The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese

I come to a rather interesting list in the Ten Bad Dates With De Niro book that has a couple of films that I haven’t previously covered for the blog. It’s a list of remakes that are arguably better than the original. And the critical reception, not to mention that of the audience, would seem…

Futureworld (1976) – Richard T. Heffron

  This sequel to Westworld is the next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. It sees Yul Brynner returning, ever so briefly, and in the oddest way possible, as the Gunslinger, while two reporters, Chuck (Peter Fonda) and Tracy (Blythe Danner)investigate the strange theme park, Futureworld, after another reporter is killed while trying to get…

Total Recall (2012) – Len Wiseman

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles brings me to another remake, this time Total Recall. Based ever so loosely on the Philip K. Dick tale, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, it also seeks to prove itself a worthy successor to one of the biggest films of the early 90s. Most viewers will only know the…

RoboCop (2014) – Jose Padiha

  The other remake I watched this week, after the Evil Dead debacle, was the new Robocop. Lacking the over-the-top violence and comic book nature, not to mention the skewering social commentary of the original, there’s not a lot to redeem this film. And I feel sorry for viewers who come to this one first…

V: The Original Miniseries – 30 Years And Counting

  I’m a little late for this 30th anniversary post I wanted to write to partner with Tim’s piece celebrating the amazing and much-loved Kenneth Johnson series, V – but I figure it’s rather fitting, since I was a little late getting on board back when the miniseries originally aired, too.  My father and brother…