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The Strain - “Gone Smooth”

The Strain – “Gone Smooth”

Season One, Episode Three

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Grade: B-

I haven’t completely gotten used to The Strain yet. The characters are still one-dimensional with very poorly written dialogue. There are cliches left and right. The pace of the show is being stretch so thin that it’s really not worth 100 percent of my attention. But I must admit that the third episode is the best of the series thus far, so I guess that’s a…

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Fargo - “Buridan’s Ass”

Fargo – “Buridan’s Ass”

Season One, Episode Six

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Grade: A

As I’m still catching up with episodes of Fargo, I’m doing my best to space them out as much as I can. I’ve never been the type to binge-watch television shows, and for the good ones I never want to. I need to be able to digest every episode and take the time to think about what’s exactly being said and done. With “Buridan’s Ass” I wish I watched this live…

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The Leftovers - “Gladys”

The Leftovers – “Gladys”

Season One, Episode Five

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Grade: B+

The events of October 14 shook the world in a way that it has never been shook before. Focusing in on the town of Mapleton, NY, we see the way different people are reacting to the loss of loved ones. Particularly, Chief Kevin Garvey is reeling in a downward spiral even when he didn’t lose anyone during October 14. But the events certainly affect everyone,…

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Movie Review: Boyhood

Boyhood (2014)
165 minutes
Rated – R
Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater

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Grade: A

Boyhood encapsulates every reason why I love movies. In the midst of summer blockbusters littered with explosions and empty, forgettable characters, Richard Linklater has created such an in-depth film in a daring and historic way. Filming…

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TV Reviews: The Leftovers

TV Reviews: The Leftovers

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The Leftovers – “B.J. and the A.C.”
Season One, Episode Four
Grade: B
Date: July 20, 2014

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The Leftovers - “B.J. and the A.C.”

The Leftovers – “B.J. and the A.C.”

Season One, Episode Four

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Grade: B

After an episode that concentrated solely on Reverend Matthew Jamison, we’re back to multiple story-lines that involve the Garvey family. It’s Christmas time and of course when the holiday is supposed to represent peace and happiness, it’s just another reason to mourn the ones who disappeared from the world. In the center of all the action is Kevin, who has…

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TV Reviews: The Big Bang Theory

— Most Recent Review: — Archive of Reviews: The Big Bang Theory - Season One The Big Bang Theory – “The Holographic Excitation”

TV Reviews: The Big Bang Theory

— Most Recent Review: — Archive of Reviews: The Big Bang Theory - Season One The Big Bang Theory – “The Holographic Excitation”

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The Strain - “Night Zero”

The Strain – “Night Zero”

Season One, Episode One

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Grade: B-

Based on the novels co-written by Guillermo del Toro, and with Carlton Cuse as the show-runner, The Strain seemed awfully campy. But that’s not particularly a bad thing, I just wasn’t expecting it. This is a vampire tale that eliminates the modern day vampires that we’ve become so accustomed to. In The Strain, they’re ruthless monsters that prey on humans for…

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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
130 minutes
Rated PG-13
Directed by Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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Grade: A-

After Rise of the Planet of the Apes was such a pleasant surprise, its sequel had plenty to live up to and fortunately Dawn delivers another great summer blockbuster. Continuing where Riseleft off, Caesar and the community of apes have…

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The Leftovers - “Two Boats and a Helicopter”

The Leftovers – “Two Boats and a Helicopter”

Season One, Episode Three

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Grade: A-

After the first two episodes concentrates mainly on Kevin and the rest of the community driven to grief and confusion a few years after two percent of the world’s population departed, The Leftovers changes gears in the third episode and focuses on Reverend Matthew Jamison. What we know about him before this episode was that he makes a point to alert the…

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