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Film Discussion Lunch -Remakes and Reboots

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type.  For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre. 


In August, we will be looking at a widespread trend that’s been with us for a long time, but has become much more common in recent years.  Remakes (and now reboots) are everywhere.  Does this mean filmmakers have run out of ideas or are some storylines so strong they benefit from the retelling?  Can a remake be better than the original?  The list below is a discussion starter, but be warned, there are a few turkeys scattered among them.  




The Maltese Falcon – 1931 (Roy Del Ruth)

Satan Met a Lady – 1936 (William Dieterle)

The Maltese Falcon – 1941 (John Huston) 


Scarface – 1932 (Howard Hawks) 

Scarface – 1983 (Brian de Palma) 


The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1934 (Alfred Hitchcock)

The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1956 (Alfred Hitchcock) 


King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack

King Kong (1976) John Guillermin

King Kong (2005) Peter Jackson


Cat People – 1942 (Jacques Tourneur)  

Cat People – 1982 (Paul Schrader) 


Out of the Past – 1947 (Jacques Tourneur)  

Against All Odds – 1984 (Taylor Hackford)


The Thing from Another World – 1951 (Christian Nyby / Howard Hawks)

The Thing – 1982 (John Carpenter)


Seven Samurai – 1954 (Akira Kurosawa)

The Magnificent Seven – 1960 (John Sturges)


Invasion of the Body Snatchers - (1956) Don Siegel

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - (1978) Philip Kaufman

The Body Snatchers - (1993) Abel Ferrara

The Invasion - (2007) Oliver Hirschbiegel


The Fly – 1958 (Kurt Neumann)

The Fly – 1986 (David Croninberg) 


Psycho – 1960 (Alfred Hitchcock)

Psycho – 1998 (Gus Van Zant) 


Little Shop of Horrors – 1960 (Roger Corman)

Little Shop of Horrors – 1986 (Frank Oz) 


La Cage aux Folles - (1978) Édouard Molinaro

The Birdcage – 1996 (Mike Nichols) 


Infernal Affairs – 2002 (Andrew Lau / Alan Mak)

The Departed – 2006 (Martin Scorsese) 


Let the Right One In – 2008 (Tomas Alfredson)

Let Me In – 2010 (Matt Reeves) 




Dr. No – 1962 (Terrence Young)

Casino Royal (reboot) – 2006 (Martin Campbell) – remake of Casino Royal (1967)


Planet of the Apes – 1968 (Franklin J. Schaffner)

Planet of the Apes (remake) – 2001 (Tim Burton)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (reboot)  – 2011 (Rupert Wyatt) 


Star Trek: The Motion Picture – 1979 (Robert Wise)

Star Trek – 2009 (J.J. Abrams) 


Batman – 1989 (Tim Burton)

Batman Begins – 2005 (Christopher Nolan)


Hulk – 2003 (Ang Lee)

The Incredible Hulk – 2008 (Louis Leterrier)


Spider-Man – 2002 (Sam Raimi) 

The Amazing Spider-Man – 2012 (Marc Webb) 

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  • Lydia S.

    It was very informative, but yet I have to learn a lot about American movies. Thanks.

    August 26, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    La Chienne/Scarlet Street, La Bete Humaine/Human Desire--Renoir-to-Lang...maybe we should include sequels in this discussion, I'm having a hard time thinking of good re-movies...

    August 9, 2012

  • Ken

    Must see pair- (both on Netflix)
    Blind Chance - Kieslowski - Original
    Sliding Doors - Howitt (with Gwenith Paltrow) - Remake

    July 30, 2012

  • Al

    Ha! So true - it's the movie that remakes/reboots itself! ("Mullholland Drive" might have also performed this trick, as would "Last Year At Marienbad")

    July 23, 2012

  • Brad

    Adaptations could be its own Meetup!

    July 23, 2012

  • Al

    Yojimbo - 1961 (Akira Kurasowa)
    A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Sergio Leone)
    Last Man Standing - 1996 (Walter Hill)

    Love in the Afternoon - 1972 (Eric Rohmer)
    I Think I Love My Wife - 2007 (Chris Rock)

    Funny Games - 1997 (Michael Haneke)
    Funny Games - 2007 (Michael Haneke)

    July 23, 2012

  • Al

    In which category would we put all the Shakespeare films?

    July 23, 2012

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