REVIEW: The Grudge (2020)

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The following is a review of The Grudge — Directed by Nicolas Pesce.

Though I haven’t rewatched it in years (for reasons that will become apparent in a moment), I think that Takashi Shimizu’s Sarah Michelle Gellar-led 2004 American remake of Ju-On: The Grudge is really effective. To be perfectly honest with you, it frightened me so much when I saw it at age eleven that it gave me nightmares. I thought about it for weeks. The creepy imagery still freaks me out. So, when I heard that up-and-coming filmmaker Nicolas Pesce was making a new film in the series, I was both nervous, scared, and intrigued. Unfortunately, I don’t think Pesce was able to breathe new life into the horror subgenre once ruled by Ju-On and Ringu. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Grudge (2020)”

REVIEW: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

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The following is a review of Terminator: Dark Fate — Directed by Tim Miller.

Just a couple of years ago, Terminator Genisys broke my heart. Nevertheless, on Friday, I found myself in a movie theater ready to watch the next Terminator-film in its opening weekend. Terminator, a long-running franchise that hasn’t found a lot of success since James Cameron left the film series’ director’s chair and let multiple others sit in it, has been run into the ground. The first two films, which were both directed by James Cameron, are both iconic and Terminator 2: Judgment Day might be my favorite action film ever made. Since then Jonathan Mostow, McG, and Alan Taylor have all tried and, to varying degrees, failed to resurrect and reboot the film series in a successful and satisfying way. Continue reading “REVIEW: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)”

REVIEW: Hellboy (2019)

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The following is a review of Hellboy (2019) — Directed by Neil Marshall.

In 2004 and 2008, Oscar-winning auteur Guillermo del Toro brought us two critically well-received comic book monster movies about Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse Comics creation ‘Hellboy,’ a red Nazi-summoned half-demon that fights for the human race against monsters and other dark forces. Even though del Toro is a beloved figure and his films are still held in high regard, del Toro’s request for a third film was denied. Instead, producers decided that it was time to replace the first two films’ auteur — del Toro, who had a real, recognizable love for his creatures — and its indispensable leading man, Ron Perlman — who was absolutely perfect in the role — in a new reboot of the franchise. Continue reading “REVIEW: Hellboy (2019)”

Remakes at the Oscars – Special Features #31

This year, Bradley Cooper is giving us his highly anticipated directorial debut with his version of A Star is Born. Notice how I said ‘his version?’ Good, well, the fact of the matter is that Cooper’s A Star is Born is the third remake released of the 1937 William Wellman romance drama. So, what does that mean for its Oscar chances? Can a remake be nominated for, or even win, the biggest categories at the Oscars? Well, let’s see.  Continue reading “Remakes at the Oscars – Special Features #31”

REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Sony Pictures Releasing

The following is a review of Ghostbusters (2016) – Directed by Paul Feig.

A few months ago, I went back and rewatched the first two original Ghostbusters films and reviewed them both. I still loved the original film, but I absolutely hated rewatching the sequel. Now, I did all of this to prepare for the remake that came out this year. Unfortunately, I missed it when it was in theaters. Now, however, I’ve had the chance to see it on Blu-Ray and here’s my knee-jerk reaction: it’s fine.
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REVIEW: Lethal Weapon – “There Goes the Neighborhood”

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The following is a quick episode spoiler review of FOX’s Lethal Weapon. Available in Denmark on Viaplay.

In the fourth episode of FOX’s Lethal Weapon, our buddy cops end up with a very personal case, as Murtaugh (played by Damon Wayans) has to try to stop an armed robbery in his own neighborhood. It gets even worse when an armed robbery goes really, really wrong, and a friend of RJ’s is involved.
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REVIEW: Lethal Weapon – “Best Buds”

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The following is a quick episode spoiler review of FOX’s Lethal Weapon. Available in Denmark on Viaplay.

In the third episode of FOX’s Lethal Weapon, a case gets personal as Murtaugh’s (played by Damon Wayans) old training officer (played by Ted Levine) is hurt in a case involving the Cartel. Meanwhile, Riggs (played by Clayne Crawford) once again struggles with his grief.
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REVIEW: Lethal Weapon – “Surf N Turf”

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The following is a quick episode spoiler review of FOX’s Lethal Weapon. Available in Denmark on Viaplay.

In the second episode of FOX’s Lethal Weapon, the Murtaughs are trying to figure out if Riggs (played by Clayne Crawford) can keep Roger (played by Damon Wayans) safe. Meanwhile, the police captain is annoyed with our two leads as they are causing a lot of damage on the job.
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REVIEW: Lethal Weapon – “Pilot”

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The following is a quick episode review of FOX’s Lethal Weapon. Available in Denmark on Viaplay.

In the pilot episode of FOX’s new buddy cop action-comedy show Lethal Weapon, a fifty-year old police officer – Roger Murtaugh (played by Damon Wayans) – must partner-up with a depressed ‘loose cannon’ with a death wish – Martin Riggs (played by Clayne Crawford). Continue reading “REVIEW: Lethal Weapon – “Pilot””

Marvelous Monday #5 – 5 Ways to Reboot Spider-Man for Marvel

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For the uninitiated: This is a new weekly feature on the blog wherein I, I’m Jeffrey Rex, discuss all things Marvel.

On this, the fifth ‘installment’ of I’m Jeffrey Rex’ Marvelous Monday, I’ve decided to pitch my ideas for the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios co-production film. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then sit back, relax – and follow this link. Continue reading “Marvelous Monday #5 – 5 Ways to Reboot Spider-Man for Marvel”