November 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Brian DePalma’s instant classic Carrie. Based off Stephen King’s first published novel, the movie got a forgettable sequel (The Rage: Carrie 2) in 1999, an even more forgettable straight-to-tv remake in 2002, and finally it’s own gritty reboot in 2013. How do original novel and original movie compare? And does the 2013 reboot hold up to either? Find out after the break…(and yes, there will be spoilers for the 43 year old book and 40 year old movie).
This is it, the season finale of “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” with – according to the hype – everybody vs. Whitney Frost. After the end of that last episode, what new powers does she have, and can anyone stop her? Will the ending of this season be more satisfying than much of what went before? Meet me on the other side for my thoughts on “Hollywood Ending.”
On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” we had a betrayal, a love fest, and a death. Blame it on the Voodoo, if you want, but Madame Kali is only guilty of the death. Ethan and Vanessa are sexy and they know it, but both are in danger and their allies may not be able to help them. It’s time to attend a ball. Read the rest of this entry
So much to talk about with this week’s Stark and Lannister-centric episode. We learn that schemers gotta scheme, there’s nothing more dangerous then a bored dwarf, and the remaining Starks (even the female ones) are equipped with balls the size of grapefuits.
Find out why after the break.
Fifty years ago today President John F. Kennedy was taken from us by an assassin’s bullet. On this tragic anniversary, we’re going to take a look at the novel 11/22/63 by master storyteller Stephen King. In this tale of time travel, it poses the question that if you could, would you go back in time and save JFK? And if it was possible, would you be able to pull it off and how? Meet me after the jump, for my thoughts on the multiple award winning 11/22/63.
Carrie. I think I’m having a flashback – to the 70’s. Not an acid flashback, but a horror one. I can’t help but feeling I’ve seen this movie before. Its been a horror staple for as long as I can remember and for some reason the Powers That Be in Hollywood decided that a remake of their classic was needed. I know 80 percent of their budgets go to remakes and sequels and this Halloween has been frightfully devoid of the horror movies, but I’m allowed to be a cranky old lady about this remake.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Films will play, and our coin will tumble!
All apologies to William Shakespeare, but the accurate prognostication of the cinematic box office takes a bit of the black magic. JP here, filling in for the currently indisposed Andy Burns, Editor-in-Chief of Biff Bam Pop! and regular sorcerer of this column. Hey, we’re six days away from Halloween. I’m in the mood!
There are three new movies out this week, and all are looking to re-write physics and bring Gravity, the current cinema champion, down to earth.
Follow me after the jump to see what answers my black art drums up!
Three new movies are looking to draw you in to theatres – but will any of them get your money? Here’s our predictions:
Carrie is a remake of the classic Sissy Spacek/Piper Laurie film, based on Stephen King’s first novel, the story of a girl with some telekinetic and religion issues. In this remake, the talented Chloe Moretz takes on the title character, while the always perfect Julianne Moore is her mother. The selling point here is both the material and the cast, which I think will entice teens and horror fans alike into theatres this weekend, especially with Halloween right around the corner. While many expect Gravity to top the box office for a third weekend in a row, I’m going out on a limb and saying Carrie will claim the top spot with $32 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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As we approach yet another remake of Carrie it might be time to take a look at the original, the 1976 film that started it all, and Stephen King’s first novel that gave it life. Meet me after the jump as we get reacquainted with Carrie.
In October, we will see the release of the remade Carrie, this time starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the titular role and Julianne Moore as her religious-zealot, overbearing, and abusive mother. I am cautiously optimistic about this upcoming film, as I feel both Moretz and Moore are singularly gifted actors who will likely bring something very interesting to the roles, never mind the special effects, which will almost certainly eclipse those in the last twenty to thirty minutes of the 1976 original.
Given the new film is coming out in the next few months, I decided, for the first time in many years, to re-watch Brian DePalma’s take on Stephen King’s first (well, first published) novel. I wasn’t disappointed. Despite the feathered hair and, in terms of today’s displays, rather lacklustre effects (even for the time, the effects are pretty cringe-worthy in places), it still holds up as a terrific supernatural thriller encased in a horrific tale of adolescent abuse, both at the hands of Carrie’s peers and her mother.