June 3 is Repeat Day – June 3 is Repeat Day…
Repeating is something that Hollywood does a lot. Remakes, reboots, reimaginings are everywhere and many “original” films are often subtle retellings of classic stories. Sometimes the repeat is a direct, nearly frame-for-frame remaking like Gus Van Sant’s PSYCHO, while others are only loosely related, such as BARB WIRE, which is based on CASABLANCA. With so many repeats, it gets confusing. So for this list, we’ve narrowed it to movie remakes of other movies in the truest sense of ‘repeat’.
DMG does know a thing or two about remakes, having made 2015’s POINT BREAK, a reimagining of the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze buddy-surf crime classic. In an ironic twist, DMG’s remake of POINT BREAK faced off against a remake of one of our first movies, the 2009 smash hit GO LALA GO.
So we present the Best and Worst Movie Remakes!
THE BEST 6
THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) remake of 1931 film
THE THING (1982) remake of 1951’s THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD
TRUE LIES (1994) remake of French LA TOTALE! (1991)
THE DEPARTED (2006) remake of Andy Lau’s INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002)
CAPE FEAR (1991) remake of the 1962 version.
OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001) remake of the Rat Pack’s 1960 caper flick.
THE WORST 6
PSYCHO (1998) lame frame-by-frame redo of Hitchcock’s frightening classic. Top of the ‘why did we need this?’ category.
THE KARATE KID (2010) dismal, dull and painful to watch and that’s just Jaden Smith. Another of the ‘why did we need this?’ remakes, stick with the Morita-Macchio original.
ARTHUR (2011) dreadful casting that wastes Helen Mirren and again, ‘why did we need this?’ when the Dudley Moore-John Gielgud film is so good.
FAME (2009) dumbed-down and soulless after school special version of the 1980’s classic.
TOTAL RECALL (2012) better CGI does not a better movie make; hard to beat Arnold in the 1990 original.
ROBOCOP (2014) pretty much the same as above; better CGI but none of the humor or heart of the Peter Weller’s cyborg cop.