Fred Topel

Pet Sematary Movie Review: Sometimes Franchise Fred Is Better

You know me, I’d rather watch Pet Sematary 3 than a remake of Pet Sematary, but in a way Pet Sematary 2019 can be both. If it were really up to me, Pet Sematary 3 would have come out in the ‘90s and w...

Long Shot Movie Review: Vote For Women Step In Time

Long Shot is being advertised as the love story where schlubby Seth Rogen gets to date glamorous Charlize Theron. That standard rom-com premise is actually a misdirect for a poignant commentary on pol...

Exclusive Interview: Michelle Dean on The Act

When Michelle Dean wrote the Buzzfeed article about the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, it was only the beginning. Dee Dee was committing Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy on her daughter Gypsy Rose. The si...

Dumbo Movie Review: Elephantastic!

Dumbo is the Star is Born of flying elephant movies. It’s about the crushing demands of success on a burgeoning talent, only because it’s Disney there’s no tragic romance. Instead, there’s a scary gro...

Franchise Fred Interview: Jade Chynoweth on Step Up: High Water

Franchise Fred approves Step Up: High Water, the TV series spinoff of the dance franchise. Unfortunately, Moose does not make a cameo appearance to connect it to the films, but the stories of aspiring...

D2: The Mighty Ducks’ D25th Anniversary

When D2: The Mighty Ducks opened 25 years ago, I didn’t see it because I was any big fan of The Mighty Ducks. I thought it had been an average underdog sports movie where Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez...

Shazam! Movie Review: Super Friends

Yes, folks, this is the first live-action Shazam! movie ever. I know a lot of you think Sinbad was in a genie movie, and it’s funny that this Shazam! briefly addresses the concept of mass hysteria lik...

Critters: A New Binge Review – The Crite-rion Collection

Franchise Fred watched all the Critters movies. When Critters 3 and 4 went straight to video, it may have been the first time I saw sequels to theatrical films on video. I had every hope that they wou...

Triple Threat Movie Review: The Three

Back in the ‘90s the ultimate martial arts combination would’ve been Jackie Chan and Jet Li. They finally did it in 2008. Now the martial arts heirs Tony Jaaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen team up  in Tri...

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