Series End: “Grimm”

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While it’s an inevitable conclusion, the ending of any TV series is still one that’s difficult to accept. So many emotions floating around, along with some expectations that don’t need to be all that high, and it’s kind of surprising anyone tunes in at all. Will you be disappointed? Did you set your expectations within reason, but still hope what’s given goes far above them? Did you bring enough tissues? And so many more questions follow us into the final episode. It may be a tough thing to accept, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.
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At First Glance: “My Cousin Rachel”

Sometimes getting excited for a film doesn’t even require viewing the trailer. You recognize an actor in the film’s poster and that’s all you need. Of course, having the poster be immediately mysterious and intriguing helps a lot as well. And then, there’s the trailer itself. If that wasn’t reason enough, throw in the fact that the film is based on a classic novel, by an author who’s works include other classic novels which helped elevate her status as a storyteller. At this rate, is a trailer even necessary? Continue reading

At First Glance: “It (2017)”

When it comes to remakes, the golden rule among filmgoers is usually don’t do it. However, most studios, and the writers and directors hired, don’t seem to seriously consider this before getting to work on what’s usually a wasted effort. The final film is that bad that it’s a wonder anyone thought it a good idea in the first place. Because horror films seem to fall into this exact category more often than not, it’s difficult to get excited about any remake, no matter who’s involved creatively. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Paris Can Wait”

When it comes to film surprises, the best kind tend to be of the indie variety. With more freedom to tell a story, one that major studios wouldn’t dream of touching, there’s a better chance that the directors vision will remain intact. While it’s not a complete guarantee that the final film will be good, at least you’ll know that the director and writer will have tried something new. That’s more than you can say for most other studio films. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

When you stumble upon a film trailer, there’s no telling what you’ll end up thinking. You’ll either love it, hate it or just question why it even exists at all. Perhaps some cautious optimism may be needed because the trailer itself is making it hard to form a first opinion. In this case, it could very well be that the trailer was badly constructed. If this happens, hopefully that’s the only problem as too many trailers have managed to cause many more, which are usually avoidable, and the finished film suffers because of it. Continue reading

10 Years: “The Hills Have Eyes II”

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Oh, the horror sequel. If only there were ever a purpose for another entry. Well, then we’d all be happier and more and more, not to mention better, horror sequels would probably come out. Sadly, as this film itself shows, the only purpose a sequel of this sort serves is to try and make a quick buck. Lazy remakes aren’t enough, so it’s time to force horror fans to sit through films they didn’t want or, as is increasingly becoming the case, ask for. When will studios learn that what die hard fans want isn’t more of the same? Continue reading

20 Years On: “Selena”

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When it comes to biographical films, or biopics as they’re sometimes called, the ability to craft a compelling narrative isn’t always that easy, even when it seems like it should be. There’s so much that’s occurred in the subject’s life, that whittling it down to what’s crucial and will draw people in seems impossible. How does someone pick and choose what’s most important? How will they know if it’s enough to paint a decent picture of who the subject was and what they went through? Continue reading