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by Remo D
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Mechanic: Resurrection
Replies: 0
Views: 8237

Mechanic: Resurrection

As you (hopefully) recall, the original Charles Bronson version of THE MECHANIC wasn't exactly designed to carry a sequel. The decades-later remake did a commendable job with the dirty work and stuck closely to the original story as Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) trained a potentially dangerous prote...
by Remo D
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Don't Breathe
Replies: 0
Views: 8241

Don't Breathe

So. Three young friends in Detroit have been making a killing with burglaries. Rocky (Jane Levy) has very good reasons to escape her hellish home existence, so we establish sympathy for her even though she's breaking the law. Alex (Dylan Minnette) has the conscience, but he also has all of the home ...
by Remo D
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Suicide Squad
Replies: 0
Views: 9936

Suicide Squad

My old buddy Mick LaSalle set the stage for this one as only he can do... an 'empty seat' review which led off by stating that if you truly loathed and despised someone, you ought to get him a ticket for SUICIDE SQUAD. Of course, he ALSO said that the movie takes place in a continuity where both Sup...
by Remo D
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Lights Out
Replies: 0
Views: 8607

Lights Out

There's the usual danger sign with 'high concept,' especially when you're dealing with a viral two-minute Internet video being expanded to feature length. You may remember "Lights Out." The one where the scary ghost gets a little bit closer to you every time you turn the light off? That was the work...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Neon Demon
Replies: 0
Views: 8322

The Neon Demon

Nobody can accuse Amazon Studios of not taking chances. I saw the trailer for THE NEON DEMON at the mainstream multiplex enough times for me to be genuinely surprised when the film finally arrived and I realized that it was NOT playing at a theatre near me. And considering its box-office fortunes wh...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Purge: Election Year
Replies: 0
Views: 8264

The Purge: Election Year

I have a strict rule regarding political debates spilling into my personal page, and that rule is "NO." I will happily and respectfully discuss and debate any issue you like privately if you're so inclined, but I'm mindful of all of my readers and refuse to turn a movie review into a political forum...
by Remo D
Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Shallows
Replies: 0
Views: 8320

The Shallows

A: Yet another shark attack movie? B: Well, it's directed by one of my Dark Castle favorites. Okay. Experienced surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) has made her way for the first time to a secret Mexican beach (so secret that nobody is willing to tell her what it's even called) that carries a special signif...
by Remo D
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Clown
Replies: 0
Views: 8284

Clown

At the time of this writing, CLOWN should still be playing at the Osio for at least another day, but it's simultaneously available on demand if you can't get over there. It's been waiting long enough... CLOWN was filmed in 2013 and was based on an even older faux trailer (a la GRINDHOUSE) from Eli R...
by Remo D
Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Conjuring 2
Replies: 0
Views: 8488

The Conjuring 2

I saw this movie yesterday and was already working on this review--I trust you won't think me cruel or insensitive for returning to 'reel' horror as opposed to spending more time with real life at its most sickening and depressing. In the late 1970s, Ed and Lorraine Warren went to London to investig...
by Remo D
Wed May 25, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Nice Guys
Replies: 0
Views: 9196

The Nice Guys

The latest from my semi-namesake Shane Black was simultaneously pitched with an appeal to 70s nostalgia and the first-time teaming of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as the obligatory mismatched "buddies" and manages to deliver most of what it promises on both counts. Ridiculously-complicated story s...
by Remo D
Sat May 14, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Darkness
Replies: 0
Views: 8581

The Darkness

I normally take a little more time to reflect between viewing and "re-viewing" a new release, but I honestly want this one off of my plate as quickly as possible. THE DARKNESS opens in the broadest of daylight as the Taylors enjoy a family-friends outing to the Grand Canyon environs. Autistic son Mi...
by Remo D
Sun May 08, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 0
Views: 8977

Captain America: Civil War

This certainly isn't Marvel's 'answer' to BATMAN V SUPERMAN but the next logical chapter in the Avengers Universe established to date. For all that, the title CAPTAIN AMERICA V IRON MAN would have been appropriate if ungainly--the actual film could just as easily have been named for Iron Man or even...
by Remo D
Mon May 02, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Green Room
Replies: 0
Views: 8636

Green Room

First, let's dispense with the "not a horror movie" argument. Let's leave it to Joe-Bob, who established the #1 rule decades ago... anyone can die at any moment. Oh, and the two most recognizable cast members (outside of the villainous leader, of course) are Anton Yelchin (the new Charlie Brewster a...
by Remo D
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Jungle Book
Replies: 0
Views: 9062

The Jungle Book

THE JUNGLE BOOK, in various incarnations, has always been a highlight of my entertainment life. The live-action classic with Sabu was always a "Family Classics" treat, and I always felt that the animated version was one of Disney's best in that field (remember, back then you were lucky to catch a th...
by Remo D
Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Meet the Blacks
Replies: 0
Views: 8755

Meet the Blacks

(I put the horror spoofs in the horror category, okay?) A while back, I got into some back-and-forth with a knowledgeable colleague regarding the PURGE series (as we await the third entry, keyed to play off of Election Year). I'm "okay" with the films while he detests the entire concept and believes...
by Remo D
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Replies: 0
Views: 9065

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I don't intend to spend a lot of time breaking this one down--despite all the bad reviews, everybody's going to see this, right? This long-awaited entry from Zack Snyder serves as a direct sequel to MAN OF STEEL (which I didn't enjoy at all) but also as yet another Batman reboot, which means we open...
by Remo D
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: 10 Cloverfield Lane
Replies: 0
Views: 8761

10 Cloverfield Lane

One of the earliest "buzz" films of 2016 came to our attention when it transpired that producer J.J. Abrams apparently managed to shoot a sequel to CLOVERFIELD and have it ready for release before anybody knew what he was up to. As it turns out, however, 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (the feature directorial ...
by Remo D
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Other Side of the Door
Replies: 0
Views: 6086

The Other Side of the Door

Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) has relocated to India with her husband Michael (Jeremy Sisto), who's running a restaurant business. The couple is soon blessed with a son and a daughter, but young Oliver (Logan Creran) perishes in a traumatic accident. As she could only rescue daughter Lucy (Sofia Rosin...
by Remo D
Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Risen
Replies: 0
Views: 4136

Risen

Right on the heels of Ralph Fiennes' turn in HAIL, CAESAR!, his brother Joseph Fiennes toplines the very type of film at the center of the Coen Brothers' latest. Okay, RISEN isn't quite on the grand scale of BEN-HUR or THE ROBE itself, but it's exactly that sort of Bible-inspired quest for faith, an...
by Remo D
Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Witch
Replies: 0
Views: 3788

The Witch

When I first saw the trailer for THE WITCH (last year), I was more than interested... we were promised a festival favorite that truly lived up to its goal of disturbing and horrifying the viewer. By the TENTH time I saw the trailer (honestly, this was pushed harder than even DEADPOOL by my experienc...
by Remo D
Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Deadpool
Replies: 0
Views: 2900

Deadpool

Well, this certainly isn't the first R-rated Marvel feature (as some have claimed), but we haven't had one since PUNISHER: WAR ZONE and this one did "slightly" better at the box office. You might remember that P:WZ was released under the sub-label "Marvel Knights," which was intended to handle the s...
by Remo D
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Hail, Caesar!
Replies: 0
Views: 2747

Hail, Caesar!

Much as I usually enjoy the films of the Coen Brothers, I haven't been personally inspired to check out any of their work since BURN AFTER READING. But the trailer for HAIL, CAESAR! caught my interest immediately, and I was looking forward to a good old-fashioned screwball comedy set in "old school"...
by Remo D
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Replies: 0
Views: 2559

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

So... we all remember the brief fad of historical "mashup" novels from seven or so years back, yes? I never read any of them, and I was less than blown away by the film adaptation of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. Still, I confess more than a little amusement at the concept of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ...
by Remo D
Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Boy
Replies: 0
Views: 2362

The Boy

It's all too often that a director starts off with a bang, only for his work to inexorably deteriorate over the decades--this seems to be especially true for horror movies. So it's rather refreshing to see a director's work steadily improve... especially after getting off to a truly terrible start. ...
by Remo D
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Forest
Replies: 0
Views: 2535

The Forest

The horror year of 2016 starts right off the bat with THE FOREST, the feature debut of director Jason Zada. This one was built up to quite a bit during the second half of 2015, with equal emphasis on the presence of Natalie Dormer (as twins Sarah and Jess) and the reality of the "suicide forest" loc...