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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: 2850

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: 2694

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: 2650

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: 2006

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: 2871

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: 3085

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 ...
by Remo D
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Gallows
Replies: 0
Views: 2648

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 p...
by Remo D
Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Terminator: Genisys
Replies: 0
Views: 2756

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 fo...
by Remo D
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Jurassic World
Replies: 0
Views: 2654

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: 2561

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 ...
by Remo D
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Insidious Chapter 3
Replies: 0
Views: 2639

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: 2586

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 fiv...
by Remo D
Thu May 21, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Mad Max: Fury Road
Replies: 1
Views: 2037

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 a...
by Remo D
Mon May 11, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Replies: 1
Views: 2246

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-mind...
by Remo D
Fri May 01, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Ex Machina
Replies: 1
Views: 1945

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: 2642

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...
by Remo D
Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: Unfriended
Replies: 0
Views: 2641

Unfriended

Hmmm... minimalist horror movie taking place entirely on a computer screen and cashing in on the "cyberbully" news trend. Maybe I've seen this one, maybe I haven't... I've got the time... sure, why not? Today was certainly a good day to get caught up on what's happening in the world of hor...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Cut Bank
Replies: 0
Views: 2586

Cut Bank

They "cut" such a good trailer that I didn't "bank" on something so utterly generic. That pun was more clever than most of CUT BANK, which tries desperately to be (not to RESEMBLE, mind you, but actually BE) an early Coen Brothers movie (even if its Americana was actually filmed ...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Wild Tales
Replies: 0
Views: 2599

Wild Tales

I'd love to build this up as one of the best films of 2015... but, of course, it was actually Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014. It's only now that it's actually PLAYING in my neck of the woods. So... it's too late to campaign. But go OUT OF YOUR WAY to see WILD TALES all the s...
by Remo D
Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: It Follows
Replies: 2
Views: 2619

It Follows

So--in the last few weeks we've seen a surge of recognition for IT FOLLOWS as "the" horror film to beat this year... even "the critics" are showing it respect if not out-and-out adulation, and while it didn't open in my neck of the woods right away, the word of mouth caused the f...
by Remo D
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Chappie
Replies: 1
Views: 2233

Chappie

As I've suggested earlier, here's an item that seemed to be a different film with every permutation of the trailer. When I first became aware of CHAPPIE (I'm not going to go to the trouble of perpetually spelling the title out as CHAPPiE, as it appears on screen, sorry), I saw little more than a cut...
by Remo D
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Horrornews
Topic: The Lazarus Effect
Replies: 0
Views: 2570

The Lazarus Effect

Maybe I should stop watching trailers altogether. I saw the trailer for KINGSMAN and thought "Interminable young adult franchise." I was completely wrong. I saw the first trailer for CHAPPIE (which only contained the "cute" material) and immediately thought "No disassemble! ...
by Remo D
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Maps to the Stars
Replies: 1
Views: 2036

Maps to the Stars

MAPS TO THE STARS is the first David Cronenberg film I missed on the big screen since I saw VIDEODROME in 1983. Hell, I'm one of the twelve who actually saw COSMOPOLIS in a hardtop, okay? So let me tell you what happened. I had ONE day off last week and I wanted to see the new Cronenberg movie with ...
by Remo D
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Replies: 1
Views: 2115

Kingsman: The Secret Service

I came perilously close to missing this one. The first couple of times I saw the trailer, I took for granted that this was going to be yet another "young adult" franchise... another series I didn't feel like following (DIVERGENT, MAZE RUNNER, etc. etc.) even if it did have a Bondian flavor...
by Remo D
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: The Beaten Track
Topic: The Loft (2014)
Replies: 0
Views: 2524

The Loft (2014)

I usually have a weird thing about remakes... if I KNOW something is a remake, I want to see the original first... which isn't always fair to the remake if it happens to be in my radar. After all, if I'd seen the remake of THE VANISHING before I saw the original, nothing good would have come out of ...