Why Hollywood, Why?

2:29 PM Posted by Jeremy Heath

Everywhere i turn these days im seeing adverts for "new" movies, but the thing that pisses me off is that the movies being advertised aren't in fact NEW! Apparently Hollywood is unable to come up with an original idea for a movie so they look to every other country in the world to see which of their movies they can steal and turn into a huge pile of crap! Why Hollywood, Why must you take perfectly good, often great, sometimes brilliant foreign movies and try to "put an American spin" on it? You can't put an American spin on a foreign movie, for if you could it would have been made in America! Now I've seen my fair share of rumors floating about on the internet talking about an American remake of some amazing Japanese films like "Old Boy" and "Battle Royale". I can say now that those movies will never be made in America because for some ungodly reason the majority of Americans don't like anything more hardcore than Barney the Dinosaur! And there are even rumors of bringing the hit E4 British Teen Drama TV show "Skins" to America and i can say now that show wont last long at all because all that show is is bad language sex drugs and alcohol, and its one of the best shows I've ever seen, but the FCC would never allow that show on American television because god forbid kids learn what its like outside their posh gated communities! So in conclusion American remakes of foreign movies (and sometimes even our own) are 9 times out of 10 complete shit!

Heres a list of movies that are Doomed to fail because we're doing a remake:

Death at a Funeral- awesomely funny British comedy turned into just another Tyler Perry black power movie!
Old Boy- its been reported that Steven Spielsberg and Will Smith are doing a remake of the 2003 Japanese movie...and even though Smith is awesome this movie will fail!
Let the Right one In- This is one of my favorite movies ever made. This is a Swedish vampire movie, and i dont mean the sparkly depressed vampire, i mean real vampire...kinda. The vampire is an 11 year old girl! The movie isn't all about gore and carnage its a beautiful movie about friendship...and some gore and carnage! :) but now its being remade in America and although the cast looks promising, I'm not holding my breath!


tinetabulous said...

I am actually raging about the Old Boy remake. This is an outrage! The original Old Boy is not exactly and old and outdated film! Chan-wook Park done a great job and made one of my all time favourite films by showing raw unadulterated emotion from fabulous actors. Disgrace!

Jeremy Heath said...

i totally agree...theres no doubt that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are masters at their craft but no one can give us the same emotion the original guy did!

Kevin Gillen said...

Some movies really should not be remade, especially foreign ones! As for Will Smith taking over the character of Dae-Su Oh, can you really imagine him attacking people in a corridor with a claw hammer! I dont think so.I hope they dont plan on remaking the other two movies in the trilogy (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance and Lady Vengeance) this would just be a complete waste of time as I dont think that any actress could live up to Yeong-ae Lee's portrayal of Geum-Ja Lee).
On the other hand Marcus Nispels The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake brought the name Leatherface to terrify a new generation and now this April we have the remake of A nightmare On Elm Street..which I hoppe is going to live up to my expectations and make Mr Krueger worth fearing again!

tinetabulous said...

Yes I have to agree Kevin, I am probably too excited about the new Nightmare on Elm Street. I'll be the first to admit that some remakes work out well but some are totally unnecessary! I really hope they don't remake the whole Vengeance trilogy...I remain pessimistic about the Old Boy remake but will give it a try nonetheless!

Jeremy Heath said...

No i don't think Will Smith could pull off the corridor scene nor do i believe he would cut out his own tongue at the end. So i think they should scrap the whole idea and Will Smith go back to saving the world! And as for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake...im not giving up hope that it will be good but im not holding my breath because i did see the Friday the 13th remake and it was worse than bad...the only thing they got right was showing Willa Fords boobs! :)

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