Tag Archive: Remakes

Haiku Review: Carrie (2013)

carrieStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer & Portia Doubleday
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Kimberly Peirce

After suffering abuse at the hands of her fanatically religious mother and cruel high school bullies, a teenage girl with telekinetic powers is pushed to the point of revenge.

One of her powers
is the ability to
make you roll your eyes.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Carrie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s probably remembers Red Dawn, the World War III movie in which a bunch of Colorado high school students band together to fight against invading Russian and Cuban soldiers. It’s not exactly high-class cinema, but Dawn captured the Cold War paranoia of the Reagan years, when the world was just a button-push away from nuclear holocaust at the hands of our Soviet adversaries. Thanks to its distinct subject matter and its destined-for-fame cast of young Hollywood talent, the film has become something of an enduring time capsule – enough so that, a few years back, Hollywood thought it worthy of 21st century facelift. Enter the new Red Dawn, just out in theaters, with a new cast of fresh-faced somebodies. Continue reading

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen & Sally Field
Screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves
Directed by Marc Webb

After awkward teen Peter Parker gets bit by a genetically-enhanced spider, he transforms into a vigilante crime fighter named Spider-Man and faces off against a dangerous doctor who tranforms into a giant lizard.

This Spider doesn’t
bite, but the sticky part is,
Raimi did it best.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Amazing Spider-Man is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Haiku Review’s Remake Spotlight, which focuses on the recently-released 2011 version of The Thing and John Carpenter’s 1982 installment (which was itself a remake of the 1951 horror film The Thing from Another World). Technically, the newest Thing is a prequel, since it’s set prior to events of Carpenter’s, but considering it follows the exact same formula as its predecessor and doesn’t even have a different name or a titular qualifier, we’ll just call it a “premake.” So read on to find which film is the real Thing and which deserves the flamethrower? Continue reading

Based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larsson, David Fincher’s highly-anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has just opened in theaters. But before Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara inhabited the beloved characters of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, there was a 2009 adaptation of the novel in the author’s native Sweden starring rising star Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). So which movie is better? Is the latest film worth the price of admission, or will fans of the the Swedish original want to stay away? The Haiku Review presents its latest Remake Spotlight to help viewers determine which Tattoo is worth the money. Continue reading

Haiku Review: Fright Night (2011)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant & Imogen Poots
Screenplay by Marti Noxon
Directed by Craig Gillespie

A high school student begins to suspect that his next door neighbor is a vampire.

A Buffy writer
and a slick cast give this camp
80s remake fangs.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Fright Night is now playing in theaters nationwide.

By Daniel J. Hoag

Slow-burning suspense,
a simmering prison break.
I’d bust Banks out, too.

Grade: B

The Next Three Days is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/8/11.
It is a remake of the 2008 French thriller Pour elle (Anything for Her).

2011 Oscar Spotlight: Best Actor

By Daniel J. Hoag

The 83rd Academy Awards are here, and though this race is all but over, you can still take a look at the Haiku Review’s Oscar Spotlight focusing on the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Javier Bardem is no stranger to Oscar: this is his third nomination, and he won Best Supporting Actor a few years back for his memorable performance as the psychopathic Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men.  And if going to a dark place for that role weren’t enough, Bardem practically drowns in bleakness for his role in Biutiful, a nominee for Best Foreign Film.  Bardem plays Uxbal, a single father from Barcelona who is dying a painful death from cancer, unable to trust the futures of his children to his emotionally unstable, alcoholic ex-wife.  As if that weren’t miserable enough, he’s surrounded by the hard knock lives of illegal immigrants he traffics in (for money), many of whom suffer poverty, slave wages, sweatshop working conditions, deportation, and gruesome death.  And he kinda sees dead people.  Through it all Bardem wears sorrow and hopelessness like an old sweater, frayed and sagging from age.  But as bleak and distubing as the movie is around him, Bardem’s performance is, indeed, beautiful–no matter how you spell it. Continue reading

By Daniel J. Hoag

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Matt Reeves’ vampire film Let Me In is a remake of a 2008 Swedish film called Let the Right One In (which is an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name).  Check out the first ever Haiku Review Remake Spotlight and see how these films compare, and which one is more worth your time. Continue reading