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by Remo D
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Victor Frankenstein
Replies: 0
Views: 1862

Victor Frankenstein

I'm going to tell you ahead of time that I loved every minute of this movie, which may surprise some considering the pre-release contempt and glee that it's apparently fated to tank at the box office. So if you were hoping for a hatchet job from me, feel free to skip this review. Okay, if it's told ...
by Remo D
Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Replies: 0
Views: 2039

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

You may recall that I liked the first two HUNGER GAMES movies quite a bit--I even found CATCHING FIRE better than the first one. What a shame that the series had to end with the two-part clunker that is MOCKINGJAY. I still say that some of this is due to the trendy and profitable insistence on stret...
by Remo D
Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Spectre
Replies: 0
Views: 1921

Spectre

With the establishment of SPECTRE, "Bond 24" seems determined to put the finishing touches on the bridge connecting the rebooted, new-attitude 007 (Daniel Craig, of course), the high-adventure superspy typified by Sean Connery and the original literary creation of Ian Fleming. (For trivia completist...
by Remo D
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Crimson Peak
Replies: 0
Views: 1805

Crimson Peak

I was SUPPOSED to see this last week, but there was this power failure, see... So THIS week I had to choose between CRIMSON PEAK and the supposedly final PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film. Tough choice. Let's see... I swore off P.A. after the fourth entry but went and saw THE MARKED ONES anyway because I too...
by Remo D
Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Green Inferno
Replies: 2
Views: 924

The Green Inferno

Eli Roth has kept plenty busy since the HOSTEL films with short films, television work and the occasional screen turn, but THE GREEN INFERNO represents his first directorial feature since 2007. Made in 2013, distributor woes kept it on the shelf right up until Roth's next film (KNOCK KNOCK) was read...
by Remo D
Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Visit
Replies: 0
Views: 1542

The Visit

Brief recap. I didn't care for THE VILLAGE, and as a result I skipped LADY IN THE WATER. I thought THE HAPPENING was a respectable take on the "nature strikes back" films of the 70s, while THE LAST AIRBENDER and AFTER EARTH wouldn't have appealed to me no matter who directed them, so I never saw tho...
by Remo D
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Transporter Refueled
Replies: 0
Views: 1762

The Transporter Refueled

As much as I tend to enjoy a good Jason Statham film, they certainly don't all fall into that category. I remember two things about TRANSPORTER 3, for instance. One was Statham furiously pedaling a child's bicycle to keep up with a remote control device that was going to blow him up if it got too fa...
by Remo D
Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Ant-Man
Replies: 1
Views: 1266

Ant-Man

Honestly, I thought it was "too late" to review this one, but since it's still playing? It's another Marvel origin story, but this one's part of the main "Avengers" universe (unlike the constantly-rebooted SPIDER-MAN and F4). However, it starts off well before IRON MAN (before Tony took over Stark I...
by Remo D
Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Sinister 2
Replies: 0
Views: 1477

Sinister 2

When I wrapped up 2012, I declared Scott Derrickson's SINISTER the best horror film of the year but didn't really see room for a sequel (outside of the original being a hit, of course). But at least Derrickson stayed on board as co-producer and co-writer of the obligatory SINISTER 2, allowing Ciaran...
by Remo D
Sun Aug 23, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Replies: 0
Views: 1721

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Despite my long-standing affection for the original television series, I didn't work up a lot of enthusiasm for a new take on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and it doesn't seem like a lot of other people did, either. But this actually turned out to be one of the unfairly buried treasures of the year. Let ...
by Remo D
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Fantastic Pixels
Replies: 0
Views: 1542

Fantastic Pixels

I never got around to reviewing these, did I? And it scarcely seems worth it as they no longer appear to be going concerns. Nor was I actually planning to see either of these in the first place. Still and all, still and all... My wife treated me to a surprise trip to the drive-in theatre in San Jose...
by Remo D
Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Gift
Replies: 0
Views: 1539

The Gift

Ambitious, upwardly mobile Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) return to the former's old California stomping grounds when he scores a job with a billion-dollar company (with an even more lucrative promotion in the offing). Only now they can afford to move into a new and luxuriou...
by Remo D
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence
Replies: 1
Views: 688

The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence

So... this one's got about a week left on-demand before it disappears from that outlet and I hadn't even known it had come out in the first place. And the late Osio (which ran the first two films in this series) never even bothered with this one (come to think of it, they never ran the third ATLAS S...
by Remo D
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Vacation (2015)
Replies: 0
Views: 1738

Vacation (2015)

Really? Why did I go see this? A: I wasn't interested in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and wouldn't go see ANT-MAN or PIXELS without my family. B: I heard so much hate about this movie before it even opened, so I was curious to see if it was worse than THE VATICAN TAPES. C: I saw all four previous VACATION mov...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Vatican Tapes
Replies: 0
Views: 1900

The Vatican Tapes

I should let you know from the start that THE VATICAN TAPES is NOT a "found footage" movie. But it apparently wants to be one anyway. Any excuse for a character to be anywhere near a camera is an excuse to show the camera's point of view. Even when a guy steps into an elevator for a brief transition...
by Remo D
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Gallows
Replies: 0
Views: 1560

The Gallows

In 1993, a high-school production of a fictitious play known as "The Gallows" ends disastrously when young lead Charlie falls victim to a prop malfunction and is hanged for real in front of the audience. Twenty years later, the school forges ahead with another production of the ill-fated play (a str...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Terminator: Genisys
Replies: 0
Views: 1657

Terminator: Genisys

Having heard so many different things about this movie in advance, I approached TERMINATOR: GENISYS still unsure as to whether I was about to see a "reboot" or a legitimate "sequel." Silly me. With a time-travel premise such as this, there's no reason it can't be both. Say all four previous TERMINAT...
by Remo D
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Jurassic World
Replies: 0
Views: 1538

Jurassic World

There will be NO accolades or awards for screenwriting in this case, but JURASSIC WORLD is a monster movie that delivers, plain and simple. Officially, 2 and 3 never happened, but there's no contradictory information to get in the way if you want to count them anyway. In any event, after the disastr...
by Remo D
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Spy
Replies: 0
Views: 1498

Spy

When SPY was first announced, my immediate instinct said "skip it." It's no secret that I quite like Jason Statham, but I'm not compelled to see absolutely everything in which he appears (for example, EXPENDABLES 2 convinced me that I didn't need to see EXPENDABLES 3). And I really didn't feel like ...
by Remo D
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Insidious Chapter 3
Replies: 0
Views: 1528

Insidious Chapter 3

I quite liked James Wan's original INSIDIOUS. As for the sequel? I thought it was quite well-made but almost completely redundant. I did note at the time, however, that the fadeout opened the door for the series to continue in a fresher direction and that I wouldn't necessarily be averse to a third ...
by Remo D
Thu May 28, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Poltergeist (2015)
Replies: 0
Views: 1492

Poltergeist (2015)

I will never bag on a movie "just" for being a remake. There are some fine remakes out there, and doubtless there will be more. This just isn't one of them. Names have been changed to protect the originals, I guess. Instead of the Freelings, we get the Bowens. Otherwise, same family of five. Same st...
by Remo D
Thu May 21, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Mad Max: Fury Road

I believe a little background would be appropriate here... when I first saw the original MAD MAX, I didn't care for it at all (even though it had some "good action"). Of course, I was watching it when it premiered on HBO, and while in those days I wasn't nearly as hip to the joys of such assets as l...
by Remo D
Mon May 11, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Avengers: Age of Ultron

And so the long-awaited second Marvel Universe big-ticket "ensemble" film hits theatres. And I couldn't help but feel... underwhelmed. Is it just me? I don't think so. Was I in a bad or non-receptive mood? Hmm... no, it was Mother's Day and we were enjoying a family outing--I was open-minded and rea...
by Remo D
Fri May 01, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Ex Machina
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Ex Machina

And here it is... perhaps our last breath of quiet, thoughtful science fiction before the summer blockbusters officially take over. Very kind of Universal to give the directorial debut of writer Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER, SUNSHINE) a fair chance in a mainstream release. Young coding genius Caleb (...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Living
Replies: 0
Views: 1522

The Living

THE LIVING kicks off as a thirty-something husband Teddy (Fran Kranz of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) awakens from an off-screen bender to the grim reality that he'd beaten up his wife Molly (Jocelin Donahue from HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) the night before. Molly has retreated to her mother's house, but eventual...