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 Posted:   Jun 11, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE. Interesting story, good novel. I remember reading the novel when it first came out and thought to myself, "This would make a great picture". But when they did it, Robert Shaw set himself up as writer and changed the tone a little. So instead of the intent of the original author (Barry England), we had a Robert Shaw take on it. Nothing against Robert Shaw, he was a fine actor but perhaps a script adhering more to the novel would have been more appropriate on this occasion.

Joseph Losey directed the film. When it came out it got limited release, for reasons I have never been able to fathom, and today it is rarely seen, if not totally obscure.

For the record, the music for the film was composed by Richard Rodney Bennett.

- JMM.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I wonder why nobody remade TAXI DRIVER? Yes I know many think it is a sordid classic and any remake would be inferior, but when did these reasons ever meant anything to Hollywood.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Oh, look! Solium is whining about Star Trek again! How original. You know , I don't think I've ever heard this guy say anything positive about anything - ever. Really dude, is there anything you do like that's not 30 years old? He just drops into threads to whine and moan about Star Trek, the new James Bond flicks and pretty much anything that is currently popular without ever contributing anything substantial to the conversation unless its a Star Trek re-boot bitch fest that's 3 pages long and includes like, the only three other people on the planet who are still holding onto the past and can't accept anything new or different and get up in the morning just to fling poop at J.J Abrahms. Or, starts a thread with a title like "Whats the most boring so and so?" or "Whats the worst blah blah blah?" just to give you an excuse to whine like a baby about whatever it is youve decided is an assault on cinema. Keep it up, Troll!

As for me, I would absolutely LOVE to see a remake of Damnation Alley. That flick has SO much potential for a great flick and would benefit greatly from today's special effects. The book describes all kinds of mutated creatures and harsh conditions during their trek across the wasteland - giant mutant bats, brutal shifts in weather and a sky that constantly pulsates and changes color.
Of course, it would be hard to top Goldsmith's amazing score, but pretty much everything else could be vastly improved upon.

The novel bears some striking similarities to Escape from New York (another favorite of mine that I hope they don't remake!)

Also, Swamp Thing. I'm surprised this hasn't happened yet!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Oh, look! Solium is whining about Star Trek again! How original. You know , I don't think I've ever heard this guy say anything positive about anything - ever. Really dude, is there anything you do like that's not 30 years old? He just drops into threads to whine and moan about Star Trek, the new James Bond flicks and pretty much anything that is currently popular without ever contributing anything substantial to the conversation unless its a Star Trek re-boot bitch fest that's 3 pages long and includes like, the only three other people on the planet who are still holding onto the past and can't accept anything new or different and get up in the morning just to fling poop at J.J Abrahms. Or, starts a thread with a title like "Whats the most boring so and so?" or "Whats the worst blah blah blah?" just to give you an excuse to whine like a baby about whatever it is youve decided is an assault on cinema. Keep it up, Troll! Also, Swamp Thing. I'm surprised this hadn't happened yet!

The funniest thing about your comments is you obviously keep confusing me with someone else! LOL

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Great comeback!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I wonder why nobody remade TAXI DRIVER? Yes I know many think it is a sordid classic and any remake would be inferior, but when did these reasons ever meant anything to Hollywood.

This is ICONIC ROBERT DE NIRO, the film that launched his career and revealed his warped genius to the world. It had JODIE FOSTER and HARVEY KEITEL in unforgettable roles, and was directed by MARTIN SCORSESE. All these people are still alive and still working regularly. You think a remake of TAXI DRIVER could work?

You've clearly lost your mind!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I agree with your sentiment[no not that I lost my mind] ha-ha, but that remaking TAXI DRIVER would be foolish, I am simply surprise it has not been. Many foolish remakes have been done.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Hire a director who knows something about musicals and the art of cinema.

Who's that?

Cameron Mackintosh was going to be doing the hiring. Did you like his "Les Miz"?

Would Hooper be a good MFL director?

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 10:45 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Hire a director who knows something about musicals and the art of cinema.

Who's that?

Cameron Mackintosh was going to be doing the hiring. Did you like his "Les Miz"?

Would Hooper be a good MFL director?


You mean Tobe Hooper? Sure, I think MY FAIR LADY could really benefit from a TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE angle, or maybe a POLTERGEIST type scene with corpses bobbing to the top of the swale during a heavy rainstorm accompanied by "The Rain in Spain"... Or they could throw out those boring old songs and have Graham Collins (JESUS CHRIST, VAMPIRE HUNTER) cook up some crazy tunes to go with it! Or... Where's Herschell Gordon Lewis when you really need him?

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 10:51 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Hire a director who knows something about musicals and the art of cinema.

Who's that?

Cameron Mackintosh was going to be doing the hiring. Did you like his "Les Miz"?

Would Hooper be a good MFL director?


I didn't see LES MIZ, because I find the music, horrible. It sounds like the exact same song, played at different tempos and keys. So, I have no clue how he is as a director of musical film. I did hear it was done in extremely close-up, which I despise, so probably not him. Maybe it's time for De Palma to do a musical. He did a music video. Pretty much anyone could make a better film than the original. All you need do is hire actors who can act and sing, give it some pacing, movement and location photography, and it will be better. Actually, Sam Rami could direct it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

Is it now too obvious (and boring) to nominate the Star Wars prequels?

if not.....then I'm choosing them.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I think it was Michael Caine who once said something like this: "If you are going to remake a movie, remake either a bad movie or an unknown".

I would also add movies with now out of date special effects. There are some movies where the special effects are as good today as they where back then but those movies where that did not occur I would say go ahead Hollywood and remake those.

However there is one important function with remakes that most people forget about and that is the remake makes people wanna discover the original. Those who never seen or never even heard of the original will probably get the chance to finally see the original thanks to the remake.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)


I would also add movies with now out of date special effects. There are some movies where the special effects are as good today as they where back then but those movies where that did not occur I would say go ahead Hollywood and remake those.


I think they did that with King Kong. I'm not sure the remake would be considered superior.....or even equal.....to the original. So that begs the question...why bother?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Bud Baxter   (Member)

I'm not big on remakes and sequels and such, but I thought this would be a good pad for putting down the shows you think could have been better.

I'll go with the TV movie "The Warriors." It's pretty to look at, but I thought the movie was rather weak.


The Warriors was not a TV movie.

Before he died, Tony Scott was prepping a remake. It'll probably still happen one day.


I'd like to see a remake of The Hot Rock, with George Clooney in the Robert Redford role & Sam Rockwell in the George Segal role.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

MAN OF STEEL

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

I would like to remake THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY exactly and precisely the way Richard Maibaum wrote them originally, before all the changes were made to his scripts. He wrote brilliant 007 thrillers before the producers fu cked them up by imposing all their baggage in unnecessary ego-driven rewrites.

I would like to remake CASINO ROYALE using the plot and subtext and characters from the book, if only to counteract that diseased virus Eon Productions injected into the consciousness of the world.

I would cast a seriously good thespian from Scotland or Ireland as Bond. He would probably come from live theater, be classically trained, handsome and athletic, with a sense of humor about himself, and he'd be under 30.

Richard

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

I would like to do a SUPERMAN movie or series of movies -- for children under 14. One a year. Give them positive role models to look up to, and keep the neurosis out of it.


Richard

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)


I would also add movies with now out of date special effects. There are some movies where the special effects are as good today as they where back then but those movies where that did not occur I would say go ahead Hollywood and remake those.


I think they did that with King Kong. I'm not sure the remake would be considered superior.....or even equal.....to the original. So that begs the question...why bother?


I agree the CGI helped communicate the story, but what was the story? The new script by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson is a piece of garbage -- agenda-driven garbage -- compared to the original script by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace. If Jackson has the sense to simply reshoot the original script he'd have made a better movie. People who think that updating special effects is reason enough to remake a movie need to think again. They need to start paying attention to the story being told, and to the characterizations, instead of to the special effects.


Richard

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Dyfrynt   (Member)

People who think that updating special effects is reason enough to remake a movie need to think again. They need to start paying attention to the story being told, and to the characterizations, instead of to the special effects.

That! Simply that!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

dp.

 
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