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Top 10 Movie Remakes

The Thing                                    The Fly

Whenever the word “remake” pops up, it’s hard not to groan. After all, most remakes are needless and pointless cash grabs that pale in comparison to the original (I’m looking at you “Halloween” and “Planet of the Apes”). With that said, there are some remakes that do stand out and, in some cases, are even an improvement over the original. This list is a tribute to those films.

  1. The Thing (1982)- “The Thing From Another World” is OK, but John Carpenter showed the film world how to make a perfect remake with his 1982 masterpiece.
  1. The Fly (1986)- 1958’s “The Fly” is a solid genre piece, but director David Cronenberg brought more depth and characterization to his take.
  1. Ocean’s 11 (2001)- The Rat Pack is as cool as can be, but Steven Soderbergh’s stylish and fun remake one upped the original in every way.
  1. True Grit (2010)- I don’t think Jeff Bridges is a better Rooster Cogburn than John Wayne, but the 2010 film is infinitely better thanks to the visionary Coen Brothers.
  1. 3:10 To Yuma (2007)- This Christian Bale and Russell Crowe starring western remake doesn’t get nearly enough love, but it should.
  1. The Ring (2002)- Personally, I didn’t care for “Ringu,” but 2002’s ultra freaky remake was a prime example of how to make a proper Hollywood horror film.
  1. The Magnificent Seven (1960)- While not on par with “Seven Samurai,” “The Magnificent Seven” is a fun western that boasts an incredible cast containing Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, and Robert Vaughn.
  1. Sorcerer (1977)- “The Wages of Fear” is a superb film in its own right, but William Friedkin’s thriller “Sorcerer” is equally intense.
  1. The Departed (2006)- Some folks out there prefer “Infernal Affairs,” but I’ll take Scorsese’s remake if for no other reason than to watch the award worthy performances by Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  1. Homeward Bound- The Incredible Journey (1993)- Disney’s live-action talking animal movie is leaps and bounds better than “The Incredible Journey.” The family friendly movie is loaded with humor and it has a surprising amount of heart as well.

 

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February 18, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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