Another remake of a movie I love, this time they’ve taken the fantastic film from 1980 and remade it. Originally one of the more psychologically disturbing movies I’ve seen the 2012 version presents a version that really tries very hard to imitate it but just ends up with a watered down version. Playing Frank Zito is Elijah Wood, I like Elijah Wood and I think he can pull off some really weird roles but he’s just nowhere near as crazy as Joe Spinell and I think that’s a big part of the problem with this movie. Wood isn’t bad in the role; he just doesn’t have the inherent creepiness that Spinell did. The score on this is pretty great though; again not as cool as the original’s but I did enjoy it. There were also some pretty cool kills too (sadly no shotgun on the hood of the car). But in the end the movie just left me feeling bored and robbed. I guess if you’re a big Maniac fan you might want to check out what they did to the movie you love but besides that I can’t see a reason for watching this movie. Do yourself a favor and just watch the original; it’s superior in every way.
Iron Man 3 the movie that everyone has seen and no one can agree on. It seems people are all over the place on this one, they like it, they hate it, they’re indifferent on it, and it’s kind of hard to gauge it if you’re thinking about seeing it. Shane Black is directing this one, all the familiar faces are back in their normal roles and this time we’ve got Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. A big complaint I’ve been hearing about this one is Tony Stark spends way too much time outside of the suit, and that is a totally valid argument. I think there’s about fifteen minutes of ‘Iron Man’ in this movie. But it’s not a ruiner, Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor and he carries this without any iron suited help. Basically Tony got drunk and blew someone off way back when, now that person has turned into a villain and is out for revenge. They’re attacking Tony at his home and have bigger super villain type plans they’re also trying to get through. There’s really not a ton to say about this movie, if you’ve seen the other two you kind of know what you’re getting into and if you liked the other movies you should go see this one. If you haven’t seen an Iron Man yet, it’s not the best idea to start with the third in this trilogy, go see the other two first, they’re much better films. That being said I did enjoy this movie, it was pretty good, worth going to see for sure if you liked the pervious Iron Man movies, just don’t be expecting this to be the best of the three.
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DC’s newest animated movie is Superman: Unbound, it’s an adaptation of the Superman: Brainiac arc by Geoff Johns. I was pretty excited for this one because that has my favorite version of Brainiac so even if they did just an alright job with it I figured it was going to be great. Sadly I wasn’t quite right. The movie is pretty decent though it is very lacking, as I feel the past few of the DC animated movies have been (not counting the Dark Knight Returns of course). Basically we’ve got Superman and Supergirl in Metropolis. One day a robot comes to town from space, Superman defeats it but Supergirl recognizes it as what brought the destruction of Krypton. Superman goes to find where the robot came from because they fear Earth’s fate may soon be the same as Krypton’s. Superman finds Brainiac’s ship and she shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor. Fighting ensues, Brainiac comes to Earth and there’s more fighting, you probably get the picture. My biggest problem with this isn’t that it is sort of bland it was the animation. Whoever they had drawing this I hope they never work on another comic animated movie again because it’s god awful. Superman, Supergirl, Lois, Jimmy and more all look fucking terrible. That said if you can get past that it’s pretty decent, I’d redbox/netflix it before I bought it if I were you though because it’s not DC’s strongest release.
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Haven’t had enough unnecessary remakes yet? Well here’s one of the classic 1981 horror film Evil Dead. The original was basically Sam Raimi’s first movie so I kind of like the parallel that the remake is pretty much Fede Alvarez’s first movie. This isn’t a straight shot for shot remake or even really an updated version. It’s essentially the same story but it’s different enough that people that have seen Evil Dead a bunch of times don’t know what’s coming next, personally I think that was a good way to go for this. Though sadly there is no Ash, I wouldn’t even say there’s an Ash like character which really was kind of a bummer. I went into this with pretty low expectations for various reasons but I actually ended up liking this way more than I had expected to. The movie wasn’t great, but it was pretty good. There were some problems though. Overall it seemed like the motto was “we can’t make as good as a movie as Sam Raimi did so let’s just add more gore”. Overall with that I felt like I’d just seen a hollow, poor imitation of an Evil Dead movie. It was a good enough movie to go see in theaters, probably the best horror movie I’ve seen in theaters in a while. But I’d be totally fine with never getting a sequel to it.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a second attempt at a G.I. Joe movie, I say attempt instead of just calling it a sequel because I think they know they failed with the first movie. It’s clear that they know they failed because a lot of this movie seems to attempt to wipe the slate clean and start over, they don’t pretend the first one never happened but they pretty quickly kill it off. We’ve got a fair number of Joe’s from the show in this movie but let’s face it, it’s a Rock movie. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Roadblock and despite Roadblock never being a Joe that led the time this is 100% a movie that’s centered on him. The president has been replaced by an imposter (Zartan) and the Joe’s are double crossed by him on a mission. Only a few survive, they regroup and try to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile Snake Eyes is on another mission looking for Storm Shadow. There are a couple things that you’ll recognize as G.I. Joe things in this movie but they’re very few and far between. The vehicles are pretty spot on, and Cobra Commander doesn’t look bad, but there isn’t one Cobra battle cry or a “Yo Joe” to be heard in the entire movie. When it comes down to it G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an action movie. Pretty generic, but not too bad. You could really call it anything and it’d work. As a movie it’s ok, pretty decent, worth seeing in manatee, however as a G.I. Joe movie I’ll say they failed again, though they got closer this time it’s still just not there.