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Movies on the Radio: Best and Worst Remakes

Movies on the Radio
Keith Weston

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

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.