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Friday, March 08, 2013

Remake Fatigue

I like to think of myself as quite the discerning film buff. Although my missus would probably use an expression closer to ‘cinophilic dumpster diver’ because truth be told,  I will watch almost any trash within arm’s reach if it’s got any sort of junky charm about it.


But even with my liberal taste in video entertainment, my dung-beetle palette for movies, there is something I am getting very, very sick of. To all the film producers out there, please, please, oh pretty, pretty with-a-fecking-cherry-on-top please, will you stop remaking these damn movies:


Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

Pride and Sense and Prejudice and Sensibility with 10% added Persuasion.

Romeo and Juliet

Les Miserables

Great Expectations


The Four Feathers

Versions of Die Hard with Steven Segal or whoever happens to be the action hero du jour.

Titanic-themed movies – from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Any movie where a child and a adult (usually the parent) possess each others’ bodies. Done to death.

The same superhero movies with different directors. (See Superman, Spiderman, Batman etc.) 

TV shows from the 70s and 80s.

Rehashes of the Exorcist –yes, it’s the same movie. You’re not fooling anyone.