Hollywood sets its sights on H.G. Wells’s sci-fi classic “The Time Machine.” (Dread setting in). The 18th-century novel takes place during that period, but also in the distant future, the year 802,701.
It’s a dire dystopian tale of the fallout of unrestrained capitalism. DreamWorks’ remake is based on the 1960s film version as well. Director Simon Wells is a direct descendent of H.G. Wells. One would think this bodes well. One would be wrong. Disparaging capitalism is not something big studios care to tackle. In this case, the movie tries to enhance the original but only succeeds in leaving plot holes.
“Thunderbirds” is an acclaimed 1960s sci-fi TV series about interplanetary space travel and saving the world. It was done with marionette puppets, a then-revolutionary film technique. But then, Jonathon Scott Frakes (“Star Trek”) and Universal got their hands on it.
Why was “Thunderbirds” a flop? People who were most dissatisfied with this movie were fans of the 1960s TV show. Box office results were nowhere near the $57 million budget. It is not that easy bringing a 50-plus years old show to the big screen—the original exuded awe regarding technology, which can't be said about the poor remake.
“Yogi Bear” stars Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as Yogi and Boo Boo. The two furry rascals are determined to get their paws on the park visitor’s food.
Yogi Bear is so adorable it is difficult to accept the 2011 bomb. Warner Bros heartlessly misrepresented Hanna Barbera’s classic Saturday morning cartoon duo. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the screenplay was truly mediocre. It grossed liked a blockbuster, number two at the box office, but honestly, that’s because of Yogi’s lasting popularity. “Yogi Bear” was deemed dumber than the average kid's flick.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is a classic American story read by every high school kid in English class. In 1974, Paramount made a version starring Robert Redford as the Gatsby. Well, what went wrong?
This version offered flat characters with very little depth. Francis Ford Coppola’s script quoted the book directly and reproduced it literally, but lines were delivered with none of the original story’s finesse. Redford was disappointing, but so was Mia Farrow as Daisy and Sam Waterston as Nick.
“Bewitched” was one of the 70s best TV shows, holding a nostalgia factor akin to “The Brady Bunch.” The 2005 remake, boasting an A-lister cast, seemed promising.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Will Farrell, Steve Carell, and Shirley MacLaine, and directed by Nora Ephron with Penny Marshall on the production team, one expected an upgrade to the old 70s sitcom. But the film failed to be funny, and it lacked the magic of the original. The New York Times called it an “unmitigated disaster.” Nominated for worst actor, worst director, and worst remake, it earned five Razzies altogether.