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New isn’t always better

6 Movie Remakes That Missed the Point

Yes, it’s Cracked, but give it a chance: they bring up some very good points about how film has changed over the years. One of the biggest changes you can notice just from this list is the move from psychological action/drama to eye-catching (eye-candy) action. There tend to be fewer undertones and overtones of strife and a movement away from the human condition to one of optimistic fluffy-bunny happy endings. This is mostly Hollywood blockbuster stuff, so if you’re scoffing about how some movie you saw on IFC last night isn’t like this, then you’re right: independent films haven’t come down this affliction.

It’s part of the reason that old movies have become timeless, and cannot really be replaced or updated. A plot can be re-used to convey a different message, but it’s kind of lame. The Day the Earth Stood Still being hijacked into a environmental pro-green disaster is a good example of this.

My aesthetics tend to derive more pleasure from what isn’t said than what is – a reason that Cache is one of my favorite movies. It’s very disturbing because it displays the fragility of the human psyche, not because there is a lot of blood or shocking imagery.

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