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2017-10-03 11:32:45 AM  

bdub77: Inception was a pretty bold new movie with a new concept


Whaaaaaaaat? Inception was a by-the-numbers heist movie dressed up with a fancy gimmick.
 
2017-10-03 11:37:58 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Green Room (haven't seen it but have heard good things)

Green Room

is a goddamn grisly movie. Good- nothing earth shattering, but like Blue Ruin, it's a blend of farce and thriller tied together by painful realism.
 
2017-10-03 11:45:18 AM  

Teufelaffe: stappawho: I've been trying to find this for my kids to watch.  I've been compiling a list of movies they should see now that they are getting old enough.  A few months back we watched Batteries Not Included.

/I don't leak, you leak.

I've been doing a thing with my kid....When I Was Your Age movie nights.  I pick a movie that came out when I was the same age she is now, and we watch it together.

This year so far we've watched:

The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Batteries Not Included
The Monster Squad
Innerspace
Spaceballs
Robocop


Mine aren't old enough for Robocop or Die Hard or Aliens.  That's another 3-4 years out.   They are ready for The Princess Bride.
 
2017-10-03 11:53:30 AM  
I think it would be much more entertaining if they took really shiatty movies from the 80s and tried to remake them as decent flicks.
 
2017-10-03 12:00:06 PM  

stappawho: ...

/I don't leak, you leak.


Took this thread long enough.
 
2017-10-03 12:00:11 PM  
Watched it one time when I was younger,  can't remember how old I was,  I could take it or leave it.
It's these new movies coming out that make me actually wasn't to watch a remake of an older film.
Anyone seen the trailer for Geostorm?
 
2017-10-03 12:17:36 PM  

BalugaJoe: You are the Last Starfighter.


I don't want a remake of that.  Hard to improve on the original.  They'd just ruin it.

MAYBE redo NeverEnding story.  That would be interesting.
 
2017-10-03 12:25:26 PM  
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...ohhh. I thought you said 'ghost '. My bad.
 
2017-10-03 12:45:45 PM  

rgGolf4: Teufelaffe: Dingleberry Dickwad: KingBiefWhistle: It's a silly movie and I loved it as a kid, in part because it was pretty much filmed down the street from a a family friend's house (the "future" family home scenes.) Still a guilty pleasure now. Shame the kid grew up to have such issues. Not sure how to feel about a remake. The near-future scenes might be interesting. Don't know who would replace Ruebens; can't think of a late 10's equivalent.

As for Last Starfighter, that movie is probably impossible to remake; It's very much a product of its time and couldn't be given proper justice.

/Centauri is the farking Doctor
//You can't prove me wrong

How would it be impossible to remake? The big plot point was "Kid does ridiculously well on space fighter video game that's secretly a recruiting tool for aliens and joins an alien space war". Video games are still huge these days. It may not be an arcade game like the original, but the core concept is still highly doable.

Just make it a Xobx One/PS4 game and you wouldn't have to rewrite much of the script beyond that.

Have you seen the trailer for the new Jumanji...basically same concept except it was a Sega Genesis looking contraption.


It's also one of the fundamental concepts in Stargate: Universe (that's how Eli gets selected for the team).  From that angle, a sci-fi MMO (like, EVE crossed with Overwatch) could work as a basis for a new Last Starfighter movie.  But given RPO is coming and some of the others that have come out, I'm not sure it would have the same pull as the original.
 
2017-10-03 12:59:08 PM  
Christ, enough with the remakes already.  I don't want to see that film again - I want to see something NEW.
 
2017-10-03 01:04:12 PM  

RogueWallEnthusiast: Just leave "Something Wicked this Way Comes" - that movie was perfect, if not well received.


That and Watcher In The Woods were great nightmare fuel for me as a kid.

/ring around the rosies, it was
/nerak
/wtf disney?
 
2017-10-03 01:11:30 PM  
Armada by Ernest Cline would make a good spiritual successor to The Last Start Fighter.
 
2017-10-03 01:24:41 PM  
God damn it. I told them to make Night of the Flavigator.
 
2017-10-03 01:40:58 PM  

I created this alt just for this thread: I think it would be much more entertaining if they took really shiatty movies from the 80s and tried to remake them as decent flicks.


Agreed.

I've been saying that Ice Pirates is begging for another shot, or Critters.

I got Flight Of Thr Navigator a few years ago for my kids.  The movie is still watchable for the story and imagination.  Stay for the seriously 80s clothes and hairstyles.  Also, more swear words than you remember, especially for a Disney movie.

A remake could be ok.  It was really a very formulaic movie, with a mix of action and comedy, so not exactly new grounds to tread there.
 
2017-10-03 01:41:19 PM  
Damn, both those movies (Navigator and Last Starfighter) are my childhood (add Back to the Future , Star Wars, and Indiana Jones and you have it).

I don't want to see them remade.. but... Flight of the Navigator could work if done right. But today's Hollywood hasn't put out anything without a ham fisted political message in years. So no thanks. Not till Hollywood has reboot itself, first. They farkers up Witch Mountain already.

Flight of the Navigator still holds up, though. It's very believable something like that would unfold that way. ... though after the mind transfer it deviates from interesting sci-fi movie to kid stuff with a wacky robot.. it makes up for it by the end.
 
2017-10-03 01:54:27 PM  
Favorite scene in Last Starfighter:

Lord Kril: Damage report!
Kodan Officer: Guidance system out. Auxiliary steering out.
Lord Kril: Divert! Divert!
Kodan Officer: She won't answer the helm! We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull. What do we do?
[sound of Lord Kril's eyepiece swinging over left eye]
Lord Kril: We die.

What a badass :)
 
2017-10-03 01:56:10 PM  

CVGScorch: Favorite scene in Last Starfighter:

Lord Kril: Damage report!
Kodan Officer: Guidance system out. Auxiliary steering out.
Lord Kril: Divert! Divert!
Kodan Officer: She won't answer the helm! We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull. What do we do?
[sound of Lord Kril's eyepiece swinging over left eye]
Lord Kril: We die.

What a badass :)


i.imgur.com

Beat me to it.
 
2017-10-03 01:56:14 PM  

cefm: Christ, enough with the remakes already.  I don't want to see that film again - I want to see something NEW.


The sooner you realize there was never anything new, the sooner you can continue to throw money at things that suck.  Star Wars was a ripoff of multiple stories, some of it history.  Fiction is nothing more than thinking about reality played out in a different way, sometimes changing science rules.
 
2017-10-03 02:01:27 PM  

Gleeman: CVGScorch: Favorite scene in Last Starfighter:

Lord Kril: Damage report!
Kodan Officer: Guidance system out. Auxiliary steering out.
Lord Kril: Divert! Divert!
Kodan Officer: She won't answer the helm! We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull. What do we do?
[sound of Lord Kril's eyepiece swinging over left eye]
Lord Kril: We die.

What a badass :)

[i.imgur.com image 400x171]

Beat me to it.


Thank you for the embedded pic :)
 
2017-10-03 02:20:24 PM  
Why a remake? Just do a sequel set nowadays.

One of my favorites as a kid.
 
2017-10-03 02:24:27 PM  

Boudyro: Why a remake? Just do a sequel set nowadays.

One of my favorites as a kid.


Actually not a bad idea.  Alien kids all grown up come back to visit human kids all grown up, their respective offspring get involved in hi-jinks, hilarity and heartwarming fun ensues.
 
2017-10-03 02:31:47 PM  

lack of warmth: The sooner you realize there was never anything new


Synthesis versus genesis is a silly debate.
 
2017-10-03 03:28:14 PM  

Ambivalence: BalugaJoe: You are the Last Starfighter.

I don't want a remake of that.  Hard to improve on the original.  They'd just ruin it.

MAYBE redo NeverEnding story.  That would be interesting.


I say that they only update the CGI shots and leave all the live action stuff intact.
 
2017-10-03 03:29:09 PM  

Teufelaffe: stappawho: I've been trying to find this for my kids to watch.  I've been compiling a list of movies they should see now that they are getting old enough.  A few months back we watched Batteries Not Included.

/I don't leak, you leak.

I've been doing a thing with my kid....When I Was Your Age movie nights.  I pick a movie that came out when I was the same age she is now, and we watch it together.

This year so far we've watched:

The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Batteries Not Included
The Monster Squad
Innerspace
Spaceballs
Robocop


I think you and I are about the same age. But I'm curious about Robocop. How old were you?
 
2017-10-03 03:51:50 PM  
(chokes on own spit)

No thanks.

*gurgle*

*hork*
 
2017-10-03 04:36:34 PM  

soporific: Teufelaffe: stappawho: I've been trying to find this for my kids to watch.  I've been compiling a list of movies they should see now that they are getting old enough.  A few months back we watched Batteries Not Included.

/I don't leak, you leak.

I've been doing a thing with my kid....When I Was Your Age movie nights.  I pick a movie that came out when I was the same age she is now, and we watch it together.

This year so far we've watched:

The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Batteries Not Included
The Monster Squad
Innerspace
Spaceballs
Robocop

I think you and I are about the same age. But I'm curious about Robocop. How old were you?


I turned 15 in '87.
 
2017-10-03 05:04:31 PM  
Hey there, subby. I was the one who submitted a TF thread maybe a decade ago asking why Flight of the Navigator wasn't generally mentioned among the great kid's movies of the 80's. Yeah, I know you're pretty embarrassed but it is alright, you couldn' have possibly known that you were questioning my judgment.

/COMPLIANCE
//COMPLIANCE
///COMPLIANCE
 
2017-10-03 05:11:45 PM  

Doubleodoug: Armada by Ernest Cline would make a good spiritual successor to The Last Start Fighter.


Isn't it more of a "rip-off of?"

Kid plays popular video game, very skilled at it, sees alien ship that resembles ship in the game. Shuttle lands, picks up the kid, kid uses skills learned in video game to save the day and fight the bad aliens.

Did I just describe Armada or The Last Starfighter?

I just finished Ready Player One. I enjoyed it, though I was surprised by how much it relied on other people's creations.
 
2017-10-03 05:12:59 PM  
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2017-10-03 05:23:21 PM  
For some reason I was thinking Flight of the Intruder and was confused.

img.fark.net
 
2017-10-03 05:23:33 PM  

FoxholeAtheist: I'd honestly like to see a remake of The Explorers without the aliens being goofy looking "kids" when they reach them.


Hell, Joe Dante is still around
 
2017-10-03 05:28:57 PM  

t3knomanser: Crewmannumber6: Green Room (haven't seen it but have heard good things)

Green Room is a goddamn grisly movie. Good- nothing earth shattering, but like Blue Ruin, it's a blend of farce and thriller tied together by painful realism.


Worth the price of admission just for the scene where they cover Nazi Punks fark Off to a room full of Nazis/Skinheads.
 
2017-10-03 05:30:30 PM  
IIRC I enjoyed Flight of the Navigator when I saw it in the theater. It was one of the first movies I went to by myself.

My kids are getting close to that age. I think they'd enjoy it too, but I suspect the 1980s era FX would bug them. They'd probably enjoy modern digital effects a lot more.
 
2017-10-03 06:11:23 PM  

blackminded: Gimme some of that sweet, sweet Dabney Coleman action.

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The movie Short Time could easily be updated for today.

/also, I'd like to see a Neverending Story trilogy which is true to the books and doesn't get mired in sadness and development hell
 
2017-10-03 07:27:08 PM  
Will I buy a ticket?

Compliance!
 
2017-10-03 10:12:52 PM  
This movie would have been a WHOLE lot more entertaining had they decided not to make the alien do his worst Pee-Wee Herman impression.  So farking annoying.

Other than that, this wasn't too bad for a kid's movie.
 
2017-10-04 12:09:57 AM  

Teufelaffe: GungFu: bdub77: It's no D.A.R.Y.L.

I think you meant to write Mac and Me. This is the movie Spielberg famously ripped off and renamed ET.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/xuVz2BPLRBY]

[img.fark.net image 400x254]


  Only because Spielberg had enough cash to have the lawsuit buried, it's the real reason he sold to Disney.
 
2017-10-04 12:38:21 AM  

Xythero: texdent: Speaking of reboots, I've read there will be one of Kung Fu....with a female lead.

I thought this might be good, but then I found out instead of running from the law she will be looking for her kidnapped baby.  blech


Sounds like Kung Fu meets Kill Bill, only with less David Carradine.

/at least he went out doing what he loved best
 
2017-10-04 01:20:12 AM  
I just showed this to my kids a few weeks ago. It did not hold up for me, but the kids enjoyed it okay.
 
2017-10-04 03:36:59 AM  
The first half of that movie is great. Develops some good tension and a real sense of wondering about the mystery of a missing kid being found a decade later, unaged. The second half, when the kid gets in the ship and it becomes a road trip movie, gets a bit weaker because it relies heavily on Reubens doing his schtick, which gets a bit tiring.

Still, this could be a good reboot.
 
2017-10-04 07:55:48 AM  

togaman2k: cgraves67: I like Flight of the Navigator. I have no wish to see a remake.

I have not seen a movie in theaters for the past 2 years (Even the Star Wars ones - fark you Disney, I'll watch them at home if I get around to it) because I'm tired of A) Superheroes, B) Movies based on video games/books, and C) Remakes of movies that were perfectly fine 2 decades ago.

I'll start going to movies again when they start producing original scripts instead of easy cash-grabs.

I understand that movie studios are in it for the money, not the art, and that big budget crap makes them shiattons of money in China.  I understand that because of this, they have no reason to make original movies, but fark off.


I have become convinced that people who say this are liars or just can't afford to go to the movies.  This year has given us Split, Get Out, Wind River, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, It, The Big Sick, Logan Lucky, as well as some comic book movies that were genuinely good (looking at you Logan and Wonder Woman).

Your biatching is tired and old.  Get out of the basement and into a cinema.  There is plenty of good times to be had.
 
2017-10-04 07:57:17 AM  

togaman2k: bdub77: togaman2k: cgraves67: I like Flight of the Navigator. I have no wish to see a remake.

I have not seen a movie in theaters for the past 2 years (Even the Star Wars ones - fark you Disney, I'll watch them at home if I get around to it) because I'm tired of A) Superheroes, B) Movies based on video games/books, and C) Remakes of movies that were perfectly fine 2 decades ago.

I'll start going to movies again when they start producing original scripts instead of easy cash-grabs.

I understand that movie studios are in it for the money, not the art, and that big budget crap makes them shiattons of money in China.  I understand that because of this, they have no reason to make original movies, but fark off.

Inception was a pretty bold new movie with a new concept, it's a miracle they made it but only because Christopher Nolan was sh*tting gold at the time.

Exactly.

Interstellar (Nolan, too) and Passengers were pretty good too.

That's why I like movies from the 70s and 80s so much. The studios greened just about everything so you had a wide variety of original movies available (and a bunch of terrible crap, but that is part of the process).


Passengers sucked.
 
2017-10-04 09:39:42 AM  
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2017-10-04 09:39:56 AM  
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2017-10-04 10:06:07 AM  

togaman2k: cgraves67: I like Flight of the Navigator. I have no wish to see a remake.

I have not seen a movie in theaters for the past 2 years (Even the Star Wars ones - fark you Disney, I'll watch them at home if I get around to it) because I'm tired of A) Superheroes, B) Movies based on video games/books, and C) Remakes of movies that were perfectly fine 2 decades ago.

I'll start going to movies again when they start producing original scripts instead of easy cash-grabs.

I understand that movie studios are in it for the money, not the art, and that big budget crap makes them shiattons of money in China.  I understand that because of this, they have no reason to make original movies, but fark off.


I definitely agree, but there is nothing they could do to make me want to watch a movie with 100 strangers now that home theater has come so far.
 
2017-10-04 12:02:04 PM  

lack of warmth: The sooner you realize there was never anything new, the sooner you can continue to throw money at things that suck.


Someone once said every story is essentially, "A stranger came to town".
 
2017-10-04 12:34:24 PM  

stappawho: I've been trying to find this for my kids to watch.  I've been compiling a list of movies they should see now that they are getting old enough.  A few months back we watched Batteries Not Included.

/I don't leak, you leak.


I would try your local public library if you live in a large enough city. Where I live just about any movie that came out in the 80's or 90's is available of dvd or blu-ray, and even some older stuff, free to take out for a week or two. The system I use has a database online where they can be requested and then picked up at your local branch. Great use of tax dollars.

Today I'm going to get some movies for the weekend, including the blu-ray of "Fantastic Voyage" (1966) - the one with Raquel Welch being eaten by microbes.
 
2017-10-04 12:39:26 PM  

FatherChaos: This movie would have been a WHOLE lot more entertaining had they decided not to make the alien do his worst Pee-Wee Herman impression. So farking annoying.


But understandable since before the ship read the kid's mind it was acting like... a sentient ship. After it read his mind and absorbed part of his personality it acted like... a kid. Made sense. Pee-Wee is a really annoying kid in an adult's body.
 
2017-10-04 01:44:50 PM  
A reboot for
img.fark.net anyone?
 
2017-10-04 05:17:35 PM  
speak for yourself subby..I loved that movie
 
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