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Friday, May 17, 2013

Best and Worst Movie Remake Blogfest


This is another fun blog fest that I signed up for as soon as I saw it.  And thanks to Alex Cavanaugh,  and his awesome don't forget about tomorrow's blog fest e-mail I am happy to say I remembered to post this  today.  Thanks for the reminder Alex! (This busy momma appreciates it.) This blog fest is not only being hosted by Alex, but Stephen, Livia and Al. too! Thanks for hosting guys!

I always  like to start with the good news. So, my favorite remake would have to be: The Fly.

Jeff Goldblum, mid-transformation in The Fly.
I know some of you will be shocked by this choice because I am not a horror  fan by nature. But I was indeed, a HUGE fan of this classic movie starring Vincent Price. That creepy voice of  his delivering those two famous words "Help me"  haunted my ears for decades. When I heard they were  attempting a remake, I was skeptical and a little afraid. But after seeing it, I have to say, I was blown away. Besides the obvious up-grades in special effects and writing, casting Jeff Goldblum   sold it for me. There is just something about that guy that makes "crazy scientist" so believable. His performance was stellar! So, my vote for best remake I've seen so far, is The Fly.

Original cover with Vincent Price
 
Now  for the worst- I'm sure I'm going to be heckled hard for this choice, but it's....:  Red Dawn. Don't shoot me. But here's why I hated it. I was SO  excited to see this remake since the first Red Dawn was one of my fav movies of all time. As soon as it started, I was let down. The acting was crap. Although I was a fan of Helmsworth in both Thor and The Avengers in Red  Dawn I found him lacking the passion Patrick Swayze was able to convey and so richly deliver as Jed, in the original. Swayze's performance stirred up all kinds of emotion in patriotic guts all across America. Helmsworth on the other hand, although nice to look at, was one-dimensional and flat.

And, my other big disappointment with the movie- using the boy formerly known as the chubby kid from Drake and Josh (Josh Peck) to play Matt? That was a total casting nightmare. If you ask me Peck did a pitiful job that was painful to watch. He whined every line just like he did through all the seasons of Drake and Josh. I wasn't even all that impressed with his whining. Geez, I have three girls, we  could have taught him a thing or two about champion whining. So there it is: Red Dawn as my choice of worst remake. Don't hate. It's just my humble opinion. Even my brother disagrees with me. (He loved the first one and we watched both the first and the second together. He really loved the remake.). But I stand by my opinion.

Now as a bonus: Best/Worst Remake of a Song.  My BEST Remake Choice:

Best  Remake Ever:  Hurt by Johnny Cash. JC just absolutely SLAYED this Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) song. Hands down my favorite cover of all time. And supposedly once Trent Reznor heard Johnny Cash cover it,  he reportedly said, "It's not my song any more. It's his."

And Worst Song Remake:  I am not going to even link to it because it's so bad nobody should have to suffer through hearing it.  My vote is for Madonna covering American Pie.  Worst remake ever. Trust me and save your ears from  bleeding-every note she sings of this song, is like nails on a chalk board.

Now I'm off to see what great Best and Worst Choices you all picked! Have a great weekend everyone.

78 comments:

  1. Madonna singing anything is the worst for me.
    Not into country, but anything Cash sings is gold.
    The Fly! Didn't even think of that one. Who could forget the line - "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
    Thanks for participating in our blogfest!

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    1. Honestly, I can sit and listen to just about any type of music, except country. That being said, Johnny Cash is one of my favorite artists. I think he transcends the genre. :)

      And oh, man! I was AFRAID. I was very afraid of Brundle Fly! Jeff Goldblum still creeps me out he is such an amazing actor.

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  2. The Fly was so very creepy. Excellent movie. I like horror too, well the good kind. Not the slasher/plotless variety.

    No hating on the Red Dawn choice. Couldn't at least have gotten us some eye candy (and sorry Josh, you are sweet, not eye candy) to fill in for the weak plot. Or kept Thor shirtless the whole time? If Thor had been shirtless, I'd have nominated it for an Academy Award.

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    1. All that Freddy/Jason/Mike Myers nonsense is not my cup of tea either. And generally, I am not a horror fan (I'm too much of a chicken) but a good psych thriller will pull me in every time!

      If Thor was shirtless, I would have been too distracted to hate the movie so much! LOL.

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  3. 'Help me!' Ha. I have to agree about 'Red Dawn', even though I didn't see but about 10 minutes of the remake (it was that bad).

    Cash + Hurt = Oh yeah!

    Just say NO to Madonna.

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    1. Oh that Madonna song is just pure torture. SOOO bad!

      To this day, every time my Dad sees a spider sitting on a spider web, he sends me a pic with the caption "Help Me" just to mess with me. It freaked me out bad when I was a kid. And you know I'm still more than a little afraid of spiders...Yeah, he has a warped sense of humor. But you'd have to know my dad, he is hilarious, and I know he is just playing around.

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  4. I never even knew there was a remake of Red Dawn. How can you possibly improve upon the original? OH GAWD, I have NEVAH been able to look at Goldblum again after his performance in The Fly. He totally creeps me out.

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    1. I am certain that's why Geena Davis divorced him shortly after they appeared in this movie together! Who could sleep with Jeff Goldblum after watching him turn into Brundle Fly? UGH! LOL

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  5. the remake fly is more famous the original

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    1. It certainly got a lot of buzz! (Like my clever pun?) LOL

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  6. I remember the Fly! Goldblum was perfect in that role.

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    1. Right? He played that perfectly. Almost too perfect...

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  7. Love your picks for both!! And I also like that we odore the origianl cast of Red Dawn. I, too, thought the casting of some individuals were sooo wrong! You nailed it!!

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    1. Thanks Dani!! I thought people were going to heckle me for picking Red Dawn, but it looks like I wasn't alone in the hating on it. Woo hoo.

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  8. totally agree with you on The Fly.

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    1. Hey Donna! Thanks so much. I thought it was really well done. Glad you approve of my choice.

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  9. The original Red Dawn was so awesome, I try to think of the new one as an entirely different story. I didn't mind it, but yeah--it wasn't the best remake. Also, can I giggle that I'm seeing the word "Remake" every where today? Haha.

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    1. I am giggling with you girl! Remake is on my mind too. I am so, so happy for you Ilima. I am seriously stoked and super glad to be able to watch you go through this exciting journey. xo

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  10. Yeah Red Dawn was awesome, but the remake was a huge load of crap

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    1. Hi Pat! I really thought that people were going to hate on me for saying that I hated it, but so far, I don't think I am alone in the hating! Thanks for commenting.

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  11. All right, I'll admit it, I haven't seen any of these. I will say, it would be hard to beat Patrick Swayze. Love him! :)

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    1. Aw, Rach, you have to watch Red Dawn- I bet your husband would watch it with you. I can't even count how many times I watched it with my brother growing up. Back in the day my little brother used to blow stuff up in our backyard and then we'd jump up and yell "Wolverines!". (We had a lot of property so nothing was really in danger..) And I swear watching Red Dawn was what turned The Husband into a Doomsday Prepper, LOL. It's a seriously awesome movie. Watching Patrick Swayze is a bonus-he produces acting gold in it.

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  12. I haven't seen either remake. The Fly . . .the old one haunted me, and I just watched it on tv as a kid, and now I don't generally watch horror.
    Red Dawn . . .just haven't seen it because it seemed to disappear after it came out - or I just didn't pay enough attention.
    Now, I kind of want to check out both . . .just to see them.
    Hope you are having an awesome day!

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    1. I am a chicken and normally don't like horror, but psychological thrillers suck me in. And The Fly was one of the best. Red Dawn, the original, is sitting on top of my DVD player right now. After writing this post, I had to watch it again! :)

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  13. I don't know if you can top Vincent Price, but I did enjoy the remake of The Fly....great pick! :)

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    1. Vincent Price was brilliant, but Jeff Goldblum, man he cornered the market on CREEPY. He can really bring the psycho.

      Have a great weekend Mark!

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  14. Hit it right on the head. I thought the original The Fly was good, but the remake WAS better. Now I'm having flashbacks of Jeff Goldblum barfing all over his food. So glad they didn't show him eating it. Yuck!!!!

    Red Dawn...yet another 80s iconic film they tried to recreate. I put it down there with Karate Kid as huge mistakes.

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    1. Oh my gosh! That was so stinking gross when he blew chunks and you knew he was going to inhale it.

      And yeah, they never should have messed with a classic like Red Dawn. I just knew they were going to fall short, as soon as IMDB announced the cast.

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  15. The Fly was a great movie and Hurt was such a sad deep song and Cash sold it. Sorry the Red Dawn remake fell below your expectations. Glad you took part in this fest too and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hey Sheena! I think the man in black is just about one of the only people who could pull off that song and sell it. He keeps his chords simple but puts so much emotion into his lyrics.

      Hope you enjoy your weekend too!!

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  16. The Fly is a great movie, though I've only seen the remake! I never did see Red Dawn, but I hear the original is fantastic.

    I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan. The man just had the voice, you know? :)

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    1. Johnny Cash did have a great voice- just love what he did with Reznor's lyrics.

      You should see the original Red Dawn at least once, it's a classic!

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    1. YAY! I thought I was going to be the minority here, hating on Red Dawn. But it looks like a lot of other people hated it too.

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  18. I don't think I knew Madonna covered that, and now I'm mad that she did.

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    1. Hi Debra! Yep- she totally ruined that song. It was SO bad. My ears were bleeding. LOL

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting!!

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  19. great takes on the remakes!
    bringing back memories for me, good & bad! ha!

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    1. Hey Tara! Yes, it did bring back good and bad memories for me too.

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  20. This is the second time I run into Johnny Cash's song. It's new to me but I liked it. I must confess I didn't watch the Fly complete. It just grossed me out. Thank you for participating in our blogfest!

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    1. Really? I am surprised- I didn't see who choose it beside myself.

      And The Fly was disgusting. But I found it disgusting in a good way, if that makes any sense at all? I'm usually not a horror fan, but this story just sucked me in. Thanks for hosting this blog fest Al!!

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  21. Ive seen red dawn in both the best and worst list now. Never watched the fly but i hear its great.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I thought for sure more people would argue with my choice of worst remake, but so far, everyone here has agreed with me on Red Dawn.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting Nutshell!!

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  22. The Fly was a great movie, but I never saw the original. You're the second person to pick this Johnny Cash song, which is kind of surprising.

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    1. Hi Isis! The original The Fly was a classic. The effects of course, were less than stellar, but it was still a very compelling story line.

      And I didn't run into anyone else picking Johnny Cash yet! Good to know I'm not the only one who loved his take on Hurt.

      Thanks for commenting!!

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  23. I saw both "The Fly" versions, and have a haunting memory of the ending in the old one.

    The Johnny Cash video--wow.

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    1. Doesn't that scene just stick with you? It really freaked me out when I saw it as a kid. I still have a huge arachnophobia.

      And Johnny Cash- just amazing!

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  24. The Fly was fantastic. I watched a few minutes of the new Red Dawn and had to stop. It was awful! Have a lovely weekend. :)

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    1. Hi Christine! Yeah, the new Red Dawn just stunk, hard core. I could not get into it.

      Hope you enjoy your weekend too!!

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  25. Is there anything Johnny Cash doesn't do well? In the musical field, that is!

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    1. LOL- yeah, JC made quite a few mistakes in the past. But in the end he turned his life around and rocked on. One of my favorite artists of all time. True classic!

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  26. Casting nightmare indeed: the kid couldn't act! Good choices.

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    1. Hi Milo- Honestly, who would believe that performance! It was just dreadful. I'm glad you liked my choices! :)

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  28. Oddly enough, the remake of the fly - even with the upgraded special effects and Jeff Goldblum - didn't have the creep-out effect of the original. As you said, Vincent's "Help me." followed you long after the movie was over. The remake didn't have that lasting impact.

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    1. Hi LD- Oh yeah I agree the original had quite the creep factor. And that Help Me was haunting. Although I also found Jeff Goldblum's line- "Be afraid, be very afraid" to haunt my thoughts as well. Maybe it's just because I'm a giant chicken! LOL

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting LD!

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  29. I haven't seen any of these movies! I am a huge fan of horror, though, so I think I'll have to keep an eye out for both versions of The Fly!

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    1. Hi Heath- You must go rent them both! If you are a horror fan, both versions of The Fly are perfect for you to watch.

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  30. Lucky for me I never heard Madonna sing American Pie.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com

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    1. Hey Rhonda- You are lucky indeed. Wish I could say the same, LOL.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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  32. I never knew The Fly was a remake! Maybe because it was so good.

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    1. Or maybe it's because you're no where near as old as me! LOL I saw the original movie when I was just a little kid, (I was born in 1971) and even then it had been out since the 50's! So I understand why you didn't realize it was a remake.

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  33. I love Madonna, but not a fan of her newer stuff, including "American Pie"!

    Also, I get that Cash's version of "Hurt" is awesome, but I still adore the original and it's my preference.

    Haven't seen either of your movie choices, whether in original or remake form :)

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    1. Thanks for popping in and commenting Trisha! I loved HURT when Trent Reznor sang it, for sure. (I am an Alternative fan at heart) but there is something so haunting about Cash's version, I just went nuts for it.

      I was never a big fan of Madonna, so it's no surprise I would hate her version of American Pie. Although I will give Madonna credit for this- she was an absolute branding/PR genius, for sure :)

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  34. Cash really made Hurt his one...and it's one of the best NIN song to boot. Great cover choice! I haven't seen either of the movies, but I have wanted to see The Fly for a long time.

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    1. Hi Michael! Like I wrote to Trish above, I liked NIN version very much, until I heard JC sing it. Something about his version just gets me, every time. Go rent The Fly! I don't think you'll be sorry.

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  35. I had absolutely no desire to see Red Dawn. I'm glad to hear I made the right decision.

    Also, that Johnny Cash song is one of my all time favorites. Funny that it's not even his (and also funny that I would like a Nine Inch Nails song... for once).

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    1. That was one of the only Nine Inch Nail songs I favored too, until I heard JC cover it. Then I was like, dang, I love this even more!

      I was SO disappointed with Red Dawn. Nothing could compare to the feeling you got watching the original! As much as I liked looking at Helmsworth, I felt like he was still delivering his lines and acting like Thor, yet this was RD. He was so flat. And I was so mad. I really wanted this to be awesome. You were smart to skip it.

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  36. I have never seen The Fly. *hides face in shame*

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    1. Hi Em! I am not a huge horror fan. Like I said above, but I really liked The Fly. Which is surprising. Really good acting on the part of Jeff Goldblum, for sure!

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  38. I never even saw the Red Dawn remake, because I loved the first so much. They so often ruin the movie, that I rarely want to see the remake. But I do agree, the Fly was excellent with Jeff Goldblum.

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    1. They ruined it for sure! I was so pissed. I am surprised that my brother liked it as much as he did. I was like, Dude, that was crap. But he liked it. Go figure!

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