In this weekend’s battle of the ’80s remakes, “About Last Night” was the clear winner over “RoboCop” and “Endless Love.” The updated version of the 1986 romantic dramedy opened in second place (behind returning champ “The Lego Movie”) with a healthy $ 27.0 million, according to estimates. That was around the high end of what was predicted, but… Continue reading Box Office: 6 Ways 'About Last Night' Did the '80s Remake Right
Here’s your 4-day President’s Day Weekend box office returns (new releases bolded):
1. The Lego Movie – $ 48.8 million
2. About Last Night – $ 27.0 million
3. Robocop – $ 21.5 million
4. The Monuments Men – $ 15.0 million
5. Endless Love – $ 13.3 million
6. Ride Along – $ 8.7 million
7. Winter’s Tale – $ 7.7 million
8. Frozen – $ 5.8 million
9. Lone Survivor – $ 4.0
There are some really great remakes, among them The Fly, The Thing, The Departed, The Maltese Falcon, Ocean’s Eleven, Some Like It Hot and Cape Fear. And there are some really terrible remakes, basically the majority of them. But there are plenty that are okay, maybe even good, and these tend to fall toward the negative side anyway due to the general thinking about their kind.
I’ll lump the… Continue reading What Is the Most Underrated Remake?
(We’re going to get into spoilers for the new RoboCop almost immediately, so if that will bother you, feel free to turn back now.)
There’s a scene relatively early in Jose Padilha’s remake of RoboCop that left me legitimately shaken. Police officer Alex Murphy, gruesomely disfigured in a car bombing that was supposed to take his life, has been sold to the robotics company Omnicorp, which transforms… Continue reading The Last Sci-fi Blog: The 'RoboCop' Remake Is Almost a Really Good Movie
Don’t tell us remakes are the worst idea there is. A remake of a movie can be even more clever and necessary than a lot of the “original” movies that come out of Hollywood every year. Shakespeare made a historical career out of doing many remakes, which is the best arguement we have against the naysayers.
Of course it does seem frustrating when you have a weekend… Continue reading Which 1980s Movies Still Need a Fresh Remake?