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Top 10 remakes

Braća Koen uskoro završavaju svoj novi film, remake starog hita Henry-ja Hathaway-a, True Grit. Volim taj film i tu Wayneovu ulogu, baš me zanima kako će Jeff Bridges da ga odmeni. Inače, John Wayne je dobio Oskara za tu ulogu, ispred Dustina Hoffmana i Jona Voighta (Midnight Cowboy). Bio je to 162. film u njegovoj karijeri! Kada mu je Barbra Streisand uručivala statuu, šapnuo joj je samo dve reči: “Beginner’s luck.” Veliko je breme na Bridgesovim plećima, ali ne sumnjam da će biti dobar, sa godinama je dobio i tu specifičnu “lakoću” koju je imao i Wayne.

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Elem, malo sam listao po netu, i naiđoh na jednu zanimljivu listu najboljih remakeova na sajtu AskMen.com, pa evo je:

10. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)

A number of filmmakers have remade their own films with little success (such as George Sluizer with The Vanishing and Takashi Shimizu with The Grudge); the most obvious and notable exception to this rule is Alfred Hitchcock. While the 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much is an expectedly effective and fast-paced thriller, Hitch outdid himself with the ’56 retelling. Featuring a fantastic lead performance by Jimmy Stewart and some jaw-dropping moments of directorial virtuosity, the film remains one of the legendary’s filmmaker’s most memorable efforts.

Stewart stars as Ben McKenna, a doctor who finds himself embroiled in an assassination plot while traveling through Africa with his family. Costarring Doris Day as Ben’s wife and featuring a typically extravagant Bernard Herrmann score, The Man Who Knew Too Much remains a prototypical example of a truly great adventure/espionage movie, and has since gone on to influence such contemporary examples of the genre as The Bourne Identity, Mission: Impossible and Enemy of the State.

Best quote: “Don’t you realize that Americans dislike having their children stolen?”
-The Ambassador

9. OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001)

There’s never been any doubt that the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960) was just an excuse for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and the rest of the Rat Pack to hang out in Vegas for a few months. As a result, it features some sensational visuals, engaging performances, and even a few songs — but little else. As a heist flick, Frank and the gang failed to deliver. Enter Steven Soderbergh. Along with screenwriter Ted Griffin and a cast comprised of a veritable who’s who of young Hollywood, Soderbergh captures the fun and spontaneity of the original without sacrificing the heist itself.

George Clooney picks up where Sinatra left off; he plays Danny Ocean, a felon who assembles a motley crew of misfits in order to rob three Vegas casinos — simultaneously. Costarring Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, Ocean’s Eleven deftly blends the good-time vibe of its predecessor with an unpredictable, thoroughly engaging storyline that seamlessly combines thrills with laughs.

Best quote: Danny: “The house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, then you take the house.”
Rusty: “Been practicing this speech, haven’t you?”
Danny: “Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt I rushed it.”

A zombie flick that was better the second time around, a cult classic you probably didn’t realize was a remake and more…

8. DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)

Zack Snyder’s update of George A. Romero’s classic zombie flick (originally released in 1978) is less of a remake and more of a companion piece, as the two films share little in common other than the basic premise. While Romero’s version had its share of horrific elements, the legendary filmmaker was more interested in lampooning ’70s consumerism than flat-out scaring the viewer. Right from the opening frames of Snyder’s take on the material, it’s abundantly clear that the satirical elements of Romero’s screenplay have been jettisoned in favor of a more intense, balls-to-the-wall experience.

Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and a host of familiar faces, Dawn of the Dead kicks off with a gripping and thoroughly entertaining sequence in which Ana (Polley) returns home after a grueling day at work only to discover that her neighbor’s daughter has been turned into a zombie. Along with a few other survivors, Ana must hide out in a nearby mall — though it’s not long before the undead attackers figure out how to gain access to their refuge. While nobody will ever mistake this Dawn of the Dead for its predecessor, the movie remains one of the more effective zombie flicks to emerge since the genre’s recent resurgence.

Best quote: “When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”
-Televangelist

7. SCARFACE (1983)

If you didn’t realize that Scarface was a remake, you’re not alone. Because the film has become such a significant and unforgettable cinematic memento of the 1980s, it’s easy enough to forget that it’s based on a 1932 film of the same name. Of course, the two movies have very little in common aside from a vaguely similar storyline. In fact, Brian De Palma’s remake is packed with everything a film from the ’30s could never get away with: nudity, absurd amounts of violence, coarse language, and more.

But beyond De Palma’s inventive direction and Oliver Stone’s engaging, episodic screenplay, Al Pacino’s searing performance as Cuban drug kingpin Tony Montana remains the film’s most indelible aspect. It’s a performance that has understandably gone on to become one of the most famous of Pacino’s career, and along with costars such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Loggia and Steven Bauer, the actor effectively paints a portrait of the American dream gone horribly wrong.

Best quote: “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”
-Tony Montana

6. THE BLOB (1988)

While the 1958 original does feature cooler-than-cool icon Steve McQueen in his first lead role, the cheesy special effects and campy dialogue have effectively prevented the film from becoming anything more than an antiquated curiosity. The 1988 remake, on the other hand, is everything a horror flick should be: scary, bloody and packed with subtle (and not-so-subtle) instances of dark humor.

Featuring a surprisingly clever screenplay cowritten by director Chuck Russell and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Frank Darabont, The Blob revolves around the titular creature — an amorphous mass with a taste for human flesh — as it terrorizes the residents of a small town. With its engaging performances and cutting-edge special effects, The Blob holds up surprisingly well — which is something that can’t be said of most horror films of the ’80s (have you tried watching the original Friday the 13th lately?)

Best quote: Brian: “You think that this meteor brought some kind of killer germ?”
Dr. Meddows: “It’s something I’ve expected and prepared for all my life!”
Brian: “Your meteor brought something, all right, but if it’s a germ, it’s the biggest son of a b*tch you’ve ever seen!”

A controversial selection that is sure to annoy some, an actor who made an iconic movie character even better and more great remakes…

5. CAPEFEAR (1991)

This could easily be the most controversial selection on this list, as the 1962 version of Cape Fear remains one of the more memorable thrillers of that era. But with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese behind the camera and a tour-de-force performance from frequent Scorsese collaborator Robert De Niro, it’s impossible to deny the power of this 1991 remake.

The story revolves around Max Cady (De Niro), a vicious rapist who’s just been released from prison after a 14-year stint behind bars. Convinced that his lawyer (played by Nick Nolte) hid a document that could have kept him out of jail, Cady embarks on a campaign of intimidation and violence against his attorney’s family. Scorsese ratchets up the tension considerably, aiming for the jugular from the get-go. The fact that the film was the inspiration for one of the best episodes of The Simpsons further cements its status as a contemporary classic.

Best quote: “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”
-Max Cady

4. SHAFT (2000)

It was a no-brainer, really. Asking Samuel L. Jackson — one of the coolest actors of his or any other generation — to play an iconic figure like John Shaft is just one of those ideas that seems obvious. And as smooth and suave as Richard Roundtree’s original Shaft was, he can’t help but come off as a clumsy oaf when compared with Jackson’s super-slick take on the character. Director John Singleton effectively brings John Shaft into modern times without sacrificing some of the more outdated aspects of his personality, while Roundtree himself makes a cameo as Shaft’s uncle (even though the actor is only six years older than Jackson!)

The plot is almost irrelevant next to Jackson’s stellar performance, but Singleton — along with cowriters Richard Price and Shane Salerno — nevertheless offers up an intriguing storyline revolving around Shaft’s attempts to bring two nefarious criminals to justice. Said criminals are played by noted scene stealers Christian Bale and Jeffrey Wright, which is yet another reason why this version outranks the 1971 original in virtually every way.

Best quote: “It’s my duty to please that booty.”
-John Shaft

3. THE FLY (1986)

The Fly marked cult director David Cronenberg’s first really big hit, and it’s not difficult to see why. Based on the 1958 film of the same name, The Fly follows quirky researcher Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) as he develops a teleportation device that actually works. But while he’s testing it for the first time, the titular insect flies into the chamber, transforming him into an unprecedented hybrid of man and fly.

The concept is slightly different than that of the original, which featured the scientist’s head atop the fly’s body (and vice versa). And while that film had a memorably grim conclusion (the scientist, shouting “Help me!” in a tinny voice, is eaten by a spider), it certainly feels like a product of its time. Cronenberg’s version, however, remains relevant today — thanks primarily to some exceedingly brutal special effects and a typically entertaining performance by Goldblum, who easily overcomes his gregarious persona to become a genuinely sinister figure.

Best quote: “Be afraid. Be very afraid.”
-Veronica

2. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)

Given that The Magnificent Seven is considered by many to be one of the best “guy” flicks of all time, its place on this list goes without saying. And though Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai — this film’s predecessor, originally released in 1954 — remains a classic of the samurai genre (and rightly so), The Magnificent Seven nevertheless tops it in terms of sheer machismo. With a cast that includes such icons as Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner, the film follows seven gunmen who agree to help defend a poor Mexican village from ruthless bandits.

Similarly to movies like The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen (both of which also feature Bronson), The Magnificent Seven follows a disparate group of tough guys as they attempt to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to accomplish an exceedingly difficult task. It’s an irresistible setup that’s handled with ease by director John Sturges, a filmmaker who’s no stranger to this sort of thing (he would go on to helm The Great Escape and Ice Station Zebra). With its endlessly quotable dialogue and thoroughly cool vibe, there’s a reason that The Magnificent Seven remains a pivotal example of the genre.

Best quote: “We’ll fight with guns if we have them. If we don’t, with machetes, axes, clubs, anything!”
-Hilario

1. THE THING (1982)

Because The Thing from Another World, Christian Nyby’s 1951 adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story Who Goes There?, is a science-fiction classic in its own right, some folks might question the presence of John Carpenter’s The Thing on this list (and in the No. 1 slot, no less). But given that The Thing manages to deliver on virtually every level — from the performances to the dialogue to the visuals — the film has become a classic that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as other notable examples of the genre.

Featuring a cast comprised entirely of men, The Thing follows a group of scientists as they attempt to survive after being infiltrated by a shape-shifting monster. With its gooey, bloody special effects and unforgettable dialogue, it’s not difficult to see why this film has become a cult classic. Carpenter does a fantastic job of keeping the proceedings tense throughout, while star Kurt Russell steps into the shoes of tough-guy antihero R.J. MacReady with a remarkable sense of ease. Ironically, The Thing is scheduled to remade as a television miniseries — although it’s probably a safe bet that Carpenter’s version will remain the definitive telling of this tale.

Best quote: “I don’t know what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”
-Clark

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P.S. what say you?

P.P.S. koji čuveni reditelj je uradio čak dva remakea sopstvenog filma?

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6 komentara na tekst Top 10 remakes

  1. Snezana Moracic

    04/09/2010 at 16:55

    Kadgod cujem ‘what say you’ pred ocima mi Bill O’Relly.
    Pa evo, kao ‘avid movie goer’ moje misljenje: ustvari ne znam sta da mislim o svim ovim
    ‘rimejkovima’ i prilagodjavanjima novim generacijama, neki su ok, neke treba zabraniti I kao pomisao.

    10. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
    meni jedan od najboljih Hitchovih filmova, definitivno. DD, savrsena, u tom filmu sam ustvari i primetila njen senzualan, seksi, intrigantan glas, samo kada se setim onih bozantsvenih kostimica i sesirica. Hitch je jos jednom dokazao da plavusama siva boja itekako dobro stoji /Vertigo/Kladim se da ce u filmu da koriste DD’s Que Sera Sera, kao mali omaz originalu.
    Ako bih se ja pitala, ja taj film ne bih ni pomislila da diram.

    9. OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001)
    G.Cloony je i Keri Grant i Frenk i svi oni glumci iz zlatnog doba hollywooda, ii savremeni hunk i pastuv i sta jos, cool dude,…? uopste lik koji fantasticno moze da se prilagodi svim dekadama zbog neodoljivog sarma i klasicnog , skoro stereotipno perfektnog holivudskog izgleda, tako da je Soderberg uradio dobar posao, za mene prijatno iznenadjenje je bila J.Roberts sa kojom nikako da se slozim sta da mislim o njoj. Gledala sam i cuveni Rat Pack, i dopao mi se. Ko jos moze da odoli onoj cetvorici i bozanstvenoj Angie?

    8. DAWN OF A DEAD (2004)

    Ja volim S.Polley kao glumicu i uopste,. Svidja mi se, odusevila me je i sa Away from Her/ rezirala/, morala sam da napravim ovaj uvod. Ja volim horore, zombi mi nisu bas najomiljeniji medij, medjutim oba Romerova filma /ovaj i Night of a Living Dead /su na mojoj listi horor filmova.

    Mada, da budem iskrena nesto se i ne secam ove verzije, a gledala sam film zbog Sare.

    Mislim da ovaj zanr pruza neslucene mogucnosti sa novom tehnologijom i efektima, tako da pretpostavljam da ce se tek snimati nove verzije.

    7. SCARFACE (1983)
    Mozda nije najbolji ali jedan od boljih De Palminih filmova, Al Pacino je jos uvek glumio a ne glumatao.
    I ovaj film pruza mogucnosti da se glumci u glavnim ulogama dokazuju i pokazuju, prica je uvek dobrodosla pa i u novom izdanju.
    Nazalost/od bruke/ nisam gledala Hawksov original, mozda ga i negde iskopam

    6. THE BLOB ( 1988)
    Mozda sam gledala staru verziju sa McQueenom, za ovu novu se nisam ni potrudila.

    5. CAPE FEAR (1991)
    I ovaj film volim i original i remake, verovatno zbog Scorsesea i De Nira, mada mi je original sa Peckom i Mitchumom neprevazidjen, ali neprevazidjen.

    4. SHAFT ( 2000)
    Ma kakvi, ko moze da zameni Roundtreeja??? Samo da dodam, za svaki slucaj, ZNAM da se to zna, Neda je bila u onom drugom Shaftu u Africi.

    3. FLY(1986)
    Cronenbergovo malo remek delo i ne verujem da IKO moze da zameni cudesno magneticnog Goldbluma, pa ni sveti Cloony. Ni taj film ne bi trebalo da se dira, za novi remake ali 3D, naocari, IMEX i td mogu cuda da naprave. Original nisam gledala.

    2. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)
    NE DIRATI TAJ FILM!
    Cisto da se nateraju sve dolazece generacije da gledaju onu nikad vise ponovljenu grupu THE Muskaraca, kakav Bred i Cloony kakvi bakraci.

    1. THE THING(1982)
    Carpenterovo remek delo!

  2. Moca

    04/09/2010 at 20:03

    kao prvo, ja bih obrnuo listu i stavio hitcha na prvo mesto. the man who… mu je jedan od 3 najbolja filma. doris day je tu, iako malo tetkasta, neverovatno seksi. zatim, vrlo visoko bih rangirao i ocean’s 11, sviđa mi se mnogo više od originala. to je najholivudskiji film u poslednjih, ne znam ni ja, 30 godina, ali u onom, staroholivudskom smislu. ima fantastične dijaloge, kad kluni kaže pitu koji šeta neku šarenu košulju:

    “ted nugent called, says he wants his shirt back.”

    dalje, skarfejs je realno mess od filma, izbrljavio je de palma na sve strane i samo ga je paćino spasio od flopa. srećom, izvadio se karlitovim putom, koji je zauvek na mojoj all-time top 10 listi.

    magnificent seven je “majčino mleko”, a ovo ostalo je manje više u redu.

    zanimljivo je da nema “poštara”. nisam gledao original, sa lanom turner (jedna od omiljenih mi), ali kažu mnogi da je za klasu bolji od rafelsona.

  3. Snezana Moracic

    04/09/2010 at 21:01

    a moco, moras da gledas originalnog postara, jednostavno moras.lana je tu savrsena, kao i onaj ‘bokser’ john garfield, mnogo bolje od rimejka, meni su vecu hemiju imali ovo dvoje nego Jack i Jessica.

    ne znam zasto vecini scarface nije dobar kao meni?
    ma hajde bre, gledaj ovo
    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?v=c2FO-kJRzn8&feature=related
    to samo palma zna da uradi / sad ne znam da li sam pogodila pravu verziju, ali znas na sta mislim/

    jeste, dijalozi u ocean’s 11 ovom rimejku su bas onako rat packovski, sto nije ni cudo, gledaj i original, pa mozes zamisliti samo taj wise cracking izmedju dina, frenka, semija i pitera i to u las vegasu.

    i carlito’s way mi je skoro pa savrsen film. ona scena kada gleda skriven preko ulice sa krova na prozor i prati cas baleta je savrsenstvo savrsenstva.

  4. Bojan

    05/09/2010 at 03:37

    Sta ja znam, Okeanovih 11 je OK, mislim fransiza osavremenjena, to je to. Zabavan film, ostatak serijala nisam gledao, ne s paznjom.

    Nego, Skarfejs originalni je fantastican, a ovo De Palmino mi je njegov najgori film ever (sorry Sneki i Moco: De Palmu jako cenim kao reditelja i ne znam NIJEDAN film njegov da me je toliko razocarao na prvo gledanje, bukvalno pokradeni “Kum” bez stila). Pogotovo Pacino, koji je genije inace a tu je sam sebi ubrljao Corleone-fransizu. Kad samo pomislim koliko ljudi pljuju po trecem delu Kuma (solidnom i na momente odlicnom filmu, politicki provokativnom koliko i prethodni).

    Shaft mi je jaci rimejk, tojest zabavniji. Mislim, kod filmova koji se prave da bi nas provozali i bili zabavni dva sata (sto je legitimno i OK, nemojte da me pogresno shvatite da ih sad potcenjujem) normalno je da svakom narastaju treba da se upakuju jezikom koji razume. Raundtri je faca generalno, i super mu je onaj cameo u Shaft 2000 (cak je i dramaturski taj film respektovao original, jer je Dzekson ustvari MLADJI Saft, a original je Raundtri). Ali taj Raundtrijev ljudi danas mogu da gledaju kao artefakt (“evo sine, ovako su se nekad pravile detektivske drame”) a ovo sad je bas onako, adrenalinska akcija, nemoguce situacije i one pandurske replike that never grow weary 🙂

    Nego, Ameri su stvarno jezivi sa ovom ignorancijom ostatka sveta pa tako ne “priznaju” ocigledno ni filmove na engleskom, iz Engleske. Rimejk Payback-a, ovaj Helgelandov, je FANTASTICAN. Dobar je i Get Carter mada vise volim original. Valjda ta Cool Britannia sezdesetih te mi ni Italian Job nije ni prineti originalu (mada Sarliz volim generalno da vidim u svakom izdanju osim u onom idiotskom Monster gde igra spec. efekt)

    Ladykillers Koenovih, isto dobar remake, a od ovih za ‘ne dirati’ je Solaris Tarkovskog mada moram priznati da ga je Soderberg uradio iz postovanja prema Andreju a ne iz zelje da napravi komparaciju i u SVAKOM kadru tog filma se vidi samo jedan veliki omaz.

    Ovaj sa De Nirom nisam gledao, rimejk Tornatorea, mada sumnjam da ce mi se dopasti, jer je Stanno Tutti Bene toliko genijalan, da ne nam sta bi Bobiju da petlja s tim.

  5. Bojan

    05/09/2010 at 03:53

    E, da, i ovaj Alfie je fino ispao, rimejk. Onako je chick flick. Priznajem da ga ne bih nikad pogledao da nisam naleteo na Marizu Tomei i Niju Long, ali onda uskocila i ona Dzegerova mjuza pa bas OK ispalo posto sam odma’ provalio da je pisana za film (mislim bile Tomei i Long dobre i bez mjuza :)). I Sijena Miler pa jos vise mi film OK :D.

    A film je propao skroz (Dzegeru nesto ne ide ta filmska produkcija, mada ima filmsko oko i ima ga u par sasvim pristojnih naslova i kao glumca i kao producenta) a procitao sam i da je imao neki nenormalni budzet, nekih 50-60 miliona, a ono obicna NY drama.
    Moco, jesi uhvatio skor otud, solo Mik ali bas onako ovi kasni Stounsi-fazon? Ima na netu da se skine ako nisi, Old Habits Die Hard (dve verzije, Mik i Mik-Seril Krou), Let’s Make It Up i Blind Leading the Blind, mislim da su to jedine solo Mikove, ostalo je neko drndanje sa Dejvom Stuartom i neko blesavo hip-hop repovanje nekih mladih britanskih nada

  6. Moca

    06/09/2010 at 14:14

    ma ne, ovi stonsi (od 90-ih na ovamo) i nisu baš moji stonsi. i taj saundtrak iz alfija takođe, it’s all mick and no keith…

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