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Phil Joanou to direct SHARKY'S MACHINE! Remake mania continues!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It seems that the remake mania is still going strong. In this case we have Warner Bros. remaking another of their classics (they also have WILD BUNCH and DIRTY DOZEN in the works), this one the Burt Reynolds hard-boiled early '80s classic SHARKY'S MACHINE, about a tough cop in Atlanta who decides to clean up his city by putting together a team of badass' to hunt down some of the more brutal criminals out there.

In this case, I'm interested in seeing what director Phil Joanou can pull off. Joanou is known for his 7-UP IN AMERICA series (7, 14, 21, etc) and his work with U2. He's an interesting pick for a director and while I'm not 100% for the idea of remaking SHARKY'S MACHINE I am willing to give it a chance if they keep making interesting decisions with the talent involved.



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  • April 6, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    give me a break....

    by BadBrad

    oh...first

  • April 6, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Cool, I like Joanou

    by Darth Kong

    Loved RATTLE AND HUM and ENTROPY was good also.

  • April 6, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    God, another Burt Reynolds flick being remade

    by JUSTICE41

    Can't they just stop with the lame ass remakes.

  • April 6, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

    by Nac

    Let's start with remaking films that actually deserve to be redone. Like say...Alien Versus Predator?

  • April 6, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Not totally against it

    by the beef

    But if they are going to keep making these I would like to see them remake a movie that REALLY needs it. It'll never happen, but it might get greenlit if it has a good cast or director attached to it. Let Peter Jackson remake CYBORG. Cannibal pirates, a futuristic plague, an action hero, hell yes.

  • April 6, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Michael Apted...

    by droog

    actually did most of the "Up" series from 14 on. Joanou did do the great State of Grace and Three O' Clock High, though.

  • April 6, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I don't buy many dvds........

    by Orange Crush

    ...but somehow I have two by Joanou. "Three O'Clock High" and "Heaven's Prisoners". For some reason I just like 'em. Notice that "High" was one of the first mainstream cinematography jobs for Sonnenfeld.

  • April 6, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Another WB remake... yay.

    by hargon27

    Hmm. So Warner Brothers keeps making re-makes of their old movies or comic properties. They do realize they can make movies they dont already own in their library, right?

  • April 6, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Actually, Joanou is known more for THREE O'CLOCK HIGH

    by Karl Hungus

    "What were you going to do with the blade, Jerry?"

  • April 6, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan as Sharky, brother!

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Say your prayers and eat your vitamins or get a cap in the ass!

  • April 6, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    You can remake A Burt Film...

    by modlight

  • April 6, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    But you can never remake Burt Reynolds himself.

    by modlight

    And I'd like to see them try.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    we need a new Burt Reynolds.

    by HypeEndsHere

    the one we have is losing molecular integrity at a rapid rate. perhaps Norm MacDonald...?

  • April 6, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    OK, someone has to start the argument...

    by Doctor_Sin

    it's an AICN rule. "Which (c)rapper will they get to play the Burt role?" Let the wars commence. Just remake Citizen Kane already, Hoolywood - you've no soul left anyway. With Jim Carrey as a wacky reporter and Charlton Heston as Kane. Have Michael Moore playing a rival reporter out to scoop Kane's NRA ties. Oh, and set it in the future and have Chris Rock voice the smart-ass CGI alien/robot sidekick.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    As Kareem Abdul Mohamed once asked on SNL,

    by TimBenzedrine

    "Hey Burt, How come your films are all big ripoffs? I went to see Sharkey's Machine, There wasn't one god damned shark in the whole movie!"

  • April 6, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    My typing skills suck...

    by Doctor_Sin

    without the glorious spell-check known as alcohol. I of course meant Hollywood. ;)

  • April 6, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Worst idea....EVER!

    by Doom II

    Let's remake a movie that's pretty much perfect (like The Fog). Sharkey's Machine is a tough-as-nails hard-ass fucking film that will be raped if done today. Burt Reynolds directed that film like a madman and the performances are all top notch. Hollywood is officially out of any new ideas.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I always wanted to remake Citizen Kane as a Rap movie..

    by modlight

    Starring of course Big Daddy Kane. Its too good to pass up.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I want to remake Spider-Man 2

    by Doom II

    I know it just came out, but I had problems with it and think I could make it better. The cell phones were all from 2002-2003. I want to update it and give evryone Ipods and smaller, more current cell phones. Plus I didn't like one of the shirts Doc Ock wore, so I can improve on that. Oh yeah, Toby McGuire sucks so his part will be recast (I'm thinking about Jake Gylennhall)....Let's write a script people!

  • April 6, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    If this fucking thing stars Adam fucking Sandler...

    by Childe Roland

    ...I am going to fucking kill some fucking one. Seriously. The only Burt movie Adam should be allowed to touch from here on out is Deliverance, and then only if he plays the Ned Beatty part...or one of the hillbillies.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    There should be a board soley for movies they should...

    by modlight

    remake. Because they could be better..... Here are my initial suggestions. "The Boys From Brazil" and "The Final Countdown"

  • April 6, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Whoa, DoomII, first things first:

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 6, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST

    begin principal photography. THEN write a script

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 6, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    DevilCat... NO MOVIE IS BETTER THAN

    by modlight

    STROKER ACE!!!! Well, actually, Cannonball Run and Hooper are.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    There shouldn't be any more remakes...

    by brycemonkey

    just Lucas-style "improvements". That way every film gets better through seamless CGI, and you still have the same actors giving the performance. This process can be repeated whenever technology improves (every 2-3 years) and lead to a new 'enhanced' edition DVD so everyone can shell out for a new copy.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I eagerly await 'improved' versions of...

    by brycemonkey

    all the Star Wars movies. Yes, ALL of them!

  • April 6, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    BURT REYNOLDS ???!!! TO QUOTE JACKIE GLEASON

    by zathras34

    "THERE'S NO WAY....NO WAY!!...THAT YOU COULD COME FROM MY LOINS!!" (TO WHOEVER IS THINKING THIS IDEA) AGAIN MR GLEASON,,,"FIRST THING IM GONNA DO IS PUNCH YO MAMA IN DA MOUTH"...All hail smokey and the bandit...heaven help us if they ever decide to redo that...

  • April 6, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    A Lost Treasure

    by Hokeybutt

    Sharky's Machine didn't get much love when it first came out and continues to get a bad rap but it's a gritty, tough, exciting pic and definitely in the top 10% of Burt's film output. I have no idea WHY they'd want to remake it though... it didn't make a whole lotta money, did it? Phil J.'s movies are almost catatonic in their slow pacing so I don't figure this is going to be geared for the cheap "action market". It just doesn't seem to make sense.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Maybe someone misinterpreted...

    by Childe Roland

    ...the news release? Perhaps what's being made in Hollywood is an actual machine that herds unimaginative film makers up a steep ramp-like incline at ever-increasing velocity and sends them flying through the air into the mouth of a waiting, hungry shark. Naturally the machine was the shark's idea (although he's got good spin people who can convince the film makers it was theirs all along), hence the name and the confusion. See also "Shark, Jump the."

  • April 6, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    it's not "basass'"

    by mocky_puppet

    ...it's badasses. badass' implies ownership, as in "These are the badass' gardening gloves."

  • April 6, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    It's a lesser known movie, so who cares?

    by Terry_1978

    Unless you're just one of those people that hates any and all remakes regardless of how relevant the source material is.

  • April 6, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Hollywood "Do the letters F O, mean anything to you?"

    by modlight

  • April 6, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Wasn't "Sharky" a remake of "LAURA" 1942 a true classic

    by Max Meanie

    If that's the case then I'd rather see a remake of LAURA since it's my favorite film. For those that didn't see it, it's a classic film-noir whodunnit with a gorgeous hot chick, Vincent Price in a romantic leading role and some minor necrophilia. Rent it!

  • April 6, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    COME ON HOLLYWOOD - WHERE'S THE FU&%ING

    by Bill Fairbanks

    POLICE ACADAMY 6 REMAKE WE'RE CLAMMERING FOR?

  • April 6, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Sharky a classic?

    by pubdef

    Oh, how the term "classic" has come to be misused. It was a decent film, but far from a classic. BTW, Dirty Dozen better than Wild Bunch, I think not. Dirty Dozen was a very above average WWII action pic, great Aldrich, but Wild Bunch is one of the true great films. As to the idea of a Death Wish remake, I find it hard to believe that it hasn't been done allready. How about a Brian DePalma remake of The Roaring Twenties with a screenplay by Mamet. I'd pay to see that.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, and

    by pubdef

    State of Grace is one of the most underrated gangster films ever.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Sharky's Machine is the name of a local bar

    by Big Bad Clone

    and just like the movie it sucks ass. They have shark for the logo, but I wish they would put Burt Reynolds as a neon sign. It could have a toupee flying off his head.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Remake Cremaster

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Uwe Boll's Cremaster? Jan De Bont's? McG's? Hell, I'd even like to "see" Brent Ratner's Cremaster. By which I don't mean view it of course, but just know about it. Who should star? Adam Sandler? No. Screw King Conan, Screw California (the rest of the way)... It's gotta be Arnie as Matthew Barney. And since Bjork is through acting after Dancer in the Dark (hey....) her "Drawing Restraint 9" role should be played by... Rikki Lee Travolta.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Without Dar Robinson?

    by Media Fiend

    They'll be hard pressed to top his death fall for Henry Silva. The highlight of the movie. I have hope though. I liked Joanous work on STATE OF GRACE.

  • April 6, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Rachel Ward was HOT in the original.

    by KrazeeEyesKilla

    Giddy-Up! I love the idea for a hard-boiled crime film set in the metropolitan South, but the original is one of my least favorite Burt Reynolds flicks despite having a great cast. I wonder who will play the bug-eyed Henry Silva character, or the Bernie Casey "soul brotha" buddy character. I am intriged by Joanou doing this. State of Grace has one of the most underrated shootout scenes in my opinion, and Heaven's Prisoners was decent (mmmm naked Teri Hatcher).

  • April 6, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Hey, Remake Cannonball Run!

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Oops. Did I just plan a studios' entire tentpole strategy through 2012? If so, I can tell you that the act is very similar to just typing the dumbest thing that pops into your head. No wait, don't worry, competing studios, you can always grab the remake rights to "Hooper" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." And of course, Adam Sandler is a perfect stand in for Burt Reynolds, if all you are worried about is forehead shape and hair texture.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Here's How To Make A Respectable Actioner

    by CaptDanielRoe

    In the digital era: Do it without any stunt doubles. Or cast stunt men as the leads, and don't give them any dialogue that isn't shouted over tires, squealing gunfire, or squealing starlets. Digital effects have ruined action movies because people are conditioned not to believe anything they see, making it a pity that stuntmen really do risk their lives for a lot of those shots. Find some Johnny Knoxville type who is willing to bleed for fame the way that Jackie Chan did back in Hong Kong. Make it for less than five million excluding insurance in the 50 million range. And aim to make test screening groups hate it. When the test screeners completely hate it, your done. Oh, and get comfortable with the letter "R."

  • April 6, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I like your idea better Childe Roland

    by TimBenzedrine

    Make it a sequel to that scuba diving film Burt made in the late 70s. There's this shark,see, and he's built this machine that allows him to come up out of the water and hunt down BurtReynold's character thirty years later. Chaos ensues, Roll credits, fade to black.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    TimBenzedrine

    by CaptDanielRoe

    You're right, but that's too original. Perhaps a remake of Tom Selleck's "Runaway" instead, because it's directed by Michael Crichton, a true American hero now that he has "saved" us from global warming by being the last person willing to tell Bush it doesn't exist, even if only in the form of fiction and uncomfortably nodding along when Bush told him he agreed with the book.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Remake Porky's or Animal House...

    by brycemonkey

    with the cast of American Pie! I smell Oscars...

  • April 6, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Howard Stern bought the rights to Porky's 2 years ago

    by HypeEndsHere

    a remake is in the works.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Not "Porky's 2: The Day After", but "two years ago"

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 6, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Damn...

    by brycemonkey

    Just need to get a rival studio to rush production on the Animal House remake so that it comes out 1 week before Stern's Porky's flick! Of course, ensure schedule doesn't class with the release of Snakes on a Plane...

  • April 6, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I like the landshark concept, Tim...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but only if Chevy Chase reprises his role as the voice of Sharkey. And Dom DeLouise has to be in it as his first victim. Andler can get eaten, too. Let's bankroll this thing now.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Crossovers

    by CaptDanielRoe

    If they insist on being creatively bankrupt they could at least have the decency to sink to crossing over frachises. Because at lest then you can claim they don't count. Animal House versus Planet of the Apes. Lords of Discipline versus Revenge of the Nerds. John Waters' Poleyester versus Grease 2... Oh nevermind that already exists.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    3 WORDS: Sharkey's. Time. Machine.

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 6, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Animal House v Planet of the Apes

    by brycemonkey

    "As of now they are on double-secret probation!"..."It's a mad house. A mad house"... "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty principal!"

  • April 6, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Who would you cast in a remake of...

    by Doctor_Sin

    "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?" Burt.Dolly.Gomer. Untouchable cast, imo.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Not to give anybody in Hollywood ideas..

    by Evil Lincoln

    ..but it's almost time for a SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT remake. What really burns my arse about remakes is that there are so many good SF/Fantasy books out there that would make awesome movies. It's like Hollywood isn't even trying anymore.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Evil Lincoln

    by CaptDanielRoe

    But if they made any of those great science fiction novels, they would cast Robin Williams in them. (A Scanner Darkly notwithstanding, although Keanu isn't my idea of a Dick lead anymore than Arnie is. Okay, maybe he's a little better than Arnie.) But if there were any decent filmmakers out there like Peter Jackson in the market, I'd point to, say, "The Urth of the New Sun" as a longshot. In the slightly more obvious arena, "Chronicles of Amber," in part because it isn't really all that deep or terrific which often makes the best movies.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Evil Lincoln

    by brycemonkey

    I don't know about a Smokey remake... look what happened to Dukes of Hazzard. The studios are trying to turn the box office around by apealing to the lowest common denomenator and trying to minimise risk by doing remakes/sequels (a big mistake IMO). I'm glad that there are some filmmakers who have the balls to do something different(The Fountain comes to mind). Whether they fail or not, at least they tried.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Sharkey's Time Machine=BRILLIANT!

    by Childe Roland

    Doc Brown: "Marty! You must come quick! There's someone at the door to the DeLorean, but I can't see who through the tinting!" Marty: "Who is it?" Sharkey (voiced by Burt Reynolds): "Candygram." This shit writes itself.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Or they could just do...

    by Childe Roland

    "Back to the Future IV: Shakey's Time Machine," and follow the further exploits of a middle-aged Marty McFly...with Parkinsons. What? You were all thinking it.

  • April 6, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    "Jumpin' Gigowatts! Marty, you're vibrating at 88mph!"

    by HypeEndsHere

  • April 6, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    repeats

    by the beef

    It seems to be that Hollywood aren't the only ones repeating shit. TALKBACKERS, if you can't say something original, then don't write shit. Hence, if one person says "Hollywood isn't even trying anymore", "Why don't they remake CITIZEN KANE why they're at it", etc. just say "Ditto" so I don't have to put up reading all the fuckin' repeats. None of these posts are better than the originals.

  • April 6, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Who cares about a SM remake enough to get mad over it

    by The Founder

    So what if they put a rapper in the role. The movie isn't a damn classic. You people bitch for the sake of bitching.

  • April 6, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Best Little Whorehouse In Texas

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Hollywood of course would turn first to Jessica Simpson and Ben Affleck, thinking "Chasing Amy" was funny, and Affleck sounds like that "Aflac" duck, and the kids bust a gut over that.... But that's Hollywood.... I would go for Henry Rollins as the Dolly role. Yeah: Man Whore. Henry Rollins with a platinum blonde eurotrash haircut. Joaquin Pheonix as his would-be protege little brother. As the Burt politician, Shania Twain. Throw out the old storyline and add action.

  • April 6, 2006, 5:47 p.m. CST

    He should remake Rattle and Hum

    by WONKABAR

    just kidding, it was ok...nice cinematography

  • April 6, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I've Got An Idea

    by CaptDanielRoe

    How about remaking a movie, but with a new original screenplay, title, and characters? That way you can blow some money securing rights because that's soooo necessary, and still make a quality film potentially.

  • April 6, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Get Fat Ollie Weeks to write the screenplay

    by Fred

  • April 6, 2006, 6:33 p.m. CST

    3 O'Clock High

    by Mr Brownstone

    I'll always love Joanu cause when I was a kid I actually phoned him to tell him how much I loved the movie and he was really nice to me.

  • April 6, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST

    DevilCat

    by HarrisonsDad

    When was the last time you actually sat down and watched "Sharky's Machine"? It is, without a doubt, a classic! A top notch film all around. Great team too. Durning, Keith, Casey, Libertini. And then there was Dar Robinson's spectacular stunt at the climax. Going backward out of Atlanta's Hyatt Regency Hotel and falling 220 feet to the air bags below. A record height for a stunt to this day!

  • April 6, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I just realised that the Scuba movie that Burt did

    by TimBenzedrine

    Was "Gator". But not to worry, a quick rewrite, have the Shark and the Gator team up (now we have an animated buddy comedy) call it Gator II: Sharkey's Machine and here's the kicker: it STILL ends with a grisley Burt Reynalds death scene, so everyone wins.

  • April 6, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Fitting, since his 7-Up shit ripped off Michael Apted.

    by Nate Champion

    Why remake a fucking documentary, for christ's sake? I guess even this shithead's gotta eat. On a side note, why is Wahlberg going for so many shit projects these days? Doesn't the man feel like ACTING once in a while?!?!?!

  • April 6, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Sharkey Laura's Machine Remake Part III

    by Uncapie

    The infinite number of monkeys theory does exist!

  • April 6, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "I bet you bought her candy..."

    by Uncapie

    "...drugstore candy, of course."

  • April 6, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    "Stop playing with that infernal game!......"

    by Max Meanie

    "...it gets on my nerves!" *** "But it keeps me calm."

  • April 6, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Its kind of funny.. you DO realize that Burt Reynolds..

    by Cotton McKnight

    stop being the number one movie star in the world for a reason, right? Because he kept picking lousy movies. So why in the world is there a need to remake them?

  • April 6, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    phil j.

    by nolan bautista

    directed an Amazing Stories episode..i remember the buzz during the time about how good he was..

  • April 6, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I take it all back

    by Pageiv

    Who can now say there are no new ideas in LA?

  • April 6, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    And if it hits . . . it's greenlight for CPO Sharkey.

    by kabong

    Rickles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So let's hope the stock price for whatever dumbass studio greenlit Burp's Machine exceeds analysts' expectations for the IPO derivatives offering on the Manila stock exchange when the Thai baht is trading up on the yield curves for rupee arbitrage . . . That's what movie-making is all about.

  • because every shoddy decison about remakes equals one less new movie being made. By new, I mean not another frickin remake.

  • April 6, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Did you see the Onion piece ...

    by Timothy1

    ... a few weeks back about a remake of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" already in the works? Funny stuff. Oh, and the "7Up" series is Michael Apted, not Joanou.

  • April 6, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    But how will they handle...

    by Soops

    The "Burt Reynolds Moustache"??? Will they CGI it on an actor? It's pretty fucking cheesy - I don't think anyone's had a 'stache like that since Burt Reynolds. It's not a wild, out-of-control "Tom Selleck" thing. It's a smooth operator, cool and sleek design.

  • April 6, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    SoG

    by StigMata

    Outside of Res Dogs, State of Grace is the best modern day gangster film fucking period. But where the fuck have all the tough guy actors gone?? And I'm not talking personal-trainer-latte bullshit, I'm talking grit Mr. Blonde/Clubber Lang/Bud White/Ed Norton-in-American History fucking X goddamn it.

  • April 6, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    In the vein of the tough guy...

    by StigMata

    I want someone to give a bunch of guys from the UFC a script but I want the fight scenes to be real. There's an experiment for you. Give me a three act structure and some real blood and I'm buying a ticket. If Curtis Hanson can direct M&M (yeah I spelt it) then Fincher can telephone Palahniuk and script a sequel to Fight Club with some motherfuckers who mean business as an extension of the original idea; only the sequel is set in wartime with the American male facing a whole new set of very real frustrations because I sure as fuck feel like screaming my fucking head off every time I turn on the nightly news. Culture of fear indeed. Someone get this done. Score the whole fucking film to The Sword's "Age of Winters" album and bring it all down.

  • April 6, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    You know what,

    by thatpeterguy

    Hollywood isn't even trying anymore. Which is great news if you are a writer. Anything half way decent should get a look or two these days. I've already started penning my remake of "Dolomite".

  • April 7, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I won't see it...I will PULL IN MY ANTENNA...

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    ...I'll be like a ghost...

  • April 7, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Phil Joanou is underrated

    by deadguy76

    He directed Gary Oldman's most underrated performance in State of Grace, a decent actioner in Heaven's Prisoners, a thriller in Final Analysis, and a Fellini style autobiography film with Entropy.

  • April 7, 2006, 5:45 a.m. CST

    I'm still laughing at "squealing gunfire."

    by morGoth

    <nt>

  • April 7, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST

    I dont care what they remake

    by misnomer

    just as long as they never touch the absolute classics...back to the future or <predator,weird science,robocop, indy,die hard etc>

  • April 7, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST

    A True Classic

    by weebay

    Sharky&#39;s Machine is probably my favorite Burt Reynolds film and easily one of the most underrated cop drama&#39;s of all time. These pussy ass crime films of today couldn&#39;t hold a candle to it. Great script, well acted, suspenseful, loaded with action and funny. Plus the scene with the butterfly knive alone would probably earn the film an x-rating today.

  • April 7, 2006, 7:24 a.m. CST

    ROTFLMAO!!!!

    by Undead Neverhood

    There shouldn&#39;t be any more remakes... just Lucas-style "improvements".

  • April 7, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I think its safe to say

    by Undead Neverhood

    That no matter how bad this remake will turn out, it still won&#39;t flop worse than Basic Instinct 2. BS 2 may actually flop worse than "Catwoman" or "Alexander".

  • April 7, 2006, 7:34 a.m. CST

    dumb

    by Jon Zuckerman

    Stupidest idea since I heard about The Fog (which I didnt and will never see) & The Warriors remakes.

  • April 7, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Undead...

    by brycemonkey

    I read that Sharon Stone wants to make Basic Instinct 3. She is going to star AND direct, but only after she makes an album... What has she been smoking?

  • April 7, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    "That movie was a rip-off!"

    by Anna Valerious

    "There weren&#39;t any sharks or machines in it!"-Eddie Murphy to Burt Reynolds (Robert Urich) about his disappointment in the film "Sharky&#39;s Machine".

  • April 7, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    At least someone&#39;s hiring him, I thought he was dead...

    by TregsHimself

  • April 7, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    hahahaaha

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    Look, I love Sharky&#39;s Machine as much as the next guy, but calling it a classic is a stretch by anyone&#39;s standards. As much as I enjoy it, it&#39;s still shit.

  • April 7, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    "State of Grace" is way overrated!!!

    by NeoCon

    I love this revisionist history where all of these average movies become "classics". Sean Penn was in his "Deniro Phase" of his career. His whole performance is a huge Deniro impression (also Casualties of War). He must have just seen "Mean Streets" for the first time and decided he would be "Johnny Boy" for 3 or 4 movies. Gary Oldman blew Penn away. Also, the camera never stops moving in that movie. It looked like amateur hour. They can&#39;t remake "Sharkey&#39;s Machine" because WB doesn&#39;t have the balls to make such a dirty little movie like that anymore. Burt Reynolds may be the greatest asshole alive today, but he did star in and direct a cool film.

  • April 7, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Revisionist history?

    by StigMata

    NeoCon, you&#39;ll find a good many of us who loved State of Grace the second we realized we were watching Oldman&#39;s best performance, or when Robin Wright Penn walked on screen, or when Ed Harris tells John C. Reilly he can scratch his name from "The Yella Pages." The film has undeniably one of the best casts going, is eminently quotable, and -perhaps this is personal opinion- the resolution of the firefight paralleling the St. Patrick&#39;s Day Parade was masterful. Exactly how is any part of State of Grace "amateur hour?" I&#39;m genuinely interested in any real examples you can offer because I just don&#39;t see it. "I hope that was your favorite gun. I hope you fucking LOVED that gun."

  • April 7, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Re: Stigmata

    by NeoCon

    First: I used the term "Revisionist History" because every halfway decent movie seems to become a classic 10 years later. It&#39;s usually because you remember one cool scene or one cool line that you let define the movie. Most of the time when you watch it again it isn&#39;t nearly as good as you remember since we usually forget the flaws. I liked the movie but it was seriously flawed. 2) I agree that this movie had a great cast and some cool lines but it had two huge flaws. I already mentioned Sean Penn. It became distracting seeing his "Deniro" preformance. My Dad and I kept making jokes in the Deniro voice while we were watching it. I called it "amateur hour" because the camera never stopped moving across the room and around people and etc. This also took me out of the movie. A lot of young directors are terrified of just shooting the scene.

  • April 7, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Good one, Max!

    by Uncapie

    Waldo Lydecker strikes again. Of course, it was Sheby Woolcott that got struck by McPherson but, I digress.

  • April 7, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    They&#39;re also remaking Near Dark...

    by LeiaDown&FuckHer

    They&#39;ve finally broken me, I just don&#39;t fucking care anymore. Coming soon, next weeks remakes of films that opened last week, swiftly followed by remakes of remakes, and after that: &#39;remakes on a plane&#39;...

  • April 7, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Uncapie - get the Laura DVD....

    by Max Meanie

    ...it has a deleted scene of Waldo prepping Laura with hair & clothing suggestions. Same as the laserdisc. And it was Shelby Carpenter. "It&#39;s too bad you didn&#39;t open that door, Carpenter!" "What a minute..." WHAM!

  • April 7, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    "Improvements" to films...

    by brycemonkey

    I really want them to go back and change Wrath of Khan so that when the computer is counting down to self destruct it just says, "Denny Crane... Denny Crane... Denny Crane..."

  • April 7, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Sequel to "Gator"

    by pubdef

    "Gator" was the sequel to "White Lightning" I notice the guy dissing State of Grace hasn&#39;t mentioned Ed Harris&#39;s performance.

  • April 7, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Three O&#39;Clock High....outstanding little film

    by Ninja Nerd

    I have this movie on VHS and took it out the other night to show the wife. She&#39;d never heard of it, which is true of most people. I never remember it being in theatres...just caught it on HBO one night and bought the tape a while later. I have no clue if Joanou is good or bad for Sharkey&#39;s Machine...I could care less. Geez, the original wasn&#39;t very good; maybe he&#39;ll improve it. LOL.

  • April 7, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Old School Spoilers

    by Evil Chicken

    The severing of the fingers creeped me out back in the day.

  • April 7, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    What&#39;s exceptionally depressing about it

    by kinoman

    is that Mark Wahlberg is tipped to take over the Reynolds role. This charisma-free "actor" helped sink the remakes of Charade and The Italian Job so what are the chances of him doing the same for "Sharkey&#39;s Machine". I enjoyed the original and Wahlberg ought to be forced to sit through it a dozen times. On second thoughts, it wouldn&#39;t do any good. The role calls for a tough-guy type, and Wahlberg doesn&#39;t make the cut.

  • April 7, 2006, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Wahlberg Was Pretty Good In The Big Hit

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Wherein he portrayed a hardcore hitman whose schtick was being an uncharismatic workaday milquetoast. And in that porn movie where his role was to play an uncharismatic workaday milquetoast porn dongbearer. Hmmmm..... Yeah. Definitely seeing a pattern there.

  • April 8, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Finger Whacking Part

    by darquelyte

    Still sticks out all these years later. It&#39;s not the best movie, but it was probably the last good movie he was in until Boogie Nights. RIP Dar Robinson.

  • April 9, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    OMFG!!!

    by Cold Winter Wind

    Don&#39;t do a remake, just reissue the damn thing on DVD!!! That movie rocked hard! I know Domino (a character in this movie, not the movie of the same name) certainly rocked me! Everyone&#39;s performance was above par, even that goofball Saldana (or whatever his name is, I forget - not up to IMDB&#39;ing it - something like that anyway). ANYBODY doing a remake of this better have his/her poopie thorougly co-located, because this movie seriously owned my (then) military ass.

  • April 9, 2006, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Wow anothe remake

    by Reinbo2

    What&#39;s up with he lack of fresh ideas and creativity in Hollywood. Now they are even gonna make remakes of bad movies....

  • April 9, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    A Walk Among The Tombstones!

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Scott Frank draft. Do it, now! -- http://humapple.blogspot.com/

  • April 9, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Yes, you are correct Mr. Max!

    by Uncapie

    It was Carpenter! Woolcott is someone else. I blame it on that astronaut bastard Dave Bowman screwing with my memory banks! "Daisy," my ass! Picking up the DVD Monday. Sounds good!

  • April 10, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Joanou is indeed a brilliant director

    by beamish13

    THREE O&#39;CLOCK HIGH is one of the greatest debuts ever, and ENTROPY, STATE OF GRACE, and U2: RATTLE AND HUM are superb films.