Dept. of Excess: The Top Five Things I Forgot to Say While Presenting My Top Five Remakes List on Filmspotting This Week

No. 1 The Magnificent Seven: . . .

You know, I think I actually did get to everything I wanted to say about this 1960 John Struges remake of Akira Kurosawa‘s darker, longer, and yes, better The Seven Samurai from 1954.

Maybe I was just going to point out that the casting of Yul Brenner as an American cowboy is no less ridiculous than getting Arnold to play a schlubby American salesman.

Here, enjoy a law-abiding excerpt of Elmer Bernstein‘s iconic main title theme on me, Filmspotter. You’ve earned it.

3 responses to “Dept. of Excess: The Top Five Things I Forgot to Say While Presenting My Top Five Remakes List on Filmspotting This Week

  1. I love that you’ve expanded on your list. I especially like the comments on Insomnia. It’s a remake that in a lot of ways adds complexity to the original story, but at the same time tones some things down for a mainstream audience. I think it’s a good example of the Nolan sensibility though. A film can be mainstream and entertaining and not too offensive but still be complex and high minded.

  2. The man does his homework! (Still can’t say I like his picks, though.)

    Wonderful job as guest-host, sir. And you needn’t have been nervous: your velveteen voice, measured tones, droll humor, and cinephilia made it seem as though you had been doing it for years.

  3. I was the one who left the voicemail on the Fly. You were the one with the more eloquent exegesis by far, though. Outstanding job guest hosting, and I hope to hear you on there more often.

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