Hey, guys! Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks. It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme. This week I’ll talk about some famous films that were actually adapted from foreign language movies. !
#1 Funny Games
Funny Games U. S. is based on an Austrian film by one of our most famous directors, Michael Haneke. I’ve only seen the new version, which was rather interesting but certainly not for the faint of heart. If you have time, check out the original trailer as well. You’ll see that this is not so much a remake but more of a scene by scene recreation.
M is one of Fritz Lang’s most famous films. The drama surrounding a serial killer preying on children is a classic. Recently, a new (and terrible) remake was shot for Austrian television in the form of a series. However, the 1931 movie was already recreated in 1951 by Joseph Losey.
Maybe you saw my recent post on Disney’s remake of the Beauty and the Beast. While watching the new movie, you can’t help but compare it to the original animated film, so I decided to share my thoughts on that matter. 🙂
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truly loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisons Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled into he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daughter who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?
Old vs. New:
Let me begin with the 1991 animated film. The first time I saw this movie was when probably around kindergarden-age. It immediately became one of my most beloved Disney films (and believe me, I had and still have a vast collection). The heroine is not a princess but just an ordinary girl who doesn’t fit in. Over the years the film grew even dearer to me, as I could relate to that feeling very well.
Belle has always been one of my favorites because she’s so active. She’s not waiting for some Prince to rescue her, instead she sets out to rescue her father (and then later the beast). I love how she doesn’t swoon over Gaston like all the other girls. She talks back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In the 90s Belle was a different kind of Disney princess!
The movie was wonderfully made with tons of love for details. Not only is there a lot of magic going on, Beauty and the Beast also has some of the best side-kicks ever!
Last but not least: the music. I’ve seen lots of Disney films, but this one really has some of the best songs. Even after all these years I can still song along to almost every track featured!
Let’s move on…
I was quite surprised to find out that the 2017 version of the story is basically a scene by scene recreation of the 1991 movie. They threw in two or three additional scenes but in general there’s not much difference. So you will get to hear your favorite songs and even your favorite bits of conversation!
When I went to the cinema, I had actually hoped for something a new, a fresh take and not the same thing in green. However, if you ignore that, the 2017 remake is a really nice film. The casting is absolutely divine and simply every actor and actress is so on spot, it’s unbelievable. Another point the remake can score with are the special effects. It all comes to life and gets so very real. You can tell that a lot of effort and money went into that part and it paid off.
So, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a very well made movie, that will both give you that fuzzy warm nostalgia feeling and reach a new generation unfamiliar with the old film. However, the thing that bothers me is that throughout the entire film I had the distinct impression that the only reason it was so close to the original, is to make tons of money with minimal effort. That most certainly worked out for Disney!
Did you see one of the films? Let me know in the comments what you think!
Today I choice one of 2017 highest grossing films for my review. Disney did a life action remake of the famous 1991 animation movie The Beauty and the Beast. I adored that movie when I was little, so naturally I had to check out the remake!
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truely loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisions Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled intot he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daugther who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?
Let me explain something straight away: I was aware that this is a remake of the 1991 movie, but I really hadn’t expected this. Basically what we get is a scene by scene recreation. Except for maybe two or three additional scenes it is exactly the same film just with real actors. It’s the same songs, the same characters even the same sentences everybody gets to utter.
On the positive side we have an amazing cast that was perfectly chosen to resemble the animated characters. I was honestly amazed that they really found actors and actresses who resemble to original ideas so much.
Furthermore, the special effects are top-rate. So we get a fairy-tale that truly is magical. Continue reading →
Today I have something very interesting for you. I’m sure most of you have watched one or maybe several movies/TV shows of the Evil Dead franchise. Since the three original films are one of my favourite horror flicks in general I was sceptical about the new one that came out in 2013. Is it as good as the old stuff?
Your basic horror movie scheme: A group of friends is alone in the woods, having the time of their lives in some cabin they rented. Soon before they encounter something evil that lives there too…
Old vs. New:
Sam Raimi’s 1981 movie had been a revolutionary step when it comes to horror films. I remember my mother telling me that back in the The Evil Dead was just about the toughest thing out there. No wonder such a huge franchise and fan base built around it! Continue reading →
Today I have one of my rarer posts for you: old vs. new! Remakes of once popular movies and shows seem to be in fashion, so let’s find out whether it’s a good idea! From an old TV show to a Hollywood blockbuster: Bewitched!
In the original show Darrin and Samantha get married. However, soon after he gets the shock of a life time: Samantha is a real with. And she comes with an annoying witch-mother who isn’t too fond of regular humans…
For the movie we get an interesting take: They want to shoot a reboot of the show and accidentally cast a real witch for Samanthas part…
Old vs. New:
The DVD of the movie originally found its way into my home because it featured three episode of the old TV show and I was dying to finally check that one out.
I have to say that I only know a couple of episodes, not all 254. But those I watched are absolutely adorable. The original Samantha is charming and lovely. It has that perfect 60s vibe and style I really fancy. Some of the jokes may be a little old-fashioned but are still funny. I imagine quite a lot of effort was needed back in the day to make the magic look halfway decent. So extra points for that!
Today I have one of my rarer posts for you. Still movie centered but this time I’ll compare old and new version on one flick! This time it’s The Last House on the Left I’m looking into!
Two girls are out having a good time when they encounter a rather cute looking guy. It soon turns out they never should have spoken to him. He’s the son of a recently escaped serial killer, who happens to stroll around the corner.
Needless to say, it doesn’t end good for the girls.
However, something worse is yet to come…
Old vs. New:
Before I begin with the actual review, I have to explain that it’s the two most recent versions (1972+2009) I will talk about. While doing some research I found out that the 1972 version is based on a Swedish movie (1960) which is based on a folk tale. But that’s for another post…
So, let’s start the Wes Craven’s directional début. The original movie was shot with a rather small budget and I have to admit it clearly shows. It feels like one of those trashy 70’s horror films we all know aplenty. You can clearly tell that the story (and the actors) have potential but it just didn’t turn out in the best way. The plot is frightening and many of the scenes will most certainly give you the creeps. But there simply are better horror movies of that time.