Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stay Golden Pony Boy

In the world of Hollywood, this just might be the year of the re-make.

Well, we really can't count The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, because it wasn't originally made by Hollywood. The first on screen adaptation of this perennially favorite C.S. Lewis story was filmed by the BBC. although it is mildly entertaining if you are under ten, it is really hard for anyone older than that to watch.

But then again, the originals that these remakes are remaking are not always easy to sit still for.

The Clash of the Titans was first made in 1981 and based on effects and the hairdos of it's stars, that is no surprise. Highlights include watching Medusa turn people to stone and the Kraken, a big plastic sea monster thing, splashing around at Poseidon's behest. The remake throws in some major stars, including Sam Worthington that just starred in Avatar, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes (pronounced "Rafe"). Hopefully it will be better than the first. Well, it couldn't be worse, so hopefully it will be a good movie, if you decide you need to shell out your hard earned cash to go take it in.

The next one I see they have remade is Red Dawn. When I was younger, I really liked this movie. Russians invading, high schoolers rising up as a resistance force, Powers Booth as the downed pilot that teaches them how to fight. And, with Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell, it seemed like The Outsiders go to war with the Russians.

The remake looks like it might be even more cool, with more guns, more wild teens and another invasion, this time by the Chinese instead of the Russians.

Finally, Ridley Scott felt the need to remake the Robin Hood story, starring Russell Crowe. Sort of a Gladiator of not so merry old England.

I am sure I will end up going to see all of these. How can I resist? Although it would be nice if we could see some different stories depicted on the big screen from time to time.

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