It’s certainly no surpise that we are not often on board with the whole remake thing these days. They so seldom make any improvement on the original. And as we have entered the Age of the Reboot, this can only get more disheartening and annoying as the next few years pass. Interestingly, however, I happen to think the original Total Recall was actually a film that could use a fresh look. The technology has advanced leaps and bounds since 1990 and I think the original shows its’ age. Ultimately, the film director Len Wiseman has made does does nothing injurious to the idea of remakes, and maybe even makes a mild case FOR them.
I am really sad to see Christopher Nolan leave this franchise. No one has ever handled this kind of material the way he has. His are some mighty big Bat boots to fill. And, even though this third and final installment of his Batman trilogy doesn’t quite reach the heights of its’ predecessor, it is an exceptional and fitting conclusion.
Assuredly, fans of Family Guy will find enjoyment in Ted, as it is co-written and directed by Seth McFarlane. I, myself, am about, oh, a 75 % fan of Family Guy. It’s generally funny, but sometimes I feel like the jokes are just for Seth, and no one else. That being said, Ted is still as broad in it’s comedy and often low brow, but perhaps there are less jokes that require you to be in Seth’s head.
When is a science fiction movie not a science fiction movie? When is a romantic comedy not a romantic comedy? When it’s Safety Not Guaranteed. But I’ll tell you what this movie definitely is: a real joy to watch.
What a wacky notion, right? Abraham Lincoln was secretly a vampire killer? Seems kind of preposterous. And yet, when you think about it, maybe it’s kinda cool. I mean, someone thought to write a novel first, so clearly certain people thought it was worth the time. And as it turns out, the author, Seth Graham-Smith, first wrote the best-selling novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.
A movie, based on a musical, based on a bunch of rock songs from the 80’s. Add Tom Cruise as a creepy, messed-up rock diety and an opening scene of a bus-load of people singing “Sister Christian”, and you’ve got a reason to get drunk for two hours so you can get throught it.
Dead Man’s Burden is a fine western full of mood with emotionally complex story and I’d be game for more new film makers to take a stab at the genre.
Expectations. Sometimes expectations has much to do with how we feel about a film. And Prometheus, oh, how we have been given expectations about you. But if that were all that troubled us, one could perhaps wrestle our way past it. But to be given such a visually beautiful film, one that asks grand questions, one with all the elements needed for brilliance, and still come out with that empty feeling? Well, there’s more going on here than mere expectation.
Much can be said about Piranha 3 DD in one statement: In the first one, the secret big star in the opening scene was Richard Dreyfuss. In this sequel, the big star in the opening scene is …Gary Busey. Yeah, just not the same, is it?
If you’ve ever wondered how to make a big summer film based on a kind of board game you played as a kid, look no further than Battleship, directed by Peter Berg. It’s not necessarily how you make it good, but then, why the Hell would you make this movie anyway?