Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own tail at this point. There may be multiple versions of every movie ever made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven is not an offender. The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or override the classic. The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story has already lent itself to reinterpretation. It’s a Magnificent Seven for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is enjoyable. Continue reading Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 23rd gives us ANOTHER remake, an animated release, and a film where Kate Winslet makes dresses (called The Dressmaker…..s’how I knew). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/23/2016) – The Magnificent Seven, Storks, The Dressmaker
I’m not a particular fan of Antoine Fuqua’s work as a director, but Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt will get me to a movie theater even for a movie that did not need a remake (but when does that stop anyone these days? Details below courtesy of Geek Tyrant. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Magnifcent Seven Teaser #1 (2016) *Denzel and Star Lord Go WEST!*
AAAAARRRRGGGGH! Why in the world would you give away your movie in a trailer? WARNING: If you do not want to know a HUGE plot twist in Terminator 5, do NOT watch this second trailer for the film. I almost didn’t post it, but I’m giving people the choice of whether they want to know or not. To be frank, it’s going to be played in front of so many films before Genisys opens in July, you probably don’t have a choice of avoiding what is a complete franchise-changing plot twist. I’ve seen a lot of films reveal their entire plot in a trailer before, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this big a film hand over a “Luke, I am your father” type of moment in a trailer released two months and change before the film.
I don’t even know whether I think the twist is clever or not. I can’t really digest it the way it should have been revealed (when it might have been a brilliant, jaw-dropping moment) and unless Terminator: Genisys is the only film you see between now and its release, chances are you won’t be able to either. Unless this is some amazing bait-and-switch, I think this may be the most damaging trailer to a film’s plot structure that I’ve ever seen. Still want to see? Up to you…