When an established film franchise is rebooted in the form of a remake, most diehard fans of said franchise usually react in one of the following ways: either with rage that an ongoing storyline, no matter how off-the-path it has fallen, has been abandoned, with relief that the meandering plot lines have been abandoned, or […]
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Wes Craven’s original tale of torture and revenge is warmed up and reserved, and on the whole, I actually like this remake better than the original. The cast is very good, especially the victimized daughter, played by Sara Paxton. I loved seeing Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter fight fire with fire to avenge their daughter. […]
The residents of a small California town are slowly being replaced by otherworldly “pod people” and it’s up to Kevin McCarthy and Carolyn Jones to warn the rest of the world about the imminent alien invasion. This original film version of Jack Finney’s 1954 novel was a modestly budgeted flick that was critically ignored upon […]
A charmless, mediocre retelling of the 1985 cult favorite. Despite being penned by Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marti Noxon, the script moves far too fast, passing every opportunity to build tension or suspense. Colin Farrell is better than usual, but he can’t conjure half the swagger that Chris Sarandon had in the ’85 version. […]
I know, I know. The very sound of the word “remake” is bound to encourage outrage by the horror movie community. When it comes to horror movies, fans seem to rely the old “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it.” rule of thumb. (because we all know how fans love change.) But it just so […]
Is there something wrong with the fact that David Fincher’s “The Social Network” is more exciting than his remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?” People looking at computer monitors and holding board meetings shouldn’t be more engaging than Nazis, steel dildos, and serial murder. But it is.