I was going to leave a comment in the last post, but it was getting rather long, so I decided to make a new post of it. Here's my response to DrX's comment defending remakes. For one thing visual storytelling styles and structures are NOT dramatically different now than they were 50 years ago. What is popular may be dramatically different, but the influences all go back to the great eras of film. Let's take Tarantino for example. His films have had as much influence on popular film making of the past 15 years as anyone, but there really isn't anything revolutionary or new about his style. Same with Scorsese. They are both incredible film buffs who developed their style from watching the greats, and watching those films (the originals) you gain a much greater appreciation of not only those, but of the films that they have influenced.
Now, I see remaking a great film on par with remixing a great song or repainting a masterpiece. Sure, other people may be able to paint the Mona Lisa with as much, or more skill than DaVinci, but it will never be a masterpiece. And anyways, what the hell is the point? The masterpiece is already there for everyone to see, why remake it? Now, there are exceptions. Special effects have obviously gotten better over the years, and some older films could benefit from it. I have no problem at all with George Lucas reediting the original Star Wars films to add CGI and give said films a more modern feel. The problem is, currently films have an awful tendency to rest on their impressive special effects and are completely substance free. The Time Machine and Planet of the Apes are two big reasons I hate remakes. The shame is, films like this are so goddamn awful that it completely discourages people from watching the originals, which were great movies. Flawed, maybe, but still an infinite amount better than the remakes.
Now, one more thing before I go. Right now it seems the main driving force behind sequels is laziness. Why bother with original ideas when you can remake a film that has a familiar name already? Just add some CGI and explosions and you're all set. Now, there have been good remakes, and they all seem to have something in common. They took an idea from the original film and developed it's own identity and maintained some originality. I'm thinking of Reservoir Dogs or 12 Monkeys or A Fistful of Dollars or The Magnificent Seven. I mean, let's take The Magnificent Seven as an example. It may surprise you that I included it this list especially since it was a remake of maybe my favorite films of all time, Seven Samurai. Now, there is no point in remaking that film as is, since it is pretty damn near flawless, in my opinion. What The Magnificent Seven did was to just take the basic plot and add it's own characters, and completely different scenery and time, thus making it it's own film. It didn't try to improve the original, it was more of a homage to it. I'm not saying it is anywhere near the brilliance of Kurosawa's greatest film, but it stands on it's own merits as a successful film.
I guess that's all for tonight. Feel free to yell at me in the comments.