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    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    if anything, JTraub, I think Ring tried to build a little too much on Ringu. every single thing had to be explained for the audience, right down to why you die in seven days. Ringu leaves more to the viewers to figure out for themselves.

    then again, some people prefer the original Ring miniseries to Ringu; some people don't like the changes that were made between the book and the movie... etc. it's a matter of personal preference. all I know for sure is that the various adaptations and remakes have gotten Koji Suzuki's work a lot more exposure than he would've had in Japan alone. (although, re: the sequels, pretty much everyone agrees that they're inferior in both countries...)
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    <a href="">Sam Raimi Is Bringing Back Jack Ryan</a>

    - Z
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    Heard about that the other day. Still no clue what to make of it, I do not associate Raimi with rah rah patriotism conservative politics and Clancy's Ryan was the pre-Bauer poster boy for it.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Well, I know I could go for a Without Remorse movie, and perhaps the one with the China-Taiwan conflict that ended in the 9/11 setup...
  2.  (1202.45)
    If a sequel or remake is good or bad, it depends. Examples:

    The Godfather 4 - unbelievably stupid idea.

    Hollywood version of Chan-Wook Park's Oldboy - shoot whoever had this idea. First bullets on the feet, than slowly go up.

    Indiana Jones 4 - written by David Koepp and directed by Spielberg, odds are that it'll be fantastic

    Spider-Man 4 - it's necessary to save this series after Spider-Man 3.

    Punisher Warzone - they HAVE to get it right eventually, goddamnit.

    The Eye - asian version was perfectly nice, american version not needed, especially with Jessica "plank of wood" Alba.

    3:10 to Yuma - I hear the new version (which I liked) is better than the original (which I've never seen). Remaking excellent movies is pointless, but flawed ones with great premises, please remake them.

    Scary Movie series - not terribly clever, but amusing. Bring on the sequels.

    Epic Movie - never, EVER, again.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    Andrenavarro: I haven't heard of a Hollywood remake of Oldboy--I do remember hearing that Park gave permission for a studio to do a Hollywood remake of Sympathy for Lady Vengence, though.

    Oh, and here's, I think, one good example of a good remake: Flight of the Phoenix. From what I've seen of the original, I think the new one is a lot more dramatic and interesting. Or maybe it's just Hugh Laurie and Massive Attack is in it and I'm slightly biased--possible, but I like it nonetheless.
  3.  (1202.47)
    Being a massive fan of the original Italian Job I was'nt happy to hear about a new version. BUT, it isn't a remake in my eyes because they didn't' try to emulate Caine's character or tell the same story. As such I actually enjoyed it as a popcorn flick. Don't get me started on Stallone's Get Carter though...

    I agree with Warren - if you're going to remake a story do it from a new perspective or change it's voice. I love cover's of songs , but only when they say something new.