politics. Less overtly discussed are the biological and medical ethics regarding what they've done to Murphy, the nature of his humanity and his free will and whether he even "owns" his own body anymore.


So it's Bladerunner meets Terminator Salvation meets Total Recall meets Battlestar Galactica meets Team America. It's a Frankenstein of already well-hashed out sci-fi ideas explored more thoroughly in other movies and TV shows.

That's just farking fantastic.
2014-02-16 01:28:46 PM  
1 votes:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Farty McPooPants: Who wants to see a PG-13 Robocop?
Maybe it's a message that adults want to watch movies for adults.

If it were R-rated it might have done even worse.  Adults as a whole don't go to movies.  That ship has sailed and they're likely never going back.


They'll show up for good R-rated movies, like Ted or Django Unchained.
2014-02-16 01:27:08 PM  
1 votes:
Lego movie entertained me and my wife, we're in our thirties. And my 4 and 12 year old liked it.
2014-02-16 01:15:08 PM  
1 votes:
I want to see the LEGO movie so bad.
2014-02-16 01:07:38 PM  
1 votes:
My wife and I saw The LEGO Movie for Valentine's Day. It did not disappoint. It was probably the most fun I've had in a theatre in years.
2014-02-16 01:00:12 PM  
1 votes:

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Was there a market for a Robocop movie?  Seems a bad idea to make an expensive remaking a very old cult favorite.  Seems as misguided in its way as, say, Ender's Game.  There's no market there at all.

That's been my question about all the 80's action remakes that Hollywood's been greenlighting in the last couple years. Who on earth keeps asking for them?

Conan, Total Recall, Red Dawn, Judge Dredd (okay, technically that's 90s), and now this. Pretty much all of them have flopped at the box office, so you'd think the studios would get the message at this point that there's no audience for these films. Young people have no interest in seeing them because they never grew up on them so the nostalgia hook won't bite. And the older crowd likely won't want to watch a bastardized remake of their childhood memories that stars new actors that they don't care about. They would probably much rather just go see another Expendables sequel instead.


Actually, the new Dredd movie was really good. So good, it almost washes away the taint of the Stalone movie from your mind. People didn't go see it because the memory of that abomination was still fresh. Watch Dredd if you haven't seen it yet, you'll be happy you did.

The Conan film had potential, especially since Jason Momoa looks more like REH's description in the stories. The big problem was that the creator of the Age of Conan MMO was one of the producers, and the movie turned into a 2 hour ad for what had become a free - to play game at that point. Seriously, when they showed Conan home village in the movie, it looked exactly like it does in the game. Also, the necromancy and Acheron were also straight out of the game. It really ruined the potential that movie had.
2014-02-16 12:58:06 PM  
1 votes:

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Was there a market for a Robocop movie?  Seems a bad idea to make an expensive remaking a very old cult favorite.  Seems as misguided in its way as, say, Ender's Game.  There's no market there at all.

That's been my question about all the 80's action remakes that Hollywood's been greenlighting in the last couple years. Who on earth keeps asking for them?

Conan, Total Recall, Red Dawn, Judge Dredd (okay, technically that's 90s), and now this. Pretty much all of them have flopped at the box office, so you'd think the studios would get the message at this point that there's no audience for these films. Young people have no interest in seeing them because they never grew up on them so the nostalgia hook won't bite. And the older crowd likely won't want to watch a bastardized remake of their childhood memories that stars new actors that they don't care about. They would probably much rather just go see another Expendables sequel instead.


I find it weird also, these remakes with no audience, like the Honeymooners one with African Americans. No one who remembers the original would want to see it and nobody young would know why they should care. Conversely, they could remake the Breakfast Club every 3 years for each new group of high schoolers and hasnt done so
2014-02-16 12:56:17 PM  
1 votes:
Pretty sure "release the kragle" was in there.

But...

Everything is Awesome!
2014-02-16 12:48:38 PM  
1 votes:

the_vegetarian_cannibal: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Was there a market for a Robocop movie?  Seems a bad idea to make an expensive remaking a very old cult favorite.  Seems as misguided in its way as, say, Ender's Game.  There's no market there at all.

That's been my question about all the 80's action remakes that Hollywood's been greenlighting in the last couple years. Who on earth keeps asking for them?

Conan, Total Recall, Red Dawn, Judge Dredd (okay, technically that's 90s), and now this. Pretty much all of them have flopped at the box office, so you'd think the studios would get the message at this point that there's no audience for these films. Young people have no interest in seeing them because they never grew up on them so the nostalgia hook won't bite. And the older crowd likely won't want to watch a bastardized remake of their childhood memories that stars new actors that they don't care about. They would probably much rather just go see another Expendables sequel instead.


I can only guess some of those kids who loved those movies are in positions of power and are getting them greenlighted now, whether as execs or in other roles.  Also it's still safer to take established intellectual properties than try to start something completely new.

But yeah, it's sucky.  I can't stand superheroes and I also can't stand distant shadows of the strange Total Recalls and Robocops of my youth.
2014-02-16 12:39:26 PM  
1 votes:
Saw Robocop and it's an OK movie, it's fine.  Not as good as, say, the newer Judge Dredd, but not quite as bland and pointless as Total Recall remake.  It's completely forgettable, but for a barren wasteland of movies in February, worth watching.  I guess.

So... that's not a real recommendation, it's a *meh, it wasn't the worst thing I've ever seen*.
2014-02-16 12:06:44 PM  
1 votes:

RoyFokker'sGhost: Agreed.

Also, Will Arnett is now the 2nd best Batman after Kevin Conroy.


Darkness!

No Parents!

Really Rich.

Kinda makes it better.
2014-02-16 12:04:01 PM  
1 votes:
Robocop was okay, but no less disposable than the remake of Total Recall.
2014-02-16 12:03:50 PM  
1 votes:
I saw the Robocop movie, it sucked balls.
2014-02-16 11:56:28 AM  
1 votes:

ThatBillmanGuy: RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: SPACESHIP!

The only thing missing from that film was...

RELEASE THE KRAGLE!!!!

/or, I could have missed it because I was laughing so damn hard

Liam Neeson had the line "Release the copper choppers". Not quite as direct a reference, but the adults I was around picked up on it.

I'll just have to watch it again, then.

Although it's both awesome and sad that the LEGO Movie has more depth and layers to it than 90% of 'grown up' movies.

I friggin loved the Lego movie. I still collect LEGOs occasionally, but even then I wasn't expecting the movie to be as good as it was. Nor was I expecting Will Ferrell to be a caricature of myself when it comes to my collection vs my kids collection. Nor was I expecting that there were many more just like me, judging by the uncomfortable laughter in the audience during that scene.


Agreed.

Also, Will Arnett is now the 2nd best Batman after Kevin Conroy.
2014-02-16 11:28:50 AM  
1 votes:

StopLurkListen: RoyFokker'sGhost: StopLurkListen: SPACESHIP!

The only thing missing from that film was...

RELEASE THE KRAGLE!!!!

/or, I could have missed it because I was laughing so damn hard

Liam Neeson had the line "Release the copper choppers". Not quite as direct a reference, but the adults I was around picked up on it.


I'll just have to watch it again, then.

Although it's both awesome and sad that the LEGO Movie has more depth and layers to it than 90% of 'grown up' movies.
2014-02-16 11:17:04 AM  
1 votes:
Why would I want to watch a Robocop movie with no dark satire, no social commentary, no over-the-top blood squibs and no R rating?!

What kinda shiat is that? That's not Robocop, that's Robocop 3.
2014-02-16 11:13:36 AM  
1 votes:
This is not be a bummer, but I've been hit with Sudden Onset Hearing Loss just this past week.  I've gone deaf in one ear.  Other ear is fine, but the deaf ear is just solid tinnitus.  They have prescribed a heavy regimen of prednisone for the next two weeks and the hope is that will restore it.  Problem is right now the cause is unknown.  It usually is some kind of viral infection of the cochlea, but I have an MRI scheduled also.

Why do I point this out?  Because I really want to see The Lego Movie, but I'm a) disappointed that I won't get the full theater sound experience and b) a little concerned now about whether I should consider earplugs from now on when going to a movie since the volume is always extremely loud.
2014-02-16 11:00:41 AM  
1 votes:
I'm not surprised LEGO learned the craft of movie making because the LOTR and Marvel games are full of 5 minute cut scenes at every checkpoint now.
2014-02-16 10:59:19 AM  
1 votes:
I thought Idiocracy wasn't for another 500 years!
2014-02-16 10:55:11 AM  
1 votes:
SPACESHIP!
2014-02-16 10:53:33 AM  
1 votes:
Roboflop

/amirite?
 
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