#BlogElul via the Movies 10 – No More Remakes

Memory is a gift. Through memory we bring people back into our lives. We relive the wonderful and tragic giving us strength and teaching us lessons. Memory lets us cherish nostalgia and enables us to remember what happened on last week’s Breaking Bad since the recap at the beginning barely hits the highlights.

That’s why it is such a shame that Hollywood has no memory. If they did, there wouldn’t be so many remakes.

It’s simple. Remakes suck. There have been okay remakes. Occasionally a remake is better than original, but usually when we haven’t really heard of the original or it was pretty mediocre to begin with. But when we can remember the original lovingly an fondly, it is merely a loss of memory (and greed) that leads to a remake. The result is usually very unsatisfying an not a big money maker either. Remakes stink.

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Do You Rekall?

You might not have ever read Philip K. Dick’s short story, “’We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. It tells the story of an average man, Douglas Quail (yes, it was originally Quail), whose fondest desire it to go to Mars. Instead he goes to Rekal, a memory service. While about to implanted with his false memories of a trip to the red planet, the technicians discover he has actually been to Mars already, is really a secret agent, and has had his memory erased. He later confronts agents of the government.

That ends the similarities with Total Recall, both the 1990 Schwarzenegger vehicle and the 2012 Colin Farrell film just released. Continue reading

Remakes and Re-Marks

I have recently tried to upgrade myself – call it a mid-life crisis, Mark 2.0 (or 5.0?), a renovation, an adjustment, or whatever you wish – I left my job, moved to the other side of the country, and took a position that only lasts for 12 months. My life is full of changes – now we’ll see if I am full of transformation worthy of the remake.

This journey was on my mind as I saw The Amazing Spider-Man. It has only been 10 years since Sam Raimi’s superb big screen film on the web-slinger came out and 5 years since the painful 3rd installment. Perhaps a bit soon for a full-on remake. But the Hulk was remade after 5 years – albeit as a loosely related sequel rather than a complete remake. And we learned from The Incredible Hulk, adding an adjective – “Incredible,” “Amazing” – is not necessarily a sign of all the wonder that is to come. Continue reading