2 1/2 Stars
There is a central misconception regarding reboots, it is as if filmmakers are forced to acknowledge hallmarks of the original, while still attempting to expand and position themselves as the better entertainment. This trend continues with the shiny, new update of the Paul Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger sci-fi (semi) classic Total Recall. Director Len Wiseman practices an almost slavish devotion to the touchstones of that 1990 predecessor, after a while I was making a mental checklist of the similarities and differences. Maybe, it is impossible to appreciate this picture without having an affinity with the original? However I think those uninitiated, will find even less to like about this expensive retro fit.
Fright Night Asks Us To Remember the 80′s (When Vampires Were Actually Scary)
There’s generally not a ton of overlap in subject material between Hollywood and the fashion world (definitely a good thing – otherwise, all clothing would’ve become digital in the early 2000s), but in recent times the two industries have shared a similar passion: revisiting the 1980s.
Chances are good you noticed the 80′s coming back last year, with remakes of A Nighmare on Elm Street and The Karate Kid – not to mention, an A-Team movie and the MacGyver-inspired parody, MacGruber – hitting theaters left and right. There are more 80s movie remakes on the way as well, including this week’s Fright Night.
Michael Mann’s most underrated film is a forgotten masterpiece that was unjustly overlooked at the time of it’s theatrical release. Fusing the general storyline of two seminal episodes from the 1984 T.V. series, Mann’s script is a densely plotted narc-o tale about two Miami detectives working to bring down warring factions of Colombian drug dealers and white supremacists gun runners. Agent Sonny Crockett; Colin Farrell in a role that made Don Johnson a household name, Continue reading
T and J discuss the weekend box office of Nov 12-14, 2010; Colin Farrell stepping into the Schwarzenegger role in ‘Total Recall’; Why did Katherine Heigl step away from ‘Adaline’?; With ‘Fast 5′s release date moved to April, is the summer movie season getting a little too long?; Also a look at the new trailer for ‘Battle: Los Angeles’.