Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.
If at first you don’t succeed with a sequel, try not to change a goddamn fucking thing and up all the bad things that made the previous film so awful. It’s a formula that seems to work really well with many of today’s films, so why believe that films from the late-90s would be any different? After all, one could easily make the case that because of franchises like this or other films that came out during this time, audiences are saddled with the same repetitive shit we get today. Certainly the general formula for making them and the model for marketing them.
When it comes to films about creatures terrorizing innocent people, there’s no shortage of the fun you can have. Even if it’s not coming directly from the film itself, somehow you can’t help but enjoy yourself. If you’re lucky, the film will have already tried to meet you half way, but sometimes, the best kinds are the ones that achieve high levels of awesomeness by complete accident. Continue reading →
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 →
Every television series has to start somewhere. Even if the show doesn’t become a beloved classic, in whatever form that takes, it could become a slightly successful one or a quickly cancelled series, but there’s always a beginning. Some are more memorable than others, and some just do what they’re supposed to. Introduce you to the world and characters of a series you hopefully stuck around with for however long it was on. Continue reading →
The creature feature has been a Hollywood staple for decades. Some are better and more memorable than others, but the one thing that they all have in common, they tend to be a lot of fun. No matter the true level of good or bad, you can always rely on being thoroughly entertained. While the Paramount Pictures film “The Relic”, based on the novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, may not fall squarely in one camp or the other, depending on who you ask, it’s still worth another go around. The reason is mainly because the film is now entering it’s 20th year since being released. Or, which could very well be the case, a first viewing is now in store as the discovery of this film could be happening at this very moment. Continue reading →
The movie musical is a staple. One adaptation after another, with nary an original thought to be had before the next one graces our screens. It’s a wonder filmgoers haven’t revolted by now. Perhaps it’s just the endearing power of both mediums to tell compelling and fun stories. Whatever it is, people will keep turning out when successful and high profile musicals get turned into must see films. Continue reading →
Some film’s just have to be seen to be believed. They may sound crazy and silly, but are they? That depends on who’s watching. What may be a strange film for one may in fact be an amazing piece of cinema for another. Sometimes too, time can play an interesting role in whatever experience is had. Continue reading →