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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008 10:00 pm

Bad "Lieutenant": I've long been a critic of Hollywood's obsession with remakes, especially in light of new plans to rework relatively recent films like "Predator," "RoboCop" and "Friday the 13th." However, the idea of "reworking" a story has admittedly yielded some positive results lately ("Batman Begins" and "Casino Royale" being the best examples), so I have begrudgingly began to come to terms with this increasingly popular practice. If that's the only way to inject new life into a dying or dead franchise, then so be it.

A couple weeks ago, it was announced that Nicolas Cage will be starring in a reworking of the 1992 Abel Ferrara film "Bad Lieutenant." It appears that things may have gone too far and film buffs may have finally had their fill, because the uproar among movie geeks has been deafening. It's one thing to revitalize a franchise or translate a foreign film to mainstream U.S. audiences (trivia: Cage was also at one time attached to a remake of the South Korean thriller "Oldboy"). It's quite another to apply the same principle to a highly regarded American film less than 16 years old.

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