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Power/Rangers (2015) Short Film Reaction/Review

For those who aren’t aware, an unlicensed short film surrounding characters from the Power Rangers universe has been circulating the web recently. The film stars Katee Sackhoff as original Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart and James Van Der Beek as the second incarnation of the Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos.

 

Note: my Power Rangers mythology knowledge is rather limited, so some of these characters may be mis-labeled.

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House of Cards (2015) S03E03 Recap/Review

House of Cards S03E03 Recap/Review

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The cold open of season three: episode three sets the stage for some topical commentary. Protesters on the Mall are chanting anti-Russian sentiment over the political mistreatment of the LGBT community. Apparently, Continue reading House of Cards (2015) S03E03 Recap/Review

House of Cards (2015) S03E02 Recap/Review

Caution: major spoilers for season three: episode two (and possibly prior episodes) ahead.

 

You can find my recap/review of season three: episode one here.

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The second episode of House of Cards season three opens on a hearing over Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) proposed nomination to the title of Ambassador to the U.N. She is heavily interrogated by Republican Senator Mendosa–who pledged in the previous episode to not fight her nomination openly–which causes a media frenzy. While this is going on, Frank (Kevin Spacey) walks into a meeting where he is informed by other party leaders that the Democratic Party does not want him to run for President in 2016. Things aren’t going well for the Underwoods.

 

The ramifications of these two events carry on for a few scenes. Probably for a few too many. A cross-cutting and split-screening montage ofcampaign phone calls from Claire and Frank seems a bit much.

 

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House of Cards (2015) S03E01 Recap/Review

House of Cards: Season 3 Episode 1 Recap/Review

 

Note: major spoilers ahead.

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In the opening scene of the Netflix Original Series’ third season premiere, we see Continue reading House of Cards (2015) S03E01 Recap/Review

The Lazarus Effect (2015) Movie Review

The Lazarus Effect is a thriller/horror film from director David Gelb. The film stars Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover as four grant researchers testing the effects of a special serum on dead animals. During their research, the manage to revive a dead and blind dog. The dog, miraculously healthy (even regaining his eyesight), shows extreme activity in his brain from the serum, which doesn’t seem to be decaying from his body as the scientist’s expected it would. Clay (Peters) points out that the increased neural firing will have an adverse affect on the aggression center of the dog’s brain, causing the animal to become dangerous.

 

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When a pharmaceutical company takes over their research, Continue reading The Lazarus Effect (2015) Movie Review

2015 Academy Awards: The Winners

Best Picture

  • American Sniper
  • Boyhood
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

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Academy Awards 2015: Reaction & Surprises

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Best Makeup & Hair-styling

The Grand Budapest Hotel started racking up the wins early on with their shoo-in win for Best Costume Design and a more surprising win for Best Makeup and Hair-styling. The transformations in Budapest, were fine, sure, but it doesn’t quite live up to the other nominees in my opinion. Guardians of the Galaxy should have taken this one by a light year for the intricate makeup work.

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