The Growing Up of the Superhero Movie Over Time

Posted by admin on September 24, 2013 - 12:00 am

While there are plenty of successful movies that influence Hollywood to create remakes, there are a few movies that fall through the cracks, never getting the updated take they deserve. The 1980s films “The Last Starfighter” and “Flight of the Navigator” are two good examples of films that would benefit from advances in technology. Studios are capable of producing mind-boggling special effects, and remakes of these sci-fi films would benefit from those advances. Plus, satellite TV, the stories were solid and timeless and should hold up with current standards. Other films in this vein include “Freejack” and “The Lawnmower Man.” “Weird Science” was crafted as a teen comedy, but used computer technology as the basis for its plot. The film remains a favorite in the genre, but wouldn’t it be more realistic if updated with the processing powers of today’s computers? Plus, good teen comedies never seem to go out of style. “Real Genius” is another good example of this type of film. Films with good stories that were of lesser quality overall could benefit from a remake. “My Stepmother is An Alien” was a big flop in the 1980s, but its premise was strong. Better writing and good special effects could save “Stepmother” from the film scrap heap.

The Rebirth of the Action Hero Body

Posted by admin on June 7, 2013 - 12:00 am

Prior to the 1980s, action movie stars came in all shapes and sizes. Everyone from Steve McQueen to Gene Hackman was featured prominently in action roles. However, as stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger began to gain more prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the idea of the muscular action star began to take shape.

These stars were extremely well-built, convincing audiences that it would take this type of body to realistically withstand the rigors of the Read the rest of this entry »

Popular Movie Remakes

Posted by admin on April 17, 2013 - 12:00 am

Each year, movie producers, directors and actors make hundreds of films. Some are new, and some are remakes like the ones you see on certain TV channels through http://www.tvbydirect.com/directv-deal/. While many people think that movie remakes are a new trend, film crews have actually been recreating films for many years.

Actions films are commonly reproduced, with one of the most popular remakes being The Italian Job. When the original came out in 1969, it featured Michael Caine and Noel Coward in England. When it was remade in 2003, the film starred Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg in Los Angeles.

Every year, it seems that there is one more horror movie remake. In 2002, it was The Ring, starring Naomi Watts. This film was based on the 1998 Japanese film Ringu. Hitchcock’s original film, Psycho, was established as one of the most shocking horror films in 1960. When it was remade in 1998 with Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn, the story was introduced to a new generation.

Comedy films are not immune from remakes either. 1991′s Father of the Bride, starring Steve Martin, was actually a remake. It is based on the 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy with the same title.

Even some of the films we call classics are actually based on other films. Scarface, made in 1983, is one of them. The original drama was released in 1932. The new film switched from the Italian mob to Cuban cartels, giving it a new spin. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, made in 2005, is actually a remake of the 1971 film, Willy Wonka. In the new version, Johnny Depp takes on the role of Gene Wilder’s character in the previous version.
Those are just a few popular remakes that Hollywood has created to keep our attention.

Casablanca: How it Defined Noir and Remains a Classic

Posted by admin on April 15, 2013 - 12:00 am

Casablanca is a classic American film that featured Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. The movie was released in 1943. Americans love these types of love stories because they appeal to the heart. The movie has all the ingredients that make classic films good. There is violence, drama and love scenes throughout the movie. The movie grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.

Casablanca remains a favorite American movie today. The movie was produced by Warner Brothers. You can still buy the movie on DVD in most Read the rest of this entry »

Dredd: Was Karl Urban Better Than The Stallone Version?

Posted by admin on October 5, 2012 - 12:00 am

Judge Dredd is a 35-year running character from the British science fiction magazine 2000 AD. Set in a dystopian future, Dredd is a policeman, judge and jury charged with keeping the peace and punishing the guilty. In 1995 a major motion picture brought Dredd to the screen for the first time with American superstar Sylvester Stallone in the title role. In 2012 another Dredd film was released starring stalwart character actor Karl Urban as the square-jawed judge with no pity for the criminal.

Comparisons between the two movies are inevitable but it’s not Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween: Did the Definitive Slasher Really Need a Reboot?

Posted by admin on October 2, 2012 - 12:00 am

The name Michael Myers will live in infamy when it comes to the horror genre for movies. The scene where he stands at the bottom of the steps, knife in hand, will forever be etched in any viewer’s memory. It showed that this individual was a madman from the beginning. This wasn’t a poorly nurtured child; this was someone who was evil since being conceived. Without that scene from when he was a kid, this movie franchise Read the rest of this entry »

Which “Night of the Living Dead” is the Definitive?

Posted by admin on September 30, 2012 - 12:00 am

Which “Night of the Living Dead” is the Definitive?

Without a doubt the original “Night of the Living Dead” is the definitive edition. It certainly captures one of the best horror movies of all time on film. With the countless remakes and reinterpretations, only one thing can be said of one of the films over all the rest. That one thing is that the first version of “Night of the Living Dead” holds the test of time and is far superior to all the different Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Unnecessary Remakes That You Have Ever Seen

Posted by admin on September 27, 2012 - 12:00 am

Hollywood should really start listening to their audience when it comes to remakes. People like their original movies and they don’t respond well when you start to change it up. One movie that fits the bill as an unnecessary remake is “Footloose”. Children of the 80′s were appalled at the 2004 release. Some unwritten rule was broken and the same reaction may be expected if Hollywood dared to remake any of John Hughes films. Yes, the new version of ” Read the rest of this entry »

What Movies Deserve to get a Legitimate Remake?

Posted by admin on September 23, 2012 - 12:00 am

While there are plenty of successful movies that influence Hollywood to create remakes, there are a few movies that fall through the cracks, never getting the updated take they deserve.

The 1980s films “The Last Starfighter” and “Flight of the Navigator” are two good examples of films that would benefit from advances in technology. Studios are capable of producing mind-boggling special effects, and remakes of these sci-fi films would benefit from those advances. Plus, the stories were solid and Read the rest of this entry »