Ep. 20 - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 and 2013

February 16, 2016

We discuss Ben Still remaking a film to far greater effect than ZOOLANDER 2 with the 2013 version of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. Listen to us compare the fantasies of not one, but TWO Walter Mittys. Do we daydream about Danny Kaye patter-songs? Or maybe Ben Stiller punching Adam Scott in his very punchable face is more our tempo. Either way, all of your fantasies will be fulfilled in the latest episode of ORIGINAL REMAKE.

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Ep. 19 - The Ladykillers 1955 and 2004

February 9, 2016

For all of our podcast valentines out there we present A Very Problematic Episode on how to lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate your way to success with the ladies. To do so, we of course don't share any actual life experience but take in a double feature of the 1955 LADYKILLERS starring Alec Guinness and the 2004 Coen brothers remake starring Tom Hanks. We look at not only the cultural differences between the English and American versions, but also how the 2004 version would be received in 2016. And of course some Batman and James Bond talk with guest Derek Stewart because... hashtags.

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Ep. 18 - Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s Eleven

January 31, 2016

With the hubbub going on in Hollywood, we remake our hosts by having an Asian play Mike and a Caucasian playing Peter. Jokes aside, with Mike absent from this episode, Peter is joined by guest host Seth Heasley from the Take Me to Your Reader Podcast to compare the 1960's Rat Pack filled Ocean's 11 with it's remake Ocean's Eleven. We attempt to pull off the ultimate heist by making you think Original Remake is on iTunes and Stitcher. 

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Ep. 17 - The Secret in Their Eyes 2009 and 2015

January 30, 2016

We get someone topical by questioning the Academy Awards choices, though we are stuck in 2009 with the winner of Best Foreign Language Film, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES. We talk about the differences in style, tone, and relevance with the little seen English remake starring Chiwetel Eijofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts. This will definitely be our most downloaded episode.

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Ep. 16 - Point Break 1991 and 2016

January 21, 2016

We attempt the ninth Osaki ordeal in reviewing and comparing the 1991 and 2015 remake of POINT BREAK. Find out how different or similar the two movies were and ultimately, which one we'd recommend.

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Ep. 15 - The Hidden Fortress and Star Wars: A New Hope

January 1, 2016

On this episode, Mike and Peter continue to talk Star Wars by going all the way back to one of the inspirations for the A NEW HOPE in Akira Kurosawa's THE HIDDEN FORTRESS. We talk about the original Artoo and Threepio and praise the two princesses seen in both versions. However ONLY ONE has a Death Star!

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Ep. 14 - Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 19, 2015

On this episode we look at the striking similarities between the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga, THE FORCE AWAKENS, to the first film A NEW HOPE. Warning for those strange folk who may listen to an ORIGINAL REMAKE episode before seeing what is already one of the most popular films of all time (and we appreciate you!) but there be spoilers ahead as we talk about many of the same story beats that these two films share, and how Episode 7 puts a modern touch on them.

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Ep. 13 - Evil Dead 1981 and 2013

November 1, 2015

With the release of the much anticipated ASH VS EVIL DEAD, we decided to go back to the origins of Ash Williams and compare Sam Raimi's 1981 cult classic EVIL DEAD and the Fede Alvarez remake. We are joined again by Derek Stewart of Horror-N-Us.com in this follow up to our Halloween weekend extravaganza.

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Ep. 12 - Halloween 1978 and 2007

October 27, 2015

In this episode we celebrate Halloween with... Halloween! John Carpenter's genre defining film faces off against Rob Zombie's remake, and we accuse one of these filmmakers of being the quarterback on the couch. We'll let you guess which one. To find out for sure, listen to our discussion with our horror expert guest Derek Stewart.

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Ep. 11 - Man On Wire and The Walk

October 7, 2015

We are joined by Jamison of Real Films Podcast to compare the movies MAN ON WIRE and THE WALK about Philippe Petit, who planned a coup to walk on a tightrope between the World Trade Center in 1974.

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Ep. 10 - The Longest Yard 1974 and 2005

September 30, 2015

With the kickoff of American football, we are in the mood for a double feature of THE LONGEST YARD. In the 1974 version, Burt Reynolds has us scratching our hairy chests in admiration, while Adam Sandler has us scratching our (egg shaped) heads at the jokes presented on screen. Find out which film we chose, the original or the remake, and also which centerfold graces Mike's wall.

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Ep. 09 - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 2009 and 2011

September 11, 2015

On this episode, we are joined by CHRIS MAYNARD of FOLLOWING FILMS POD to talk about the Swedish and American adaptation of the first book from the Millennium trilogy, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

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Ep. 08 - The Man Who Knew Too Much 1934 and 1956

August 31, 2015

On this episode of Original Remake: two podcasters who do not know that much about film tackle one of the masters of the form TWICE as we talk THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 original and his own 1956 remake.

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Ep. 07 - Abre Los Ojos and Vanilla Sky

August 10, 2015

On this episode Karly from That Pop This Life joins us to talk about the dream life of Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky, which is the remake of Abre Los Ojos. Listen to our latest to find out which life extension journey you should take, the original or the remake.

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Ep. 06 - The Heartbreak Kid 1972 and 2007

July 24, 2015

On this episode we give our hearts to Charles Grodin and Ben Stiller in two versions of THE HEARTBREAK KID. Which will sweep us off our feet and which will break our heart? Guest WEB BIST from the podcast IT'S TERRIFIC joins us to help choose an appropriate movie marriage match.

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Ep. 05 - The Incredible Shrinking Man and Woman

July 10, 2015

Charles Grodin month kicks off with a remake of 1957's THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN! Except the 1981 version switches genders, starring not Mr. Grodin, but Lily Tomlin as THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN. Unfortunately the look at shrinking masculinity and the shrinking appreciation of a woman in her family's life is not visible in one film. Listen to see which we chose: the original or the remake.

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Ep. 04 - Oldboy 2003 and 2013

June 25, 2015

On this episode we welcome Old Oldboy, New Oldboy, and Karly from the podcasts That Pop This Life and Talking Shondaland to talk about vengeance, eating octopus, and Josh Brolin's lack of body hair.

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Ep. 03 - The Haunting 1963 and 1999

June 11, 2015

Like the characters in THE HAUNTING both from 1963 and 1999, we decided to stay in another haunted house after our prior POLTERGEIST episode. And unfortunately we don't have a mutual love of Sam Rockwell to save us from the evil spirits, instead discussing the haunted year of 1999 for Liam Neeson's career, the scary aging process of CGI effects, and also where you can find us haunting other podcasts.

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Ep. 02 - Poltergeist 1982 and 2015

May 27, 2015

On this episode the new theatrical release of POLTERGEIST has us diving into research on the difference between a haunting and a poltergeist and the differences between the 1982 original film and the 2015 remake. Can our love of Sam Rockwell sway us to go with the updated version, or will the shuffle board playing original keep us in the good graces of cinephiles? Check out our latest episode to find out the origin of Remake Boy!

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Ep. 01 - Infernal Affairs and The Departed

May 13, 2015

On the very first episode of the Original Remake podcast we discuss the origins of this show which has something to do with our first double feature selection of INFERNAL AFFAIRS and THE DEPARTED.

Ultimately we seek answers to three questions:
  • Does the remake do justice to the original?
  • And if you just watch the remake do you get a good sense of why the original was successful or not successful and thus remade?
  • But most of all which movie to watch, the original or the remake?
Along the way we talk about the distinct cultural difference of moving the story from INFERNAL AFFAIRS to Boston, the advantage or disadvantage of having a big star like Jack Nicholson playing the big heavy, and the humorous whirlwind of vulgarity that is Dignam in THE DEPARTED.
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