The Running Man

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The cinematic landscape has been littered with remakes and reboots almost since the first moving pictures were shown commercially. But lately we have been getting new versions of classic pictures that are still very much in the public consciousness such as Total Recall (2012) and this year’s Point Break. That neither of these was either wanted or well received seems to be beyond the point. And the recent trend for basically effectively remaking an original film with some of the older characters still present also seems to also be gaining traction, although efforts such as Creed (Rocky all over again) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (it’s the same story!) are at least excellent viewing.  (more…)

Running Man

There are few people who were as excited as I was once Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to acting.  His brief scene in Expendables was a highlight of the very awesome first film.  Then, Expendables 2 hit and took a bit of the wind out of my sails.  Still, I held out hope for a decent return to form.  After all, this is Commando! The Terminator!  This is the guy who hid himself in mud to kick Predator’s ass!  He got close to that return with Escape Plan and Sabotage but then went back for Expendables 3, which was absolutely horrible. We will soon see just how his turn in Terminator: Genisys turns out but if things work out the way he plans, a return to some of his old franchises may be in play, whether Terminator is successful or not.  That includes returning to the world created by Richard Bachman (or, Stephen King, if you like that better), that Arnold visited in The Running Man. If Arnold is to be believed, he will soon be running once again. (more…)