Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Fantastic Four - Footloose and Movie Re-Makes

So the re-make of the 80s classic Footloose comes out today.  Kevin Bacon is nowhere to be seen, and there isn't a feathered, blow dry cut on any of the cast. 

The original was made just as I was starting high school, with all of the dances and hormones attendant thereto.  While there wasn't anyone who looked remotely like Lori Singer at a St. James dance, we sure wished there was!  Given its special place in my movie memories, it's pretty tough to see this one get re-made, which leads us to this week's Friday Fantastic Four:

What Are the Four Best Movie Re-Makes of All Time?

  1. Casino Royale - Daniel Craig is angry, haunted and just freaking excellent. Maybe the best Bond movie ever.  The original was really a disaster - a send up of spy movies, not a real Bond.
  2. Ocean's 11 - both were amazingly good films, Clooney isn't Sinatra, and there's no one like Dean Martin, but the rest of the re-make cast is pretty darn solid and it's a beautiful film to look at.
  3. The Parent Trap - Lindsay Lohan as a cute pair of twins, Dennis Quaid as her clueless father.  A favorite of my kids and a few other folks I know.  The original stars a button cute Hayley Mills
  4. Meet Joe Black - visually beautiful film with a really creepy plot.  Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt are scarily good.  Fredric March starred in the movie that inspired the 1998 remake.

Everyone have a great weekend!  I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to some downtime.


gootman said...

Not the best of all time but here some Sci-Fi remakes I enjoyed:
1. Star Trek - despite the bridge looking like an Apple store and a giant red monster on an ice planet(I guess evolution doesn't work the same way in the Star Trek Universe), I thought it JJ Abrams did a admirable job with this reboot.
2. The Incredible Hulk - especially compared the abominations that came before it. The had a good story line and Ed Norton was a great Bruce Banner.
3. War of the Worlds - Never saw the original, but the movie gave me the same creepy feeling as the reading the book did. I'd say mission accomplished.
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - I haven't seen this one yet, but I've heard nothing but good things and plan to see it soon.

Chris said...

Goot - nice twist on the topic to go with a genre! Some good films there. The original War of the Worlds is worth finding a torrent of. Have a good weekend.