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“The Show Must Go On”: “Birdman” Review

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It’s that magical time of year, where films that are deemed important are thrown into our faces at rapid speeds. Some are wins, and others are failures. But a few stand in a particular corner known as simply masterpieces. They withstand the test of time, and touch a generation, whether it be the current or one at a later moment. So far this year, there is one movie to truly fit that description, and that without a doubt is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.  Continue reading

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In Response to “The Percy Jackson Problem,” or Why Neil Gaiman is Right

Rebecca Mead wrote an article for The New Yorker called “The Percy Jackson Problem.” I have some problems with it. Basically, she took an argument that Neil Gaiman made, that if kids are reading anything voluntarily, we should be happy, and tried to use Rick Riordan’s books to prove Gaiman wrong. She argues that the Percy Jackson books, with their teenage slang, are having a negative impact on young readers. You can read her article here.

“What if the strenuous accessibility of “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods” proves so alluring to young readers that it seduces them in the opposite direction from that which Gaiman’s words presuppose—away from an engagement with more immediately difficult incarnations of the classics, Greek and otherwise? What if instead of urging them on to more challenging adventures on other, potentially perilous literary shores, it makes young readers hungry only for more of the palatable same?”

Frankly, Ms. Mead, there is nothing wrong with that. I will tell you why.

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“What Say You, Meg?”: “Sting’s The Last Ship” Review

Musicals can be an interesting experiment. It’s the kind of art form that many people try to understand, but none can grasp the concept or give themselves the chance to do so. One of the most obvious examples of this comes from the little corner of the genre that is written by rock musicians. From successes such as Aida, to failures like Dance of the Vampires, it’s a roll of the dice for most artists to get involved in the Broadway world. Sting can now be included in this group of rock ‘n’ roll gamblers. His first attempt, titled The Last Ship, is a passion project dealing with the individuals he grew up around in the shipyards of England. But can such childhood tales work in the cut-throat world of The Great White Way?

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The Teaser For “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Debuts

Yes, the moment has arrived. The first little bits of footage, knowledge, and fandom approved squeals have come to us all in the form a 2 minute and 17 second edited mash up. To some it was a sign from God (Stan Lee), to others it was just another average movie trailer, but to the rest of us it was just something we’ve been waiting to see for quite some time. Below the one, the only, The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser.

First let’s get this out of the way – Marvel has presented something truly unthinkable: they made Pinocchio bad ass. No, seriously, I am not joking, in the short span of this advertisement they were able to make not one, but two references to the Disney movie (cross promotion for the win) and make the little annoying puppet cooler than he has ever been before.

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FCKH8’s Little Princesses Who Pull no Punches

I remember when I saw the first FCKH8.com video, and thinking wow that’s really clever because it took the idea of Prop 8 and turned it into and anti-hate idea. I wasn’t aware that they had expanded their message against hate until I saw their new video. FCKH8 has now broadened their causes by approaching racial and gender inequality on top of their original cause of LBGT equality.

The video recently released by the site is one to get people to think about what gender inequality really means. This video is a bunch of very little girls saying a lot of not very nice words. They want you to know that they aren’t pretty, little, helpless, princesses, as is usually associated with girls. I’ve heard many people say that they don’t like it when girls swear because it somehow changes the way they see them. Speech being one of the main freedoms a person is born with should be the last thing someone tries to use to restrict someone based on gender. These girls go on to explain that there are much worse words that they could say than dropping the F-bomb. The words they use are pay inequality, rape & violence, and be pretty.

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All Aboard the USS ScienceBird: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2×05, “A Hen in the Wolf House”

Another Wednesday, another review of a FABULOUS episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! This week, Skye’s dad is an alien, Simmons still can’t tell a lie to save her life, and Adrienne Palicki kicks major as as a fan-favorite from the comics! Keep reading for more on this grade-A episode!

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He actually LOOKS like an alien, doesn’t he? (source)

 

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We’re All Monsters Really: “Gone Girl” a Review

Last night my little sister and I went to see Gone Girl as a final movie night before she givesgone-girl-teaser-posters birth to her son and baby-free time becomes scarce for awhile.  She picked the movie since that seemed only fair given the circumstances and since, well, my sister always picks the movie.  If I had been taking myself out, I wouldn’t have picked Gone Girl, but I’m glad she did and I agreed to go, not just for the bonding time.  The movie, based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn which I haven’t read, didn’t seem like something that I would be particularly interested in–not my genre really.  After seeing it however, I left the theater truly unsettled, like goosebumps and chills unsettled, which is how I know I just sat through an excellent movie that has continued to disturb me 24 hours later. Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow Killed Jane Bennet: 2×05, “The Weeping Lady”

Secrets from Ichabod and Katrina’s past come to light when a local legend known as the Weeping Lady rises.

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Heather Lind guest-stars as a figure from Ichabod’s past.

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Dalin’s Simulcast Corner – SPECIAL REPORT – Live Action Anime Ladies

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Welcome to another edition of Simulcast Corner, where this time we’re gonna dive into some headlines. Some of you might have seen on your Facebook feeds recently a bit of interesting news: Scarlett Johansson is being considered for the lead in the Ghost in the Shell. Whether you like this news or not, this is sort of a really big deal in many ways. First off, yes, they’re going through with a live action American adaptation of GitS, which is crazy to think about. Second, they’re picking a property with a female lead, heck yes! And third, they’re going for a big name actress which means they’re willing to spend big time money on it.

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The Flash/Arrow Weekly Recap: From Jubilation to Grief

This was the second week of The Flash and Arrow, and the energy of the two episodes probably could not have been more different. While Arrow grappled with the character death from the end of the season premiere, The Flash quite literally took off, as Barry started to grow into his new abilities even more, and began to use them to help his city.  Without further ado – my recaps for this week!

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