Re: Is James going to review Robocop (2014)?
I strongly disagree, most remakes are pretty good for the most part, the only ones I truly hate are PG-13 remakes of R-rated horror films(I.E. Prom Night, April Fools Day, The Stepfather) and remakes of foreign horror films(I.E. Pulse, Shutter, The Grudge, The Ring, Let Me In), thankfully those types of remakes seem to have both died down in popularity.
I think there's plenty of excuse for a remake if it takes things in a different direction, like for example the Total Recall remake didn't have the trip to Mars but we got more background on some other stuff that we didn't get in the original film, so I thought that remake justified itself well enough(Ebert certainly liked it anyways). Also both The Thing and The Blob remake were far superior to the original films in every way.
Shot-for-shot remakes like The Omen I can't really justify because it does seem pretty pointless when it tells the exact same story only with different actors. Remakes don't seem nearly as lazy as when Hollywood makes movies based on things like the Smurfs and now LEGO(god help us all).