‘Red Sparrow’ Is Deadly And Seductive In First Trailer

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Looks do kill. It’s not just a catchy tagline for a now off air TV show (Nikita). It perfectly sums up this new film. Interestingly, or unsurprisingly, they’re both about spies. In so many ways, I guess it doesn’t matter whether the story is original or an adaptation, when it comes to a story with a spy at the center (i.e., Alias), it’s always going to be interesting and worth keeping tabs on. Good and fun are matters for later, because right now, I’m completely intrigued.

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‘The Nanny Diaries’ Is Still Charming And Cute 10 Years Later

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Who doesn’t love a good book adaptation? That answer is obvious. While it can pretty much always be agreed upon, that when it comes to adaptations of our favorite books or more obscure ones, audiences want something that looks like what they spent hours reading. However, that’s not always possible. Sometimes it’s just too complicated to get it all in or to simply get it right. Sometimes, there’s too many expectations and comparisons to other adaptations. And sometimes, it could very well be the people in charge of bringing the book to the big screen, who ultimately doom the finished film.

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‘George Wallace’ Still Offers Up A Fascinating Portrait Of A Polarizing Political Figure 20 Years Later

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When it comes to biographical movies it’s never predictable what you’ll get. What might look interesting and engaging in a trailer or TV spot, might be less than that when seen as a whole. There’s also the general fact that with biopics it’s tough to balance the need and/or desire for a factual portrayal, and the drama that must come from telling an interesting narrative. Some can manage all this pretty well, and others can’t weather the storm that comes from taking too much creative license.

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‘Body Snatchers’ Is The Worst Remake Of The Bunch

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Remakes. I hate remakes because they end up like this film. Dreadful, uninteresting, not scary in the slightest, and so many other things I’m not thinking of at the moment. I truly thought it would be a good idea to revisit this particular remake, but I was wrong. Live and learn, and sometimes regret.

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‘The Invasion’ Is Still Fun 10 Years Later, Even If It’s Not Fully Effective

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When it comes to remakes there’s always a certain expectation level. They’re notoriously, especially in the past 10 to 15 years, terrible ideas. Mere cash grabs that serve no other purpose, no matter how fun they may or may not be for audience members. But when it comes to a remake of a story that’s been done numerous times before, particularly with good results on occasion, it’s even harder. How do you take an incredibly well known story and do something new with it? Changing characters and locations only gets you so far. There needs to be more or it’ll crash and burn, and be yet another wasted effort that only looks like a quick cash grab for the studio.

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31 Days of Oscar: “Jaws”

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The modern day creature feature genre of film can largely be attributed to this particular one. Not only did it give rise to one of the most iconic characters in film, among other iconic moments, but it set a very specific standard. This standard is seldom even close to having been reached, but it shows just how much fun can be had when making a normal animal a kind of villain in the story. Continue reading

31 Days of Oscar: “A Cry in the Dark”

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The biopic isn’t always about sunshine and daisies or overcoming adversity. Sometimes they’re really, really bleak. One event after the other is just another devastating blow, and makes it difficult to have hope that anything positive will ever break through all the misery. Continue reading