The Smackdown So fellow critic Mark Sanchez has already put Tim Burtonâ€™s 2007 adaptation of â€œSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetâ€ up against its theatrical predecessor, and declared Burtonâ€™s version victorious. But how […]
The Smackdown Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but parody sits you on the whoopee cushion. That prospect faces any movie taking itself too seriously. Film biographies routinely serve up large doses of […]
From the Editor |Â Bryce ZabelÂ The results are in from our 2007 Christmas season Santa Smackdown where each of ten critics put forward their favorite Christmas film, and we let our readers vote. As […]
The Smackdown Hand it to filmmaker Tim Burton for audacity. It’s career-defining / career-threatening to revamp an acknowledged masterwork like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This operatic tale of bloody revenge earned […]
Don’t you just hate it when flesh-eating zombies force you to stay home at night like some kind of shut-in?
Richard Matheson’s original 1954 novel, I Am Legend, put ideas into the 50s zeitgeist that have stayed with us, spawned spin-offs, rip-offs and re-makes. Even horror master Stephen King was influenced mightily by it. After years of starting and stopping, they finally got a film in theaters that used the original, powerful title that the writer himself felt was appropriate for his work.
That film is, of course, I Am Legend. It follows a lineage of trying to adapt the brilliant original literary vision to film with spotty success (at least, critically); from the 60s version made in the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis; to the 70s version where Charlton Heston brought his post-Planet of the Apes sci-fi cred to the endeavor; to this post-millennial version which wants to do what all the others set out to do but fell short of, but with today’s fears, not yesterday’s. These are three films that say as much about who we were at the time of their production as they do about the actual films themselves. One thing they prove, however, is that flesh-eating zombies just never go out of style. […]
The Smackdown Blood is thicker than water means, of course, that family counts more than anything else. Here are a couple of movies where the blood is also bloodier. FromÂ Cain and Abel to Michael and […]
The Smackdown I vaguely remember Charles and Diana getting married about what seems like a century ago, and something about a dress that was three kilometers long or something but, honestly, after that all of […]
The Smackdown Even middle-aged guys deserve to find true love, right?Â What’s refreshing about the newly-released “Dan In Real Life” and the emerging classic “About A Boy” is that they both are written for stars […]