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Shows to Look Forward to in 2018
By Talyn Torres, Editor of Entertainment
Streaming services have changed the way that television is viewed, but the recipe to get a renewal is still the same as always. A talented cast, smart dialogue, and engaging plot all make it possible for a show to be green-lighted for another season.
One of the most highly anticipated shows returning this year is The X-Files, a long-time classic. Fans were disappointed by the 10th season of the show, and according to TheWeek.com, “The pressure on The X-Files' 11th season has tripled thanks to a two-year wait and Gillian Anderson's recent announcement that this will be her last performance as Agent Dana Scully.” The season started airing on January 3rd on Fox.
The Handmaid’s Tale is another show whose return audiences eagerly await. Variety.com says that “there may be no series — new or returning — more anticipated than the Emmy winner for drama that manages to strike all the right nerves in today’s tumultuous political climate.” This Hulu original is one of the finest representations of why feminism is such an important concept in our modern society.
The second season of the Netflix original One Day at a Time was just released. Vulture.com reports that it is “a reboot of an old-school sitcom that proved exactly why the form can be such a useful way to tell universal stories.” The show has been gaining traction due to its warmth and uplifting nature.
Of course, along with returning shows, there are also many brand new ones to look forward to. One such show is Waco, which premiered on the 24th. “This mini-series sees FBI hostage negotiator Gary Noesner face off against cult leader David Koresh in a siege that lasted 55 days.” (LWLies.com)
Also new is the NBC drama Rise which will star How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor and air March 13th. The story will focus on a high school drama department and basically be like Glee, but slightly darker and with more controversial topics.
Hulu will be premiering a few new originals this year, one being Castle Rock. The show is being kept pretty hush-hush at the moment, but the important thing about it is that it’s another Stephen King project. Bill Skarsgard who played Pennywise in the recent film It will also be featured in this series.
Best Films of 2017
By Talyn Torres, Editor of Entertainment
2017 was a fairly forgettable year, but a number of the films that graced theaters last year were anything but.
Many great films premiered in 2017, but some certainly stood out among the rest. One noteworthy film is the horror film Get Out, which according to Nicholas Barber from BBC.com “is gripping, explosively funny and as wonderfully creepy as the 1970s horror classics which inspired it.” The film is one of the few horror movies of 2017 worth the watch, as it deals with racial issues and is, all in all, a very eerie view.
Another film frequently listed as one of the best of the year is A Ghost Story. The plot follows a grieving wife as she comes to find the ghost of her dead husband, which appears on screen as nothing more than the actor, Casey Affleck, covered by a sheet. Alissa Wilkinson from Vox.com says that the film is “bathed in warm humor and wistful longing, it's a film that stays with you long after it’s over, a lingering reminder of the inextricable link between love and place.”
One of the films typically voted to be the very apex of 2017 filmography is The Lady Bird. Robert Egbert reports that the film is about “a high-school senior searching for her place in the world and trying on various personae, which aren’t always the right fit. She longs to fly far away from her mundane hometown of Sacramento, CA, for the bright lights and intellectual heights of New York City.” The Lady Bird is a classic coming-of-age film with its own fresh take and thought-provoking story.
And, of course, who could forget La La Land, the musical in which Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling stole viewers’ breath and ran away with their hearts? The love story almost won Best Picture of the Year, but that award was instead claimed by Moonlight, the coming-of-age story of a young gay man in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.
Honorable mentions include The Big Sick, “which hits all the right romantic comedy notes with one unusual distinction: It feels like real life.” (Vox.com) Dunkirk, which according to AVClub.com, “conveys the breathtaking scope of a seemingly impossible task without sacrificing any of the arresting details through which history comes alive on screen.” And Personal Shopper, “a meditation on grief and an exploration of “between” places — on the fringes of wealth, and in the space between life and death.” (Vox.com)
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