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« on: February 11, 2014, 01:10:40 AM »

I guess they ran out of 60s and 70s movies to remake, because we're starting to see a trend of passable 80's movies starting to be remade.

Red Dawn, Footloose and Arthur possibly got the ball rolling, although there was at least some history and nostalgia to those few. However, this week we'll get "About Last Night...", a remake of the forgettable Rob Lowe/Demi Moore vehicle now with an all-black cast, and "Endless Love", a remake of a Brooke Shields movie more well known for the theme song performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross (the second was based on a book, but I don't know if this one takes more inspiration from the text or the film).

What's next? A remake of Porky's set in modern day? Moscow on the Hudson starring Andy Samberg?  Cobra starring Duane Johnson?
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 01:20:10 AM »

Porky's came out in the 80s and was set in the 50s, so a modern Porky's reboot would be set in the 80s.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 02:53:54 PM »

A remake of Porky's actually has potential.

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 03:56:34 PM »

I like that idea of an 80s Porky's,trying to think what we had in the last decade that is a modern day Porky's and i can only think of American Pie,and while there was plenty of boobs and sick shit(the beer in the bedroom scene nearly made me chuck),Porky's always felt more risky,perhaps because i was younger when i saw them or perhaps because it was in the 50s where kids were supposed to be 'clean cut'

Need to watch them again TBH

I never did see About Last Night,i did see,and own on DVD St Elmo's Fire,which also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore


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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 03:59:27 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 11, 2014, 03:56:34 PM

I never did see About Last Night,i did see,and own on DVD St Elmo's Fire,which also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore

I remember, uh, a particular scene in About Last Night that I REALLY liked when I was a teenager...
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 07:07:22 PM »

Well, to be honest, the way I see it, the concept of remakes should improve on the original, so to me, it makes more sense to remake a movie that hasn't been very successful compared to a movie that already has, like Robocop for instance. You have more of a chance to redeem the property and turn it into something memorable, vs messing up a huge property that has a following and risk obscurity due to the mistakes that have been made. Unfortunately, for most of Hollywood, it seems to be the latter approach, remaking movies that don't necessarily need to be remade, and often remaking them not so soon after the last one. Superhero movies seem to do this a lot lately. I think that tends to dilute the market, and then moviemakers wonder why a franchise might seem tired.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2014, 03:18:28 AM »

Wait, are you saying that Robocop was successful or unsuccessful? If it's the latter, I don't want to see a movie with you slywink.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2014, 06:03:57 AM »

I'm really down on the whole Hollywood remake trend. To me it seems similar to the state of Hollywood in the early 70's before the baby boomers grabbed the industry, revitalized it and ran with it. Back in that time though they weren't making remakes, just crappy, boring formula movies. With few exceptions these current remakes aren't panning out and the way I see it they're tying up a lot of money that could be put towards more creative and original films. These latest remakes of mediocre films are that much more annoying.
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2014, 01:33:53 PM »

The Red Dawn remake was horrible. It had no personality, almost everything about it was off.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2014, 05:27:46 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 11, 2014, 03:59:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 11, 2014, 03:56:34 PM

I never did see About Last Night,i did see,and own on DVD St Elmo's Fire,which also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore

I remember, uh, a particular scene in About Last Night that I REALLY liked when I was a teenager...
A few critics thought Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins were the more fun to watch pair, and wished the movie was more centered around them but of course mid 1980s, Lowe and Moore were seen more as the star power. As a middled aged guy, I kind of wish they'd bring back Moore and Lowe today, as they are now, and revisit the characters.

The 1986 film was loosely based off a play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and so much of the criticism back then was the movie not living up to the play:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_Perversity_in_Chicago

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with remaking movies that were modest successes are not terribly memorable. If you try to remake a classic, then all you get are complaints, the deck is already stacked against you (see Robocop opening today). If you try to put a spin on something that was just so-so in its day, then you might actually be given more room by audiences to succeed.
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2014, 08:23:47 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on February 12, 2014, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 11, 2014, 03:59:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 11, 2014, 03:56:34 PM

I never did see About Last Night,i did see,and own on DVD St Elmo's Fire,which also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore

I remember, uh, a particular scene in About Last Night that I REALLY liked when I was a teenager...
A few critics thought Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins were the more fun to watch pair, and wished the movie was more centered around them but of course mid 1980s, Lowe and Moore were seen more as the star power. As a middled aged guy, I kind of wish they'd bring back Moore and Lowe today, as they are now, and revisit the characters.

The 1986 film was loosely based off a play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and so much of the criticism back then was the movie not living up to the play:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_Perversity_in_Chicago

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with remaking movies that were modest successes are not terribly memorable. If you try to remake a classic, then all you get are complaints, the deck is already stacked against you (see Robocop opening today). If you try to put a spin on something that was just so-so in its day, then you might actually be given more room by audiences to succeed.

Sexual Perversity in Chicago is one of Mamet's first plays.  About Last Night is decidedly not Mamet.

Still, if you can get past that, it works on its own level.
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2014, 09:07:42 PM »

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 12, 2014, 03:18:28 AM

Wait, are you saying that Robocop was successful or unsuccessful? If it's the latter, I don't want to see a movie with you slywink.

No, I'm saying the first was successful, while the remake will likely not be as successful, for a number of reasons. Hence, why remake it?

Quote from: Blackjack on February 12, 2014, 05:27:46 PM


I'm not sure there's anything wrong with remaking movies that were modest successes are not terribly memorable. If you try to remake a classic, then all you get are complaints, the deck is already stacked against you (see Robocop opening today). If you try to put a spin on something that was just so-so in its day, then you might actually be given more room by audiences to succeed.

See, that's along the lines of what I've been saying. There have been tons of really good movies made out of past failures, just by revisiting them and trying to fix what didn't work. There are too many to list, but there are many good examples where this is the case. There might be a diamond hidden in a past failure, and I tend to feel like there's less of a risk of remaking those. If it still ends up being terrible, then people quickly forget about it. But on the other hand, it might create another classic.
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