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Thoughts on the 2016 Emmy Nominations

14 Jul

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This is a great group of nominations. Let’s dig in.

THE GOOD

The Americans finally gets nominated, several years too late. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys have both been giving incredible performances for four years now, and it brings me a lot of joy to see them listed. One minor quibble: “Persona Non Grata” was a good episode, but there were much better candidates for “Best Writing” than that.

-Rami Malek and Mr. Robot getting nominated. I’m surprised not to see Slater here, though.

-TATIANA MASLANY, once again several years too late.

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Thoughts on the 88th Annual Academy Awards

29 Feb

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Not going to/qualified to comment on every category, but here are some thoughts:

THE GOOD

Best Picture: I am extremely happy about Spotlight taking home the crown. It was the frontrunner at first, but a PGA win for The Big Short and DGA/BAFTA winners for The Revenant knocked it down a notch. I predicted The Revenant, but it was a pleasant surprise to hear Spotlight announced. It’s the perfect example of a film that takes a potentially Oscar-bait topic and turns it into something else (i.e. a damn compelling and well made film).

Best Actor/Actress: There were other people I wished were nominated in these categories, but I’m happy with the winners. Leo finally got his first Oscar! I think his Wolf of Wall Street role fit him perfectly and should’ve snagged him the award, but this will do. As for Brie, I’m so, so happy for her. A year ago, no one knew who she was–please watch Short Term 12, everyone–and now, she’s a winner. I love that she, Walton Goggins, and Oscar Isaac are all getting the attention they deserve this year.

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Thoughts on the 2015 Emmy Nominations

16 Jul

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THE GOOD

-This is actually the best the Comedy Series category has been in a while. Aside from Modern Family continuing to be the Meryl Streep of Emmy nominations, the other six shows are legitimately great. I’d be fine with any of them winning (although I’d still love to see shows like Nathan For YouYou’re the Worst, and Review here).

-Tatiana Maslany finally got the nomination she deserved a couple years ago. She’s a brilliant actress who deserves all the recognition she’s getting.

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards Live Blog and Review

22 Feb

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All times central. The actual show is starting at 7:30 pm.

7:00- “Oh hi, Dakota Johnson. You just recently starred in Fifty Shades of Grey, in which you got very naked. Now, let’s ask your mother about it!”

7:15- “He would absolutely be blown away,” says Chris Kyle’s widow about how he would react if he were at the Oscars. It’s Taya with the first (unintentional) joke of the evening!

7:25-It’s Chris Evans. Speaking of, Snowpiercer should be nominated for everything.

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66th Primetime Emmy Awards Live Blog

25 Aug

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All times central.

7:05-Sheldon is not worth one penny, but you get a point for calling out the idiocy that was the How I Met Your Mother finale.

7:09-And the monologue is over. How many HBO jokes was that? 99? Coincidentally, that’s also the number of nominations HBO garnered.

7:11-I’m so, so sorry, Andre Braugher. Also, this Ty Burrell speech reminds me of Steve Carell’s Golden Globe speech about his wife. By the way, Steve Carell never won an Emmy.

7:17-Well deserved, Louis CK. If I could choose, you’d win every award.

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NBC cancels “Community”, renews “Hannibal”, does a bunch of other stuff no one cares about.

9 May

2a4970c7079c4c22cc1e66dde77dea99 NBC, you are a wonderful network. Oh, the drama. Oh, the comedy. Oh, the singing competitions and football. And to have the gall to cancel Community after you’ve screwed it over countless times before? I commend you, you beautiful mishmash of broken dreams and awful decisions, you excellent schedule-makers that net you almost–almost!–1.0 ratings in the 18-49 demo. As we all know, 1.0 is two times 0.5, and double of anything is always good (See: The Voice).  Continue reading

Opinion: On the “Game of Thrones” Rape Scene and Ensuing Controversy

22 Apr

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Over the past two days, I’ve witnessed thousands of angry comments and even angrier responses across the Internet, with people taking sides and expressing outrage over a scene that occurred in Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, in which Jaime Lannister forces himself on Cersei. It’s been an ugly several days online, and after some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that my problem with this whole fiasco is not so much the scene itself as much as it is the ensuing controversy. Continue reading

Thank you, Ellen Page, for coming out.

15 Feb

hrc-time-thrive-conference-day-1The fact that people are reporting on this and the fact that I feel like I need to write this article shows how far society is from accepting gays. It’s sad, really. We’re all human beings and we all have our own ways of living, and it makes me angry that we can’t respect others’ privacy.

However, thank you, Ellen Page, for coming out as gay. We still live in a world that is full of intolerance, full of ignorance, full of hate. We still live in a world with a countless number of kids who are too afraid to come out and be who they are. We still live in a world where people look down on other human beings just because of their sexual orientation.

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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. You were one of the greats.

2 Feb

gty_philip_seymour_hoffman_nt_130531_wgThe world has taken from us the best actor of his generation.

When I first saw this news, it took me a while to believe it wasn’t a hoax. It took a while for the cold, hard truth to set in; yet, it was confirmed that he was found dead in his apartment from an apparent drug overdose. I am at a loss right now, and this has cast a shadow over the rest of the day, if not the rest of my journey through film.

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Brian Griffin will return to “Family Guy”; Seth MacFarlane is laughing at all of us.

6 Dec

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Following the death of beloved dog Brian Griffin of the not-so-beloved-anymore Family Guy, the producers have decided to bring him back from the dead; an upcoming December 15th episode includes him in the cast description.

In fact, immediately following his death, thousands of signatures were collected on a petition to bring him back, because democracy. Why petition to improve our nation when we can petition to bring a talking cartoon dog back to shed light on our sorry lives, am I right? Anyway, Seth MacFarlane will reprise his role as Brian, unless, of course, the show intends to inject an even greater amount of realism by transforming him into a barking dog. In that case, Seth MacFarlane will definitely reprise his role as Brian.

So, because of our baffling love of Family Guy over American Dad, and the voices of thousands of people crying out in anguish over the loss of Brian, we have raised up, toppling the oppressive regime of “We Killed Your Dog”, bringing him back from the dead so that he can make us laugh for another 10 years. We have proved that petitioning is a wondrous action, a right given to us by our forefathers, an action that can influence change.

Except for the part where, you know, this was obviously just a publicity stunt and the producers intended to bring him back the whole time.

Credit to FOX and Family Guy for all pictures. I own nothing.

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