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Village of the Damned is Carpenter’s second remake.  This one is not quite as inventive as the Thing.  Here, Carpenter sticks much closer to the source material.  The film begins in an idyllic small California town where there is a community barbecue.  In the midst of the festivities, the entire town falls unconscious.   The government enters the scene very quickly to assess the situation.  They find there is a line that… Read More

Superman III bombed heavily.  Eventually, the rights were sold to Canon Films.  Reeve had sworn off ever playing Superman again.  But four years later he was back.  In part, he was promised that he could be involved with the story.  And the story we got was Superman getting rid of all our nuclear weapons.  He puts them in a net and hurls them into the son.  Gene Hackman is back as Lex… Read More

Superman three came three years after Superman II, riding high on it’s success, but behind the scenes things looked bleak.  There was a divide between some of the cast and the Salkinds over how they had treated Richard Donner.  Kidder was not really feeling up to participating.  To address this, Perry sends her off to the tropics, while sending Clark to do a story in Smallville at his High School Reunion. Rally,… Read More

Assemble almost 30 years later, the Donner cut restores the original footage Donner shot and also uses some of the Lester material to fill in the blanks.  It was not assembled by Donner, but it had his blessing. And in many, many ways, it improves the movie.  Gone are the weird additional powers.  Gone is the opening Eiffel Tower sequence.  Instead we have Lois trying to prove Clark Kent is Superman by… Read More

Superman the Movie and Superman II were filmed back to back, but director Richard Lester came in when there was friction between the Salkinds and Donner.  He threw out a lot of what Donner filmed and started over.  Remember Zod and his Cronies?  They are still floating through space in the Phantom Zone.  When Superman thwarts a terrorist plot by launching a bomb into space, they are set free and make their… Read More

Richard Donner’s Superman is often presented as a more upbeat and hopeful film than more recent Superhero efforts.  And, in a lot of ways, it is a brighter view overall.  Donner opens the film with life on Krypton.  His version of Krypton has influenced countless versions of Superman.  It became a ruling vision.  And I get it…it is a society and world at it’s end.  But the severely antiseptic frozen tundra look… Read More