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Movie Review: The Magnificent 7

September 23, 2016

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Here we go again. Another lazily rehashed piece of American cinema, polished with a fresh coat of hi-res CGI. With a cast that tries to mimic the original, instead of actually updating the product for a modern audience; we have another reason to “Netflix and chill” instead of fighting traffic, exorbitant ticket prices, bland concessions, glowing phones, loud popcorn munchers and mouth breathers, just to see something that was better (in this case) 56 years ago. The story of The Magnificent Seven (1960) was conventional back then. The film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954); arguably the most retold story in cinema, has inspired countless adaptations. From Suicide Squad (2016) to The Wild Bunch (1966), the idea of hiring/forcing a band of misfits to protect/defend a town/village from an evil businessman/gang is old business. With classic Westerns sliding further away from the mainstream conscientiousness, the Magnificent Seven remake seems doomed to be future background noise when it premiers on cable TV next year. The Magnificent Seven however, makes a simple but effective changes to the story; effectively making the film feel like an update, and not a carbon copy remake. Replicating the sights and sounds of a film is loads easier than recreating the emotional content felt by my parent’s generation, yet director Antoine Fuqua manages the improbable.  (more…)

 

 

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I Saw the Devil

What makes a real horror film? In my personal opinion it’s when you have a character that represents pure evil, and has absolutely no morale’s whatsoever. It’s quite scary actually to think that there are people out there that would do harm to you and they don’t see anything wrong with it. Imagine a person harming people simply because it amuses them and its fun. Someone who enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the game attacking someone ensues. A lot of horror movies throw in monsters or demons from hell, but the real horror out there is when an individual themselves is truly a monster.

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