Slice of SciFi #187: Voicemail Show

This is the show for our inquiring fans and listeners and their voicemails, emails. We want to hear your comments and feedback… No, really, we do! Pay no attention to how much Mike grumbles about them…you know – that guy sitting in the dark corner with all the knobs and switches.

This week, Mike, Brian, Sam, and CA respond to the questions and comments posed by your voicemail submissions, and once again HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!

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  1. the lows says

    To Mark, the reason we are down on remakes and will never support them is really simple. Hollywood has lost its creativity. Any monkey can take a old scrip, dust it off, slap their name on it and call it a “Bold new vision.” They have all become complacent, thinking they can throw any piece of crap up on the the screen, and we “dumbasses”; to quote Mr. Crane will go see it.
    I say the hell with that. You cant use your imagination and come up with anything new? Please. You can’t tell me there is nothing out there and everything has been done. Here, allow me to give some suggestions, movies that should be made. Harry Turtledove’s Gun of the south, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of time series. how about a movie based on Sherlock Holmes as Jack the ripper, (was in a novel), or how about having just one Star Trek movie where the Enterprise DOESNT blow up????
    I mean what the hell?

    Another thing to think about. Look at all the classics of cinema in years passed, The French Connection, Taxi Driver, Clockwork Orange, ect. All cutting edge movies where the directors took a chance. Now look back four years, count off on your fingers how many movies you have seen that you can say the same thing about. Twelve? Six? Less than that?

    No my friend, Hollywood doesnt want to take chances anymore. It’s not interested in making good movies or shows. Or keeping them around. They want the fast buck, the “sure thing”. We might get the occasional Iron man and such, but look how rare that has become.

    Hollywood is hurting now, with the strikes, on line down loads, the economy. They need our money and our fannies in the seats. I say we got them right where we want them. And it’s about time we let or voices be heard by not supporting them in this remake shit. They want my money that i work hard for? Fine, show me a quality product I can get behind and support. Michael Mennenga can tell you, if I like something well enough, Ill be happy to throw money at it.

    Hollywood has a lot to answer for as far as I am concerned. So no, sorry Mark I can’t and wont support any remakes at anytime.


  2. says

    I agree for the most part Tim. However, what about the “re-imaginings”? Some of those can be quite good and successful. “Batman Begins” for example. Essentially a re-make.

    The most pointless remake of all time would have to be the shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho” by Gus Van Sant.

  3. the lows says

    Yes re imaginings can be done well. The Batman movies didn’t take a whole lot to make them better though. Batman and Robin anyone? My main beef if if you have such a classic as The day the earth stood still, Fantastic Planet, ect. Where is the need to re do them? Want to introduce them to a new generation? Do what I do, pull it down from the shelf and play it.


  4. says

    I have to agree with you Tim. Remakes are getting stale even if they are better and successful. When I look back at movies over the last few years I do see a few that stand out as original and well done. Case in point Serenity and The Corpse Bride are just 2 that stay in my top 10 list