Political blogger David Burge recently quipped that the Left has been destroying great institutions through a four step process: “1) identify a respected institution, 2) kill it, 3) gut it, and 4) wear its carcass as a skin suit while demanding respect.” The same might be said of the remakes currently being made of great films. Earlier this year the comedy classic Ghostbusters was remade by draining it of its original humor and panache and filling the void with politicized schlock. Hollywood has now followed up with a remake of the John Sturges 1960 classic Magnificent Seven. As noted in a review of the remake by Molly Flynn, “At its core [this film] is an angry, radical fantasy. In Sturges’ version, the government fails to protect the village from bandits. The new version replaces the pack of lawless bandits with one person, that villain from central casting—a capitalist.” And instead of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, the heroes are now played by, well actually I’ve never heard of the actors, who were clearly selected more for ethnic balance than stage presence. Take a look the difference in the 1960 and 2016 versions. Despite all the technology and wealth of our sophisticated new century, something of charm and artistry of the last has clearly been lost.