by Brandon Barb
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'Clash of the Titans,' 'Total Recall' and 'American Pie' all get remakes/sequels
Movies that populated theaters in the '80s and '90s are
making a comeback. Some are better than others but since there is a built-in
audience, Hollywood is cranking out remakes and reboots left and right.
This practice has been done for years but recently
more movies than ever have been redone. March brought 21 Jump Street with skinny
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The buddy cop movie was actually
funny and has made more than $90 million so far.
Other notable remakes over the last few years include Fright Night, Conan the Barbarian, Karate Kid, Clash of the
Titans, Footloose, Nightmare on Elm Street, Wall Street, Arthur and Die Hard. Out of the nine mentioned, only Fright Night and Die Hard were actually enjoyable (in my opinion).
The worst out of the bunch had to be Clash of the Titans. Cheesy acting and bad 3D effects plagued this Sam Worthington CGI-fest.
Worthington did a better job in the ads for the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Now an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is getting another look,
and thank goodness it isn’t Junior.
The first trailer for a new Total Recall was released Sunday. No,
this isn’t a late April Fool’s joke. The remake to the 1990 Schwarzenegger
movie is a real thing, and fans of not only the original but of science fiction
in general should be giddy with anticipation.
The remake stars Colin Farrell, coming off of his
performance from the 1980s vampire remake Fright Night, with Kate Beckinsale
and Jessica Biel taking roles of eye candy. Will there be another
three-breasted woman? Fans of the original can only hope. AMC’s Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston
plays the bad guy. The cast alone gives a lot more credit to this remake than
We will all have to wait to actually watch the thing to
figure out if it’s worthy enough to be considered a decent remake.
In other movie news, the next American Pie installment hits
theaters today. To me, this is going to be a paycheck movie. Meaning, the
original cast of characters is only returning because they haven’t been in
anything major in the last few years. Well, for the exception of Allison
Hannigan who has been on the long running show How I Met Your Mother. Expect
a lot of dick and sex jokes, which is essentially what the first movie was, but
now the cast is much older.
The original American Pie was released in 1999 and was
seen as a fresh take on the high school sex comedy. The second added on to that
with more outlandish situations — like mixing up lube with super glue. American Wedding was thought to be the ending to Stifler and the gang’s
stories — compared to the first and second, it was somewhat of a letdown. Then
came the straight-to-DVD American Pie Presents movies. I will admit, though,
American Pie Beta House was a hilarious college comedy; women might not want to
watch because it focuses on a misbehaving fraternity.Squeezing film stars for as much money as possible is the norm
nowadays with movie franchises – just look at Pirates of Caribbean. Maybe I
am jumping to conclusions with American Reunion, but the pie lost its flavor a
long time ago.