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Remake vs. Original: Quarantine vs. [rec]

Posted in Remake vs. Original with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2010 by xymarla

Welcome back to Remake vs. Original, wherein Hollywood must answer to my poison pen for their incessant remakes! I bring you:

 versus  !

Round One! The basics

[rec], Spain, 2007. Written by Jaume Balagueró, Luis Berdejo and Paco Plaza. Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. 78 minutes. (original review here.)

Quarantine, USA, 2008. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. 89 minutes.

Title:

[rec]: I like titles with random punctuation. I also like titles that create uncertainty as to whether you’re actually referring to a movie when you mention it. “What do you mean, Pi? Pi-what?” +1

Quarantine: imdb gives 4 results to a search with this title. Snoozeville! -1

Country:

Not to be a traitor to my homeland, but Spain did *just* win the World Cup. [rec]: +1 Continue reading

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Quickie Review: [rec]

Posted in Film Review, Horror Movie Review, Quickie Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by xymarla

Another day, another Marla-come-lately review. Since most of you have probably already seen Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s Spanish film [rec], I won’t take up too much of your time, particularly because I’m going to do a Remake vs. Original with this and the American remake Quarantine next week!

So: [rec]–it’s good, no?

We begin with footage from host Ángela Vidal’s (Manuela Velasco) Insomniacstyle show titled While You Were Asleep. No, not While You Were Sleeping. That’s different. Ángela and her cameraman Pablo (Pablo Rosso) are filming a typical night in a fire station. They’re assigned to travel with appropriately yummy firefighters Manu (Ferran Terraza) and Álex (David Vert). They’re soon called to the scene of an apartment building, not yet understanding what the emergency entails. Ángela, Pablo, Manu and Álex are immediately locked in the apartment building with a police officer, a medical intern, a dozen anxious residents—oh yeah, and some straight up zombies. The surrounding police tell them that everything is under control, but is it?

IS IT?! (no.) Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Blog News, Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! Marla's shaking things up at Danny Isn't Here!

You heard it here first, folks! Maybe you noticed the fancy new header? (Please save your oohs and ahhs until the end of the post.) Even more exciting, I’ve restructured the categories! So now they make actual, real sense! And you can use them to find things! In addition to using our search function (search “Frank Langella” and you’ll find every post that refers to him. It’s a very useful tool.), you can always find every archived post organized in an easy way under the Site Index or by perusing the categories on the homepage sidebar. This post will be categorized under “News Day Tuesday,” “Movie News” and “TV News,” for instance. Erin’s SATC2 post will be archived under “Contributor: Erin” and “Film Review.” Tomorrow’s Splice post can be found under “Film Review,” “Horror Movie Review” and “Sci-Fi Movie Review.” (But decidedly not under “A+ Review” which will be saved for those films that earn the highest grade. Alas, Splice hella doesn’t.)

 So let’s get to it!  

 

You can find the first two trailers for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World here, as well as a panel-by-panel comparison of the nods to the original comic material. Looks awesome!  

 

More details regarding the roller coastery Fright Night remake. Yes, the cast is good, but it’s set in…Vegas? What happened to quaint little Everytown, USA? And the Peter Vincent character (originally played by the great Roddy McDowall) will be a Criss Angel type? Uhm ew. Read my review of the original Fright Night here.  

Some great images and a behind-the-scenes peek at AMC’s summer series adaptation of the phenomenal comic The Walking Dead at the linkContinue reading

Review Preview

Posted in Review Preview with tags , , on June 2, 2010 by xymarla

We’ve got some great features coming up in the next two weeks, so keep those peepers peeled!

Look for Spanish fright flick [REC] on Monday!

Next Wednesday, Splice!

Later, Erin will brave the most terrifying creature feature to hit theaters in years: Sex and the City 2: Hellbound.

And Jerry will write up that movie that inspires such curiosity in us all, The Human Centipede.

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2010 by xymarla

Extra! Extra! Lost aired its finale this week! Maybe you heard something about that?

Welcome to News Day Tuesday, where we bring you what incredibly scarce non-Lost scoop we could dig up from the internet this week!

 

Megan Fox will not be in the third Transformers movies. She quit. Also she was fired because she’s too skinny. Furthermore, she quit because director Michael Bay was verbally abusive. At any rate, various names are being bandied about to replace Fox in the franchise. None of those names is Heidi Montag, despite her urgent tweeting to the contrary. (You can read my post on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the megalomaniacal Bay here.) Continue reading

It’s News Day Tuesday!

Posted in Movie News, News Day Tuesday, Television News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2009 by xymarla

presskid by you.

What up, friends? Marla here with all the grue news you can use!

val kilmer

Boring and derivative Chaos Experiment trailer here. Why do directors always insist on putting Val Kilmer in a turtleneck these days? Homeboy is missing the required equipment to rock that style.

the thaw

 I much prefer the look of Kilmer’s upcoming The Thaw, which has a groovy, grody and fast-paced trailer. My interest may also have something to do with my boyfriend Aaron Ashmore’s involvement. Yay Jimmy!

Ashmore’s also supposed to be the male lead in this movie. Oh how I love that he’s becoming a little scream king!

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