HULLY GULLY (Film Review)

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HULLY GULLY, a film by director Pablo D’Stair, takes a look at a normal, everyday couple and the examines their relationship. The representation of a modern couple is pretty common, but with D’Stair’s style, it comes out different than the run of the mill films that are commonplace. Continue reading

Marco Polo (Episode Ten Review)

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Note: This review will be very short, both due to a large stream of reviews that are also in the process of being written and the fact that the final, season review will be coming out soon.

With Marco Polo coming to a close, they did not disappoint. The episode comes to an epic conclusion, practically tying up the big plots of the season while setting the stage for new ones next year. Relationships progress, friendships are built and new alliances are formed. In terms of finales, they couldn’t have done better.

The performances made the finale even better. All around, this episode had great performances and a gripping story. The action sequences were top-notch in this episode, making it an all around success. The finale gave the most complete look at what the series has to offer in the coming years, and that makes for exciting TV. A review of this season will be coming shortly, but for this episode I can only give it one score.

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Thoughtful Thursday #3

Thoughtful Thursday

For today’s Thoughtful Thursday, I thought I’d talk about the super interesting topic of scheduling posts! If you’re a WordPress blogger, or any blogger, you know that scheduling posts is the easiest way to keep a post a day goal going. Some days I write 5 posts and other days I don’t type a single word, but scheduling posts makes the reader think that I’m a WordPress maniac, writing daily. I didn’t always schedule posts, but I will admit that it makes blogging and writing reviews easier.

The thing that comes along with scheduling posts is figuring out the best time to post an article. I personally post articles and reviews around 7am Pacific. I notice if I post it later, not a lot of people will read that specific article. I don’t know if it’s because people are busy with other stuff or it’s at a time where a lot of other people are posting articles at the same time, which makes my post cluttered with other people’s subscriptions. Either way, I like to post early. I’ve flirted with the idea of posting later in the day, but I’ve noticed that when I do, the total views for that day are substantially lower. I don’t care too much about the numbers, I just want to make sure everyone that wants to read it can read it and don’t accidentally scroll over it.

I know deep down that the time doesn’t really matter too much, but for some odd reason I find most of my posts scheduled around 7:26 and 7:37. I don’t know why the times are so random, but it’s a bit quirky and I like it.

Anyways, congrats for reading this in 2015. Let’s all try to make this a great year!

2014 in Review: One Last Lookback

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Movies of 2014

Now I will preface this by saying that I really sucked this year when it came to going to the movies. I think I only saw 4 or 5 movies at the theater and waited for the rest to come in the mail from Netflix. This was a really lazy year for me, so don’t expect Birdman or Boyhood, which I’m sure will find a place on my list once I watch them.

5. 22 Jump Street

22_Jump_Street_PosterThis was easily the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. The Tatum/Hill combo is very deadly, they have some of the best chemistry in recent memory. The film is pretty much one big joke and it pays of very well. It might not be as good as the first, but to strike gold twice in a comedy franchise is very rare, just look at The Hangover movies. You can read more about my thoughts on this movie here.

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The first Captain America was the weakest of the Avengers movies, but it’s safe to say this was the strongest. It felt less like a superhero movie and more like a political thriller, which made the movie feel new in an era where Superhero movies feel very much the same. This was the point where Chris Evans proved he was the perfect casting for Captain America and it made people excited for the third installment, Civil War. I can’t wait to see Captain America and Iron Man go head to head.

3. Edge of Tomorrow

What a surprise! This might have been the second movie I saw in theaters this year and it made me so happy that I had. It was funny, had a lot of action and great performances by Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is the kind of actor where if you love him or hate him, mostly hate him, you have to admit that he has a lot of great movies and great performances, like Mission Impossible 4, Tropic Thunder and now Edge of Tomorrow.

X-Men_Days_of_Future_Past_poster2. X-Men Days of Future’s Past

I’m pretty sure this was the first movie that I saw in theaters. If you haven’t seen it yet, rectify that. It’s easily the best in the franchise and doesn’t rely as much on Wolverine as some of the previous movies. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still prominent, unlike in First Class, but McAvoy and Fassbender’s rivalry also takes center-stage. When those two actors are on screen, only good things come from it.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

This was not only my favorite movie of the year (at the moment) but it was also the biggest surprise. Everything about this movie was amazing. The writing, the directing, the acting, the music and everything in between was a perfect medley of…perfection. It outdid the Avengers in bringing heroes together and introducing me and a lot of other people to Starlord, Gamora and you can’t forget Groot. Man, this was a good movie. I can’t wait to watch it again…and again…and again.

Ah man, I’m sick!

Ugh, can’t say I’ve felt great at all today. Sorry there were no reviews today, to say that I’ve slacked off these last few days would be an understatement. I promise to have reviews up an running once I feel even slightly better, but for now, I will need to find a way to make my throat feel less terrible. While I have your attention, I thought it would be great to tell you all what I got for Christmas. Socks, a lot of socks. I got a few other great things, like new clothes, a couple of games and a nice new pair of running shoes, but socks were strangely enough what I wanted the most. I guess my feet are cold or something. If you were wondering what kind of shoes I got, they’re the Clifton’s from Hoka One One, great shoes.

What did you guys get this year?

Marco Polo (Episode Eight Review)

MarcoPoloBodies have begun to fall in Marco Polo. The series is now at the tail end of the first season and has done a remarkable job constantly improving from it’s few early weak episodes. The story lines are developing at a proper pace and characters are developing more and more. I think episode stands out as the first episode where Marco Polo has overtaken Kublai Khan as the most interesting character in the series. That’s not to say that Kublai has dwindled in quality, but it’s a testament of how well Lorenzo Richelmy has stewed into the role.

The scenery is once again breathtaking, but it’s been a common facet with the series. The palaces, the exterior shots and pretty much everything in between has been a breath of fresh air. It is nice to see a show with a steady amount of character development. I’m not sure where the show will go story wise in season 2, which there apparently will be, but I’m sure wherever it goes, I will happily follow.

I promise that the first season review will have more to it than just a rehashing of me talking about how amazing Kublai Khan is. It will be more in depth and long, I promise. The last few review will be shorter in preparation for the long series review, but I hope when it is released, hopefully at the start of the new year, it will be worth your time.

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Marco Polo (Episode Seven Short Review)

MarcoPoloI’m going to keep this review pretty short and sweet, mostly due to the full plate of reviews and articles lined up for today and the week as a whole.

Plot

Marco and Hundred Eyes sneak into the walled city in an attempt to rescue/capture Mei Lin’s daughter in hopes that Mei Lin will ally herself towards the Mongols and give them any information that they have. There are other minor plots involving the she-warrior and the Khan’s bastard son as well as other webs trailing back to the Chancellor and his evil doings.

Pros

Great performances from Kublai Khan, the Empress and Marco Polo. The Empress and Mei Lin are starting to get more interesting, proving that characters are more interesting when they’re onscreen more often with their clothes on than off. The tension in the Walled City is amazing. One of the more compelling episodes of the series, it further proves that the series is moving in the right direction.

Cons

The biggest problems are the same recurring problems that the series has run into. While it is showing potential to move past my gripes, it is still weighed down by them.

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Scrooged (Film Review)

Scrooged_film_posterAh, good old Scrooged, aka Bill Murray’s Christmas movie. There is nothing in this world like Scrooged, obviously it’s an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but it does so in a way that hadn’t really been done before or since. The film follows Frank Cross, a TV executive that cares so little for his employees that he will fire them in an instant. He hates Christmas and spending time with his brother. It looks as if he will forever be this way until he is visited one night by the ghost of his mentor telling him to change his ways. From there he interacts with the three ghosts of past, present and future.

The movie is hilarious, with many nearly all the jokes still landing after the 20+ years it’s been out. Many of the set pieces and references are a bit old, but the comedy is still very much intact. It also has more heart than imagined. The cast is fantastic, with small roles from Bill Murray’s brothers and a few big names sprinkled throughout. Bill Murray is strong in his role as Frank Cross and Bobcat Goldthwait is just as great as a former employee who gets fired in the first few minutes of the movie. I feel like I’m in the minority in terms of my love of Bobcat Goldthwait’s comedy. He was hilarious in this and the Police Academy movies and directed great films like World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America. This might be my favorite role of his, it’s pretty minor and very dark, but it’s still hilarious.

The other supporting cast, like Karen Allen and John Glover are perfect in their roles. John Glover plays the corporate douche amazingly and Karen Allen plays Frank Cross’s former love with heart, making the viewer hope they can push their issues aside and be together. (Though, that is pretty predictable). Everything about this movie is wonderful, from the comedy to the acting. It’s silly, emotional and leaves you excited for the next viewing. For me, it’s a must watch every Christmas.

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Thoughtful Thursday #2

Thoughtful ThursdayThe biggest surprise for me, that I’ve found in my couple of years of writing reviews is which ones take off. Posts you think will be hits are often times duds and the reviews you write just to clarify one issue or just a silly post can become huge. My biggest post of all time, while not completely surprising, is still shocking considering all the other posts that I have written. That review is…drum roll please…Django Unchained Re-review.

90373_galYeah, not the original review that came out the day the movie was released, but the re-review that was posted only 4 months after the original. It was a much longer review and did contain spoilers for the film, possibly making it a more interesting read, but I’m still shocked by its placement as the most viewed page other than the home page. For a while my most viewed review was Lincoln, which made sense since it had Oscar buzz months before the movie came out. The Django Unchained re-review is quite possibly the best of my reviews, it has a lot of images and goes pretty in-depth, but I will admit that there are other reviews and articles that I had imagined would have been huge hits. I’m not sour that they didn’t get hundreds of views, but it’s always funny when your expectations are too high for any certain thing. The re-review wasn’t at all done in trying to get more views, it was because I rewatched the film and realized I was an idiot for not giving it a perfect 5.

Readers who have followed this site for a while might remember that I’m a huge fan of fun facts and that my current reviews have lacked them, so I’ll give you guys a fun fact right here and now. The day that this article is posted is the two year anniversary of my first Django Unchained review, which I did not realize when I started this Thoughtful Thursday. On a side note, I should probably mention why I no longer have a fun fact readily available with each and every review. It’s not out of laziness, but I did find that my fun facts were rarely fun. If I know something about a production that is truly fun, I will include it, but if enough people want the fun facts back completely, I would gladly oblige.

Anyways, if you’re reading this on the 25th, Merry Christmas!

In Preparation for Tomorrow

So many of you will be celebrating Christmas tomorrow. I know for sure my hands will be full. If you’re with family and need a break, come check out The Bishop Review because there will be four, count them 4 different articles. Some will be Christmas related but others will be unrelated, so you guys can take your mind off Christmas for a few minutes. I hope it will be enough of an escape for you, and I hope you guys all have a safe and happy Christmas.