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Hollywood has remade many famous movies in the past years. Some remakes were good, even surpassing the original.  I’ll name one movie that I thought was better than the original: ‘The Fly’. In my opinion, the 1986 remake starring Jeffrey Goldbloom was superior to the 1958 original.  It was not only better in special effects but also an improvement in the story. But I think these are rare occasions. Most remakes I’ve seen just don’t cut it.

Most remakes don’t live up to the original because they forgot what made the original great. A bigger budget and loaded with special effects does not equal a better movie. Take ‘Clash Of The Titans’ for example. The remake actually wasn’t bad, but they changed things in the movie thinking that it would be an improvement when actually it took away the appeal of why the original was great.  Part of the reason the original one was great was because of the character Bubo, The Mechanical Owl. The remake omitted this character except for a small cameo appearance.


Bubo was necessary in the film because he helped with the plot line and provided comic relief. Without him, it felt heavy handed and like something was missing, kind of like Star Wars without R2-D2. The original also featured the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen vs. the CGI special effects and computer graphics in the remake.  As cheesy as some of the stop motion animation looks now by today’s standard, I still preferred it to the computer graphics in the remake because I thought the stop motion animation fit the whole ‘mythology’ aesthetic better.  Ancient mythology should look old and archaic, which is the look that stop motion animation provided. The remake isn’t bad (I actually suggest watching to fans of the original to compare) but, some may not agree with me when I say this: ‘Clash Of The Titans’ belongs on the list of movies that should never be touched, along with ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Oh well, too late.

There are lots of other movies that should never EVER be remade- it would equal sacrilege. There is a long list but I’ll just name a few that immediately stand out to me:

1) ‘Star Wars’ – Absolutely not.

2) ‘The Wizard Of Oz’- No, just no.

3) ‘The Godfather’ -Don’t even try it.

4) ‘Saturday Night Fever’- Don’t go there.

5) ‘Forrest Gump’- “Life is like a box of chocola”….oops….I mean, Don’t You Dare.

Anyway, this is all just my opinion of course. Take it for what it’s worth.




Once more…

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Over the last 20 years or so, Hollywood has hit us with remakes of numerous famous movies. From a commercial standpoint, I can understand why they do this. It’s easier to take an old movie that already has a legacy and a following of fans than creating something new hoping that this new thing will become a hit. The old classic already has a name and a built in audience who will pay to see the remake even if it’s just out of curiosity. This means easy money for the Hollywood studios for the most part.

Artistically though, I don’t always like or agree with movie remakes. Some Hollywood studios’ idea of improving an old movie is to make it more action packed and load it with more special effects than you can shake a stick at. First,  I will say that this strategy does work for some movies. For example, 2002’s Spider-Man was an incredible movie and needed this treatment. It was an improvement of the 1980’s Spider-man movie which was horrendous, in my opinion. The special effects in the 1980’s just wasn’t good enough back then to be able to pull off visually what is needed for these super hero movies.

But, bigger and faster doesn’t always mean it’s better. A good example of this is the remake of 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, which was remade by Tim Burton in 2005 with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Burton gave Willy Wonka an update, but was it needed?  Now let me first say that I am a huge Tim Burton fan and am in no way degrading his brilliant work with this opinion, but I just think the original movie couldn’t be improved upon. Below is an example of the original vs. the remake showing the famous Oompa Loompa scenes.

1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As you can see, 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is more high tech with the modern special effects and CGI. For the Oompa Loompas, they took one actor and digitally replicated him creating an army of Oompa Loompas. This is impressive in terms of special effects and computer graphics. The 1971 version simply took individual dwarf actors and gave them each costumes and makeup. In my opinion, the old fashioned way was still better.  It looks better to me and it just “feels” better. For me, the original still wins.

Another good example of this is 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which was remade in 2003 with the same movie title.  Below is a comparison of the two, with the movie trailers.

*Be warned: don’t watch these trailers if you are bothered by Horror, they are disturbing.

1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre



2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre


You can see by comparison, the 2003 updated version was filmed with better and more expensive cameras and had a younger and better looking cast including the popular Jessica Biel. It cost 9 million dollars to make compared to the original which cost only $300,000 dollars to make.  The newer version has technically better camera work and cinematography and shows more detailed gore. But is it more effective? In my opinion: no.

Artistically it misses the mark that the original hit. It’s actually the cheap camera and the old “grimy” look of that film they used in the 70’s that gives it that certain special “creep” factor. They totally missed the mark to begin with on the remake by using  glossier film. Also, although the newer version shows more detailed gore, the old version still wins in that department as well. Sometimes, what you don’t see is more effective than something that’s “on the nose” or blatantly obvious. For example, keep in mind that in the movie Psycho, they did not show one actual stab in the shower scene. It was the “idea” of someone being stabbed that made it that much more frightening. I’ll put it this way: the newer Texas Chainsaw Massacre frightened me for the night, while the original frightened me for life.

These are just two examples of remakes that missed the mark that I immediately had in mind. There are many more but I don’t have the space to include them all here. There’s just too many to list.

To reiterate, I’m not against ALL movie remakes. But a bigger budget with better special effects isn’t always an improvement. I’ll take the cheap camera with a stronger story line any day, thank you. Bigger and faster doesn’t always mean it’s better.



Great article by TAISAWILLOUGHBY

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Last week we wrote about why it’s good to be an art hermit and look at less art. This week is an argument for the opposite. Why it’s good to look at other artists’ work. Self reflection in solitude is helpful but if you want a career it’s not just about you. Even if you’re a hobbyist, if you share your work with others they won’t respond well if they don’t relate to it.

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If you want a career of art it’s important to know what’s going on in the market. Family and friends will give compliments because they care, so it’s important be objective about what skill is required. Looking at other art in your niche allows you to compare skills to other artists and get an idea of what’s required.  Magazines, galleries, and social media groups are all good places to start . Art…

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Sorry For Being Negative…

Posted: December 8, 2017 in life, Uncategorized
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…but I have to be honest: the year 2017 was one of the worst years in my life. It started out great and then it was one thing after another. Without getting into too much detail about my personal life, let’s just say it felt like I was cursed or something (people close to me know what I’ve been through). I found myself asking “Why me?” or “What now?”

This is one of the reasons why I don’t really believe in Astrology. According to Astrology, Geminis were going to have a great 2017….NOT.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s almost over and I’m hoping for a great 2018. 2017 can buzz off.


The angel in the marble…

Posted: December 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Great article by Cristian Mihai.

Yeah, I’m a little weird….

Posted: December 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

…But I’m an artist. It comes with the territory.