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The Upside (2019) Review




Hollywood is still fascinated with remakes and it’s a paradoxical thing for major motion picture studios to “bank” on when crafting feature length movies. The idea of reimagining a cinematic narrative and repurposing it for a new modern moviegoing audience is something that seems to work, especially in the profitable eyes of film studios, but it does come with its fair share of criticism. Of course, this shows that Hollywood (speaking in general terms) is running out of ideas; embracing the idea something that worked in the past can be used once again in the present (i.e. slightly altering its cinematic make-up). In general, most of these endeavors do fail and / or don’t quite measure up in trying to surpass the likeability (or entertainment) of the original movie. However, there are a few Hollywood remakes that are better than their original counterpart, including 1982’s The Thing (1951’s The Thing from Another World), 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1964’s Bedtime Story), 2006’s The Departed (2002’s Internal Affairs), and most recently 2018’s A Star is Born (1937’s A Star is Born). Now, in Hollywood’s on-going crusade of continuing its trend of revamping and rebooting old motion pictures, STX Films, Lantern Entertainment, and director Neil Burger present the remake of the 2011 film The Untouchables with the movie The Upside. Does this latest Hollywood remake rise to the challenge or does it flounder in being yet another pointless remake from Tinseltown? Read more

Wakefield (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)



After witnessing the absolute masterpiece which was: “Breaking Bad” – I’ll gladly watch any film or TV series that features Bryan Cranston in it with absolutely no questions asked.  He’s quickly become of the best actors of his generation and of all time in my eyes and so when I first discovered that a movie called: “Wakefield”  *based on by E. L. Doctorow’s acclaimed short story of the same name* was in development – all it took was Bryan Cranston’s name in the news article for my interest to be peaked.  I had never read the source material but I didn’t care – I was intrigued none-the-less.

Then, in the following months, I saw a trailer for the film and my interest only grew farther as I discovered what the film would actually be about.  The premise was great and this movie looked like it had the potential to be one of 2017’s greats and it quickly rose on my Summer ’17 watch-list as a must-see film.

Well, I finally got to see the film this week and as you can see from the headline of this review – I really enjoyed it.

Before we dive in further though, here’s a brief synopsis of the plot… Read more

Power Rangers (2017) Review



Two words…Power Rangers. Created by Saban Entertainment and deriving from the Japanese tokusatsu called Super Sentai, Power Rangers first appeared on the air back on August 28th, 1993, with a show’s first incarnation titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In a nutshell (and a set formula for the future installments), the show follows several youthful teenagers, who are endowed with special power (transforming into the Power Rangers), and are called upon to save the world from an evil threats, which was usually an aggressive alien being or a primordial ancient evil. Despite the immediate criticism for its action violence targeted to children audiences from parents and critics (something that was a bit common during the mid-90s), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers became a TV series phenomenon in the 90s-pop culture as well as becoming the one of the flagship kids show for Fox Kids Saturday morning block during the 90s. From there, it goes without saying that Power Rangers (as a brand) swelled into a monumental success, launching an expansive TV series empire (24 seasons), seeing the first six season / series of the show (from Mighty Morphing Power Rangers to Power Rangers in Space) followed a continuative story arc narrative (gradually changing up the roster with new cast members and characters). From there (beginning with Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy to the present), each Power Rangers subsequent series (though taking part in the same universe) carried its own self-contained storylines that was independent from the previous one, with a few ties here and there (appearing as crossover episodes). The Power Rangers brand even grew beyond its television series, exploding on the market with various clothing apparel, toys, action figures, video games and even two theatrical films (Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie), which were both tied to their corresponding Power Rangers series. Although, the franchise isn’t as highly palpable as it was during the mid-90s, the legacy of the Power Rangers continues into present day, seeing the brand survive the constant change of popularity since its inception 24 years ago (as of 2017). Now, Lionsgate films, SGC (Saban Capital Group) films, and director Dean Israelite returns to the world of villains, zords, and teens “with attitude” in the highly-anticipated film Power Rangers. Can this reimagined feature film of the popular 90s speak to today’s modern audience or is just for its fans (and their childhood nostalgia)? Read more

The Infiltrator Review



Movies about the drug cartel are a dime a dozen, probing the necessary fields of law enforcement / individuals in the shady back-door dealings of money laundering, drugs, kingpins, and the violent acts that go along with this dangerous business. These movies usually cater to a certain crowd of movie “viewers” as the movies are generally “R-rated”, showcasing the gritty “real life” criminal underworld that’s cinematically presented under a dramatic lens. There’s been wide range of these types of films, including Scarface, Blow, Traffic, Sicario, Bad Boys, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico to name a few. Now director Brad Furman debuts the next crime drama on the cartels in the movie The Infiltrator, a featured that’s based on a true story. Does this film find its genre’s suspense (and follow the money) or does it get lost within the cartel’s violent world? Read more

Kung Fu Panda 3 Review



Back in 2008, DreamWorks Animation released their newest animated feature Kung Fu Panda, a tale that’s mixed martial karate, Chinese ascetic mythos, and hilarious cartoon frivolities. The movie, which was well received from critics and moviegoers, went on to gross over $630 million at box-office, became the highest grossing animated movie that year, and even garnished nominations for “Best Animated Feature” in both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. As if by a forgone conclusion, a sequel movie was inevitable and in 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 was released. Surprisingly, the movie lived up to its predecessor (a feat that’s rare for a sequel to do) and further continued the karate-chop hijinks adventure of series character Po and his martial art companions; roughly grossing the same amount at the box office and receiving similar praise from viewers. After five long years, Po and his color characters return to the big screen for the next animated installment in the movie Kung Fu Panda 3. Does this sequel capture the same magic as the first two did or has the time come to retire this franchise once and for all? Read more