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Seven reasons HBO’s blockbuster new series Westworld will be TV’s next big addiction

From the mind of the late Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Andromena Strain) and based on the 1973 film of the same name comes Westworld. Westworld is about a futuristic theme park populated by artificial beings to make the guests feel as if they are back in the Wild West and it’s HBO’s latest entry to add to their string of first class television. Just as the original movie, this new series is way ahead of its time.... Continue Reading

Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (USA, 2016)

Producer J.J Abrams is a big fan of mystery, so the frugal promotional campaign leading up to 10 Cloverfield Lane, a film that is conceptually linked to shaky-cam monster classic Cloverfield, really wasn’t all that surprising. A trailer was randomly sprung upon us featuring serial scene-stealer John Goodman getting smacked over the head with a bottle by a panicked Mary Elizabeth Winstead before she tries to escape what seems like – and is – a decked out underground bunker was the most salient sequence from the trailer, and it didn’t give much of anything away, contrasting it with the average 21st century film trailer, which is on average full of so much exposition that viewers often go into modern cinema with too much of an expectation, knowing most of the story already, which often lessens the impact of the more thrill-based features. The only expectation we had from 10 Cloverfield Lane was it’s impressive, small cast and crew, and the fact that it apparently moved in Cloverfield’s universe in some way.... Continue Reading

TV Review: 11.22.63 Season 1 Episodes 1 & 2 (USA, 2016)

Stan have certainly beefed up their exclusive offerings this year, snagging not only the rights to stream content from Showtime but also currently going through Hulu original series 11.22.63, a period-drama that benefits heavily from having J.J Abrams serving as producer and Bridget Carpenter (of Friday Night Lights) as showrunner. The miniseries event throws James Franco into the lead-role as an out-of-depth English teacher, Jake Epping, who just so happens to traverse time to the 1960s, so he can stop the assassination of JFK. Some TV adaptations from Stephen King novels have worked well in the past, but some have also been quite lackluster (see the almost laughable Under the Dome), and as far as the first two episodes (all that has aired so far) go, things could go either way here. ... Continue Reading

The first full trailer for J.J. Abrams’ new time-travel series starring James Franco is here

Exclusive to streaming service Hulu, a time-travel thriller/drama created by Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Adrams will be released later this year. Titled after and based on Stephen King novel 11.22.63, the eight-part series will star James Franco as a teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.... Continue Reading