The Fractured Mirror entry: The Remake (2016)
about 2 months ago
– Fri, Oct 06, 2023 at 06:44:16 AM
The Remake (2016)
When famous people lend their time and energy to micro-budgeted independent films it can feel more like an act of charity than a sign of genuine enthusiasm. Sure enough, when Larry King, Sally Kellerman and June Lockhart, in tragically will probably be her last onscreen appearance, show up in the surreally awful 2016 vanity project The Remake it comes off as an act of excessive kindness towards a well-intentioned but hopeless amateur. Then again, The Remake is so inept that everyone’s participation other than writer-director-star Lynne Alana Delaney and her real-life and onscreen husband Ruben Roberto Gomez seems like a gift.
In addition to writing and directing Delaney stars as movie Sheridan O’Connor. The veteran actress starred in a hit romance when just starting out with her offscreen and onscreen leading man Riccardo Rossi (Gomez) but when he left her at the altar for unknown reasons their personal and professional relationship ended dramatically. Thirty years later the director of their debut film wants them to reunite for a remake. But will they be able to put their differences aside for the sake of art?
The squabbling lovers are ostensibly making an eagerly awaited remake of one of the most popular films of the last fifty years yet the film-within-a-film’s production values are more in line with homemade pornography. The Remake is like The Room without the non-stop unintentional laughter. Before The Remake most of its writer-director-star’s film credits were for uncredited bit parts. With The Remake she gave herself a big, unearned promotion despite possessing a talent level commensurate with being an extra, and not a particularly successful one either. The Remake proves that you’re never too old or too obscure to make an unwatchable movie.