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10 Differences Between the ‘Carrie’ Remake & Original 1976 Movie

Carrie-Differences-Remake-OriginalCarrie may have taken her telekinetic wrath from the 1970s to modern day, but beyond that, Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie falls right in line with the Brian De Palma original. However, even though the films hit all the same beats, share character names, and even some dialogue, the 2013 version isn’t a total copy and paste job. The structure stays the same, but by using a little modernization, additional character details and new scenes here and there, Peirce essentially recreates the same experience while trying to make it her own (read our Carrie remake review).

Whether or not that remake technique works for you, if you’re a fan of the original, it certainly makes pinpointing those differences an entertaining game. Check out all the changes we caught in the new Carrie and let us know which ones you spotted, too.

It goes without saying that the following post contains SPOILERS for Carrie and the 2013 Carrie remake.

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Review: Savages

No filmmaker should strive to make a mindless action movie, but if that’s what you end up with, at least they work. You may not get a profound story, but you still get an entertaining film. On the other hand, if you’ve got something in the thriller category veering away from outlandish action and towards gritty realism, you better have the elements necessary to make that work, otherwise you’ll end up with something that’s noticeably forced and possibly confusing, lifeless and boring, too, just like Savages.

Ben and Chon (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) have the life. They’re wildly successful pot growers and dealers happily sharing their girlfriend, O (Blake Lively), in their beautiful home in Laguna Beach, California. When the head of the a Mexican drug cartel, Elena La Reina (Salma Hayek), wants in on their profits, the duo attempts to respectfully decline. Too bad for them Elena will not take no for an answer and in attempt to get in on their top-notch goods, she has her ruthless henchman Lado (Benicio del Toro) abduct O. Now, should Ben and Chon refuse to do business with her, Elena will have O killed.

Not a Blake Lively fan? You won’t last five minutes into Savages. In it for the action? I give you 30 minutes. Enjoy looking at Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch? You might make it to the midpoint – and that’s the midpoint in terms of running time; the Savages’ script is nearly devoid of structure.

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The Most Appropriately Hilarious and Ridiculously Bad Haircuts on Film

It’s September and you know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! No, we don’t want to rush the year away, but once Labor Day comes and goes, stores start to load up on Halloween gear and those seasonal costume stores begin to pop up everywhere.

This past weekend we had a potential costume craze bomb on the big screen in Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. In the film, Nick Swardson leads as Bucky, a small-town guy who wants to follow his parents into the porn biz.

Bucky’s a bit awkward from head to toe, but the most striking element of this guy’s look is certainly that hair. Should you opt to pick up a Bucky-like wig and toss that on for Halloween, we doubt many people will know who you are, but if you’re in the market for a hairpiece-based getup – appropriately hilarious or ridiculously bad – some of these might serve as inspiration.

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Defending Bad Movies: Grease 2

It’s sad to say, but the summer is coming to a close. It’s even sadder to say – for some – that another school year is about to begin. About this time every year, I get a song stuck in my head. Well, two. First is Billy Madison’s back to school song. You know, “Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight.” The second comes from a movie with somewhat more acceptable classroom behavior, but also one that’s underappreciated, Grease 2. “I gotta go back, back, back to school again.”

When you’re following in the footsteps of a film as beloved as Grease, you’re practically in a lose-lose situation. There was really no way director Patricia Birch could top Randal Kleiser’s work and Max Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer were just no match for the ultimate duo, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. You know what you do when there’s just no way of being the best? You settle for mediocre and just have a blast with it. And that’s exactly what Grease 2 is; a so-so film that gets major bonus point for being such a damn good time.

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Interview: John Travolta And The From Paris With Love Team

When John Travolta enters a room, time stops. Okay, not literally, but the guy’s got an unprecedented presence to match his extraordinary film career. Luckily he came in with a full head of hair rather than sporting a shiny bald melon like his character inFrom Paris With Love, Charlie Wax. Could you imagine how overwhelming that would have been? Still, between Travolta and co-stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kasia Smutniak as well as director Pierre Morel and writer Luc Besson, the room was filled with a tremendous amount of talent.

From Paris with Love is a thriller about an eccentric and trigger-happy spy (Travolta) who whisks away his more docile young apprentice on an assignment to stop a terrorist attack. It’s as intense as it sounds. There’s bullets flying, bad guys dying and even a cocaine shower. Check out what the group said about designing John’s unconventional character, working in Paris, a Travolta family cameo and more.

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Review: From Paris with Love

Age is just a number. John Travolta may be 56-years-old, but you would never know from his performance in From Paris with Love. His unusual new do and facial hair cloud the brain at first, but it doesn’t take long for Travolta’s ability to command the screen and a room full of gang members to let you know that this guy means business. Get ready for guns, explosions and a bunch of wisecracks because Charlie Wax has a lot of love to give.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as James Reese, a promising young personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France. He’s got a great job, beautiful apartment, loving girlfriend and a bright future, but he wants more, namely, to be a CIA agent. Aside from his day job, he takes on minor operative work, but it isn’t until he gets his first high-level assignment that he really gets a taste of the action.

Reese teams up with Charlie Wax, a special agent with a tendency to utilize unconventional and eccentric methods. In an effort to stop a terrorist attack, Wax hurls Reese into the line of fire with a vase full of cocaine as his only shield. As the duo delves deeper into their mission, Reese discovers he’s got far more at stake than he initially thought.

From Paris with Love is intense in every sense of the word. From Reese’s minimal license plate-swap jobs to his explosive antics with Wax, the suspense level is high throughout the film. There’s blood, bullets and bombs galore all topped off with powerful car chase sequences.

Sounds like a typical action thriller, right? Yes, but not entirely. The barrage of firepower is gripping, but it’s impossible to overlook the film’s real stars, Reese and Wax. Reese is a methodical and respectable guy who’s just trying to do the best he can. Wax, on the other hand, is downright insane. His sole concern is that the job gets done and he won’t hesitate to put a bullet through the brain of anyone who gets in his way. The contradictory personas play off each other perfectly allowing From Paris with Love to deliver the suspense while still maintaining a sense of authenticity.

Of course there’s nothing realistic about a guy who’s seemingly indestructible and his sidekick who doesn’t have the nerve to pull a trigger yet still manages to survive, but the film is too much fun to care. A large part of that enjoyment comes from Travolta’ performance as Wax.  Anyone can wield a gun and do some stunts, but only an actor like Travolta could provide this wacky superspy with such a unique aura. Everything from his shiny bald head down to his confident strut is intriguing. It’s a relief that the story focuses on Wax as a professional rather than trying to force some emotional backstory to justify his no-fear behavior. But that’s where Meyers’ character comes in.

Wax’s wild shootouts leave From Paris with Love teetering the line of absurdity, but Reese keeps it from falling over the edge. He’s good and happy with his job working for the Ambassador, but craves a little action. When he asks his secretive CIA insider for more responsibility, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. He follows Wax like a puppy dog as he bulldozes everything in their way. It’s easy to relate to Reese’s eagerness to attain his dream job, yet recoil when he gets a taste of what it’s really like to be an agent. The two coalesce seamlessly giving the film’s heroes a sense of imperishable loftiness and humanity as well.

If you’re able to get past the unrealistic nature of the content, From Paris with Love is left with just one major fault: convoluted plot points. The most difficult to get past is the relationship between Wax’s mission and a drug ring. Fast-talking Wax mutters over the details, but doesn’t allow for enough time to digest the information and get a clear picture of what exactly is going on. Other elements that are hard to swallow revolve around Reese’s underdeveloped relationship with his girlfriend Caroline. Far too much is left to presumption.

Overall, From Paris with Love is nothing but a routine action film. But, when placed in the hands of director Pierre Morel, it becomes a visual spectacle and compelling experience. Tack on Travolta’s comprehensive performance and a little authenticity from Meyers and you end up with something that makes due on its promise to blow you away, yet offers a pleasing dose of ingenuity.

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