Thursday, May 16, 2013

Best And Worst Movie Remake Blogfest and The Weekend Follies!!!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and participating in the Best and Worst Movie remakes Blog Hop , the brain child of Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh and sponsored by the co-hosts Livia Peterson, Al Diaz, and myself. 

Okay, let's get started with three movies that qualify as both the best and the worst movie remakes: 

Batman: The original movie was Batman the Movie released in 1966 with, who else, but Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. I remember as a kid this was good entertainment, as corny as it was (shark repellent bat spray, anyone?).  

Original Batman Movie
The Batman remakes of the 1980s with Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney were awful. I mean, they were really incredibly undescribably bad.  
These are classic example that you cannot make good movies with terrible scripts simply by hiring big names to play the characters. 

Worst Batman Remakes
The supporting cast of Danny Devito as the Penguin, Arnold as Iceman, Jim Carey as the Riddler? Ugh! So bad I could not watch any of these movies. And don't get me started on Chris O'Donnell as Robin. His role was disturbing on so many levels. Who signed off on this one?  

Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Burgess Meredith, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, Kim Bassinger, Nicole Kidman, and Alicia Silverman (four more Hollywood starlets with restraining orders on me) couldn't help make these movies work and overcome everything awful about these original Batman remakes. 

Best Batman Remakes
I'm amazed the cast from Mystery Science 3000 hasn't spoofed these stinkers. 

But the new Batman remakes with Christian Bale work! Love these movies. Too bad Heath Ledger left us too soon as he is far and away the best Joker. 

Clash Of The Titans (1981): Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. 

I love the original movie. Sure, the special effects are cheesy even by 1981s standards. The acting is poor. But somehow this movie clicked on all cylinders. Its an all-time classic for me. 
I love it!

However, the remake Clash Of The Titans (2010) had every opportunity to be a blockbuster, including amazing special effects. The hype was just that: Hype. I tried to choke my way through this stinker of a movie. Twice. But couldn't do it.  

More Mystery Science 3000 fodder. 

Star Trek: Most of the original Star Trek movies with the original cast were not good. They were campy. Sure, there were some good scenes but overall they just were not very good. The special effects looked like they were made in a garage and the acting was just bad. 

I'm seeing mixed reviews for the new Star Trek Into Darkness. Personally, I’m looking for special effects to carry this latest and greatest remake. If the script, acting, and action add to it, then I’ll consider it an added bonus as my expectations are not too high. But I'm looking forward to a pretty darn good movie this weekend.

Honorable Mention for best remakes in alphabetical order: Cape Fear (1991) Casino Royale (2006) Freaky Friday (2003) Homeward Bound King Kong (2005) (1993) Ocean’s Eleven (2001) Scarface (1983) The Parent Trap (1998) The Thing (1982) 3:10 To Yuma (2007) True Grit (2010) War of the Worlds (2005) 

Honorable Mention for worst remakes in alphabetical order: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Footloose (2011) Planet of the Apes (2001) Psycho (1998) Taking of Pelham (2009) and The Wicker Man (2006). 

So there it is. My Best and Worse Movie Remakes. Agree? Disagree?  

Let's hope they don't do a remake of Sharktopus. The horror! The horror!

Weekend Follies: Okay, back to Batman and the Shark Repellent Bat Spray. Gotta love the sound effects of Batman thumping away at the shark, then the shark exploding as it hits the water. they just don't make movies like this anymore. Thankfully.