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Carrie review

Carrie is one of those rare stories that never seems to change no matter how many times it’s retold, which is strange considering how drastically different remakes tend to be.

This version of Carrie brings the story into the modern era by using camera phones and YouTube, but, considering how much media attention cyber bullying has gotten recently, it seems like a missed opportunity that it isn’t really explored here in any great depth.

As one of those rare people who enjoy remakes of old movies, I don’t usually think that there isn’t a point in remaking a film, but this movie is so close to what came before that it is kind of boring.

20131104-202226.jpgThere has been a lot of criticism about Chloe Grace Moretz playing Carrie. The main problem seems to be her looks, but it’s naive to think that no matter how bad your upbringing is that you’ll be well adjusted and fit in just because you’re attractive. The real concern should have been that Moretz made her name playing a crime fighter in Kick-Ass and may not be convincing as a victim. However, she still managed to believably play the awkward, scared, withdrawn Carrie.

Unfortunately, most of the characters around her are not played so well. The majority of the other students at her school seemed to have nothing else on their minds but Carrie. Their world totally revolved around her, whether that means helping her or destroying her.

As a result they come across extremely two dimensional. For example, Chris, the school bitch, was one of the most unredeemable characters in recent cinema, she was pure one sided evil and would have been more believable had she been trying to blow up Gotham City.

Julianne Moore plays Carrie’s unhinged over the top mother and she plays the part well. The relationship between the two characters is so central to the story and it really was done justice by the two actresses.

car-rieBesides Carrie and her mother, the only character that seems genuine and real is Ms Desjardin played by Judy Greer. The character is basically the teacher that should be in every school, minus a few outbursts, she seems to really look out for her students and want them to do the right thing.

It’s hard to say if Carrie could ever be considered scary. Even though it’s labelled a horror films it’s more like a tragic story about bullying and child abuse. Still, teenagers will relate to the misunderstood Carrie and if Chloe Moretz plays her cards right maybe Samuel L. Jackson will recruit Carrie to the Avengers, because this version of the character has gotten a serious power upgrade.

Do you like movie remakes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Murder She Wrote revived

Jessica Fletcher could be returning to TV screens as NBC reimagines the hit 1980s crime drama Murder She Wrote with Octavia Spencer set to star.

Murder She Wrote was popular in its day, particularly with older demographics, having run for an impressive 12 seasons, but it was the inability to click with younger viewers that ultimately caused the show to get cancelled. With that in mind, is it a good idea to bring back Murder She Wrote?

As both a fan of the original show and young person the response I’d like to give is yes, but it’s not hard to see the pit falls. To often classic shows are reimagined and bare little resemblance to the original other than the title, which just becomes a gimmick to get people talking about the show. Take the recent attempt at a Charlie’s Angels TV series for example.

20131025-011416.jpgEven if that doesn’t happen and a show that is somewhat similar to the original is produced, chances are it won’t connect well with modern audiences. The entertainment industry has changed since the original series ended in 1996. Crime shows are now more gruesome and centre heavily around DNA evidence rather than having an author come in to solve the case by setting up a trap that leaves her and the killer alone in a room so that she can get a confession while the police ease drop on the conversation.

A few details were given about the remake, we know that this version of Jessica Fletcher works as a hospital administrator who has an interest in true crime and publishes her first mystery novel. The show has also been described as a light version of Bones or Fargo.

Spencer did say that, in a meeting with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, she was asked what type of character would lure her back to television and she said ‘J.B. Fletcher meets Columbo’, which is what started the ball moving on the project.

As far as leading ladies go Octavia Spencer is a great choice for almost any role, she’s a versatile actress. The problem is that she hasn’t really made much of an impact yet. Before her Oscar winning role in The Help she was known mostly for doing smaller roles mainly in television. Now that she has the Oscar winning status she should be focusing more on her film career. Returning to television so soon may be a mistake for her since she hasn’t really made a name for herself independent of The Help yet and it’d be a shame if she moved backwards in her career since she is such a good actress.

Even if the show ends up being completely different fans will enjoy the fact that the theme music will be the same as the original series. Try picturing that over the opening credits of Bones.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the original show? Would you like to see this reimagining? Do you think that producers should leave classic programs alone? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Robocop Set Pictures

Clearly Robocop is no match for the advanced technology of the 21st century as set pictures have hit the web after only one day of shooting.

The remake of Robocop began filming in Toronto today and we’re already getting a look at the lead character.  For those that don’t know, Robocop is the story of a policeman who is nearly dead when a company steps in and saves him with advanced technology.  Then he returns to his job, only this time he has built in weapons and gadgets.

The two pictures that were released show that the costume has changed quite a bit, not that this is a bad thing.  This new version of the suit looks good, but it’s kind of reminiscent of the bat suit.  Though that could be because of the colour, which is strangely black.  It seems like the original colour, silver, would better fit the story.  It’s obviously an attempt to try make the suit look more modern, but still it may be a bit too far of a departure.  A combination between the old and new design would be nice, though it’s a little too late now.

What do you think?  Are you excited about this remake?  Which version of the suit do you prefer?  Would you like to see a cross between both designs?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Production on Akira Remake Stopped

Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?

Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers.  However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely.  Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.

At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt.  It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood.  It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.

Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008.  Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins.  However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film.  Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt.  The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.

Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?

What do you think?  Are you an Akira fan?  Would you like production to be cancelled permanently?  Who do you think should play Tetsuo; Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.

The Munsters Remake

One of the weirdest families ever on TV, second only to the Addams family, are set to make a comeback.  It’s The Munsters, which I literally just realised was a play on the word monsters (more evidence that my observation skills are not akin to those of Sherlock Holmes).

We live in an age were nothing is ever truly over.  Bands and TV shows make dramatic comebacks after years of being thought fondly about, only to destroy their reputation with a, usually short, return.  Maybe this time will be different, but probably not.

The original show was made in the 60s and followed a family of monsters that try to live normal lives and could never understand why people were afraid of them.  The family was made up of Herman (the father), Lily (the mother), Eddie (the son), Marilyn (the niece) and grandpa (really you need an explanation).  Each of them is a type of monster; Lily and grandpa are vampires, Eddie is a werewolf, Herman is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn, perhaps most frightening of all, is a human.

This new version of the show will start filming in February 2012.  No cast have been announced yet, but some information about the plot has been leaked.  The pilot will show ten year old Eddie, who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, transform while on a camping trip with his school.  This then forces the family to move and Eddie discovers that his family isn’t normal after all (I’m not the only one who isn’t observant).  Also, Marilyn has an eating disorder; she only eats suicide victims, which sounds a really dark.  This time around the show will be an hour long drama rather than a 30 minute sitcom.  Oh and did I mention Bryan Singer is directing the pilot, which means it’s got to be good.

Putting scepticism aside for a second, I have to say this does sound like an interesting viewing experience, one that I will be watching at least once; to pull it apart piece by piece if it’s bad, but hopefully it will be good.  Though there are a lot of examples that would suggest otherwise.

What do you think?  Do you remember the original?  Will you watch the pilot?  Are my observation skills really not up to the Sherlock Holmes standard?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Snow White Double Feature

Once upon a time, there was a girl, named Snow White, who cooked and cleaned for seven men until she was killed by a piece of fruit.  Don’t worry, she was brought back by a little harmless necrophilia, aka kiss from a Prince.  In 2012, this charming tale will be retold, twice.  One starring Kristen Stewart and one starring Lily Collins.

You’ll be glad to know that in the original story there was no necrophilia; Snow White was very much alive when the prince kissed her.  She woke back up when the glass coffin was dropped and a piece of the poison apple was dislodged from her throat, then and only then, when it was completely legal, did the prince kiss her, though he had just bought her to put on display (not kidding the seven dwarfs sold the corpse).  Next year two Snow White live action adaptions are coming out, one’s a comedy and then the others your typical Hollywood dark remake.

The first to hit cinemas is Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins, which comes out in March 2012.  It’s a light hearted, almost parody, of the fairy tale.  In it, Snow White is banished into the forest were she meets the seven dwarfs.  She then leads them in a fight against the men sent by the evil queen.  One of these men is the prince, who Snow White had fallen in love with, but he’s under a spell.

It seems to be the same basic story as the fairy tale with a bit of comedy thrown in.  This version is the lighter of the two and is aimed more towards children and teen girls.  It looks extremely over the top and stylised, yet somehow cheap at the same time.  Most of it the scenery just looks like a movie set, which obviously it is.  Julia Roberts’ character seems to make jokes that are more for the older audience, but it really just comes off as a bad Shrek rip-off.

The second film will be released in June 2012 and is titled Snow White and the Huntsman.  This one is significantly darker than the other and is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which may be because it has the same producers.  In this story Snow White teams up with the Huntsman to defeat the queen.  It’s a unique twist on the tail, but maybe they’ve twisted it too much.  I’m all for dark remakes, but they have to make sense.  What exactly does this have to do with Snow White?

Lack of faith to the source material aside, this is the version that is more likely to get me into the cinema as it’s definitely aimed at an older, probably male, audience, though Twilight fans will no doubt also go see it.  In my opinion, this is by far the better of the two and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t prove more popular than the former.

What do you think?  Which one would you prefer to see?  Do you think the story needed updating?  Would you ever put a dead person on display?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Akira Live Action Remake

Another Japanese film bites the dust.  Akira, a hit 1988 anime film, is being remade by, you guessed it, Hollywood.  Let the white washing begin.

Akira is set in a dark post world war III Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo.  It follows the leader of a motorcycle gang, who accidentally gets involved with an underground dissident terrorist group.  They then uncover the truth about what really destroyed Tokyo years before.  Naturally, the new, live action, film is set in Neo-New York rather than Neo-Tokyo and will star a mostly American cast.

Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the male lead, Kaneda, while Kristen Stewart, who you may remember from Twilight, has been offered the role of Kei, the female lead and love interest of Kaneda.  Numerous other actors have been offered roles, but none have been confirmed yet, these include Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman.

The anime film was a success and is considered by many to have had a major influence on the style of Japanese animation.  However, before it was an anime it was a manga series and the film was criticised for attempting to fit the whole story into one.  This time they don’t intend on making the same mistake as they are planning two films rather than one.

Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the films.  He’s a Spanish filmmaker who has previously directed such films as:  House of Wax and Orphan, both of which were negatively received.  With live action anime adaptations, like Gantz, being made by Japanese directors, it may be time for Hollywood to pull out of Japan and star working on original projects.

What do you think?  Are you excited about this film?  Have you ever seen or read the original Akira film or manga?  Do you think the casting is right?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Blu-ray trailer for Akira anime:

Someone’s take on what an American version would look like:

Devil May Cry goes HD

Devil May Cry may be being remade into a half angel half demon mess (with kickass gameplay), but that doesn’t mean Capcom can’t still make money off the old games.

Capcom have confirmed that in early 2012 PS3 and Xbox360 owners will be able to buy the first three Devil May Cry games in HD.  This means better graphics, plus additional features.  It also means paying $39.99, which is around €29.  That’s fine if you don’t already have the games, but is it worth paying it just for better graphics and a few extra features?

In a way I’m lucky.  Despite having completed all the Devil May Cry games, I only own three and four (one and two are pretty hard to find nowadays).  It would be nice to own them all, though I’d have three twice.  It really all comes down to the extra content.  If there’s really cool add-ons then it may be worth buying, but in the likely event that the only thing new is a few trophies, it won’t be.

Then there’s the fact that you’re essentially paying to play a dead franchise.  The series is getting rebooted and rebuying the old ones won’t turn it back.  I love the old DMC games, but I’m still excited about the new one and re-releasing the old ones is just going to muddy the water even more, though it will probably make a lot of money.

What do you think?  Are you going to rebuy the first three Devil May Cry games?  Have you played the originals?  Which was your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Footloose Remake

In a town were dancing is against the law, the teenagers fight for their right to boogie.

The 1984 hit film Footloose is being remade and brought to the next generation. The film is set in the fictional town of Bomont and will star Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon in the original, and Julianne Hough as Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.

Bomont is an uptight old-fashioned town were, after five teens die in a car accident coming home from a dance, a law was passed to stop minors dancing in public (seems like they probably should have just banned driving, but that would be ridiculous). Then a city kid called Ren, moves to town and rebels against the law. Ironically the town were dancing is illegal is also the home of some really skilled dancers, like no way they got that good without practice.

The trailer was good, but will modern audiences be able to take the plot serious? There’s one part were, in court, Ren says ‘there was once a time for that law, but not anymore’, the law forbidding public dancing was only passed three years before Ren moved to Bomont, that’s not a lot of time for the law to go from necessary to unnecessary. Then again, the law was completely crazy to begin with, or was it? The whole idea of a town that banned dancing wasn’t made up. The inspiration came from a Elmore City, a place in America were dancing was banned until 1980. However, in reality the ban was put in place in the late 1800s, which is a little more believable than 2008.

As far as dance movies go, it seems pretty good and, though the cast look too old to be effected by the no minors dancing in public law, the characters seem believable. It should also be noted that, despite it now being a classic, the original Footloose got really bad reviews, makes me wonder if this one will do any better. Maybe the modern setting and music will help the story. Speaking of music, the trailer plays a number of songs; some are reminiscent of the Step Up movies, while others are more country. The trailer itself gives the same impression; Step Up with a country edge.

We won’t really now if it’s good or not until the movie comes out on the 14th of October, but what do you think? Did you like the original? Are you looking forward to seeing a modern version? Do you hate dance movies? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Fright Night 3D

Prefer you’re vampires sparkling in the sun?  Well then look away now, as the Fright Night remake returns vampires to there heartless bloodthirsty selves.

Fright Night 3D is a remake of the original Fright Night, which came out in 1985.  Fright Night has a huge fan base, so it’s not hard to see why they decided to remake it.  It’s a dangerous move messing with a story that so many people care about, but luckily they pulled it off.

The plot differs from the original, it isn’t entirely different but there are a lot changes.   In this version Charley has gained popularity and now ignores his old geeky friends, even when one of them, Ed Thompson who is played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, warns him that his neighbour, Jerry, is a vampire.  Having not seen the original it’s hard to give a good comparison, but in that version Charley is still friends with Ed and is as unpopular as ever.  To my understanding, there are a lot of differences especially in the middle part of the film.  This could put fans of the original off, but judging the movie on its own merits it’s a pretty amazing film.

The graphics are great and that includes the 3D.  I’m not a fan of 3D, I think it adds nothing to the film and isn’t worth the price.  Fright Night is the exception.  The 3D was not simply used to add depth, which is a waste of time and money, things were coming out at you.  It made people flinch and reached out to try touch things (yeah that actually happened I seen it), it got the audience involved.  The vampire effects were great and sometimes even resembled the effects used on the original.  It was really nice to see a vampire be a vampire and not some love sick, sparkly little girl.

Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin both did a great job.  The teenagers didn’t look like teenagers though, especially Yelchin who is actually only 22 he just always looks older to me.  Farrell’s accent was flawless and he really was perfect for the role.  Again, I didn’t see the original so I am judging by his performance in this movie rather than how he compared to Chris Sarandon, who played the character in the first Fright Night.  There wasn’t one cast member that I didn’t like, they all did really well.  One thing I will say is that his mother can really faint, she was out for way too long (you’ll see what I mean when you see it).

Fright Night 3D was one of the most fun films I’ve seen in a long time.  I genuinely enjoyed myself from start to finish; it was the gem of Film Fest.  I recommend seeing it whether or not you are a fan of the original.  Give it a chance; don’t hate it simply because you like the first one.  Seeing it has got me really excited about the first one and I will be getting in on DVD, as will a lot of people I expect.

What do you think?  Have you seen the original?  Did you enjoy this film?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.