At First Glance: “Lion”

The thing about biographical films is, some you’ve always wanted to see, others you didn’t know you needed to see. Some people are just utterly fascinating and well known, that a film of this sort is inevitable. Other’s, less so, yet, we seem to find ourselves just as fascinated. Why is that? What about their life says watch me? Why should you care, even a tiny bit? In this case, you’ll probably have to watch and find out why. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Arrival”

Films about aliens seldom approach the genre any differently. It’s always the same. There’s an invasion. People panic. Someone has to save the day. Sure this may be interesting and fun to watch, most of the time, but after awhile it’s just plain tiresome. It just goes to show that maybe expecting much from this genre may be a waste of time. Continue reading

10 Years: “The Cheetah Girls 2”

Successful kid tv movie’s are destined for one thing. A sequel. No matter how irritating and cliché it may be to the adult that’s near by, the children watching will no doubt find something worth seeing again. That’s the one sad thing about TV movies for kids, they may have a new story, but seldom there’s anything truly new about it that says it was worth it. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Rings”

When a franchise is rebooted or remade or whatever the word choice is, it’s usually best when it isn’t. Nothing good tends to come from a rebooted series, especially one in the horror genre. It’s all been done before, and if the film is supposed to act as a sequel, in an already well done series, then there are even more hurdles to clear than before. Everyone should just give up now because the likelihood of success, is practically non-existent. Continue reading

At First Glance: “The Dressmaker”

Some adaptations and imports are of the variety you didn’t know you needed. They’re so refreshing, that regardless of what others think, you’ll watch it as soon as possible. It’s one of the troubles with films being made in outside of the U.S. The ones you really want to see, the ones that should be getting made by Hollywood, are only available in other countries and because of other countries. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

The conclusion to any film franchise, be it a short one or a long one is of the utmost importance. It’s the final film, which has been worked up to for years, and with which fans will judge the entire series by. Screw it up, even in the tiniest of ways, and you may as well call the series a wasted effort. Getting it right may be the goal, but going above and beyond to deliver the best possible finale ever, will not only suffice, but it will make the franchise even more memorable and meaningful. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”

Crafting a sequel that’s as stellar and impactful as the first is difficult to do. When the film follows a highly regarded one, with roots running very deep, and a fan base that keeps growing, the demands and expectations are even loftier. There’s so much to get right, and so much to screw up, plus there’s the looming fact that this is once again an adaptation of a beloved book. You can’t please everyone, but can you at least have enough to offer where this may not matter in the end? Continue reading