Short: “Welcome to the Circus”

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With horror short films there’s virtually no end to what can be used to scare you, or hope to scare you. Even if the subject is one that’s seemingly been done to death, it can still be used in such way that some unnerving experience can be had. Continue reading

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Pilot: “Great News”

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The end of the current television season means the start of random shows you’ve never heard of popping up. Why exactly? Because networks are so jam packed with shows, they can’t find any other time or way to schedule new programming, or at the least, realize that maybe less really is more. Perhaps if they focused on the plethora of shows already seeking a time slot, then they’d see better ratings and wouldn’t feel the need too constantly fill every hour with programming nobody’s going to even pretend to be interested in watching in the first place. Until that time, well, here we are again. Another new show. Continue reading

Series End: “Bates Motel”

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The way one responds to the end of a series is never predictable. It could be the best experience ever, even when really emotional. Or, it could just be okay and achieve enough of what you hope for. Sometimes though, a series finale hits all the right notes, that you not only know it was a good way to end, but that the series itself maintained what made it worth watching in the first place, and that it was worth every minute of invested time. Continue reading

At First Glance: “It Comes at Night”

At the least a horror film needs to look interesting. Not a lot to ask for as the story itself and the overall execution probably won’t be there to warrant much else. But sometimes, so much more can be achieved in a short amount of time. So much, that you have a strong reason to believe the film will be so much more than simply interesting. A film that’s genuinely worth your time. That being scared, if not outright terrified, would be a most welcome experience. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Better late than never. That’s what they say, and in this case, they’re right. Every other person in the world may have already declared their feelings about this new teaser trailer, but I appear to be a straggler, one of the few remaining holdouts. Well, like with this exciting teaser, my thoughts are finally debuting. Continue reading

At First Glance: “The Mist (2017)”

If at first you don’t succeed with a highly successful film adaptation, wait a short amount of time and try again with an unnecessary TV series. That seems to be the motivation behind this new iteration of a fascinating novella that’s almost 40 years old. With a lot of luck, this series could very well prove to be worth it, but that’s more wishful thinking than I’m prepared to have for this unoriginal original series. Continue reading

Series End: “Switched at Birth”

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While there will always be another drama series on television to keep you entertained, it’s rare to find one that aims to achieve so much. Telling a good story with well developed characters is a goal, of course, but it’s not the only one. A new kind of juggling act must be attempted in order to get it right. And that’s after you consider the fact that this television show you’re watching (or watched in my case), is already doing what the majority have failed to do for decades. Continue reading