‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Is The Kind Of Sequel Most Franchises Seldom Get

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

Reboots are tough enough, but when one is made that’s actually successful and truly liked by enough people, the demands on the follow up get even higher. How do you make a sequel even better? What worked before might not fully work a second time, especially if the demands on the overall narrative go up as well. While these thoughts pop up in some form with all sequels, this one came prepared to answer them.

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‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Is a Good Enough Starting Film In Rebooted Franchise

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

When it comes to the reboot, it’s never predictable what you’ll get. Depending on the franchise, it might not matter. So long as you get something that sounds plausible and ends up being fun, the film will have done its job and you’ll have been rewarded. Or you’ll just wonder what the studio was thinking and continue hating reboots as they are, more often than not, annoying and a waste of several good hours. Some people are just hard to please.

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At First Glance: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Better late than never. That’s what they say, and in this case, they’re right. Every other person in the world may have already declared their feelings about this new teaser trailer, but I appear to be a straggler, one of the few remaining holdouts. Well, like with this exciting teaser, my thoughts are finally debuting. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Passengers”

Science fiction films may not have any trouble being fun and somewhat entertaining, but the likelihood of standing out among the rest, may be harder to achieve this way. So much seems to just be recycled from the previous films, both good and bad, and after awhile that gets tiresome. There’s got to be something, not just unique, but something that really draws people in and says this trip was worth it. It may not revolutionize the genre at all, but if it’s not been seen countless times before, it should do just fine. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Arrival”

Films about aliens seldom approach the genre any differently. It’s always the same. There’s an invasion. People panic. Someone has to save the day. Sure this may be interesting and fun to watch, most of the time, but after awhile it’s just plain tiresome. It just goes to show that maybe expecting much from this genre may be a waste of time. Continue reading

20 Years On: “The Arrival”

Film’s about alien invasions are nothing new. For as long as film has been a major medium to tell stories, at least with sound, it seems that every other year there’s at least one new alien invasion film. While you can easily enjoy any and all, the ones that truly stand out are the ones that manage to do something that’s unique enough, and makes the viewing experience even better. For some, that’s easier said than done. Continue reading

Pilot: “Wynonna Earp”

Some networks may not have a stellar reputation for quality programming, but occasionally a network puts out a program that’s just so much fun, none of the negative aspects really matter. Sometimes a show only needs to be entertaining and live up to the typical expectations of the network for you to love it and stick around. Continue reading