Shrek, remade by 200 different fan-creators

The supergeniuses at The GI (go ahead and carve out about ten minutes to marvel at their homepage, I'll wait -- you'll thank me) have posted Shrek Retold, a fan remake of Shrek in which 200 different creators each recreate a scene from the movie, using live action, stop motion, and animation techniques ranging from crude paper cutouts to super-sophisticated stylized illustration and 3D rendering. Combined with the voice acting -- also a huge range! -- the result is, you know, jaw-dropping. (via Waxy) Read the rest

Will The Lion King remake be better than the original?

I never saw The Lion King when I was growing up. I was a little on my way out of high school by the time that it popped. But I know a lot of folks adore the film. Despite having never watched it, somehow, I know a reference to it when I see it on TV or in films. It's a cultural touchstone. It's a hell of a big deal, so much so that, instead of letting it stand as a classic, It's being remade.

The animation in the trailer of Jon Favreau’s rehash of the Lion King looks outstanding. It's got a blend of realism and cutesy cartoon going on that I think both kids and grownups will dig. But I have to wonder why this thing exists. Disney's well-known for pulling their intellectual property out of cold storage from time to time, making a bundle of money off of Blu-ray sales and digital downloads and then stashing it away again until for another decade. It's absolutely genius: who wouldn't want to share the films they adored when they were children with their own children. If you saw the original Lion King in a theater with your family, how excited would you be to share that experience with your own child? I'd imagine it'd feel pretty good. Currently, the Lion King is available to download from iTunes. I'd be very interested to understand the financial soothsaying that goes into determining that a whole new imagining of a classic film You can it from Amazon, too. Read the rest

Even the trailer for the new Pet Sematary movie gives me the creeps

I'm a sucker for a good horror movie, and even this trailer gives me goosebumps. This remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary comes out in April 2019.

From Esquire:

The concept was so spooky King himself hesitated to publish his book in the first place. “I found the result so startling and gruesome that I put the book in a drawer, thinking it would never be published. Not in my lifetime, anyway.” he wrote in a 2000 introduction for the paperback, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m particularly uneasy about the book’s most resonant line… ‘Sometimes, dead is better,’” King wrote. “I hope with all my heart that that is not true, but in the nightmarish context of Pet Sematary, it seems to be. And it may be okay. Perhaps ‘sometimes dead is better’ is grief’s last lesson.”

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Homemade shot-for-shot of Suicide Squad's trailer

After a long hiatus, CineFix revived its "Homemade Shot for Shot" series with this entry for the Suicide Squad trailer. Read the rest

3D Zelda game gets 2D makeover

Ocarina of Time is lauded among the series' greats, but some find its early 3D graphics charmless. A fan project is remaking the game with chunky pixel art to give it that perfect old-school look. Borrowing art and audio from other entries in the Legend of Zelda set to augment their own work, they've already released a playable demo of the classic's first chapter. [via]

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Interview: Craig Brewer, director of Footloose (the remake)

I recently saw a preview for another remake of a movie I cherished as a child: Footloose. As with The Karate Kid, my initial reaction was one of disdain for Hollywood. And then I talked to the remake's director, Craig Brewer, whose own passion for the original film trumps mine, fifteenfold. Unlike other coming-of-age high school films of the era like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, which left Brewer dreading the transition from junior high to high school, Footloose felt like seeing his life story in a film. Between Lori Singer's racy woodland escapades, her pot-smoking boyfriend, and Kevin Bacon's rock out session in the warehouse, Footloose "both terrified me and excited me because I felt that the movie was speaking to my experience and no movie had done that to me yet." Brewer loved the movie so much that when he realized his VCR audio outputs could be connected to the audio input on his boombox, he wasted no time in recording and memorizing the entire audio track, dialogue and all. Brewer sat down with me to talk about the film, its soundtrack, and the genre of the remake.

BB: How did you get involved in making this film?

CB: Paramount was already down the road with a different version of it. It was going to be a little more like a dance celebration of Footloose. And they decided to change their mind. Adam Goodman, who's the head of Paramount, he came in and he was like, "You know, Footloose has a certain spirit. Read the rest