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    "Fright Night" is Another Great Defense for How Remakes Can Work

    One of the more annoying misconceptions about Hollywood today is that it's wrong to be remaking anything, let alone everything. As if there are no great remakes -- for instance, I finally saw John Carpenter's "The Thing" last night, and while I've still not seen Hawks and Nyby's original I can still recognize the 1982 version is excellent in its own right, if not better. Add that old defense to the new one: Craig Gillespie's "Fright Night" redo is actually an enormous improvement on Tom Holland's so-so 1985 film of the same name. Everything I complained about with the original has been fixed in the new movie, which was scripted by Marti Noxon...

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    10 More Roddy McDowall Movies That Need a Remake

    This week, "Fright Night" marks the second good remake of a Roddy McDowall movie this month alone. The new version of Tom Holland's 1985 vampire flick and the recently released "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" are both exceptional arguments for why recycling in Hollywood isn't a terrible thing, as each film improves upon the original and does something fresh with its premise while not entirely expelling the predecessor's own stature and relevance within film history. Gone are the days when rehashing titles on McDowall's resume meant dreck like Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," Wolfgang Petersen's "Poseidon," Michael Mayer's "Flicka" and the ...

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    The Originals: "Fright Night" Is Just Right for a Remake

    The originals is a regular column where we look at material being remade, adapted or otherwise recycled, particularly if the source was unfamiliar to us before announcement of the new version. This week we caught up with the original 1985 "Fright Night" in anticipation of Craig Gillespie's redo, out...

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    Learn How to Sign the "Why Cookie Rocket" Catchphrase from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

    Now that Damon Lindelof has Tweeted about "Why Cookie Rocket," it's officially a thing. I know, because that's the moment my wife, who hasn't seen "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" asked me what it means. Not that she's a movie ignoramus, but if she knows about something I'd otherwise only hear about from fellow movie bloggers, it's a big deal. Additionally, there are now proposed t-shirt designs, a Facebook group devoted to a "Why Cookie Rocket" Photoshop meme and a Tumblr for the same. How embarrassing for Vulture, by the way, to not just pick the wrong line to designate as a catchphrase, but also be schooled on the whole concept of catchphr...

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    10 Most Clever Bank Robberies in Movies

    by Christopher Campbell This list was originally published on July 1, 2009. It is being reposted ahead of the opening of the bank robbery comedy "30 Minutes or Less."

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    Andy Serkis Deserves a Special Achievement Academy Award, and So Does Peter Elliott

    The last time a person received a Special Achievement Academy Award was in 1996, when John Lasseter was issued an Oscar statuette for "Toy Story." That honor recognized the accomplishment of 'the first feature-length computer-animated film,' which kind of recalled Walt Disney's special recognition 57 years earlier for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the first feature-length animated film. Has there been anything of tremendous game-changing achievement since then? Some believe Andy Serkis displays award-worthy work in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," enough for an Oscar campaign for Best Suppo...

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    "The Change-Up" Needs to Be Remade by Katie Aselton Immediately

    Who knew that combining the tropes of the body swap movie and the conventions of the raunchy brom-com were what we needed as the final word in male-based comedy this year? I'm not so sure David Dobkin's "The Change-Up" fulfills that conclusion, but it at least displays the potential for its mashed up concept. And, thankfully, it's one of the least offensive. But even if it did display as much outright homophobic (as opposed to homoerotic) and misogynistic (as opposed to customarily sexist) ideas as plenty other films do this year, I might excuse it for an appropriateness of ventriloquism. Screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (both of "The ...

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    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is the Best Remake of "Project X" Since "Project Nim"

    When I made the joke months ago that people should see "Project Nim" because it's basically like a prequel to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," I didn't realize just how similar the two movies would really be. It's more like "ROTPOTA" is a dramatic remake of the recent documentary, which also relates it very closely to "Project X." Back when "Nim" arrived in theaters I revisited "X" to see how it compared in retrospect. And while I'm only partially familiar with the "Planet of the Apes" sequels most closely used as reference material for this rebooted installment (the plot is somewhere within the spirits of "Escape" and "Conquest"), I've conc...

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    10 Cliches of the Body Swap Movie

    This list was originally posted to Spout Blog on April 15, 2009. It has been republished in anticipation of the latest body swap comedy, "The Change-Up," opening this Friday

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    "Captain America: The First Avenger" Captivates But Has Little Care for Character

    Ten years ago, Joe Johnston directed "Jurassic Park III," a much-maligned sequel to the Steven Spielberg original(s) that can be enjoyed if you forgive the more cartoonish, Joe Dante-esque turn of the series (speaking of which, Dante should helm part IV). And it's not really too much worse than Spielberg's own sequel ("The Lost World"). Now Johnston gives us the latest "Avengers" franchise title, "Captain America: The First Avenger," and at many times it begs to be thought of as an entry in Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" series. Again, it's a cartoonish distortion of the original(s), but it's also not any worse than the last Spielberg-directed i...

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