Way back in in 1997, Paul Verhoeven adapted Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel Starship Troopers into a cult classic film of the same name (depending on your point of view). The campy sci-fi film detailed the war between the Terran Federation of Earth and the Arachnids of Klendathu. Starring actors as Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Clancy Brown, and even Neil Patrick Harris. The film was a bit of campy fun showing the soldiers as they go from enlisting due to a surprise attack by the bugs, through boot camp, to their war with the arachnids. Starship Troopers went on to make $120 million in the box office and thanks to home video has gained a cult following.
You all know where we are headed with this!
To quote the Book of Pythia, “All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.”
In a world where films have endured countless remakes and reboots, so much television. This television season year we are already getting Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Training Day, and The Exorcist reboots. And we still have reboots coming for The Lost Boys, Varsity Blues, The Departed, and Let The Right One In planned on coming to TV soon enough. With everyone’s nostalgia trapped in the past, it only a matter of time before all the greats get a polished update.
There’s been so much criticism of the new Ghostbusters movie, some of it justified and some of it not-so justified, but for those in the former category, the refrain has been let’s wait and see what the finished film looks like before casting final judgement. Well, one person has seen the movie, and they are casting a positive judgment saying that the movies is great, “brilliant” even! Of course, the person saying that is Dan Aykroyd, the co-star and co-screenwriter of the other Ghostbusters films. In his completely unbiased point of view (because he has absolutely no stake in the film’s success at all) you’re gonna love Paul Feig‘s movie! (more…)
If we were being kind, we would say that the first trailer for the rebooted Ghostbusters was met with mixed results. If we were being less kind, we would say that it didn’t sell a lot of people on the idea, and that a certain subset of critics were driven to the brink of insanity about it, downvoting the trailer on YouTube because girls can’t be Ghostbusters apparently. Maybe that’s why Sony chose to release the new trailer on Facebook instead. Indeed a second trailer has been posted this morning, and if you had legitimate criticisms of that first look at the film, this new trailer will likely not make a new case to get excited about it. (more…)
Ever since the moment that Ghostbusters was announced, the hate’s been piling up for director Paul Feig and the members of its cast. Between those that think the original 1984 movie is sacrosanct, those that don’t like the look of the film from one trailer, and those in an uproar that four female comics are the center of this thing, it seems like everyone’s mad about Ghostbusters, and now Feig is mad too! Not made about the film, just mad at those critiquing him and a project they’ve only seen two minutes of so far. And he’s using some pretty harsh language to make his point. (more…)
So if you grew up with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, prepare to have your mind blown in either a good or really bad way. The modern remake/reboot of the, can we say, classic Fox Kids‘ action show, Power Rangers, is presently shooting with an all-new group of fresh-faced youth chosen to be the protectors of the Earth with their martial arts skills and giant robots against the threat of Rita Repulsa. Enter the big Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Banks, who will be carrying Rita’s staff, but not be filling Rita’s traditional grey wig with massive pigtails. Nope, Banks’ Rita has gotten a significant makeover. (more…)
Ghostbusters doesn’t have to work too hard to generate controversy, but in the wake of the release of the first trailer last week it seems that it’s mostly just generated more controversy rather than hype. Many were disappointed, some thought it was too contrived, some say it’s not funny, and there are others still who are accusing the film of some *light* racism. Why? Because it seems to be about three white female scientists and their black friend who works in the subway. Well Leslie Jones and others are hitting back at those who are writing off her characters as just fare collector. (more…)
It’s the moment of truth. After months of promo art, hints from interviews, spy set pics, and other tips, we finally get to see the new Ghostbusters in action. Paul Feig‘s remake of the 1984 classic has gotten more than its fair share of scrutiny thanks to the director’s bold decision to cast four female comedians in the roles of New York City’s professional paranormal investigators and eliminators, but today we get our first hint if whether or not the gamble is going to pay off. But while the trailer isn’t laugh out loud funny, it does show a lot of promise as both its own unique entity, and as homage to the Ivan Reitman original. (more…)
Get ready for the return of the action-hero whose biggest weapon is his brain. Iron Man? No, this guy doesn’t need a suit of armor to be a hero, he just uses whatever’s handy to get out of jams. Like that scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony goes to Home Depot and makes Christmas ornament grenades and a stun glove. Except in MacGyver‘s case, he could have made that $#!% with a paper clip, a toaster oven, and a packet of Kool-Aid. In case you didn’t grow up in the 80s, you will get a chance to behold the glory of MacGyver for yourself as CBS has ordered a pilot for a series reboot. (more…)
After the latest film opened six years ago to the worst box office numbers and worst reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia series, a franchise re-boot doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea. Rumor had it back in 2011 that Walden Media had an adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew in the works, but nothing ever came to fruition. 2013 brought us news via press release that The Silver Chair would be next up for film treatment, but there had been no news of any progress since- until now. Producer Mike Gordon spoke to Collider about the reboot; specifically what to (and what NOT to) expect. (more…)