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Movie Review: Robocop

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 02/14/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Joel Kinnamin, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Michael K. Williams, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material, Running time108 minutes, Action/Sci-Fi

Compare to: Dredd (2012)

While making some changes to the original, this Robocop remains relatively the same. Not much is improved on from the original save for new age technology that doesn’t seem as far away as it once did.

But is it good? Can you watch it and feel like you’re watching a complete movie on it’s own? More or less, sure. Continue reading

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Major Themes of The Thing (1982)

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/28/2014 by McCutcheon

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Written by Bryce Waller

John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic, The Thing, is one of the greatest films ever made – regardless of genre.

Disregarding how much fun the film is to watch, you look at everything it had to over come to reach the cult status it has achieved today and it is outstanding! I will get into the analysis of the film soon, but I think it is only fair to let you know where The Thing started. Continue reading

Movie Review: Oldboy

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 11/27/2013 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson

Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language , Running time 104 minutes, Mystery/Action/Drama

Compare to: The Machinist (2004), Death Sentence (2007)

Much like Oliver Stone, Spike Lee is one those directors that’s difficult to differentiate from his movies. Aside from being vocal about whatever he has an opinion on, so much of his own character is put into the majority of his films that upon hearing that he would be remaking the 2003 Korean film of the same title, it seemed unnecessary yet an intriguing idea all the same.

And while Lee had a major task ahead of him, as any director of a remake has, he goes back and forth between delivering the appropriate strikes. While one scene is full of drama and mystery, the next completely undoes it all with gratuitous violence that seemed to have no other purpose than to shock. Continue reading

What I Want to See in The Creature from the Black Lagoon Remake

Posted in Top 5 Lists, Whatever with tags , , , , on 09/19/2012 by McCutcheon

“No, I’ve gotta go. MOM, I’m carrying a dead woman right now, I WILL CALL YOU BACK.”

Before anything else, I’m going to open up with my lack of articles the past few days. Not only has a lot been going on personally, but the writing I have been doing is going elsewhere, sad to say, and I can’t post it on here to add to my list of brilliant musings on life, love, and movies, minus the first two.

Anyway.

It’s inevitable. Everything is being remade and Horror characters are getting the short end of the stick. “Hey, if we redo Ghoulies 2, we will make money and we don’t even have to think about it!” I’m pretty sure that exactly, word for word, is how executives are plotting this stuff out. No contractions. They’re also saying, “Make it PG-thirteenier! More money in that!” The Universal monsters are even getting a 21st century makeover.

Van Helsing sucked, Frankenstein gets remade one way or another regardless of who wants it, vampires are a mainstay and even Wolfman saw the light of day, even if it was sucker-punched as soon as it took a step outside to breathe in the fresh air. Continue reading

Movie Review: Total Recall

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , on 08/03/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language , Running time 118 minutes, Sci-fi/Action

Compare to: Minority Report (2002), Repo Men (2010)

Being a fan of 1990’s Total Recall, it is admittedly, a little difficult to look at this film objectively and not compare it to the original. No matter what you do, the filmmakers risk “ripping off” the original, or trying too hard to seem new and different. Some things should be changed in a remake, while others don’t seem the same without those features. But that’s the difficulty of making a remake. Total Recall doesn’t suffer from coming off as a clone of Ahnuld’s, while it forgets to have as much fun as the original seemed to. Then again, a massive Austrian in the lead role is a unique aspect you only get with one actor.

Does this Recall stand on it’s own? Can a remake? I find it tough to say, but sure. This movie is likable. It’s fast, dynamic, and keeps your mind wondering what kind of twist they might introduce, be it completely new or a little familiar. It is amazing? Nah. Continue reading

For the Memories of a Lifetime…Total Recall’s Minor Issues

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , , on 08/02/2012 by McCutcheon

The new Total Recall movie comes out tomorrow and it made me reinvest myself in the last one. We had the TV version taped on VHS in ’94 and I, as a kid, watched it so many times the average adult human would have gone insane had he been forced to view it as many times as I did. Yet it’s funny that as many times as I watched it, there are several things I didn’t not once even notice.

These are not things I expect to be mind blowing if you’re a huge fan of the movie, but rather more personal revelations. I was seven in ’94, after all.

So before your get your Quaid/Hauser on, suck on the following, and open your miiiiiindd….

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You Gotta See This: Fright Night (2011)

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 04/06/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collete, Imogen Poots

Rated R for Bloody horror violence, and language, 2011, Horror/Comedy

Compare to: The Frighteners (1996), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

“Whaaa? But this movie’s not even a year old! I know about this one already.” Right, you know about it, but nobody went to see it. And I’m not really sure why not. Twilight makes enough money, but we all know it’s not for the “vampires”.  The Blade series has been popular enough, but that’s more about the action. So I ask you: Why did this movie barely make enough to cover it’s budget of 30 million? Before I go any further, you should see this:

The remake was great all right. A great mistake. If you really believe that was great I understand why vampire movies now include sparkles or vampires that are nothing more than zombies. Vampires that could be complex, seductive, tragic, yet predatory are lost because of movie goers like you. You should be ashamed of yourself.

And this:

David Tennant might be a good actor but he can’t save everything. If he had the original script he could have done a fantastic job with Peter Vincent the way he was intended, the way Roddy McDowell played him. But that wasn’t the script he was given…

All of their names are things like “DarkMagik” and “Annericefan72.” The first comment was directed at me, by the way. I should be ashamed of myself for liking this movie. So I’d say it’s safe to assume many vampire fans don’t think they’re vampires if they aren’t wearing doilies and sipping blood like it’s wine. So before I go any further, I had to put that out there because I think I finally figured out why a legitimate vampire movie, remake or not, didn’t make any money. Even if it sucked, you’d still have to see it to know. Moving on… Continue reading