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 – Green Lantern

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Everyone gives up on things in life.  I myself have been guilty of giving up on things before.  It’s just the way we humans operate.  When things get tough and seem impossible or too hard, we just throw in the towel.  But the will we have is what usually pushes us thru.  Will is a strong thing.  It’s actually an emotion if you think about it.  It’s what pushes and drives us forward to do something that’s right.  Will is powerful.  Will is strength.  And with it, we can usually accomplish a tremendous amount more than we think we can.

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New Green Lantern Footage Hits!

New footage from Warner Bros. Green Lantern (which initially debuted at WonderCon) has hit the web!  Enter at your own risk! POTENTIAL SPOILERS!  Continue reading “New Green Lantern Footage Hits!”