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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Techbros Disrupt Hollywood!

"Her" (2013) / "Electric Dreams" (1984)
"Transcendence" (2014) / "Lawnmower Man" (1992)

The examples can be deliriously multiplied -- by all means, offer your favorite pairings of disruptive cliches with their previous (usually better) versions in the Moot. I almost feel I should stipulate that classic episodes of Star Trek (esp TOS) and the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits that have been subsequently fluffed into bad movies not be included, because the examples are so legion that I fear my friend JimF will spend his holiday documenting the atrocities instead of taking a well-deserved break! But, whatevs, have at it, anything goes.


jimf said...

> I fear my friend JimF will spend his holiday documenting
> the atrocities. . .

Who, me? ;->

Athena Andreadis said...

A few new versions are as good as/better than the originals, though all are in the pulp-trying-to-pass-as-deep-thoughts category. Personally, and for different reasons, I liked both remakes of the Planet of the Apes better than all the earlier sequels; ditto for The Time Machine. 'Course, nothing can save you if the source material is crap (examples: Tron, Prometheus).

jimf said...

> . . .ditto for The Time Machine. . .

I think that's the only nice thing I've ever seen anybody
write about the new Time Machine. I've only seen it in
fragments on YouTube (including one long segment dubbed into
Portugese), but I did like Jeremy Irons as the blue-skinned
uber-Morlock (carrying the hypertrophied brain on his back).