Friday, September 23, 2011

My list of movies that should not be remade

Heard the other night that Hollywood is going to be remaking the movie Scarface. Was a little hard to believe. In fact, I secretly question the producers sanity for making such a decision. Why in the world try to fix something that's not broke?!?! 

It seems there are SO many older movies being remade lately. Add these to all the sequels and it's hard to believe that Hollywood could come up with an original concept. 

Some classic stories are retold again and again. Dickens and Shakespeare stories have dozens of reiterations. You'd need the fingers of both hands to count how many different people have played Scrooge. You'd need a bookshelf to hold all the different versions of Hamlet. But in both cases it is the stories themselves being retold in different ways from different artists. Each movie is different. This is good.

But why take someone's retelling of a story and then try and redo that?!?! Scarface is complete - it doesn't need to be remade! If someone wants to dive into the Tony Montana character and attempt a new retelling of the story, OK, that might be interesting. But retell it, don't remake it. 

A perfect example of what I'm talking about is Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He retold the story, he didn't just go in and try to reproduce what had already been done. Though obviously close together and compared, there was still a separation between the two.

So this got me thinking of other movies that shouldn't be remade. Those that should have an edict of protection put around them so Hollywood can't mess them up. 

The list is just my opinion because they are movies that I love. I've stuck with only mentioning movies before 2000. To make the list I wrote a ton off the top my head, and then skimmed through this list and this list

Yes, there are some movies that need a remake! But in my opinion, these movies are fine just the way they are. Hollywood should use them as inspiration, but don't mess with them!
  1. Star Wars series
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark series
  3. Rocky series
  4. E.T.
  5. Braveheart
  6. The Breakfast Club
  7. Dead Poets Society
  8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  9. The Goonies
  10. Chariots of Fire
  11. The Godfather
  12. Jaws
  13. The Shawshank Redemption
  14. Beetlejuice
  15. Se7en
  16. Pee Wee's Big Adventure
  17. Back to the Future
  18. Schindler's List
  19. Dead Man Walking
  20. Good Will Hunting
  21. Patch Adams
  22. Every Disney cartoon ever made
  23. Beverly Hills Cop
  24. Dances With Wolves
  25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  26. It
  27. Poltergeist
  28. Jerry Maquire
  29. The Silence of the Lambs
  30. The Naked Gun
  31. Forest Gump
  32. Terminator series
  33. Nightmare On Elm Street (Yes, I know it was remade. The remake was horrible and proves my point!)
  34. Saving Private Ryan
  35. War Games
  36. Pulp Fiction
  37. Saw
  38. One Crazy Summer
  39. The Three Amigos
  40. Fletch
  41. Ghostbusters
  42. The Green Mile
  43. Die Hard
  44. Gone With the Wind
  45. Stand By Me
  46. The Princess Bride
  47. The Truman Show
Which ones do you agree with? Disagree with?
What movies would you have on your list that I missed?

4 comments: said...

My list would include the following:

- Billy Jack - my boyhood hero
- 2001 A Space Odyssey
- The Shinning - I know too late, but can't beat the orignial
- Scent of a Woman
- Cool Hand Luke
- The Outsiders
- Streets of Fire - Awesome Soundtrack
- Anything Mad Max

This list is off the top of my head, I'm sure there might be more to come.

bobby moss said...

Ah yes...Mad Max. Good call!

Bobissaur said...

~Independence Day
~Young Frankenstien
~A Christmas Charol (they should have stopped after the Muppet version, because we all know that Jim Henson is the best, oh, and it's his Birthday today!)
~Monty Python and the Holy Grail
~Anything you guys have already said; Goodness Bobby, your list is extensive...

bobby moss said...

I feel ashamed for not mentioning the Holy Grail. Thank you for correcting and shaming me. =)