Friday, August 12, 2011

5 reboots/remakes Rotten Tomatoes says you should watch (and I agree)

List by Rotten Tomatoes

I haz germs *coughs all over your screen* Last month I picked up some viral infection and ended up on antibiotics. It took a little while to kick it and I was so stoked when I did. And then last night, while at quiz night (I have to release my inner geek somehow) I felt it coming back again. It's not totally a terrible thing because I intend to use it as an excuse to grab one of the movies off this list that I haven't seen - 3.10 to Yuma - and take over the lounge (duvet, pyjamas and all) to recuperate and rest up over the weekend. I don't expect you to care, though *sniffs* Not at all *cue pitiful look*

Today's list is all thanks to the fact that I have the attention span of a goldfish. You're welcome *grin* Most of you will know that for fun I often spend my nights playing online looking for 'What do I read/watch next?' recommendations. I tell myself that it's *all* for you. And mostly it is. But I suspect that it's also partly because I live for links like this one from Rotten Tomatoes: Best Reboot/Remake, which made up a part of their Best of the Decade post where they recapped some of the top Tomatometers of the past ten years :)

Query: What's your favourite movie reboot/remake?

Batman begins [DVD videorecording] / directed by Christopher Nolan
Tagline: Evil fears the knight.
As a boy a young Bruce Wayne watched in horror as his millionaire parents were slain in front of his eyes. This trauma led him to become obsessed with revenge. After disappearing to the East where he seeks counsel with a ninja cult leader, he returns to his now decaying Gotham City. The City is now overrun by organized crime and dangerous individuals manipulating the system. The discovery of a cave under his mansion, and a prototype armoured suit leads him to take on a new persona. He becomes Batman and strikes fear into the hearts of men who do wrong. With the help of rising cop Jim Gordon, Batman sets out to take down the various criminal schemes that have been set in motion by individuals such as mafia don Falcone, the twisted doctor/drug dealer Jonathan 'The Scarecrow' Crane, and a mysterious third party that is quite familiar with Wayne and waiting to strike when the time is right. Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman. Rated M. Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains medium level violence.

3:10 to Yuma [DVD videorecording] / directed by James Mangold
Tagline: Time waits for one man.
Arizona in the late 1800s. Infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail, and dangers at every turn, the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny. Starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda. Rating Restricted 13. Restricted to persons 13 years and over. Note: Contains violence.

The departed [DVD videorecording] / directed by Martin Scorsese
Tagline: Cops or criminals. When you're facing a loaded gun what's the difference?
In South Boston, the state police force are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, they each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Corrigan. Rated Restricted 16: Restricted to persons 16 years and over. Note : graphic violence and offensive language.

Casino Royale [DVD videorecording] / directed by Martin Campbell
Tagline: The new Bond. Living for love. Dying for thrills.
Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M" (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury offical Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one. Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains medium level violence.

Star trek [DVD videorecording] / directed by J.J. Abrams
Tagline: The future begins.
On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. He was searching for Ambassador Spock, who is a child on Vulcan, disdained by his neighbors for his half-human nature. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. He is inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet, even though he annoys his instructors. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan when the Romulan Nero comes from the future to take revenge on the Federation. The newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and even Kirk himself thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will travel to the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg. Rating M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains violence.

Our next post: Top 5 worst film taglines as suggested by YOU! When I was writing this post a colleague and I were discussing the taglines and whether or not they were credible (entirely subjective I know!). Which, of course, led to sharing awful ones we had seen, hence my question: Tell us what film taglines made you go 'What the...?!'

1 comment:

Danielle said...

'The Departed'! *scowls heavily* How could it be good when Infernal Affairs was just so awesome!!! A couple of horror remakes I enjoyed - 'Quarantine', the remake of the Spanish film [REC]. I liked the premise of the original better (demonic possession vs biological plague, far scarier imo), but the characters were so likeable in the American remake, and the scene setting at the start was great. The other was the first Ring remake - I know it's not cool to enjoy remakes of classic Japanese horror, and maybe it's mostly that Martin Henderson was great in it, but it had a beautiful, cool palette and looked really stylish.