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!*
When the Oscar nominations were announced, most people were befuddled. They didn’t recognize more than perhaps one film on the list. I’m including me. That’s how jacked up 2014 was. A film critic reads over the nominations and says, “What in the seven hells is Whiplash?” While I still haven’t seen Whiplash….or met anyone who has….at all, I’ve seen the movie that got the most early Best Picture Oscar buzz: Boyhood. Continue reading Movie Review: Boyhood (2014) *Is this the Next Best Picture?*
We continue to pick scenes from the late Robin Williams’ best works with 1989’s Dead Poets Society. This is, in my opinion, Williams’ best film. His unorthodox English-teaching methods exhort his students to seize the day and to love words.
The right words, strung together can lift the spirit to unmatched heights. The wrong words, strung equally effectively can destroy a life. Words were Williams’ business and he relished concocting ways to use them in ways that had never before been used. He wasn’t a wordsmith. He was a word alchemist.
Trying to pick one scene out of this film is nearly impossible, but-after thinking-I had to go with how the transformed students bid Mr. Keating farewell. It seems fitting given the circumstances.