“29 to Life” Would Be a Better Sentence to Serve Than Watching This Film

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Independent films are fine, but sometimes, there are those that should be skipped. Possibly not even mentioned in any kind of conversation or thought of by anyone. When it comes to the independent film, I can handle just about any kind of story, as that’s half the draw. But looks can be deceiving. It’s the chance you take on really, really, really independent films, which is, let’s face it, what this is. You can’t win ’em all.

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‘The Nanny Diaries’ Is Still Charming And Cute 10 Years Later

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

Who doesn’t love a good book adaptation? That answer is obvious. While it can pretty much always be agreed upon, that when it comes to adaptations of our favorite books or more obscure ones, audiences want something that looks like what they spent hours reading. However, that’s not always possible. Sometimes it’s just too complicated to get it all in or to simply get it right. Sometimes, there’s too many expectations and comparisons to other adaptations. And sometimes, it could very well be the people in charge of bringing the book to the big screen, who ultimately doom the finished film.

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‘The Disaster Artist’ Appears To Be Anything But A Disaster In First Teaser Trailer

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

When you hear about a film for so long, you’re bound to jump at the opportunity to watch any footage of it. It doesn’t matter what the footage is. It could be some behind the scenes video, a 30 second teaser for the teaser (which I still blame Ridley Scott and Prometheus for), some featurette that teases a little and provides insights, while not giving you too much of anything (ahem, First They Killed My Father, which was also a great video), or something else to pique your interest. However, every now and then a trailer just does something else. The unexpected. You pretty much just have to roll with it.

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20 Years Later ‘Batman & Robin’ Is Best Viewed As a Comedy

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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.

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‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ Is Still Entertaining Enough, But Is Missing Something Special 10 Years Later

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

There’s a phrase (idea?) that seems like it’s becoming commonplace in today’s world of films. Sequel fatigue. It’s exactly as it sounds. So many sequels in any given year, most that don’t actually do all that well critically or commercially, especially when compared to the previous film(s) in the franchise, and ones that, more often than not, audiences probably didn’t want nor asked for. While sequels in general are nothing new, even in 2007, they seem to have gotten worse. Become increasingly annoying. Perhaps, along with what it says overall, this film is some kind of a precursor to what we see today.

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‘Ocean’s Twelve’ Brings More Laughs And Ups Its Heist Game In A Much Better Sequel

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The sequel is hard to get right for most film franchises. No matter the ultimate level of good, there’s still the fans to think about. You have to satisfy them in ways that really don’t matter to other viewers, and if you screw up there, you may never recover. Their trust is gone. However, if you’re like me, and a lot of time has come and gone since a films release, the expectations may not be that high. You’ll take just about anything and either like it or not. That’s the good thing with sequels, they can suck to the majority of viewers, but for you, they hit enough of the right notes and make it worth the watch.

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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