On this episode we take a ride with the original GIRL ON THE TRAIN in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film THE LADY VANISHES. Joining us on the trip to the 2013 BBC television remake is Dwight Hurst from The Broken Brain podcast, who helps us cure our current affliction of hysterical women and the podcasters who love them.
We saddle up and return from our podcast hiatus which was spent on watching the VERY LONG but very good Akira Kurosawa film SEVEN SAMURAI. The saddle part comes in with the first western remake THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. These two films also inspire possible stripper names and sexy Halloween costumes for our hosts Mike and Peter.
Peter is joined by returning guest Mason of reeldudereviews.com for a discussion about the 2003 FINDING NEMO and the 2016 FINDING DORY. They being with a non-spoiler review and then debate which movie about talking fishes was more realistic.
With the upcoming release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows, Peter recruits the aide of Aaron and Patrick of the Feelin' Film Podcast to review the 1990 and 2014 versions of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. They talk about their history with the popular franchise and also recast some of the more notable characters in this Turtle Power filled episode.
We have our own civil war with two sides of Captain America. The first being the failed release of his 1990 adventure which ended up making its way direct to video in 1992. The much higher budgeted Marvel Cinematic Universe version in 2011 introduced Cap as The First Avenger and was the last solo MCU film before a little arthouse success in Joss Whedon's Avengers the following year. This one isn't much of a debate, so we bring in Master Sergeant Bill Paxton as a true threat to the guy wielding the shield.
On this episode hosts Peter and Mike combine our last two holiday weekends of Mother's Day and Friday the 13th by watching two versions of the mother/daughter body switch comedy FREAKY FRIDAY. Is this the only chance for Lindsay Lohan to better Jodie Foster in an acting performance? Does Jamie Lee Curtis' 2003 rendition of "...Baby One More Time" have us traveling back to the 1976 version as quickly as we can? Find out the answer to these very important questions in our latest episode!
In this episode host Peter is joined by guest Mason of ReelDudeReviews.com to compare the animated JUNGLE BOOK with the new live-action version directed by Jon Favreau. They discuss some of the differences in characters and tell you which version they recommend.
On this episode hosts Mike and Peter decide to enroll in the SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS instead of seeing Melissa McCarthy's THE BOSS. We discuss how the scoundrel curriculum has changed from the 1960 original to the 2006 remake taught by Billy Bob Thornton. And being the great students that we are, we make some recommendations for staffing in a future version of this story.
On this episode we celebrate the return of baseball (mainly just Michael) by watching the 1976 and 2005 versions of THE BAD NEWS BEARS. We admire the hard living of Walter Matthau, the romantic peak of Billy Bob Thornton, and the cinematic coaching abilities of Mark Wahlberg in PAIN & GAIN. Join us as we take your earbuds back to a time when Freddy Krueger ruled the diamond as we wait for Richard Linklater's newest baseball movie EVERYBODY WANTS SOME to make its way to our local theater.
On this episode, featured player and our resident horror expert Derek Stewart returns to relive the horror of watching BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. We discuss the film's attempt to present a version of Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS on the big screen, which was far more successfully done with a straightforward animated adaptation for the home video market.
In this episode our hosts take a tour of the White House twice with the films Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. Do they choose Gerard Butler or Channing Tatum as their tour guide? Two-Face or Electro as their President? But most importantly, which First Kid was more annoying to noted child hater Mike?
On this episode we protect the integrity of Precinct 13, or more accurately Precinct 9, Division 13. Shane Conner, co-host of the podcast War Machine vs. War Horse, bunkers down for a debate on the appropriate amount of cheese, how far we have NOT come in film casting since 1976, and the possibility of future remakes for this John Carpenter classic. But for now, we try to survive the 1976 and 2005 versions of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13.
We look into the life of former track star Steve Prefontaine, from the University of Oregon, in PREFONTAINE and WITHOUT LIMITS. We discuss the style and perspectives from some of the different characters and also debate Breckin Meyer or Jeremy Sisto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.