On Second Thought: “28 Days Later”

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The zombie film is nothing new, even if it’s not involving zombies like most think of when the word “zombie” is thrown around. If there are crazed or dead people running around biting and tearing innocent people to pieces, that’ll do it! The only thing that’ll be up for grabs is how good or bad the film’s story is. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but when you really want something that’s more than braindead fun, it’s hard to randomly look around and find what you’re looking for. Continue reading

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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

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

Pilot: “Mary Kills People”

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The medical drama is nothing new to TV, which could be good or bad depending on the overall series. The ones that stand out somehow manage to do something truly different and refreshing enough, while maintaining an overall compelling narrative that keeps you coming back for more. The ones that have a specific theme at its core seem to be even rarer, and so it’s pretty much up in the air on whether or not it’ll be worth watching. Continue reading

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