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

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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

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

31 Days of Oscar: “Cabaret”

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Classic musicals are really hit or miss. It depends on how far back you go, who’s in it and what the overall story is about. Some can just end up being fun no matter how much time has passed, while others just take on that dated look that makes it hard to do anything other than laugh. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “Resident Evil”

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The zombie genre has been done to death. However, like with the zombies we love for various characters to keep killing, the genre has never truly stayed dead. Just when you think there’s nothing left to do, be it original or just a repeat in some way, another film comes along. Now, over the past several years, zombies have even swept TV. There’s truly no end in sight for the hordes of undead that want to terrorize the living in some way. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “Atlas Shrugged: Part I”

When it comes to the Rocky Mountain Pictures film “Atlas Shrugged: Part I”, based on the novel of the same name by Ayn Rand, there are a few ways you can look at it. As a bad film that only wishes it had the high pedigree of other complex narratives, as a film that couldn’t be adequately adapted from its massive source material, no matter who was writing and directing, or as a relatively enjoyable film that tackled a dense and philosophically dry book and made it as accessible as possible, to as many people as possible. If not those, then perhaps something else. There’s certainly something for everyone. Continue reading

TV Movie: “Hairspray Live!”

It comes but once a year, at least on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and with it tons of fun and unintentionally hilarious moments, which are even better when shared on Twitter! The live holiday musical is back once more and hopefully it’ll be better than the last one I saw. “Peter Pan Live!” shouldn’t have been as awful and hilarious as it was, but it was. Having sat out (by complete accident) the previous year’s, I’m ready once more! I’ve never seen the film version of this nor a production, so it’ll definitely be eye opening. I’m sure I’ll love it and hate it, but hopefully it’s more on the positive side. Continue reading