Justified “The Hunt” Review (6×07)

4 Mar

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“You can be with me and still be you.”

In a show that hinges upon relationships and in an episode that brings those dynamics to the forefront, it makes perfect sense that loyalty would be a major factor of “The Hunt”. As things in Harlan County come to a close, people need to choose where they will land in the future, and oftentimes, that final landing spot relates to the relationships they’ve forged over the years. As much as you may want to distance yourself from the past, it’ll always come back to affect the future in some way, and that’s exactly what these characters are facing as the series comes to a close.

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The Top 20 Films of 2014

2 Mar

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Honorable mentions: John Wick, Calvary, A Most Violent Year, Locke, Selma, A Most Wanted Man, 22 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, Wild, Big Eyes, Still Alice, Mr. Turner

Haven’t seen: Ida, Citizenfour, The Raid 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Chef, The One I Love, Coherence, Top Five, Dear White People, Life Itself

20. Edge of Tomorrow

19. The Lego Movie

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The Last Man on Earth “Alive in Tucson”/ “The Elephant in the Room” Review (1×01/1×02)

2 Mar

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“We weren’t chosen. We were forgotten.”

The Last Man on Earth is a funny show, but the underlying mood is one of loneliness and despair, one that inevitably results when human contact eludes you at every turn. Sure, you can fill up your time with bowling ball shenanigans and Jenga tower building and margarita pools and ball companions, but at the end of the day, the lack of a human presence around you can certainly be draining and devastating.

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Shameless “Tell Me You Fucking Need Me” Review (5×07)

1 Mar

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“We’re all adults. We have to take responsibility for each other.”

Watch out, because Sammi Gallagher will shoot you in the arm if you don’t appreciate her enough. It’s one of the wildest moments of the series thus far, but it’s not completely unexpected for a show like Shameless; after all, it’s clear that the frustration’s been building up over the last few weeks, the tension in the Gallagher household rising with every passing minute. Here, it finally explodes when Sammi pulls the gun on Frank, and as a result, I suspect that the dynamic within the household will not be the same moving forward.

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Saturday Night Live “Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes” Live Blog and Review (40×14)

28 Feb

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REAL STORY WITH GRETCHEN CARLSON/GIULIANI: I feel like I’ve seen this same parody at least fifty times now. It’s definitely entertaining–especially Killam as Keaton and Bennett as Birdman–but at the same time, it’s still light on laughs; it’s definitely a better use of the political angle than we’ve been seeing recently, though. Anyway, does the audience even know what this is parodying? GRADE: B-

MONOLOGUE: Nice to see them let Dakota Johnson host in order to promote Ben and Kate! Oh wait…she’s here to talk about Fifty Shades of Grey, and this is a completely forgettable monologue. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith show up, but they don’t really add anything to the bit. GRADE: C

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Banshee “All the Wisdom I Got Left” Review (3×08)

27 Feb

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“You can’t kill me. You’re just a man, and no man can kill me.”

When this show says it’s going to do something, it does it. It wastes no time playing cute games or throwing in filler, and as much as a Chayton-Hood showdown would make for an exciting season finale, it works just as well here in episode eight. “All the Wisdom I Got Left” is a satisfying, thrilling, and brutal close to the Chayton-Hood storyline, and once again, it is Banshee operating at its best.

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Justified “Alive Day” Review (6×06)

25 Feb

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I haven’t brought out my “bullet point reviews” in quite some time, but I’ll do it for this episode because I’m a day late. Apologies; yesterday, I had my hands full with the Parks and Recreation series finale and Person of Interest, but as promised, I will be providing my thoughts on every episode of this final season of Justified. Here we go…

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