Fred Topel

Anna Movie Review: La Femme Repeata

Anna seems like the kind of movie Luc Besson would write but let one of his flunkies direct. It’s all the better for having Besson’s steady hand to ensure none of its bonkers Frenchness gets compromis...

Child’s Play Remake Review: Never Say Buddi Again

Child’s Play is the Never Say Never Again of Chucky movies. It is the rare occurrence of a remake produced while the original franchise is still ongoing. Like Kevin McClory and Thunderball, the compan...

Toy Story 2 Is Still The Best, Deepest Toy Story

The release of Toy Story 4 provides a welcome opportunity to discuss Toy Story 2. Toy Story 2 will celebrate its official 20 year anniversary on November 24 this year, and it is not only the peak of t...

Shaft 2019 Movie Review: The Shaft Crusade

Who’s the white film critic who respects women more than this flick? Fred! Shaft was a pivotal role model in 1971. He was the most prominent African-American movie action hero. He was a ladies man for...

In Defense of City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

25 years ago today, A sequel to City Slickers opened. Three years before, City Slickers was a summer comedy phenomenon. Billy Crystal got right to work after he finished his passion project Mr. Saturd...

Dark Phoenix Movie Review: The Unsatisfying X-Men

Maybe X-Men: The Last Stand wasn’t an accurate adaptation of the Dark Phoenix comics, but at least it was a fun celebration of an ensemble of character. Dark Phoenix feels joyless and obligatory. I do...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Movie Review – Nojira

I understand if you didn’t like Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla. It was a choice to obscure the monsters and if that’s who you came to see, you’d be disappointed. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is defin...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 30th Anniversary: Franchise Fred’s First Crusade

When I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 30 years ago, I thought it was the best movie I’d ever seen. That’s a little strange to me now because I had seen Die Hard, Labyrinth and Back to the Futu...

Exclusive Interview: Scott Adkins on Avengement and Why He Regrets Doctor Strange

I discovered Scott Adkins when Vern reviewed Undisputed III, Ninja and The Tournament. I got my first chance to interview Adkins for Expendables 2 and we’ve been talking regularly ever since. So I def...

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