Of their many monsters, Universal has seemed most interested in keeping The Mummy alive forever. Between this weekend’s Dark Universe re-reboot with Tom Cruise, the original Karloff features, and of course this debt, Stephen Sommer’s turn of the century swashbuckling, treasure seeking, adventure that kicked off a trilogy, it appears opening the sarcophagus is always a good idea #DimeADozen
After three reviews for Batman v Superman and my equal amount of screenings for Suicide Squad, Patty Jenkins made a sacrifice to the gods and gave us a DCEU movie the world unanimously loves for all the right reasons #IdBuyThatForADollar. We fill out the rest of the episode with our delayed thoughts on Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King (38:45), “Max Landis’s” Mr. Right (44:27), and IFC Midnighter, A Dark Song (58:37).
We begin with the hippie starring, hipster targeted, family road trip, philosophical drama, Captain Fantastic before I move onto actual superhero fare Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28:36) and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable (46:34). Next, I share my PSVR experiences with Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (55:38) and puzzler Statik (57:53). Meanwhile Steve caught James Ponsoldt’s The Circle (1:01:13), Free Fire (1:20:00), and The Accountant (1:21:34). Finally, I share the TV I’ve been watching lately and my best Goodwill find to date: the $3 recliner (1:24:57).
Winding up our remake series is the original Fox adaptation of last week’s Cronenberg masterpiece. Despite the Cinemascope, nice color, and general likeness between the two flicks, we found ourselves mostly unkind to this first outing starring Vincent Price. There’s a lot to be said about the power a remake can have and even more about the nature of sequels here, but this version is sadly, proof re-imaginings can be a good thing.
After hearing me mention it so many times in passing, Steve finally got around to catching one of my favorite non-romcoms, which just so happens to be one of the best remakes ever made. Many chalk it up as Cronenberg body horror, or a sci-fi creature feature, but come hear me tell how its truly a flawless tragic romance in disguise #IdBuyThatForADollar
The episode in which our hero from Bulworth and Dick Tracy finds himself in a sticky situation, the passing of Bill Paxton, the state of Playstation VR, Hellboy, Nightwing, and Devon Sawa?! Steve caught the apparently similar Get Out and A Cure for Wellness, while I have had HEALTH’s Disco 3 on repeat while exploring Thumper (PSVR). Plus, Netflix looking very Bright (so we try to calculate its money pool), 5G tests are coming this year, and VR in space!
Following Steve’s subversion of Xmas with Black Christmas, this is the next installment in his (hopefully) continuing series of holidays gone rogue. If you’re a fan of the slasher genre or a spoilsport when it comes to Cupid’s Day of Love, you should check this out for its inventive kills on/surrounding a day generally reserved for bleeding hearts of a different order, just don’t expect too much, because the MPAA is the real killer here.