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In our bonus content this week, Greg gets even with Aaron, Karen tries very hard not to hurt Greg’s feelings, and Greg has a bone to pick with the Academy Awards!
Remember several weeks ago when Greg answered a frustrating question from Aaron about remakes? Well, Greg turned the tables on Aaron. Greg asks: Since you challenged me/pissed me off with the “what movie, if you remade it, would you remake and what would you change?” question, I’m throwing it right back at you.
It was a hard question. So hard, in fact, that Aaron had to cheat to answer it: “I posed this question to Greg because I was honestly intrigued by what his response might be. It didn’t occur to me that he would throw the question right back to me, and now I wish I hadn’t asked it. Because this question is very, very difficult to answer.
But not because I can’t come up with a good movie that could use a remake. It’s difficult to answer because. . . I’m not crazy about remakes. As a general rule. The trend in recent years (especially in the horror genre) of remaking classic films is a sign, to me, that Hollywood is becoming devoid of creativity.
With that said, there are three remakes that immediately come to mind as three films that I really, really, really, really love. If a person had anything negative to say about The Magnificent Seven (the 1960 remake of Seven Samurai, not the 2016 remake of, well, The Magnificent Seven), I might consider not being friends with them anymore. The 2007 version of 3:10 to Yuma, briefly, gave me hope that quality westerns (my favorite genre) were making a comeback. And I also consider a quiet, little film that he made in the late 1980’s called Always very close to being my absolute favorite Steven Spielberg movie ever.
It’s possible that the average film-goer didn’t even realize those three movies were remakes until I, just this second, told them. And that’s kind of my point. These are remakes of films that completely flew under the radar and deserve a second look by modern audiences from filmmakers that chose these projects because they really love the originals. Why make a remake of a movie that people still watch?
So. . . if I were to remake any movie, it would have to be a small, obscure film that nobody really paid much attention to in the first place. Something that I connected with personally. Something that isn’t being shown on AMC or premium movie channels six times a week. The smartest remakes, I think, pull attention back to the original film.
It would be quite fun, though, to find an actor with incredible physical capabilities and then cast him in a shot-by-shot reconstruction of anything by Harold Lloyd. I’m thinking, in particular, Safety Last.”
Aaron posed the following question to Karen: Think of a genre that you don’t normally enjoy, but then come up with three movies in that genre that are exceptions to the rule.
Karen responds: “Of all of the genres of all of the films in all of the places in the world, I gotta go with horror here. Greg will disown me, I’m sure, but it’s just never been my jam. I just can’t let go of them. I stew, I fret, I consider, I worry. I take all of the fun out of it for myself. And that’s really too bad, because there are some great horror films to enjoy.
Perhaps as a function of age, or maybe a perceived renaissance in horror film-making, a few newer horror films come to mind as exceptions. IT (2017), A Quiet Place (2018), and Annihilation (2018) – these are fantastic. There’s a different feel to new horror and it allows viewers like me to enjoy them more without taking away from the die-hard admirers of the genre.
Looking back, movies like Leviathan were what drew me into horror as a kid. Anything with a science-fiction bend, and you had me. Anything with a title that included ‘children’, ‘corn’, or ‘Chuckie’ was a big nope for me.”
And, finally, Greg answered a three-part question from Aaron: Do you follow the Oscars?
“Yes! Is that it? Watch the closed-ended questions Aaron! Lol. . . I’m kidding. . .
In fact, I’ve been doing a bragging-rights pool for years, and it has carried over into work. Even Karen has participated for the last few years. I used to have an Oscar party during which I made my famous nacho cheese-and-chili dip, and invited my fellow nerds to watch and enjoy, but it got to be a lot of work and I’ve already established that I’m growing increasingly lazy over the years. In truth, I don’t reckon I’ve missed the Oscars, or the Golden Globes, for that matter, since the late 80’s or early 90’s. Even the one in 2001 or 2002 or somewhere in there that was nearly four-and-a-half hours long.”
Do they have much bearing on your movie-watching habits?
“Not at all, actually, except I do make an effort after the nominations are announced to try and see as many of the Best Picture noms as I can, so I can have, at least, a clue of what’s going on. Otherwise, I watch the things that look interesting to me.”
Think of two movies that were not nominated, but you believe should have been. What Oscars should they have been nominated for?
“Sorry, Aaron, but I’m going to cheat a tad on this one. Well, sort of. Can I instead suggest movies that were nominated and should have won, but did not? Good. That’s what I’ll do. Okay, look – I’m not meaning to disrespect this process, but the list of movies the three of us have seen spans into the thousands, I’m certain. But two Spielberg movies and one Rob Reiner movie stand out as big huge snubs (since I’ve dodged your question a bit, I’ll throw in a bonus flick). E.T. lost to Ghandi, Saving Private Ryan lost to Shakespeare in Love, and A Few Good Men lost to whatever the hell won that year. Unforgiven, sure. . . give it to Clint Eastwood. Honestly, I don’t recall what won that year – call it an educated guess. But E.T. – they say it was Spielberg’s trademark sentimentality that blew it for him. What the hell? How fair is that? If you don’t like his sentimentality, don’t nominate him. But don’t criticize him for making movies that make people run the gamut of emotions inside of two hours. Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love? Really? They say it was Harvey Weinstein’s power, influence, and his aggressive, yet masterful, marketing campaign that ‘earned’ this lackluster turd of a movie its win. How does the Academy like Weinstein now? Hmmm?. . . Too soon?”
Well, that’s it for this week, everyone. What are your thoughts? Is there an Oscar-nominated film that you believe should have won? What movie would you like to see remade? Have you seen Leviathan? That shit was scary.
Be sure to check in on Friday! Karen will be presenting her second solo entry, an article about a film inspired by The Breakfast Club, our first official Movie of the Month! We hope you enjoy it!
Aaron, Greg, and Karen