Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
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Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”

Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
“10 Bad Dates With De Niro,” edited by Richard T. Kelly, is a collection of “10 best” lists prepared by a wide assortment of cinematically knowledgeable people. Nev Pierce, editor of Total Film magazine, compiled a list for the book of 10 remakes that are better than the original film on which they’re based. No. 10 on Pierce’s list is “The Departed,” director Martin Scorsese’s 2006 remake of “Infernal Affairs.”

The original: “Infernal Affairs”

Released in 2002, “Infernal Affairs” is a Hong Kong cop drama that stars Tony Leung, left, and Andy Lau. Leung’s character was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Departed,” with Lau’s character played by Matt Damon. (Media Asia Films Ltd.)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The remake: “The Departed”

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 film “The Departed,” a remake of the 2002 film “Infernal Affairs.” (Andrew Cooper / Warner Bros.)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The original: “Abre los Ojos” (Open Your Eyes)

Penelope Cruz and Eduardo Noriega play young adults whose relationship unravels in the 1997 film “Open Your Eyes.” (Artisan Entertainment)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The remake: “Vanilla Sky”

Penelope Cruz also stars in the remake -- director Cameron Crowe’s 2001 film, “Vanilla Sky” -- co-starring with Tom Cruise as an heir to a publishing company. (Neal Preston / Paramount Pictures)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The original: “Scarface”

Ann Dvorak and George Raft in the 1932 version of “Scarface,” produced by Howard Hughes. Paul Muni stars in the film as Tony Camonte, an ambitious gangster climbing to the top of the mob world. (Universal Studios)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The remake: “Scarface”

Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana in the 1983 remake, directed by Brian De Palma. (Universal Studios)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The remake: “Ocean’s Eleven”

Brad Pitt, left, plays Rusty Ryan and George Clooney plays Danny Ocean in the 2001 version of “Ocean’s Eleven,” which has spawned a franchise off the original Rat Pack film. (Bob Marshak / Warner Bros.)
Nev Pierce’s film list “Ten Remakes That Improve on the Originals” from “10 Bad Dates With De Niro”
The original: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

Dana Wynter and Kevin McCarthy star in the original black-and-white 1956 film. (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
The remake: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

Donald Sutherland stars in the 1978 version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which also included a brief cameo by Kevin McCarthy, the star of the original. (Los Angeles Times file photo)
A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
The original: “The Fly”

Herbert Marshall, left, Charles Herbert and Vincent Price examine a spider web in the 1958 version of “The Fly.” (20th Century Fox)
A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
The remake: “The Fly”

A scientist, played by Jeff Goldblum, crouches in his matter-transmission machine in the 1986 version of “The Fly,” directed by David Cronenberg. (Attila Dori / 20th Century Fox)
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