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That overwhelming feeling of deja-vu while sitting back, relaxing and enjoying fine American cinema is all too prevalent these days.
One of the biggest comments that resound throughout movie theaters around the country is the lack of original ideas. Movie fans point to poorly-thought-out sequels or the overly annoying "reboots" as proof that Hollywood is huffing and puffing and hardly blowing away the audiences.
And, they're certainly not coming up with anything original on a consistent basis.
More than two decades ago, action superstars such as Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segal and Arnold Schwarzenegger churned out action ad nauseam with basically the same redundant premise. That formula worked but quickly vanished as the 80s turned into the 90s.
But some writers, producers and movie gurus simply didn't acknowledge history and thus are doomed to let the past repeat itself. Nothing is more annoying in modern-day movie watching than reliving the same formulaic script and premise over and over again.

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One of the more head-scratching movie templates are the aforementioned "reboots," movies that have been made multiple times regarding the same subject matter. These typically reside mostly in the world of comic books.
The definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. This mentality is ignored triumphantly year and after. Sure, some new takes of old material (i.e. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) captured strong reviews and equally remarkable raves from fans but more often than not a "reboot" is a sure-fire sign that studios simply don't have the creative prowess to start from scratch.
Perhaps the most annoying aspect of remaking a movie is choosing one that was fine to begin with; rumors about remaking such classics (some cult) as Escape from New York, Dirty Dancing, Death Wish and Blade Runner are met with resistance, most from fans of the original who cry foul for messing with a proven entity. Do we really need to see a RoboCop remake or another take on something as trivial and campy as Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Commando" or "Running Man?"
Look no further than such flops as Red Dawn and The Lone Ranger as proof that originals are best kept preserved -- and in the past where they belong. Some have speculated that there are about 50 or so movies scheduled to be remade within the next few years.
This is a sad commentary for an industry that once carefully crafted originality and expert story telling with classic films like The Godfather, The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Raging Bull.
At this rate, who's to say that those four previously mentioned iconic films aren't next on deck to be deciphered by a new director and unnecessarily featuring a brand new cast of actors.

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