Director Tarsem Singh’s ‘Self/less’ is sadly, soulless

Ryan Reynolds in ‘Self/less’

Starring:  Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Victor Garber, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Dockery,  Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen and Melora Hardin

Writer(s):  David Pastor and Alex Pastor

Director(s):  Tarsem Singh

Human beings have been in search of immortality since we first learned about death.  Self/less is the latest in a long line of films exploring the ‘what-if’ of being able to live beyond our alloted “three-score and ten” as someone once wrote.

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Danger! Stay out of the ‘Safe House’

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in 'Safe House'
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in ‘Safe House’

[rating=2]Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson
Director(s): Daniel Espinosa
Writer(s): David Guggenheim

A safehouse is vernacular in the FBI/CIA/generic spy agency lingo for a location that’s kept ready always in case there is a need to house someone safely.  Being the caretaker of a safehouse is among the most blase jobs there are in the intelligence trade.

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2005’s ‘Amityville Horror’ remake isn’t actually all that bad

[rating=3]Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Philip Baker Hall, Jesse James, Jimmy Bennett, Chloe Moretz
Director(s): Andrew Douglas
Writer(s): Screenplay by Scott Kosar; Based upon the screenplay by Sandor Stern; Based upon the novel by Jay Anson

Ryan Reynolds is haunted in 'Amityville Horror' (2005)
Ryan Reynolds is haunted in ‘Amityville Horror’ (2005)

With this review I’m not going to get into the details of how this film differs with the original. It’s been years since I’ve seen it and that wouldn’t be fair. And while this is yet another remake in a year of remakes, I wanted to rail against The Amityville Horror. To tell you it was another stupid attempt to rehash something you’ve already seen and does very little with it.

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Don’t wait to see ‘Waiting’

“Waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup?” “Looks like the backstroke to me, sir.” That old saw is worthy of a chuckle at best, but it pales in comparison to some of the choice humor that writer/director Rob McKittrick … Read more