A ghoulish showbiz story by Max Landis gets the audio-drama treatment

The golden age of audio dramas arguably ended in the 1950s, when television established itself as the dominant home entertainment leader and many of radio’s top shows and stars jumped ship to the new medium. Just as Norma Desmond’s silent films were undone by the introduction of sound, the great radio shows of the…

The latest adaptation of Frankenstein fails to bring the original creature to life

The movie Victor Frankenstein opens with the line “You know the story.” But do you? Mary Shelley’s novel has been adapted so many times that the real story, the novel published in 1818, feels like it’s become almost as much of a myth as its monster. The popular book was made into a theater production in 1823, and the…

Victor Frankenstein and his loyal assistant Igor get a boring revisionist remake

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The first words spoken in Victor Frankenstein are “You know the story,” and anyone who simply mutters “Yep,” gets up, and heads back to the box office for a refund will be well ahead of the game. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin—yes, that was an…

The A.V. Club’s risk-assessment guide to the 2015 fall movie season, part 2

Yesterday, we appraised the big releases of September and October, doing our best to determine which among them could be most worthy of your patronage. Today, we do the same for November and December’s coming attractions, applying investment advice to the boxers, super spies, Jedis, and CGI rodents of the year’s final…

Max Landis’ Frankenstein movie is now Victor Frankenstein, is also now about Igor

Nobody can do straight adaptations of books anymore. They’re as played out as books are in general. Every movie version of a book has to have some kind of clever twist, like setting it in a different time period or making it a prequel/sequel or making someone else the point-of-view character. Now, finally, we know how …