Watch This Side-by-Side Comparison of 25 Films and Their Remakes

Movie remakes and reboots have become the norm in Hollywood, with every existing property, it seems, becoming fair game for a do-over—regardless of its previous success or failure. (See: Josh Trank's Fantastic Four.) The video above by Barcelona-based filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret creates a visual dialogue about the remake trend by placing scenes from the original films side-by-side with their remakes, revealing the similarities and differences between the two, without making judgments as to which is better.

The supercut features 50 films from the past 56 years, with several genres represented. There are shot-for-shot remakes like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho (1998) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2007), remakes that share a title but deviate from the original story like David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and a couple of head-scratchers that fans of the originals are still angry about. It's impossible to fully appreciate which elements the remakes borrowed from the original films, because this video only includes a few seconds of each film. But it does work as an interesting jumping off point to go back and watch the pairings to compare and contrast.

Obvious differences can be seen in some of the short snippets, like the switch from a male to a female protagonist in Evil Dead (2013). But the more subtle differences are in the way scenes are framed and how dialogue is altered, which requires seeing the films in their entirety. Lloret includes a few obscure selections, and a couple of films that some viewers may not recognize as remakes, like Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning The Departed (2006), which was a remake of the Chinese crime-thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), or Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995), which was based on Chris Marker's short film, La Jetée (1962).

Watch the supercut above to see some of the choices the remake directors made, as well as the choices that Lloret made as an editor in putting this piece together.

[h/t Hypebeast]

Banner image via Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo

Afternoon Map
The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”


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