9 items from 2014
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
‘Robocop’ 2014 review: ‘More interesting ideas than it can properly address’ You’ll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the ’80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you’d think 40-somethings would be thrilled that anyone in the film industry cares if they buy a movie ticket, any news of a Reagan-era remake is usually met with harrumphs of disapproval from Gen-Xers who hold these films so close to their hearts that a reboot is dismissed as downright sacrilegious. No one should deny or minimize a person’s formative movie house memories, but there’s really no argument to be made that, say, Footloose, a respectable creative achievement from 1984, is such a flawless gem that it cannot be successfully revamped and even improved. The fact that it was remade in »
- Mark Keizer
The new RoboCop isn’t terrible, which shouldn’t be an accomplishment. But we live in a world that produced 2012′s Total Recall, not simply a bad movie, but one of the most misbegotten works of popular entertainment in history, “popular” and “entertainment” both used loosely. The Recall remake replaced everything that made the 1990 Recall entertaining with tropes purchased third-hand from a garage sale at Christopher Nolan’s house.
By comparison, there are things to enjoy about neo-RoboCop. The supporting cast is stacked with ringers. Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel all have a blast with ripe parts, »
- Darren Franich
Written by Joshua Zetumer
Directed by José Padilha
The remake of RoboCop is a largely different beast to Paul Verhoeven’s original film, and is all the better for choosing not to be a slavish re-creation minus the trademark ultra-violence. The 2014 take may be less gory and far less cartoonish, but there is an actual satirical fire at its heart, just with different targets to those Verhoeven concerned himself with. If taken on its own terms with what it tries to do, rather than being glibly decried for everything it doesn’t retain from the original, there is a fair amount of merit to be found here, even if it doesn’t completely stick its landing at all times, nor ever reach the highs of its source material.
- Josh Slater-Williams
No black humor. No satire. No point. But hey, check out the 1987 catchphrases dropped in at random! I’m “biast” (pro): love the original…
I’m “biast” (con): …but saw little point in remaking it
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I was not feeling optimistic about any reboot or remake of Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop, which is still brutally relevant 27 years on. Could anyone find a good reason to update this flick when the original still has the power to shock us today? And then this new RoboCop opens in “sunny Tehran,” where “random patrols” by Ed-209s, unmanned walking tactical tanks, and Em-208s, android soldiers, keep the peace as part of the U.S.’s “Operation Freedom Tehran,” which makes the good people of the city feel safe and secure, we’re informed by a blowhard conservative TV host gleefully sharing this »
- MaryAnn Johanson
RoboCop in video: From the silver screen to Sega Mega Drive
Is nothing sacred? For a movie that seeks to lambast a big corporation for pursuing money ahead of ethics, this remake of 1987 classic RoboCop has fallen into the same trap. The shocking body horror, cutting satire and emotional impact of the original have been ruthlessly stripped away, leaving a soulless metallic carcass designed by committee to amplify external gloss and maximise commercial profit.
"What's more important than the safety of the American people?" booms Samuel L Jackson's TV host at the start of the movie, before unveiling news footage of robotic troops trying to 'keep the peace' through fear on foreign soil. Set in 2028, RoboCop initially offers a fascinating glimpse into a highly plausible future, efficiently »
As we prepare to witness how a remade Robocop plays on the big screen, the folks at Screen Junkies have used their Honest Trailers venue to remind us of the awesome that is the original Paul Verhoeven film. The 1987 sci-fi actioner starred Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith, Ronny Cox, and Miguel Ferrer and featured, as outlined in the Honest Trailer, some of the best one-liners and blood-soaked violence ever put to film. For many of us here, the original Robocop is a staple of our »
- Paul Shirey
There's a new law enforcer in town and he's half man, half machine! From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct comes a "sci-fi fantasy with sleek, high-powered drive" (Time) about an indestructible high-tech policeman who dishes out justice at every turn! When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by some ruthless criminals, innovative scientists and doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called "RoboCop." Impervious to bullets and bombs, and equipped with high-tech weaponry, RoboCop quickly makes a name for himself by cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of violence-ravaged Detroit. But despite his new, hardened exterior, RoboCop is tormented by scraps of memory of his former life, and relives vivid nightmares of his own death at the hands of the vicious killers. Now he is out to seek more than justice...he wants revenge! Actors: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, »
9 items from 2014
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