Movie remakes are always so disappointing

Movie remakes are always so disappointing
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Movie remakes are always so disappointing

With all of the advances, instead of being creative, Hollywood is dumbing down, pandering to our old memories remaking movies instead of being creative with new concepts, new movies and new ideas.

By Ray Hanania

Imagine, they decided to do a remake-sequel of “Mary Poppins,” the memorable 1964 movie blockbuster. What better way to besmirch the memory of a phenomenal movie than to remake it with new actors?

That’s the problem with Hollywood. They have no imagination anymore, just remakes, stealing memories of the past and trying to put new people in the roles of the great scripts in order to make money.

Lin-Manuel Miranda may be one of the great Trump haters of all time, next to the mediocre Jimmy Kimmel, but he can never even come close to the purity or talent of Dick Van Dyke, whose role as Bert, the cockney Jack-of-all-Trades, is one of a kind and unforgettable. Miranda plays a protege of Bert in this awkward effort to re-spin Mary Poppins as “Mary Poppins Returns.” Call it “Mary Poppins Flops.”

A Drive-In theater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Drive-In theater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It doesn’t work.

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Of all the great things that have happened over the years, the big screen is one of my favorites. One of the first movies I watched at a downtown Loop theater was the first James Bond blockbuster “Dr. No” in 1962.

And, I watched the John Wayne movie “Rio Bravo” at the Double Drive-In back in 1959.

Going to the big screen to watch a brand new movie was an experience that can never be replaced.

Come up with something new. Imaginative. Creative. Compelling. Is it that difficult today?

They’re going to do another Dr. Dolittle. And a remake of “Top Gun.” “Ben Hur” in 1959 can never be redone!

“Carrie” in 1976 is one of the greatest horror films. They remade it twice and it failed.

No wonder people don’t go to the big screen movie theaters the way they used to go.

If I had to choose a great movie theater today, though, I would pick Emagine in Frankfort. It far surpasses the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park with better seating and a better menu of delivered food. Although I would give anything to return to the old Orland Square Cinema out lot (there were two separate theater buildings) at the Orland Mall to watch the premiere of Batman.

The lines were long back then and the anticipation was overwhelming.

There are some great new movies, though, like Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a truly wishful fiction about what should have happened in August 1969 when minions of Charles Manson murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and three friends. The film is brilliant and makes you leave the theater remembering the victims and not the killers who all should have been executed rather than left to live their miserable lives in prisons on the dime of taxpayers.

Believe me, it’s the bleeding-heart liberals that have ruined Hollywood and made the world worry about the fate of the killers rather than the memories of the murdered.

There’s far less talent in Hollywood these days, and even less on late night television, dragged down to the curb by Kimmel and “The Hate Show’s” Stephen Colbert.

Maybe they should make a movie about Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson. There was a stream of great talent that has been unmatched. The greatest late-night entertainers ever. Maybe Jay Leno and his rival David Letterman came close to greatness, but it all. Ended long ago.

Watching a remake of a Hollywood movie is like getting the same Christmas present every year over and over again.

And watching today’s late-night TV entertainment lineup is like prepping for a colonoscopy.

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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

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