The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year—if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla—and recommended just three of 'em. Yep, I'm a tough critic. So here's … Continue reading The Year in Fear: 21 horror-flick rankings with zero pandering

RoboCop remake suffers from lack of gore and scumbags

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 12, 2014 If you're gonna remake Paul Verhoeven's satirically twisted, sci-fi/action classic RoboCop, you'd better damn well bring your "A" game. Apparently, director José Padilha didn't get that memo because—despite his best efforts—his version winds up closer to C+ territory. The movie starts off well, depicting a U.S. military intervention in 2028 titled … Continue reading RoboCop remake suffers from lack of gore and scumbags

Kurtwood Smith broke his own bad with RoboCop’s immortal “bitches leave”

Aaron Paul is famous for saying "bitch" an awful lot in Breaking Bad, but Kurtwood Smith was totally bitchin' it up 27 years ago in Paul Verhoeven's original RoboCop. Smith played the wimpy looking but nasty-as-hell villain Clarence Boddicker with great gusto; he virtually stole the show from Peter Weller's titular crimefighter. One of the greatest moments in celluloid … Continue reading Kurtwood Smith broke his own bad with RoboCop’s immortal “bitches leave”