The misogynist outrage over the Ghostbusters remake has made it the must-see movie of the season

ALMOST EVERYONE ASKS, “WHY remake a great movie?” But very few, outside of those who stand to make money off such an enterprise, ever ask, “Why not remake a great movie?” Maybe it’s smarter to think of movie remakes as cover songs, works that test the power of the original without necessarily dissolving it. “One of the ways songs survive is that they mutate,” cultural critic Greil Marcus has written. “Pop songs are always talked about as ‘the soundtrack to our lives,’ when all that means is that pop songs are no more than containers for nostalgia. But lives change,

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