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Let me back up for a second.
When I first started blogging I wondered how long I would stick with it? A big reason why I never got tired of blogging is because of YOU!
Thanks to everyone who has made this blog a lot of fun for me.
I truly appreciate everyone who has ever stopped by to read, like and/or comment on a post. I’m especially grateful for all the regular visitors, fellow bloggers and commentators (you know who you are).
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Rick and the gang arrive at the Hill Top, makes new enemies (Spoilers Ahead)
“Knots Untie” has a lot of elements brewing under the surface. While this episode doesn’t come to a boiling point we can see that the introduction of new characters and a settlement are building towards a pay off by season’s end.
“Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger” sums up where Rick’s group and the show are headed. Over the seasons Rick’s group have gradually moved onto progressively bigger settlements from Hershel’s family farm to the prison and now Alexandria safe zone. The idea that there are multiple communities out there opens up new ideas that the show can explore. The rebuilding of civilization is a logical extension from the “how to persevere your humanity in the post apocalypse” formula which the first five seasons have played out.
Rick and Daryl Find Jesus in “The Next World” (Spoilers Ahead)
If last week’s mid-season premiere came across as a season finale, the follow-up episode entitled “The Next World” is like a new beginning. A new important character is introduced and two of the show’s main characters start a new romantic relationship.
The other reason why “The Next World” feels like a fresh start is that usually a time jump occurs in between seasons or after the mid-season break. Several weeks have gone by since Carl got shot in the eye. It’s a little surreal at first seeing Carl up and about, joking about toothpaste. But overall, the time jump worked to bypass story beats that didn’t need a whole lot of screen time and transitioned right into setting up the next major arc.
Deadpool, the subversive superhero movie, is slaying box office records. To put the biggest R-Rated opening weekend in perspective, Deadpool’s domestic gross of $132.7 million from Friday to Sunday ($152.2 million Fri-Mon) handily beats out more established comic book franchises Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91.6 million).
Deadpool is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” and he lives up to his name by delivering one-line zingers and pop culture references at a rapid fire pace. Just about anything is fair game to Deadpool’s razor-sharp tongue. He’s making funny barbs about Wolverine/Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds himself, many superhero movie tropes and even the movie studios.
“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” A gun-toting vigilante named Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, is set to cross paths with Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen.
Marvel’s Daredevil centered on Matt Murdock, a blind attorney by day and crime fighter by night, will stream the entire Season Two consisting of 13 episodes on March 18, 2016 on Netflix.
Keep An Eye Out For The Walking Dead’s Mid-Season Premiere (Spoilers Ahead)
The Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere entitled “No Way Out” is a straight up hour of white-knuckle tension and zombie mayhem. There wasn’t an atypical format to this premiere. No black and white flashbacks. No alternating time lines or focusing on one group’s perspective. No waiting to find out what happened to Daryl, Sasha and Abraham.
Love & Mercy (2015)
Director: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
Each year there’s a bunch of biopics vying for your attention. Some like Straight Outta Compton and Steve Jobs generated quite a bit of buzz. Love & Mercy about the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson was also very well received, though the movie’s release was quieter.
The most striking choice director Bill Pohlad makes is in casting two very different actors to respectively play the young and older Brian Wilson. Surprisingly it’s not as jarring as I would have imagined. This choice helped to immediately differentiate between the two eras as the film cut back and forth in time. Love & Mercy is factual based but it’s more concerned with what’s going on inside Wilson’s head than what his facial features look like.
Here’s a quick review on the premiere episode of The X-Files Miniseries entitled “My Struggle”. No Spoilers.
After more than a decade the X-Files revival is now a reality. A lot of the key ingredients are in place to recapture why the X-Files was a highly influential, cult classic television series. You got the main cast returning. You got the promise of a mix between mythology and standalone episodes which the original series is known for. And this is a revival where the fan base are genuinely excited for. The times have changed over the years which the revival can tap into the current cultural anxieties and paranoia. Plus, that classic intro credit sequence and music is back! What could go wrong?
Is American Horror Story: Hotel Worth Checking Out?
Here’s a review on American Horror Story: Hotel, written in mind for people who are curious about this season. No major spoilers.
If there’s a rotten stench that’s coming from a stitched up hotel bed, you probably shouldn’t cut it open to see what’s inside. Unless of course, you’re in a scary movie or on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel.
The fifth season of FX’s anthology horror series centers on the haunted, art-deco style Hotel Cortez where the residents range from murderous ghosts to bloodsucking fashionistas. The regular cast members include Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters, Chloë Sevigny, Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Matt Boomer and Cheyenne Jackson.