Thursday, September 13, 2018
Thursday Movie Pick: Good Remakes
For the 37th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We venture into the idea of good remakes. Remakes are becoming common in recent years though it can be said that a lot of them really fucking suck. Yet, there are a few remakes that manage to be as good or as better than the original. Here are my three picks:
1. Good Morning
A loose remake of Yasujiro Ozu’s own film I Was Born, But… from 1932 is the story of two boys who try to get their father to keep up with the times by wanting a TV. It’s a film that play into some of the troubling aspects of modernism but also a story of innocence as it relates to two young boys who go to a friend’s house to watch baseball and sumo wrestling though their father isn’t interested in conforming to the Westernization of Japan. It’s one of Ozu’s more accessible films that should be seen as this isn’t the first time he re-made one of his own films from the past as he would do the same for Floating Weeds in the 1950s that he re-made from A Story of Floating Weeds back in 1934.
2. The Magnificent Seven
One of several remakes of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, this is definitely the most famous in John Sturges’ film that featured the likes of Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz as the seven cowboys who try to protect Mexican villagers from bandits who are led by Eli Wallach. It is a western that is filled with a lot of excitement and drama as well as being faithful to Kurosawa’s epic samurai film.
A remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear comes a film from William Friedkin that is finally getting its due after a poor commercial reception when it first came out in 1977 around the same time Star Wars was in theaters. With a lot of reassessment over the film since its release, it is definitely a rare remake that is an equal to its predecessor as it’s about a group of criminals on the run who are tasked to drive two trucks through the jungles of South America with nitroglycerine as their cargo to stop an oil fire from spreading. It is a film that remains intense and gripping that includes the scenes on a decayed bridge where the two trucks try to cross it. Suspense-thrillers of this magnitude still doesn’t reach the heights of what Friedkin did with this film.
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