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By the Book: Carrie

by-the-bookNovember 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).

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The 5th Wave is about four waves too long

The-5th-Wave-logoIs it not a big letdown when a movie starts off so well and suddenly devolves into an utter crapfest? That’s how The 5th Wave left me feeling.

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The 80’s & Denzel Look To Equalize The Box Office-Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Hollywood’s mining television again with a big new release this weekend.

the equalizer posterRemember the mid-to-late eighties show, The Equalizer, starring Edward Woodward? If you do, you’re definitely of a certain age. I used to watch it on and off, back in the day. It had a great premise: a retired intelligence officer placing ads in the local newspaper, offering his services to fix problems. If you had your head underwater, if you were being threatened, if you require justice o, “if you have nowhere else to turn”, you’d call The Equalizer.

Loved that catch line then and now!

The question this weekend is: will theatre audiences make that call again? Will they go see the big screen version of The Equalizer?

Follow me after the jump for our predictions!

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31 Days of Horror 2013: Carrie One More Time

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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.

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31 Days of Horror 2013: Carrie

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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.

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Trailer Time: Kick-Ass 2

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Also premiering today is the special Hit-Girl spotlight trailer for Kick-Ass 2:

Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th, 2013, stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass, and Jim Carrey among others, and is based on the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows Is Good, Gothic Fun

After hitting the movies with the Queen last night to catch Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows, I walked away thinking that someone in the Warner Brothers marketing department needs a serious wrist slap. When the film fails at the box office this summer, I guarantee it will be in large part because of the absolutely absurd marketing campaign that pushed the film as some sort of fish out of water comedy rather than the genuinely gothic film the creators puts together.

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