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The Upside (2019) Review

A POIGNANT (YET FLAT)

HOLLYWOOD REMAKE


 

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

Lion (Keith’s Guest Review)

Five year old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later (now Dev Patel), armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Paddington Review

A DELIGHTFUL BEAR OF A TALE


Paddington Bear. First appearing in 1958 and written Michael Bond, the world has fallen in love with this classic piece of children’s literature, following the misadventures of a polite and loveable anthropomorphized bear in the human world. The books themselves (more than twenty books written by Bond) have sold over thirty million copies worldwide and translated into thirty different languages. Paddington’s popularity continued beyond the books, adapting the character into several animated television series over the years and now with his first feature film titled Paddington. With the movie pushed back almost a month to avoid bigger films, does this up-to-date movie continue Paddington’s endearing legacy or is it one too many marmalade helpings for this CG animated bear?
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