Here Today, Gone For Good?

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Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.Co

The joyous television event known as Upfronts is right around the corner! How does one know this? Because of this little thing called a cancellation spree. Typically this event precedes what is known as Upfronts week, which I’ll define in a few days time. But I will tell you about this cancellation spree, which may just be what I like to call it. It’s the time in May when broadcast networks take the ax to underperforming shows, no matter how well they may have been fairing with critics or how many awards they were winning or had been nominated for in the past. It’s why the above photo collage is overflowing. It’s a yearly ritual, but it tends to hurt on some level for those who have invested countless hours. Hopefully you didn’t watch too many of the now cancelled shows.
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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

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

At First Glance: “Paris Can Wait”

When it comes to film surprises, the best kind tend to be of the indie variety. With more freedom to tell a story, one that major studios wouldn’t dream of touching, there’s a better chance that the directors vision will remain intact. While it’s not a complete guarantee that the final film will be good, at least you’ll know that the director and writer will have tried something new. That’s more than you can say for most other studio films. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

When you stumble upon a film trailer, there’s no telling what you’ll end up thinking. You’ll either love it, hate it or just question why it even exists at all. Perhaps some cautious optimism may be needed because the trailer itself is making it hard to form a first opinion. In this case, it could very well be that the trailer was badly constructed. If this happens, hopefully that’s the only problem as too many trailers have managed to cause many more, which are usually avoidable, and the finished film suffers because of it. Continue reading

Pilot: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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Every now and then you stumble upon a TV series that just works. It hooks you from the beginning. Even if you hadn’t heard much about it and went in blind, the pilot episode did what it was supposed to do. Convince you the series will be well worth your time. In this day and age, with television being so different, falling in love with the first episode may not be the best thing to do. You may have loved it, but it might not be able to convince the right people to let it go on and prove itself as a regular series. And here I thought all digital platforms were flawless. Continue reading