Another First Glance: “It Comes at Night”

Really good horror films don’t seem to come around that often. Over the last few years there’s really only been a handful of films that fit that bill, but they’ve been worth the wait. Even better or just in conjunction with, is when a horror film can deliver well before anyone has seen the film itself. Yes, trailers are supposed to inform and excite viewers, but the level of good I’m thinking of goes well beyond doing just that. Somehow, so much more is accomplished in only a few minutes, that it elevates the film in an instant. Continue reading

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Another First Glance: “Alien: Covenant”

Surprise, surprise!! That’s what the company releasing this film seems to like doing. First it was on Christmas Eve, and now, even with it being slightly annoying, it’s today. I can’t believe this is what we’re being treated to. If this film doesn’t do phenomenally at the box office in May, then there’ll be no hope for any more films in this franchise, no matter the director or the intent. Continue reading

Another First Glance: “The Good Fight”

As far as most anticipated new shows go, the upcoming CBS Television Studios series “The Good Fight”, might be the one that suffers the most. It won’t actually be shown on a broadcast network, save for the pilot, which CBS is hoping will spark interest in the show as well as its streaming platform CBS All Access. Because of this, I’m fearing that this show won’t get the kind of reception it should nor the audience. It’s not just those who loved and adored “The Good Wife” who’ll be pissed they have to miss out, but any new audience members following one of the actors in the series (see: Rose Leslie). Continue reading

Another First Glance: “Rings”

Another year, another reboot. In the case of the upcoming Paramount Pictures film “Rings”, it doesn’t look like it’ll be worth all that much. A sequel coming years after the previous installment and a reboot starring people you’ve barely even heard of. What could possibly go wrong with this latest entry in a franchise that should’ve stayed as dead as Samara? Continue reading

Another First Glance: “Jackie”

Biographical films are not always equal, but they almost all tend to have the same formula dictating how the film unfolds. Only the very fortunate, those in capable hands, are able to break that mold and do something that’s not only somewhat fresh, but shows true creativeness. It’s the only way to take a decent biographical film and turn it into something more. Continue reading

Another First Glance: “La La Land”

Musical comedies seem all but a distant memory. Sure musicals still exist, but usually they’re just adaptations of something from years, if not decades ago. Originality, when it comes to the musical film, doesn’t exist anymore. Perhaps that’s about to change. However, will it be for the better? Or, as with all trends or resurgences, will we only see films that wish they were like the one that started it all? Continue reading

Another First Glance: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Prequels, sequels, and anything in between are sometimes hard to get behind. You may be oddly excited for one, but at the same time, you have this nagging feeling that it’s still not needed. The world could still turn without another story set in a given universe. In the case of some film franchises, not every detail needs to be filled in. For once, the imagination should be allowed to do what it’s meant to. Continue reading