Community Links & News: Five Not So Random Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year

Tom Hardy In Mad Max: Fury Road

Yawn! I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. Truth is, this blog’s inactivity over the last month is mainly because I wasn’t feeling inspired to write anything. I felt like I hit a wall and needed to consider if there was a future for this blog.

I’m grateful for your friendly support and words of encouragement. A belated and sincere Happy & Healthy New Year to all you gentle readers and fellow bloggers!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2015, some are just based on my gut instinct.

Mad Max: Fury Road. To be honest, I’ve never seen a Mad Max film. But Tom Hardy looks so bad-ass in the above photo and I’m a sucker for gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic movies.

• Batman: Arkham Knight.  I don’t have a next gen system yet. Maybe this is the year? Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are the best Batman games out there and I’m glad that Rocksteady Studios is making this installment of the franchise.

Game Of Thrones Season V.  Hands down my favourite show on the air. Can’t wait to see the adventures that await Arya, Tyrion and Daenerys this season.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8 “Coda” Mid-Season Finale Review

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In “Coda”, things get deadly when a main character bites the bullet. Elsewhere, the church is attacked by an undead horde.

Everything after the break will contain full spoilers and a reaction to The Walking Dead Season 5’s mid-season finale.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 7 “Crossed” Review

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In “Crossed”, the plan to rescue Beth and Carol gets off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, Carl and Michonne babysit Father Gabriel and Team Glenn goes fishing.

Everything after the break will contain spoilers and a recap of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 7.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 6 “Consumed” Review

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In “Consumed”, Carol and Daryl follow the car with the white cross to Atlanta, putting them one step closer to finding Beth.

Everything after the break will contain spoilers and a discussion of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6.

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Mini Movie Review: Foxcatcher (2014)

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Foxcatcher (2014)
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller

If there’s a missing link between director Bennett Miller’s Capote (2005) and his very different follow-up Moneyball (2011), Foxcatcher could more or less function as a cinematic bridge for those films. Like Moneyball, Foxcatcher is a compelling sports-based biographical pic but it’s more akin to Capote in that it’s a psychological drama based on a true story about a peculiar and ultimately disturbing relationship.

Three years after U.S. Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) won a gold medal at the 1984 games, he and eventually his older brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) are recruited by multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to operate a training complex at Foxcatcher estate.  As the story progresses, the initial question of why would the heir to the Du Pont family fortune would want to be involved with amateur wrestling evolves into a darker examination of the human psyche.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5 “Self Help” Review

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In “Self Help”, Abraham’s persistence to get to DC as quickly as possible puts the group in danger plus a big secret is revealed.

Everything after the break will contain spoilers and a discussion of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 5.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 “Slabtown” Review

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The whereabouts of Beth is finally revealed in her stand alone episode entitled “Slabtown”.

Everything after the break will contain spoilers and a discussion of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 4.

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Whiplash (2014) Movie Review

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Whiplash (2014)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

Miles Teller is on a roll. A year after his critically acclaimed performance in The Spectacular Now, Teller’s latest film Whiplash is one of my personal favourite indie movies of 2014.

Whiplash is throughly engaging and entertaining. There’s genuine dramatic tension between characters, lines of dialogue that’ll either make you laugh out loud or marvel at its razor-sharp cruelty and an exhilarating ending.

Director Damien Chazell’s jazz music drama centers on a highly driven nineteen year old drummer named Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) and his music conductor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) whose bully like tactics can either make or break Neyman’s dreams for greatness.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3 “Four Walls And A Roof” Review

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In “Four Walls And A Roof”, Rick faces off against the cannibalistic Hunters, Bob makes a surprise return to the church and Father Gabriel confesses his sin.

Everything after the break will contain complete spoilers and a discussion of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 3.

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Community Links & News: Most Anticipated Movies

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Movie Poster

A number of blogs are covering their local film festivals, giving us a first look at some movies I’m highly anticipating when they get a wider release (or depending on where you live, it might already be in theatres).

Here are several movies that might interest you:

The biographic flick The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a WWII code breaker looks to be a gem. Here’s a great review over at Cinekatz.com.

To the dark underbelly of LA, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a photographer arriving at crimes scenes before the police, turning his photos into quick money. Here’s a spoiler free review of Nightcrawler from The Review Club.

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