Monday, 19 April 2010

Raping the 80's

I am a child of the 80's. As a decade I look back and cringe until I remember the music and sometimes the movies. To use a word that as a gay man and 'Sex and the City' fan, I use too much I would have to say that decade was fabulous.
However it seems that Hollywood is counting on the fact that most cinema attendees are either 90's children or love nostalgia far too much.
If it is the latter then I am sure they will be completely disappointed.

Not only are the mining 80's TV (cartoons and prime time) they are also going back and stealing all the movies. It is as if original thought has died.

We have coming out this year:
'The A Team', 'Nightmare on Elm Street', 'The Karate Kid', 'Clash of the Titans', 'Tron 2'
And that does not include the films that are being planned for remake duties:'
Police Academy', 'Short Circuit', 'Private Benjamin', 'Poltergeist', 'Escape from New York', ''Footloose', 'Red Dawn', 'Robocop', 'Fright Night', 'The Thing', 'He Man' and many many more.
What about those films that could really benefit from a remake? Most of these are just being rehashed for quick bucks. I would like to see a remake of a film that didn't quite succeed the first time around - or could really use a visual effects update (there are rumours of a planned remake of 'The Never Ending Story' which does kind of excite me - that is a movie that although captured the imagination as a child could really benefit from a grittier remake - ie make it for an audience of adults not for children)
Or perhaps what I have already discussed back here - now that is a movie that was creepy and effective if also very flawed (mainly in the screenplay).

What is sad, at least for me, about remaking these films is that there is no real point to it - aside from moola.
People will always go to the movies, but making a film with an pre set audience just seems lazy. What is even more worrying is that most of these are remakes of the original. In another 20 years are we going to have remakes of the remake of the remake of the original?
Are our lives nothing but rehashing the ideas of others with no care for making it at least sound original?
With all these remakes, re-hashes and plagiary, I couldn't help but wonder... where have all the stories gone?

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