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Franchise Fred at the Grease 2 35th Anniversary Q&A with Maxwell Caulfield, Adrian Zmed and More

Franchise Fred has always approved Grease 2. My high school did Grease and while I always liked the music, I had a real problem with Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) just becoming the girl Danny (John Travo...

Michael Moore’s The Big One 20th Anniversary: The Movie That Changed My Life

20 years ago today, Michael Moore changed my life. When his second film, The Big One, played at Cornell Cinema, I was a junior at Ithaca College worrying about my dating life. Then I saw families with...

30 Years Of Steven Seagal: To Change The Essence Of A Man

Perhaps now is not the best time for a Steven Seagal retrospective since he seems to have defected to Russia and allegations of his abuse stretches from the making of On Deadly Ground to recently. I’v...

Fred Topel’s (Spoiler) Review Of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony: A Fred Topel Movie Review

Some spoilers for Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. Acrimony is Taraji P. Henson’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s not nonstop rage, so I don’t want to mislead you there, but you get to se...

Freditorial: Why A Final Chapter Means There’s Totally Gonna Be Another Sequel

The Sharknado franchise has announced that this summer’s Sharknado 6 will be the final chapter in the franchise. You would think Franchise Fred would be sad that a beloved franchise was coming to an e...

Pacific Rim Uprising Review: Jaegers Muster Few Thrills

Pacific Rim Uprising is the kind of sequel that puts Franchise Fred to the test. I say every movie ever made should have a sequel, no exceptions. That means even sequels to movies I don’t like. In the...

Tomb Raider Movie Review: Franchise Fred Grabs On And Pulls Himself Up

When I played Tomb Raider 2 on by 486 PC in college, I liked it because you could jump across a gap, grab onto the ledge and pull yourself up. It always annoyed me when I missed a jump in Super Mario ...

Bloodsport and the Films of Jean-Claude Van Damme: 30 Years of Van Dammage

Today is the 30th anniversary of the movie that made Jean-Claude Van Damme a star. In limited release at least. It must’ve been an arthouse movie until it went wide in April. I take IMDB’s word for it...

Army of Darkness 25th Anniversary: It Should’ve Been Called The Medieval Dead

I’d always loved movies but Evil Dead 2 was the first film that made me notice how filmmaking works, thus making Sam Raimi my first film school professor. One of the first horror movies I was brave en...

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