"Hollywood's pathological fear of being political has made them blind
to the changes that women's friendships have undergone over the last forty years. We're so far past women's relationships revolving around men that no one is even offended by the suggestion that women have relationships that don't revolve around men. Bridesmaids
was a smash among women AND men, and so was [Paul] Feig's follow-up, The Heat
, another female driven, non-romantic comedy." (Hat-tip: Mick LaSalle
) [more inside]
is a 1994 action comedy film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold. The film was a huge hit, and is noteworthy in that it featured visual special effects considered impossible
only a few years prior. It's been 20 years since it was released
. Time for a revisit, then. [SPOILERS if you haven't seen this movie.] [more inside]
"Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels ... we're 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional) from Los Angeles and New York who have split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and have remade the movie ourselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way ... Because if anyone is going to ruin RoboCop, it's us.
Extremely not safe for work. [more inside]
Would you like to see the first disc of Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet 2
? It's terribly cute. More info here
The newly released trailer for Total Recall (2012)
shows a Quaid quite conspicously not getting his ass to Mars. It could all have been different, as many versions of Total Recall 2
have been in the works over the years. Meanwhile is the Robocop remake anything but total recall?
And has the American action movie gone kablooey?
The Nightmare Before Christmas' " This Is Halloween " sung by everyone's favorite turrets and murderous AI in " This Is Aperture
Lee Hardcastle Claymation remakes John Carpenter's "The Thing"
in two minutes
. And it's better than the 2011 Hollywood remake by far!
16-bit color schemes, in a classic retro VGA interface! New soundtracks and voiceovers! No typing required! Infamous Adventures
resurrects and lovingly remakes Sierra Games from the 1980's: Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge
and Kings Quest III
. SQ2 was released yesterday after more than five years in production, and comes complete with a cheesy trailer. Available for download for PC and Mac, but be forewarned, the game is a total memory hog, and uses up a whole meg of RAM.
The art/design blog Booooooom
(with 7 O's) held a contest "to remake famous works of art using photography"
. No Photoshoppery allowed (but ironically, Photoshop was part of the Adobe-provided prize). A couple hundred entries were received and shown off on the blog (all on this big page
, some NSFW), and the winner is... [more inside]
Hot off the heels of the rousing critical success
of Transformers 3, producer Don Murphy has greenlighted
a feature-length, live-action Captain Planet
Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog
. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe
of TV shows, comic books
, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal
). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts
, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog
(1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3
(1994), Sonic & Knuckles
(1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
So, I was looking for a version of "The first time ever I saw your face
" to send to a friend. [more inside]
Two of the best 8-bit games ever made, in the elder days when Electronic Arts
was the best gaming company around. Play them again in modern re-creations.
Nick Cave brought in to rewrite the remake of The Crow. Nick Cave
, named one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2006, is rewriting the script for the remake of The Crow
. Given his work on The Proposition
and the sequel to Gladiator
(as well as his first novel, And The Ass Saw The Angel
), the results should be fascinating.
, the Warren Ellis forum, remodels Superman #1
, 2000AD Prog 1
, Amazing Adult Fantasy #15
, Young Romance #1
, Zap Comix #1
, Wonder Woman #1
and New Worlds #223
. More remodel fun
. Note that the good stuff tends to be towards the middle of a thread, where the artists have had time to get going and before things tail off.
What's 51 years old and made of silicone with red food dye? The Blob
, best known for it's work in The Blob
, an independent film released in 1958, with Steve McQueen's second movie role (following Never Love a Stranger
, which was released earlier that same year). The movie has been considered the definitive '50s film about a town that won't listen to the kids until it's too late
(as noted in a review for the Criterion laserdisc release
), with a super-catchy theme song
(extended single version
and b-side Saturday Night in Tiajuana
) that was Burt Bacharach's third US hit song
. (See more: theatrical trailer
, full film on Veoh
, full film as YouTube playlist
) Times change, and so do monsters, and things got a bit wacky in the 1970s, with Beware! The Blob
(aka Son of Blob
, full film
). The sequel played more to the slapstick comedy than the sci-fi/horror spectrum of things. Thirty years after the original, The Blob was remade in 1988
, full film
), and is supposedly being re-created by Rob Zombie
, though his statement about reviving The Blob without "the big red blobby thing" has people asking, then why remake The Blob?
(previous blobby goodness
) [more inside]
How does a director follow up the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time*? (*adjusted for inflation)
He remakes a French classic - taking an international cast to a Caribbean nation ruled by a military dictatorship, where hurricanes, irascibility, other difficulties take him far over a budget already large enough to be shared by two studios. The result
is his personal favorite
among his films. But deceptive marketing and cute robots
contribute to its making back less than half of its costs. (previously)
Rocks 'n' Diamonds
for some Friday puzzle-game fun. Described as "in the tradition of" Boulderdash and Sokoban, it's actually a superset of both, and you can waste tons of time playing all the old familiar levels or tons of others
. (It's a quick download, for linux/os x/the other thing.)
"In June of 1977, Jim, John, and Gary saw Star Wars at White City Cinema in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were impressed. In the months after seeing the movie, so many costumes and models were made that they decided to remake a few scenes on super 8 film
. The project grew into a fifty minute film." (Text from the Google Video description of the 15 minute version.)
The remake's website includes stills
, a downloadable "bloopers reel"
, an extensive "making of" photoessay
and a brief photoessay
on the construction of the R2 unit used in the remake.
is a cute modern remake of The Oregon Trail
"The Scariest Thing I've Ever Seen."
A psychiatrist sees Rob Zombie's remake of horror classic Halloween
(a sequel to Adventure
, here's a playable version
of the original)
La Planète sauvage
- based on the novel Oms en Série
by Stefan Wul, and known to the English speaking world as Fantastic Planet
, is a wonderfully psychadelic animated Sci-Fi film from 1973. An international production between France and Czechoslovakia, the movie has a cult following, mostly from viewers who saw it on USA's Night Flight
in the 1980's. Although it has languished in obscurity for some time, Hollywood has decided it's time for a live action remake
. For those who haven't seen it, or for people who haven't seen it in twenty years, some kind soul has uploaded the entire film to Youtube
. You'll never look at your pets the same way again.
Sequels, prequels and remakes, oh my...
, now Lamar
. Having just heard that there will be a new Revenge of the Nerds movie next year, I really wasn't prepared for the coming onslaught.
"i am arogon, son of alfred."
it's nothing shocking to hear that europe is being flooded with asian-made bootlegs
of the two towers
. but who would have thought the sub-titled translations would prove so hilariously incorrect
and occasionally inappropriate
The remake of Oceans Eleven,
starring a myriad of $10 to $20 million per pic actors (including two Oscar winners
) and helmed by Oscar winning director
, was made for just $80 million. If the chemistry in this LA Times Calendar article
is any indication, they seem to have a good handle on the Rat Pack spirit, or maybe it's just the vodka and cranberries.
My wife and I watched 'Notorious'
last night. We weren't far into it before we realized the plot had been lifted for 'Mission:Impossible 2'
! It makes us think even less of the latter movie. What's more, we couldn't find anything in their publicity about stealing the plot. It had to be left to the critics
Can you name any reworkings of original plots that actually turned out good or better? (more inside)
Magnificent Wellesian Flop to Be Remade as Mini-Series
Ok, have I got something for you. Well, I think so. Actually, the title could have read : "Teenagers ruin Orson Welles' carrier", or there are a couple of other ideas, not going to bore you with them.
A&E to remake The Magnificent Ambersons at $14 mil, it will star Madeleine Stowe, Jennifer Tilly, James Cromwell, Jonathan Rhys-Myers and Thora Birch (Talk about a bad cast. Tilly? Each!)
"For those who don't
know, Welles' second film was cut by over 40 minutes (mostly at the end)
by order of his studio while he was away making (or trying to make)
"It's All True" in Brazil. The loss of these 40 minutes is generally
considered one of the great tragedies in film history, as much for the
effect on Welles' subsequent career as for the masterpiece that might
have been. (Not that it isn't a masterpiece of sorts, as it is.)"
Problems with this? Chances are that the original Welles script will be buried under too much new content. Then again, We could see the 40 minutes worth of cut content (Damn Teenagers). A&E claims that they have the technology and the resources to make the script better, stronger, and more agile with better reflexes than befoure. Heh. I'm goofy that way.
Three words: Charlie's Angels Trailer.
This looks pretty funny, especially with Bill Murray involved. I guess the real question this movie raises is "are the re-makes of yesteryear successes going to continue in the 00's?" Personally, I thought it was a 90's thing, which I often call the "recycled decade." Side question: why don't the angels have guns in the ending silhouette? Is that because of the current anti-gun climate? [thanks Kristin
News of the Wonka remake
. I think Nick Cage would suck as Wonka, but Dustin Hoffman...that's interesting.