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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What movies actually deserve a remake?

Tony Scott’s updating of The Taking of Pelham 123 opens on Friday, and it turns out that it’s a remake that actually makes sense: Technology and practices — in the fields of filmmaking, subways, commmunication, and law enforcement — and culture have changed enough that this new film is different enough from the original to make it worthwhile.

That’s not always the case with remakes, but surely there must be other films that would similarly benefit from an updating. I looked at my list of top 100 movies to see if I could find one that I wouldn’t mind seeing redone… and not much is jumping out at me. I see some films there that have already been remade, mostly to results either terrible (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) or neutral (The Producers), but the only possible movie that might benefit from how filmmaking technology has moved on is 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Made today, it would certainly look better. I’m not sure that it would actually be better, though.

But the original Taking of Pelham One Two Three isn’t among my most favoritest movies ever, and the remake won’t be, either. Surely there must be a few titles it would make genuine sense to update. What do you think:

What movies actually deserve a remake?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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