‘Red Dawn’ is proof most films should not be remade

Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in 'Red Dawn'
Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth battle North Korean invaders in ‘Red Dawn’

[rating=2]Starring:  Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Brett Cullen, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Will Yun Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Michael Beach
Director(s):  Dan Bradley
Writer(s):  Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, from the original screenplay by Kevin Reynolds and John Milius

It is nearly impossible to evaluate the remake of a film without comparing it to the original.  In the case of Red Dawn, the original was a better than average film that was perfectly cast and told a topical tale of the times.

The same cannot be said in any measure about the 2012 remake directed by Dan Bradley.

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‘Peace, Love and Misunderstanding’ fails to deliver on its promise

[rating=3]Starring: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff, Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyle MacLachlan
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Writer(s): Joseph Muszynski and Christina Mengert

Jane Fonda stars in 'Peace, Love and Misunderstanding'
Jane Fonda stars in ‘Peace, Love and Misunderstanding’

Diane (Catherine Keener) has two kids, one in college and one soon to be there as well, a successful law practice and a husband.  As she is preparing for a dinner party, her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) informs her that he wants a divorce, now that the kids are older.  He is packing to depart after the dinner is over when she informs him that she’s taking their kids up to her mother’s house and he informs her that they will be doing what he wants when she returns.

Mother’s house is an old place near that famous town of Woodstock, where Grace (Jane Fonda) lives and has done so without contact from Diane for 20 years.  Chickens wander in and out of the house, and according to Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen), the older of the two kids, the place “reeks of pot”.  Turns out that Grace sold pot and that was one way she made ends meet, but hopefully she isn’t doing that now.

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