Originally posted by Blackamp
to be honest, i wish 'they' would think up some original ideas for movies, rather than going the lazy route with remakes. remakes are rarely as good as the original, imho.
John Carpenter's 'The Thing' was good, though.
The problem with remakes is that too many of them are made of movies that were good to begin with. The most critically successful remakes are those that remake older movies with compelling ideas but poor or mediocre execution.
I also do not subscribe to the idea that all narratives are a re-hash of the 3 main plots (or the 7 main plots, or the 36 main plots, etc... depending on how detailed you want to get), and that creativity is dead. This is backwards. People respond more to a limited number of basic motivations, as identified in the main plots, and so more (and more successful) books, screenplays, etc... incorporate them. The creativity lies in the art and craft of refining and intensifying the experience.
Books and movies are not about what
they are (ostensibly) about, but how
they are about it.