Hello Pop Culture Fans. I'm EM Lynley, a brand-new member of the fold here on Pop Culture Divas. I'm an erotic romance author, but I'll admit my real love is television. Which is why I decided to write about films for my first column. Go figure.
With yet another
- Remakes of an old film with an update of story-line or a new twist on the original
remakes of foreign films Hollywood
- Transforming another medium (television, comics, etc.) to film
Now some films may overlap categories here, and some types of remakes work better than others. Arthur falls into the first category, where
The Eddie Murphy remakes of family classics also spring to mind, in all the worst ways. Why did we love the original Jerry Lewis version of The Nutty Professor, and enjoy Dr. Doolittle without all the scatological humor? Because they found a way to amuse us with real humor, not jokes at the expense of others. Family-style humor lets us laugh at ourselves or identify with the main characters' misfortunes. We shouldn't need to put someone else down or resort to fart jokes to get a laugh.
In category two, I'm sure you're all thinking ahead to the upcoming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The original film was wonderful, but it's already a crossover from a novel (though I won't go into that here). I'm a huge fan of foreign films and I particularly enjoy the slice of another culture it opens up for me. When
So, given the high disaster-to-success ratio, is remaking a film ever a good idea? Yes, but it's important to not attempt to remake a film that already works well in its original. The best candidates are films which were missing an integral element either in plot or execution, and actually remedying the flaw in a remake, without throwing out the elements of the film which worked well.
So far, I really haven't had much love for the remakes, have I? Well, I don't want to be one-sided on this issue.
One current reboot I whole-heartedly adore is the new Sherlock. It falls into several categories, but it's not technically a
What films do you think need a remake? Which ones would you like
Personally, I'm glad a film like Sunset Boulevard has been untouched so far, though they seem to be trying to remake it. The last thing we need is for pictures to get even smaller.
EM Lynley works in finance, though she'd rather be writing hot, sexy man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in