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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Review: “Red Dawn”

    By Kyle | November 21, 2012

    The original was just okay, far from a classic, but the “Red Dawn” remake is regrettable. My review is up.

    Topics: Movies | 1 Comment »

    One Response to “Review: “Red Dawn””

    1. Don Reed Says:
      November 25th, 2012 at 12:03 am

      I remember the original film as having a preposterous premise that was somewhat watchable/redeemed by the acting and the pace.

      Never could anyone have convinced me any of it was recyclable, and now, here we are, again, staring at celluloid sh*t.

      What’s next, a remake of the MGM musicals with rappers in ballet sequins?

      It’s intentional. They take everything out of whatever the scheme was that worked the first time – & enshrine the crap that ruined their first ten remakes.

      Kyle, when was the last remake released that was a box office smash – aside from the ossified serials, the Raid-sprayed morgue material like “James Bond, Age 93 – & HOT!”?

      I find it much more productive to just delve into the memoirs of the few actors who had something to say that doesn’t defy credibility.

      Joseph Cotten’s “Vanity With Get You Somewhere” (1987) is currently providing insight & amusement far in excess of anything that beheading North Korean invaders could conjure up, although his statement about having had a pleasant reunion with the sewer workers & police in Vienna decades after The Third Man (1948) was filmed doesn’t square with his 1980 interview with Jim Bawden, which can be read at “The”

      Highly recommended, but just remember, none of the above was written under oath. Not even my post.