I have to say, they finally got Conan right. I am of course referring to the 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones.
Don’t be afraid of the Dark is a remake of an old TV movie from 1973. Del Toro has called it the scariest teleplay ever written. I vaguely remember it from when I was a kid, and I do remember it being scary. This version, though starting out pretty good, eventually causes me to, well, not be afraid of the dark.
Apollo 18 is to science fiction what Paranormal Activity is to horror. Which is not entirely a glowing endorsement.
I have to say I didn’t have any expectations for Drive. Maybe I should have brought a few or at least borrowed one from the girl in the back of the theater who keeps yelling out in astonishment when anything violent happened on screen.
You know, a movie trailer can give us expectations about a film. It tells us a certain amount about a film so to draw us in and make us want to see it. And sometimes not. Sometimes it just lies.
Now that we are wrapped in the bony clutches of October, it’s time for an update of the always wonderful Shriekfest 2011! I find myself always looking forward to this festival every year. I love the first weekend of October as much as Halloween itself.
Despite all the efforts of the trailer editor, the general story idea guy, and anyone in charge of potential sappiness, sometimes a movie can beat all the odds and still make you like it.
I was looking forward to seeing this film because I really like Joseph Gordon Levitt and I had heard it was based on a true story. Both of these things came together well in what is a really good film. Still hung over from the abuse I took from Green Hornet, my Seth Rogen annoyance level was humming.
When you do a remake – or in this case a prequel that seems like a remake – you have to do some things that add to the film you’re remaking to make it somehow new. This has been done with varying degrees of success over the years, and this new version of The Thing falls somewhere in the middle. How’s that for a glowing endorsement?
Finally, someone around here got a moment to go see the film that has had everyone talking all summer… provided those people weren’t at SciFi conventions dressed as Boba Fett.