Movie Review: The Magnificent 7

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Here we go again. Another lazily rehashed piece of American cinema, polished with a fresh coat of hi-res CGI. With a cast that tries to mimic the original, instead of actually updating the product for a modern audience; we have another reason to “Netflix and chill” instead of fighting traffic, exorbitant ticket prices, bland concessions, glowing phones, loud popcorn munchers and mouth breathers, just to see something that was better (in this case) 56 years ago. The story of The Magnificent Seven (1960) was conventional back then. The film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954); arguably the most retold story in cinema, has inspired countless adaptations. From Suicide Squad (2016) to The Wild Bunch (1966), the idea of hiring/forcing a band of misfits to protect/defend a town/village from an evil businessman/gang is old business. With classic Westerns sliding further away from the mainstream conscientiousness, the Magnificent Seven remake seems doomed to be future background noise when it premiers on cable TV next year. The Magnificent Seven however, makes a simple but effective changes to the story; effectively making the film feel like an update, and not a carbon copy remake. Replicating the sights and sounds of a film is loads easier than recreating the emotional content felt by my parent’s generation, yet director Antoine Fuqua manages the improbable.  Continue reading “Movie Review: The Magnificent 7”

MOVIE REVIEW – Sinister

It’s the month of October and you know what that means. It’s the month of chills and thrills and frightening films. Sinister is the latest murder mystery horror film to attempt all of the above and give us a true scare during the month when fear is favored. Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson who doesn’t have the best track record for producing A+ films (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), attempts the horror genre again. Horror fans save your money because this one is not even worth watching on DVD.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Woman in the Fifth


I have to ask:  okay, what was that?  Pawel Pawlikowski’s film adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s novel The Woman in the Fifth is one of the most head-scratchingest films I’ve ever seen; it’s been fifteen hours since I watched it, and I’m still puzzling over it.  While some things are readily understandable, others require a lot of thought, and I welcome that.  If you’re expecting The Woman in the Fifth to be wrapped up nicely with a big, pretty bow at the end, this is not the movie for you.  However, if you’re looking for something a little more challenging in a movie, have at it with two hands gripped firmly on the tiller.
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