I have to say, that I cannot remotely imagine being a mother who received word 2 weeks ago that her daughter was one of the girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. I have to say, that I cannot imagine being the politician who knows what avenues can be taken and efforts made […]
Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy aka Puffy aka P.Diddy aka Diddy often liked to make the claim that Bad Boy Records (meaning him) invented the remix. I’m not too sure who definitively invented the remix, but one thing is certain and that is Puffy was responsible for some of the greatest remixes ever produced. The sign of a great remix (similar to a great sequel which I discussed previously) is that it must be the equal of, or exceed the original song.
Take the remix of Craig Mack‘s “Flava in Ya Ear” released in 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The song featured The Notorious B.I.G, Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes and was a significant improvement to the original record. The production, the addition of the guest artists and the lyrical flow make this track stand out as one of the greatest remixes ever produced.
I really do wish that the film producers in Hollywood would take notes from Puffy when it comes to remaking films. Time and time again we have seen films being remade that are absolutely awful and cannot even be compared to the original films.
Granted there are always exceptions such as Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Dark Knight franchise of Batman. Out with the pleather Batman suits, comic script and goofy villains and in with the darker, moody and sombre Dark Knight and truly evil villains. Another film that succeeded in the remix genre was 2006′s Casino Royale, which saw the introduction of Daniel Craig as James Bond. The original film was released in 1967 and adopted an almost comic view on the espionage book of Ian Fleming. The remake brought back the hard, gritty and unpolished James Bond that was more in line with Fleming’s take on the character.
So much for the good.
One of my worst remakes of all time has to be The Italian Job starring “Marky” Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Granted, they included a squad of Mini Coopers and had some interesting car chase scenes but other than that the film was a disappointment. The casting of Michael Caine in the original film provided much needed wit and flair, which the remake just didn’t have.
The first Total Recall is all about Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is when he was in his acting prime and would release a couple of films a year. This film contains some of his best lines as well “If I’m not me, den who da hell am I?” and “My name is naaaaht Quaid!“. The 2012 version with Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale was utterly disappointing unless you haven’t watched the original, in which case you probably thought it was awesome!
Who can forget “wax on, wax off” as described by Mr Miyagi to Daniel-San in the original Karate Kid film? A great feel-good film (ruined by Sequel-itis unfortunately) but also remade with young Jaden Smith and with Jackie Chan in the. Mr Miyagi role. Personally, I felt the remake was just a bore-fest and should have stayed as an idea in some executive’s head.
2001′s Planet of The Apes remake with Mark Wahlberg just goes to prove that having a ridiculous budget for special effects is no guarantee that the film will be any good. This was a truly terrible film that tried very hard to separate itself from the original and failed in every sense.
Coming off the success of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch”, Guy Ritchie decided to direct his wife, Madonna, in this remake of the 1974 Italian film, Swept Away. The movie was so bad that they got divorced. Well, that’s probably not true, but given the box office and critical reception, it might have been part of the reason.
I’m surprised that Guy Ritchie was allowed to direct again after this debacle! Actually, Ritchie returned to his roots of making films involving London and Cockney accents with the successful Sherlock Holmes franchise.
As ever, I think there is a significantly longer list of films that can be added to the above. Some of these include Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Psycho, The Taking of Pelham 123 and on and on the list goes.
The lesson here is a simple - if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Unless you’re going to bring the Puff Daddy treatment to it.
I bumped into someone’s status update on Facebook wherein (with such courage) she asked who Lupita Nyong’o was and what her claim to fame was. I thought to myself “What!? Who is Lupita? Is she just not the most tweeted and talked about Kenyan woman, Oscar Winner and Hollywood’s Award Season darling??” I then […]
Posted in Beats & Soul with Carly on February 26th, 2014 By Carly Mond
If you have not kept up to date with the world of music recently then you have missed possibly the greatest few days in RnB revival history!! It seems that some of everyone’s favourite artists of the 90s have all woken up from their artistic coma in synchronization and here is the outcome….. During on […]
Posted in Life and Culture on February 25th, 2014 By Yvonne Mtengwa
So the adage goes that when opportunity meets preparedness success has every potential to ensue. Roman philosopher Seneca defined luck as the moment when preparedness and opportunity collide. Others simply assert that it is about being at the right place at the right time. In the advent of the economic collapse in my home country […]
I remember walking across a patch of grass in front of the B. Jones Center at Atlanta’s Emory University a good 12 years ago now. Bright eyed college freshman I was, who had categorically been placed under the “International Students” sub-group…you know; the group that arrives on campus earlier than the rest and endures lecture […]
Posted in Life and Culture on February 12th, 2014 By Yvonne Mtengwa
So enthralled I was to bump into a piece on CNN’s website entitled “Africa is not a country’: Students’ photo campaign breaks down stereotypes.” The first thing I thought was “Wow! Finally a people have taken it upon themselves to visually dispel the myths regarding all which Africa isn’t!” A group of students from Ithaca […]
The first famous black footballer I can remember was John Barnes. He was the fast, athletic left winger for England and Liverpool. I think my dad along with other dads in Zimbabwe supported John Barnes and Liverpool as a result. As much as I hate to admit it, I followed suit. Barnes was subjected to racism […]
On a winter night in early July 1994, my brothers and I switched off our old Panasonic TV after a disappointing loss for the Nigerian Super Eagles. It was way past our bedtime but we didn’t care. Plus I think my parents were out and made it easier to watch the game. Pajamas and all […]
It’s very rare that I come across somebody in the media spotlight whose life I envy. However, I have just read Ahmir Thompson aka Questlove’s book ‘Mo Meta Blues’ and wow I would happily trade lives with him for a while!! ‘Mo Meta Blues’ is described as a memoir/autobiography but it is more a journey […]
Posted in Guest Posts on November 20th, 2013 By Tinashe Mabasha
The Black Album was released on November 14 2003. At the time, this was Jay-Z aka Hov’s last album and he was retiring to become President of Island-Def Jam records and pursue other business interests. Last week was the 10 year anniversary of this record. The Black Album is widely recognized as Hov’s best […]