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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

While Hollywood has been busy rebooting old franchises, how come this one did not blip on their radar. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 directorial debut of Joe Johnston – the director who gave us Jumanji, The Wolfman and the soon to be released Captain America.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (HISTK) is a very enjoyable comedy film where a wacky scientist Prof. Wayne Szalinski played by Rick Moranis invents a machine that accidentally shrinks his children and his neighbour’s kids. The giant-lawn sets, the animated bugs and especially the water sprinkler scene is very impressive.

Special effects were heavily used for the film, such as the electronically-controlled ants and bees. This is one film that the latest CGI effects can definitely make a much more enriching experience.

You can definitely exploit the benefits of stereoscopic 3D in this film. I am not encouraging Hollywood to take an exisiting good movie and ruin it with unecessary 3D like Clash of the Titans. You definitely need a solid plot to re-sell this comedy film for the current generation. However, all the material is already there to make an extraordinary family fun movie.

They Live

I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” Yes, I am talking about the 1988 Science fiction film They Live directed by John Carpenter.

 

They Live Cover

They Live

 

The movie has a great concept but maybe not the best execution. The main character of the movie is Nada played by the wrestler Roddy Piper who comes upon an anonymous city to find some work. He notices odd behavior at a small church across the street where he spends the night. The same night he bears witness to the destruction of the church after the police surround it forcing the inhabitants to flee.

Out of curiosity, Nada investigates the next day on which he stumbles upon a box full of sunglasses. Upon donning one of those pair of sunglasses, he finds a capitalist alien race manipulating human beings through the use of a signal on top of the TV broadcast that is concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media while living among them.

Even if the idea of “the world is not what it seems” has been used in quite few franchises (Terminator, The Matrix, Harry Potter), this movie probably appeals to anyone with a interest in politics as it is a classic example of the true nature of capitalism and the way in which its true goal is to set people against each other and to control the masses with consumerism.

Personally, I like the idea that all our literature and advertising and television gives us nothing but subliminal messages like “Buy,” “Obey,” “Stay asleep,” “No imagination,” “Marry and reproduce,” and “No independent thought.” The movie was adapted from a comic book version of the popular science fiction story “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson.

Though the Carpenter version is a cult favorite and is applauded for experimenting with such an interesting concept, the long fist fight among Nada and Frank really stretches the movie and loses the fast pacing of the original story.

I still think it would be worth to remake this film as the concept is very unique and has great potential. Imagine if we found out that the current famous celebrities, politicians, religious gurus are all aliens, what would be our reaction? How are they controlling us in the current age? How did they begin to live among us? Maybe facebook, twitter, reality TV shows are all part of the current social media that the aliens are using to send subliminal messages.

And you could make the film in Stereoscopic 3D. That would be the ideal marketing line for the movie – Wear 3D glasses and you will find them among us!

Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango Box Art

Grim Fandango

I still remember when I played the demo of this enjoyable adventure game 12 years ago and I was so impressed by the beautiful art direction and storyline.

You play as Manny Calavera, employee of the Department of Death and travel agent to newly dead souls, in a world that combines elements of the Aztec belief of afterlife with style aspects of film noir, including The Maltese Falcon, On the Waterfront and Casablanca.

The visuals were stunning as the art direction of the game heavily drew inspiration from  various Latin American sources, such as angular Aztec stonework and the calaca figures used in Mexican Day of the Dead festivities. Each location in the game is unique with its distinct aura and enthralling characters.

Mexican Calaca Figure Style

Catrina Sculpture

However, its one of those games which is not famous mainly for its dazzling visuals and fun game play but rather its praiseworthy writing. Grim Fandango was designed by  LucasArts in an attempt to rejuvenate the graphic adventure genre and even though deemed a “commercial failure”, it has been the centerpiece of a large fan base that has continued to be active more than 10 years after the game’s release and my post to this blog proves that statement true.

Maybe Tim Burton might be interested to make a movie of this game as it does have the kind of Corpse Bride style he likes. Then again I saw “Alice in Wonderland” and maybe that’s not such a good idea.

Nevertheless, I think Hollywood should definitely consider to make this magnificent adventure game into a film. After all, its got all the key ingredients to make a good movie – unique exciting visuals, great storyline and an existing fan community.

The only question is whether it should be made as a stop-motion film, an animated film or a live action film?

What’s this blog about?

Remakes and Reboots are the latest trend in Hollywood. Whether this is due to lack of original ideas in the industry or going for the safe route of re-cashing in on previous successful film plots, not all remakes can be bad. Remakes and Reboots are especially useful for reinvigorating interest back in old successful ideas for the current generation. Nolan’s Batman Series are great examples!

This blog is not only about remakes and reboots. It’s about trying to find existing ideas that could be brought on screen. Whether these ideas are from games, old movies, TV Shows, cartoons, comic books, novels, etc, I would make a new post now and then about an idea I really liked and I think it would be worth making a movie of it.

I am looking forward to share and hear from everyone what kind of movies they would wanna see made!