Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Good, the Bad and the Unnecessary: The Making of Pelham 1-2-3 Times
Okay, in the last post we looked at adaptations that have "eclipsed" the source material to the point that none or few recall there was a previous incarnation, (usually books), but the discussion kinda led in a new direction. So now I'm wondering about sequels and remakes that have, (again for better or worse) eclipsed the original. Sometimes they're an improvement. Seriously. More often than not, they're unnecessary and occasionally disgraceful, (rearrange the order of those qualities as you see fit). A couple that come to mind - The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Evil Dead II: Dead Before Dawn, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Silence of the Lambs, The Departed and uh, Herbie Goes Bananas... Discuss. Thanks Keith Rawson, Kieran Shea and Gordon Harries for the stimulating conversation. Check out the piece Mr. Harries recently posted at The Rap Sheet about Get Carter, a film that has eclipsed the source book and been remade ingloriously on this side of the pond, it's a goodun.
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