Category: Pop Culture

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Star Wars grows up with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

If the main saga Star Wars movies are The Lord of the Rings, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is more like Game of Thrones. Instead of legendary heroes and Jedi magic, Rogue One is more grounded in reality with a small, rag-tag group of rebels who manage to do something extraordinary. Because of the shift away from the fantasy roots of the main trilogy and a stronger focus on action, Rogue One is a more grown-up tale from the galaxy far, far away.

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‘Sully’ shows that less is more

When you go to see a movie about a heroic American event, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, you have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get. In other words, you’ll go into Sully expecting a quality movie, and that’s precisely what they’ll deliver.

(L-r) JAY HERNANDEZ as Diablo, JAI COURTNEY as Boomerang, ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE as Killer Croc, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, WILL SMITH as Deadshot, JOEL KINNAMAN as Rick Flag and KAREN FUKUHARA as Katana in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "SUICIDE SQUAD," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. 0

‘Suicide Squad’ yet another DC letdown

Maybe the hype was to blame, maybe the writing, maybe key pieces were lost in editing and reshoots, but Suicide Squad squanders its monumental potential with tonal missteps and a gaunt plot that leaves a lot to be desired. After seeing the great cast and the well-executed trailers, I was really rooting for this one, but it seems that DC has missed the mark yet again. *Contains spoilers

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Everybody needs to stop complaining about Jon Snow spoilers

If you’ve been on Twitter and Facebook for even a couple weeks, you know that people post about movies and TV shows, and those posts sometimes include spoilers. If you truly believe that knowing what happens on a show will destroy your entire life, perhaps it’s best for you to avoid social media (and probably society in general) until you’ve seen the episode. And yes, this post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6.

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Prince 1958-2016

Like with Michael Jackson and David Bowie, I couldn’t even conceive of a world where the was no Prince. He’s engrained in the cultural backbone of generations, and people like that never truly die. So today, I’m sitting at my computer listening to Purple Rain over and over again and remembering the legendary entertainer who will always be a part of our collective hearts.

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‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ a genuine delight

This week, the nostalgia gods at Netflix delivered Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which sees the titular hero befriending Joe Manganiello and going on a road trip. The movie’s funniest moments aren’t a snarky nod to dated nostalgia, they’re genuine and played with conviction, reminding us why we’ve loved Pee-wee Herman for three decades and counting.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in THE REVENANT, an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication. 0

Will ‘The Revenant’ bring DiCaprio Oscar gold?

As far as I’m concerned, Leonardo DiCaprio should already have several Oscars on his shelf. ‘The Revenant’ could very well be the film that finally scores him some Oscar gold, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s his best film. Brutal and beautiful, this film has racked up lots of nominations from professional and critics groups already—and it deserves the accolades, but will this be the one that finally secures a DiCaprio win on Oscar night?

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‘The Force Awakens’ gives new hope to ‘Star Wars’ franchise

The Force Awakens is first and foremost a film for Star Wars fans. Even the heroes themselves are fans, well-versed in the legends of Luke Skywalker and General Leia. With great performances from the new stars and a director who understands how to deliver a film worthy of its source material, The Force Awakens gives me hope that the new era of Star Wars films will live up to the original trilogy.

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‘Amy’ a haunting cautionary tale

I wish a documentary like Amy was shocking because we didn’t see talented people self-destruct on the regular, but sadly, Amy Winehouse’s story is all too commonplace. Unlike your average Behind the Music rock doc, Amy doesn’t flower things up for a made-for-TV package. Instead, it shows us the stark reality of such a talented person’s demise, and leaves us reflecting on why so many of our most talented entertainers meet a similar fate.

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The best of Butters: South Park’s top 10 Butters episodes

Season 19 of South Park kicked off on Comedy Central this week, and I wanted to do something to celebrate my favorite show of all time, so I decided to create a top ten list. It would probably be difficult for me to narrow down my top 50 favorite episodes, so I decided to focus on one of my favorite non-main characters: Leopold “Butters” Stotch. From tap dancing to becoming a super villain, Butters has gone from just a kid in the background to one of South Park’s most loved characters. Here are my ten favorite episodes featuring Butters.

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Counting down the top 20 ‘Key & Peele’ sketches of all time

I was devastated when Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced that they were ending Key & Peele, one of my all-time favorite shows. Not only are their sketches hilarious, but they’re also smart and incredibly viral. I could always count on sharing a favorite from the most recent episode to discuss with my friends on Facebook the day after it aired. In celebration of the departure of one of the greatest sketch comedy shows ever, here are my top 20 favorite Key & Peele sketches.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ does justice to hip hop legends

The first CD I ever bought was Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle”, which was quickly followed by Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic”, and thus began my love of 1990s gangsta rap. I was a little too young to know the story of N.W.A., so naturally, I was beyond excited for Straight Outta Compton. Thankfully, the movie more than exceeds all my astronomical expectations.