Movies on the Radio: Best and Worst Remakes

May 31, 2017

Film remakes can introduce a beloved film to a new audience or take a mediocre movie to a new level of greatness. But when a remake is badly executed, it can butcher a cherished classic. On this edition of “Movies on the Radio,” film experts Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes pick apart the artistry of a remake.


They discuss the importance of casting and how remakes adapt to changes in historical context. Host Frank Stasio talks with Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University, and Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, about listener picks for the best and worst film remakes.

   Robocop, Remade in 2014

 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Original from 1947
 The Ladykillers Remake, 2004 
 Point Break Remake, 2015
 Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Remake, 2005
 The Thing Remake, 2011
 Oceans 11 Remake, 2001