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September 6, 2013

Go home Hollywood, you're drunk

There is so much incredible television that’s been produced over the past decade.



Shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Game of Thrones have changed the landscape of TV.



Meanwhile the movie industry has seen better days. There have been some great movies. Don’t get me wrong. But there has also been a lot of schlock.



As a child of the 1980s/early ‘90s, perhaps the most troubling trend in Hollywood is the massive amounts of remakes.



Rolling Stone has a preview on its site for the new Robocop.



You can check it out here: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/videos/robocop-trailer-revealed-20130906



Movies like The Bad News Bears, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Total Recall have all been remade. And remade poorly.



The inherent flaw in remaking a good movie is the bar is set too high. If that movie is a cult classic or a touchstone for a generation the chances of it succeeding plummet even further.



I believe the way to remake movies is by doing what Steven Soderbergh did. He remade the Rat Pack opus Ocean’s Eleven. While many may look back fondly at Dean, Frank and Sammy, the movie itself is terrible.



Watching it you could tell they just sped through it as to not miss Happy Hour at the Sands.



So the bar was so incredibly low it was hard not to exceed it. Throw in a cast with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon and you have cracked the remake code.



The one genre where remakes seem to be acceptable is in horror flicks. I’m not a fan of the genre so don’t ask me why.



Every time I get on Twitter or browse the web I worry with nervous anticipation that I’ll read another film from my childhood will be remade and ruined. And most likely by one of Will Smith’s kids.



What do you think? What movie would you like to see remade? Are there any that are off limits?



I want to hear your thoughts.

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