10 Years: “Waitress”

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Some films you know you loved the first time, but can’t remember the why. Perhaps it’s been years since you last saw it. Perhaps there’s something else within the film that when viewed you can instantly connect with. Whatever it is, another viewing of said film may definitely be in order. If you don’t rediscover what it is that made you love it the first time, maybe you can at least learn something else. That’s the beauty of rewatching a film you haven’t seen in some time. Continue reading

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20 Years On: “Anaconda”

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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

10 Years: “The Reaping”

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Some films sound good on paper, but upon execution they don’t even come close to something that anybody would want to see. The finished film is such a disappointment that not even your average filmgoer or horror fan, who sometimes enjoys the occasional bad film, can get behind it. There’s nothing there that outweighs everything else that makes the film bad. In cases like these, no amount of time is going to change that. The only thing that might be able to happen is that it becomes a film you watch solely so you can make fun of it with friends. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “Chicago”

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Note: This piece was originally written for and posted as part of MovieRob’s March Genre Grandeur, with the theme being favorite prison films as chosen by Jay of Life vs. Film.

Who doesn’t love a good musical? Plenty of people, but then again, they probably don’t like films that make them step outside of their respective repetitive film circles. The only thing you can hope for is that enough time will have passed that they’ll be convinced it’s now okay to give the film a chance. And if they’re lucky, time won’t have done too much damage to a well made film. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “April Fool’s Day”

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Slasher films from the 1980’s have a bad reputation and with good reason. They’re typically terrible. Just more of the same, but none of the later films showing they learned anything from what had been done previously. While they may be awful films through and through, it doesn’t stop them from being fun in some way, shape or form. It really just depends on the viewer. I guess that’s better than just being a terrible film. 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