I miss movies where the emphasis is on people interaction. Happily, I've just discovered an endless supply of them. Old movies.
I especially like those movies where there isn't a main "bad guy". Just a bunch of ethical people successfully solving life's problems.
If you are of a similar mind and happen to remember the title of such a movie, I'd like to know. Doesn't have to be an old one for that matter.
As an example, I just finished watching The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
Much like music, the fallacy of "the old stuff was better" is prevalent largely because we don't have the luxury of being able to instantly identify modern classics. In reality, both film and music are better and more diverse now than at any point in their histories, but because the general public doesn't have time to digest them all, they fall back on what AMC or TCM tells them are classics instead of searching for themselves.
Hell, this year we've gotten the best line-up of summer movies in a long, long time (Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Snowpiercer, Life Itself, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). And that's not counting outstanding recent films like Pacific Rim, Frozen, The Conjuring, Oculus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, and so on and so forth.
I think you bring up a great point, as I couldn't agree with you more. Plus, if you want to take this conversation even further, then you could say that people will often place too much sentimentality on movies whenever they compare the original to a remake/reboot of something.
Granted, I will agree with most people that the original is often better than the remake/reboot, and they're obviously cash grabs to market off a recognizable brand name. However, that doesn't mean there aren't some cases where the remake/reboot surpasses the originals. People often have what I like to call "nostalgia goggles" on original films that they love to the point that even if the remake/reboot turns out to be better than the original in almost every fathomable way possible, then a lot of people will say crap like, "Der...it's not as good as the original!"
Take the remake for "True Grit" for instance. I personally think the remake is vastly superior to the original in every possible way, and it presents a more interesting character arc. A more realistic, and grittier tone. Whereas the original, it's a great movie for it's time, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it too. But, we have to face facts here. At the end of the day, it was still just another John Wayne movie, where John Wayne was being John Wayne. Sure, he acted different at the beginning being a drunken down old gunslinger, but by the end of the movie, he turned back into the old western hero audiences love. Hell, even the ending had that feel good John Wayne type ending, where he saves the day and rides off into the sunset. At least the remake, it had a different kind of ending that wasn't a tired old cliche.
I personally find it funny that people love to poke fun at how terrible most reboots and remakes can be, but many forget that some of the greatest films of all time were reboots/remakes. Hell, Christopher Reeves' superman movies are reboots of George Reeves' superman movies, and tv series.
The Wizard of Oz is technically a remake because there was quite a few silent films about the Wizard of Oz before the 1939 version came out. Al Pacino's "Scareface" is a remake of the 1932 film, yet people regard the remake version to be one of the best movies of all time. Therefore, it's possible for a remake/reboot to surpass the original, as it's already been done before various times.
'Penny Serenade' with Cary Grant! (I find the best movies at thrift stores… VHS of course.)
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