Movie Review: Saban’s Power Rangers Is a Great Example Of What A Reboot Is Suppose To Look Like.

Saban’s Power Rangers directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), took a childhood TV show and made it modern and up to date while keeping its core essence intact from where it started. This is a definitely a reboot as we get an origin story of how five teenagers who don’t know each other being brought together by fate to become the next generation of superheroes to protect the town of Angel Grove as well as Earth from menacing alien creatures and villains who want to conquer Earth.

  I honestly welcome reboots and remakes because it’s a way to see a story and characters you already know and told from a different perspective. These movies should definitely be used towards material that was not good the first or maybe even second time around (Hint Hint Super Mario Bros.

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Double Take: Urban Legend

Wes Craven’s Scream back in 1996 changed the way we see horror movies till this day with its meta format mixing humor and horror together and also making killing teenagers fun and exciting again. Afterwards, almost every follow up attempted to recreate the success by finding any creative way to kill teens for being sinful. One of those films came two years later in 1998 called Urban Legend.


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Double Take: Go (1999)

Go, the young adult answer to Pulp Fiction.

This week I went with a movie that really resonated with me back then. After watching Pulp Fiction I was fascinated with the idea of having multiple interwoven plotlines mashed up into one movie. This is where you have many characters and stories in one movie but it is shown in different order and all connect in a specific way. Most of the movie also takes place during a 24 hour period. I always say that the best movies take place in one day. I really like putting the pieces together or just seeing the same story being played out from different perspectives. I remember this movie being a lot of fun, different, and also I was just turning 18 so I felt like such an adult finally able to go to the movies without an adult present with me and one that I didn’t have to sneak into to watch. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I want to see if this movie still holds up to how it made me feel back then.

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Double Take F stands for Fear

If this movie has taught us anything is it’s not so glamorous going after the bad boy. Try out the nice guys for once.

Back in 1996 a gem was released called Fear. This film taking place in Seattle, my hometown, already had a hold on me in interest. This was also a part of Seattle that I didn’t live in. I was about the same age as the main character in the film but I wasn’t a part of the grunge rock generation discovering sex, alcohol, and being rebellious. All I know is when I saw the trailer I saw an exciting thriller that was rated R that I just had to see. I don’t have much memory watching this at the movies but once I did watch it I remember making this one of those movies I had to include in my collection. I remember the movie being fun, suspenseful, violent, and satisfying as all the other thrillers that made my heart pound. I want to re-watch it to see if it still packs that same punch it had for me back then.

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Double Take: E for Event Horizon

When you ask someone “What is one of the scariest movies they have seen?” One common answer is Event Horizon. Till this day I can’t figure out why. I guess you can say this movie reach a bit of cult classic status since over the years I have heard someone bring this movie up as one of the best Sci-Fi/horror films out there. I went to the movies to see this and I don’t have great memories of this movie. The only memory I have is that a hand floated across someones face real close to the screen which scared the hell out of me. Unfortunately, that was the only thing good about this movie.

So this week I have decided to watch this film again to see if i would have a better understanding and appreciation for it now that I am older and wiser. Released back in 1997 Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil Franchise) directed the film involving a rescue team who is responding to a signal located on the ship named Event Horizon. Once they find the ship, they learn why the crew and the ship went missing. Bring on the Terror!

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Double Take: D for Disturbing Behavior

So this week I had two choices that I wanted to do. The other choice was Donnie Darko. I love that movie and I don’t see myself changing my mind on one of my favorite movies of all time. I ain’t mad at Disturbing Behavior. This movie, in 1998, released at the right time. This is when all the teen angst thrillers were coming out giving the young adults what we want from all the teen horror movies coming out at the time. I remember watching this movie and having so much fun watching it. I was a junior in high school at the time so this movie taking place in high school made it easy for me to relate to it. Adding in the horror/thriller element made the film more interesting. Does this movie still hold up to the appeal it had in the late 90’s? I think I will still love it like I did when I watched it 18 yrs ago.

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Double Take: 3 Ninjas

My first entry into my 27 week movie project testing the possibility that movies get better with age or can a movie live up to what you remember as a kid or young adult. My first entry down memory lane is 3 Ninjas. I remember watching this movie as a kid, wanting to learn karate, still getting the home alone vibe from it and just enjoying how fun it was. From the cool ninja nicknames they got, and using their skills to take care of the bullies at school to the chanting of the two lovebirds Rocky and Emily, this was one of my go to movies where I watched if I wanted to laugh or just put a smile on my face. With the story kind of similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the brothers who study martial arts from their relative/sensei, the ninjas dressed like the foot clan led by an old partner/student of the grandfather. The three bumbling idiots that remind you of Bebop and Rocksteady tasked to kidnap the kids but fumble along the way. Great kids movie from what I remember but lets see if it still holds up 24 years later.

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