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REEL REVIEWS: Remake, recycle and re-release
Every new year we find ourselves looking ahead, rather than back.
We thought we would share our impressions of what Hollywood has in store for us all in 2013.
We fear the worst but hope for the best in what promises to be the year of the already told and already seen.
TAYLOR: It probably seems to readers that we are down on remakes and sequels, often referring to them as unoriginal. To a degree, I guess we are, but for the most part we are only down on the bad ones. This year, I’m actually looking forward to a few. At the top of my list is a remake of one of my all-time favourite horror films The Evil Dead. It looks like demented fun. The original was heartfelt but cheap, the new one looks glossy.
I’m also looking forward to Star Trek: Into Darkness. The first Star Trek (rather, the latest version), directed by J.J. Abrams, was very good and I quite like the new, young cast.
HOWE: And for the superhero fans there are lots of movies for you. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 and the mighty Thor returns in The Dark Worlds. But the one I’m most looking forward to from the comic book genre is The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman is fantastic as the reluctant hero, who travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.
TAYLOR: I’m more excited about Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder (300, Suckerpunch). It looks like it’s going to be epic, and the first of a series. (Think Superman Begins.) I’m also looking forward to Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is a prequel to the classic directed by Sam Raimi. It seems like it’s going to be one of the biggies of the year. Finally, I’m anxious to see World War Z, an apocalyptic zombie film based on the novel by Max Brooks.
HOWE: Let’s not forget movies for the little ones. Pixar has been busy again, this time giving us a spin off from Cars. Planes looks like it could be a lot of fun. From the Disney studios we get to see how Mike and Sulley met in Monsters University and The Little Mermaid gets a 3D makeover. It’s also time for the Flintstones to move over as we welcome a new prehistoric family onto the big screen, The Croods.
TAYLOR: As usual, there are going to be a few terrible movies this year, and I look forward to ripping apart the following: Paranormal Activity 5, Fast & Furious 6, Bad Santa 2, Best Man 2 and GI Joe: Retaliation. Also, Arnie’s back in The Last Stand.
HOWE: Some more films that are coming out this year and deserve a mention: Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer, Epic, Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and who can forget that the legend is returning after a nine-year absence: Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
— — Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are freelance movie critics based in Vernon, B.C. Their column, Reel Reviews, appears in The Morning Star every Friday and Sunday.