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Friday, July 15, 2016

Be Afraid Of This Remake: "GHOSTBUSTERS" disappoints

The 1984 comedy classic GHOSTBUSTERS, starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Sigorney Weaver, (directed by Ivan Reitman) is one of Hollywood's greatest movies. It flawlessly blended two genres (horror and comedy), showcased the bawdy humor of then-not-ready-for-prime-time SNL Alum Murray, managed to be family-friendly and had a fun, catchy theme song (back when movies had them).

But, alas, the hollywood disease of remaking, re-branding and re-marketing a timeless classic into a humorless, bland vehicle for fart jokes and product placement infects the 2016 installment of this once-revered franchise.

Director Paul Feig of 2011's "Bridesmaids" (and half it's cast) seem to improv their way through this script-less CGI-fest, wasting the talents of  Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Don't worry, there are no spoilers here. There's really nothing to speak of. The story (horribly re-worked for 4 women) takes too long to start. The jokes are few, leaving the stars to rely on their instincts to try to milk laughs out a dry screenplay.

Fans of an "R"-rated "Bridesmaids" will probably cringe at the PG-13 restraints on the edgy, comedic genius of Wiig and McCarthy. Wouldn't be surprised if an "R"-rated version is soon to follow. (See "Batman vs Superman; Dawn Of Justice")

"WTF?" cameos from members of the original cast are embarrassing, unnecessary and uncomfortable to watch for fans of the original film.

Not as good as anything released this summer. This will be playing on your kid's iPad in 3 months in the back seat of your S.U.V. after they get bored of Pokemon Go!.


STREAM IT? : Free, yes / Pay-per-view, NO!

BUY DVD? : If you have kids, you will probably have to.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"CHI-RAQ", the new SPIKE LEE JOINT, zooms in on Chicago violence.

"CHI-RAQ", the new film by Spike Lee centers on male gang violence within the neighborhoods of Chicago. 40 Acres, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate are teaming up with Amazon to release the film in a limited release on Dec. 4, followed by a release on Amazon Instant Video.

The (soon-to-be) controversial film stars SAMUEL L. JACKSON, TEYONAH PARIS, WESLEY SNIPES, NICK CANNON, JOHN CUSACK, JENNIFER HUDSON and a bunch a cameos.

The film is based on a Greek comedy "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes. The story involves the women of Chicago who defiantly deny intimate relations until neighborhood gang violence ceases. Watch the trailer below.

CHI-RAQ Trailer from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Finally! A super hero for grown ups! Enter: DEADPOOL

On the heels of the successful and ultra-violent Marvel series"Daredevil" (on Netflix) comes "DEADPOOL", one of the more mature stories in the MCU.

Former DC Comic Superhero and M.I.L.F. heartthrob RYAN REYNOLDS is a good choice to play the smarmy, potty-mouthed assassin with super healing abilities.

The RED BAND TRAILER below seems to be an indication that the creators will stay dedicated to the raucous debauchery and mayhem which ensues throughout the story. (release date 2/12/16).

Deadpool | Red Band Trailer : Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Jem and the Holograms was a colorful, campy ’80s cartoon revolving around Jerrica Benton and her alter ego Jem, who was the lead singer of an incredibly popular band called the Holograms.

And while the names are the same in the upcoming live-action adaptation, the camp factor has been seriously toned down in favor of a refreshingly emotional undercurrent, as you can see in the official international HD trailer below.

For those of that remember the cartoon, here's the original theme.