New RoboCop Trailer….Did We Really Need A Remake?

Is it me or does the idea of doing a RoboCop remake remind you of the time the WWF tried to bring in a “new” “Razor Ramon”? Anyways, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for the new RoboCop movie:

Ehhh….this trailer doesn’t leave me feeling very optimistic about the remake to the 1987 action classic. The original RoboCop was a masterpiece. The perfect combination of originality, satire, and political commentary wrapped up in 102 minutes of pulse pounding badassery. Originally written as a critique of the corporatist culture of the Reagan era, the original RoboCop’s message has a timeless appeal. The trailer for this remake demonstrate none of that, looking to instead replace the well crafted commentary with explosions and Samuel Jackson. Don’t get me wrong, I love explosions and Sam Jackson, but the hacks in Hollywood didn’t need to use the RoboCop franchise to make that kind of movie. Hopefully this isn’t just another one of Hollywood’s attempts to cash in on another one of my beloved  childhood franchises, but at this point i’m skeptical.

In Cramer We Trust: Stewart vs Cramer Round 2

Here’s a video clip of the second round in Jon Stewart’s war on CNBC.

I also like this quote from Matt Yglesias that pours salt on the wound:

I’ve made this analogy before, but CNBC and much of the rest of the financial media is just what you would have gotten if television existed back when entrail-reading was a popular method of forecasting the future. It’s a national embarrassment that these people are taken seriously.