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The Retouchables: RoboCop

Chris Klimek

Peter Weller in  RoboCop  '87: I will call you "Murphy," and Murphy when you call me you can call me "Al."

Peter Weller in RoboCop '87: I will call you "Murphy," and Murphy when you call me you can call me "Al."

Today! Right now! Right here! The first installment of The Retouchables, an irregular but recurring feature I'll be writing for NPR Monkey See about reboots and remakes and re-remakes and, just maybe, bootmakers. IN THIS EPISODE: RoboCop!

 José Padilha's remake opened at number four with a bullet last weekend, so the time just felt right. This'll be all on RoboCop for a while, I promise.

Podcast: We Need to Talk About RoboCop (Some More)

Chris Klimek

Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in  RoboCop.

Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman in RoboCop.

Please don't let the fact that my wonky Skype connection makes me sound like ED-209 stop you from listening to this week's exciting episode of the /Filmcast, wherein I was delighted to be the guest of hosts David Chen and Devindra Hardawar to chew over José Padhila's RoboCop remake. I'm sorry my smart interjections are sometimes hard to hear. I'm grateful my dumb and/or irrelevant interjections are sometimes hard to hear.

I'd also like to apologize to copyeditors and Strunk & White fans everywhere for saying "semicolon" (in RE colon The Raid colon Redemption) when I clearly meant "colon." Because as a beloved writing professor once taught me, when  you mispunctuate, you mis a punc out of u and yeah you know what never mind.

Anyway, please enjoy the podcast. It was a lot of fun. My thanks to Dave and Devindra for having me on.

Podcast: Young RoboCop, Old RoboCop

Chris Klimek

RoboCop '14 & RoboCop '87. The original has more gestural flair, and so does the movie he's in.

RoboCop '14 & RoboCop '87. The original has more gestural flair, and so does the movie he's in.

Thanks to Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson for having me on the Voice Film Club podcast this week to talk RoboCop, and to listen in rapt mostly-silence while they discuss Vampire Academy. I've not seen the latter but I certainly will, based on the impression HAHAHAHAHAHAjokes it made on Amy and Alan.

You can hear the episode here. I can't believe I forgot to plug the good RoboCop remake.

The Big Engine That Couldn't: Why RoboCop's Hopeless ED-209 is One of the All-Time Great Movie Robots

Chris Klimek

I saw José Padilha's new remake of Paul Verhoeven's classic sci-fi satire RoboCop the other night. It reminded me of what it feels like when someone with a pleasantly melodic voice covers a song by Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan: It's technically "better" in all the ways that don't matter, and worse in all the ways that count.

I'll be discussing the picture later this week in the first of a series of posts I'm going to be writing for the my pal Linda Holmes over at NPR's Monkey See about... remakes! But first, this little ditty for my man Alan Scherstuhl at the Village Voice, about how the brilliant animator and visual effects artist Phil Tippett created my favorite performance in the 1987 RoboCop: the dysfunctional robot ED-209.

UPDATE: A reader located and sent me a link to the Starlog magazine photo I reference in the piece. And that reader turned out to be Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt, whose stuff I've been reading for years. "Pretty neat," as patrolman Alex Murphy might say.