#11 – Sputnick
Directed by Egor Abramenko, Written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev
“Sputnik” is a real delight, a surprisingly intimate story of an intense young doctor called in to treat an astronaut with a space parasite. It starts with intimate mindgames that reveal both a lot about both characters and –
Oh dead GOD what is that thing?
“Sputnick” plugs along at a steady pace until the alien starts doing things and then it’s a case of “Jesus get that thing away from me.” The film also benefits from a troika of great performances in Oksana Akinshina, Fyodor Bondarchuk and Pyotr Fyodorov.
Number #12 – It
Directed by Andy Muschietti, Written by Cary Fukunaga, Chase Palmer and Gary Dauberman
I find it pointless to review or recommend a movie that everyone has seen. I will take this time to rant.
THIS is why Hollywood does remakes. They have always done remakes, you just didn’t know it. ‘Scarface’ was a remake. ‘Oceans 11’ is a remake of a remake. ‘The Fast and the Furious’ is a remake. With the right team, a familiar property can be updated to a new audience, especially with increased innovation.
You cannot beat Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, and that’s no slight to Bill Skarsgard who is phenomenal. But you can take a different path, and ‘It’ did that to well-deserved success. Stop freaking out every time a reboot/remake is announced and let’s see what they come up with.