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FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

It’s a common complaint that cinema has nothing new to offer these days. And that’s wrong, because if you care to expand your viewing horizons there are plenty of fantastic films out there. Still, there is a lazy kind of cinema that offers reboot after reboot in the quest of the big bucks, and it can be quite tiresome. Many argue that some original films should never be touched again for fear their nostalgia will be thwarted by a less than stellar reimagining with a subpar cast. Sometimes these complaints are just fanboys crying salty man tears – particularly with any reboot that recasts male roles with women. But sometimes the concern is real. Case in point: remaking a Robin Williams film without Robin Williams. And recasting it with The Rock and Kevin Hart. Many groaned at the prospect, this reviewer included. Nevertheless, films are (sometimes) remade for a reason other than money, and sometimes it’s fun to see what 20+ years does to a concept. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

FILM REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_whatwedointheshadows_castTwilight this ain’t. While tween girls continue to lust after Edward Cullen, What We Do in the Shadows offers a much darker – albeit hilarious – take on vampire life. Filmed as a mockumentary, WWDITS explores the somewhat more mundane aspects of being a vampire in modern day New Zealand. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows