The Last Stand: Pre-ironic action is back

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback subscribes to that new/old vein of streamlined action cinema; it’s a straightforward neo-Western that wastes no time in getting the job done (and exploding a couple of sports cars in the process).

Total Recall: from mindfuck to mindless

When the new Total Recall was announced, a number of people questioned the need to remake a movie only 20-some years old. I gave it the benefit of the doubt. After all, it’s nice to think that a Paul Verhoeven film is considered classic enough to revisit. After watching the new version (directed byUnderworldseries hack Len Wiseman), I can’t help but feel that the question still lingers.