Fred Topel

Bumblebee Review: The Fast and the Feminist

Bumblebee is the live-action Transformers movie we all wanted in the ‘80s. It took 20 years for the technology to be able to create these movies, and then another decade for the sensibility to come ba...

I Am Paul Walker Movie Review: The Fast And The Eulogous

I always enjoyed interviewing Paul Walker. It got a tad more personal when I covered Hours in the last year of his life, between SXSW and its theatrical release. I won’t pretend I knew him well, and h...

The Naked Gun 30th Anniversary: Deadpan’s Labyrinth

The prospect of commemorating The Naked Gun felt daunting to me. It’s so universally acknowledged as hilarious as it is. What could I possibly add to it? But it has meant so much to me I have to try. ...

Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle Review – Not Your Favreau’s Jungle Book

When both Jon Favreau and Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book films were announced, it looked like a real Dante’s Peak/Volcano situation. However, Serkis’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle sat on the shelf for two ...

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review – With Great Humor Comes Great Responsibility

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is the best Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi was making them. It’s more fun than any of the live-action ones because of the liberties it can take with the animation f...

Franchise Fred Returns To Cocoon: The Return 30 Years Later

30 years ago today, the entire cast of Cocoon returned for a sequel, but audiences did not return for Cocoon: The Return. I think it’s an interesting sequel, both as an example of, “What else do you d...

AFI Fest Review: Sunset – Follow the Milliner

Sunset is the Hungarian hat maker fraternal mystery of the year. I’m not going to say it’s the best Hungarian hat maker fraternal mystery ever but it’s at least in the top five. Irisz Leiter (Juli Jak...

Man’s Best Friend 25th Anniversary: Murder & Hooch

I would have liked a killer dog movie anyway, but I loved Man’s Best Friend even more in light of all the adorable dog movies like K-9, Turner & Hooch and Beethoven that preceded it. It actually f...

How ScreenX Works With Editor Gail Gutierrez

The creators of 4DX have another theatrical format that is available in select U.S. theaters. I compared ScreenX to a horizontal IMAX, where certain scenes expand to fill the walls of the theater in a...

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