10 Years: “28 Weeks Later”

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Sequels are hard to get right or as close to right as possible. There’s so many expectations that it’s a wonder any manage to come through at all. Typically they just fall short, and it really doesn’t matter how many ways they do so. Sometimes though, you get a sequel that’s just good enough, that all other issues can easily be looked past. There’s plenty that makes it just the right amount of fun, no matter how much time has passed. Continue reading

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On Second Thought: “Resident Evil: Afterlife”

Normally I’d come up with something interesting, which would lead to a potential overall theme for the piece, but I can’t. I sat through this film. I was optimistic, but apparently no amount of optimism was ever going to help me. I don’t think it’ll ever help most people. This film and franchise has finally hit an incredibly low note. Continue reading

10 Years: “Resident Evil: Extinction”

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As a series goes on, ideas can sometimes come to a stall. The creative well is almost dry. No matter the previous film’s success, it could prove risky for another outing. Keeping things fresh is no longer as simple as it was before. With some franchises, this could backfire in big ways or could be of almost no consequence. I guess it’s going to come down to the audience and what type of film and franchise they’ve accepted and come to expect. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “Atlas Shrugged: Part III”

If adapting a novel or series of novels is hard to do in general, just imagine how difficult it is to nail the ending. It’s the final film, or in some cases these days, films, and it has to be worth people’s time. They invested so much. The lead up, hopefully, has been pretty big in scope and brought to life numerous necessary and fan favorite moments. However, not all film series can deliver. And if you’re the Atlas Distribution Company film “Atlas Shrugged: Part III”, based on the novel of the same name by Ayn Rand, you’ll probably be regretting coming in last. The bar wasn’t very high, so missing it by miles shouldn’t have been possible. Yet here we are. Continue reading

On Second Thought: “Atlas Shrugged: Part II”

Adapting a book or book series is no easy task. Some just get it, and others struggle under the weight of creative people who have no idea how to make something interesting. With the Atlas Distribution Company film “Atlas Shrugged: Part II”, based on the novel of the same name by Ayn Rand, there are many factors trying to get in the way of an even half decent film from existing. Some are familiar issues, like dealing with a source material that’s so methodical and dense in its conveyance of a philosophical belief, that it’s a wonder any other aspects of a story could’ve come through at all. And then there are the new issues, which should’ve been somewhat avoidable, but due to changes elsewhere, allowed for a big door to appear and open, so that those issues may waltz in and cause havoc to an already struggling film series. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Alien: Covenant”

Christmas came early!! It’s the best present I’ll probably get this year! I was originally sad that I’d have to wait until tomorrow, but at the same time, I had resigned myself to that. This is one time I love being surprised. Continue reading