Duets: Cinderella and It Follows

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Remember when I was all “I’m going to be back to my regular review format soon” on my last Duet post? Heh. So much for that, huh? I just saw these two so close together that a Duet review is a little easier on me. Although both of them are worthy of lengthier reviews, and I wish I had the time for them. Continue reading

Duets: Unbroken and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Got a few Oscar nom films to reblog today! Let’s start with the first batch. Here we’ve got Unbroken (probably my least favorite of the Oscar noms), nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Achievement in Sound Editing, alongside The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is also nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. Here’s what I thought of them.

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Alright! Time to get down to writing about some of these stragglers from last year. I’ve been meaning to write a little something about these two for awhile now, but gees has it been hard to find the time! Now that the holidays are over, it’s high time for me to get to this Duet.

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Into the Woods: a magical, musical, praiseworthy adaptation

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Fair warning: this review is likely to be a little biased. Why? Because this is quite possibly my favorite musical of all time. Some of you may already know this, but I was a bit of a theatre geek growing up. A good chunk of my middle and high school years involved spending time in the auditorium after school, running lines and singing songs and trying to make theatrical magic. Continue reading

Premiere Particulars: Sleepy Hollow

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Gees this is kind of surreal…A little over a year ago, Sleepy Hollow’s season one premiere was my very first write-up for Premiere Particulars. Now here I am reviewing its premiere all over again! Of all the new shows I watched last year, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow was definitely the one that grew on me most. My initial response to it was lukewarm, but by the end of the season I was already desperate for season two. Continue reading

Premiere Particulars: Outlander

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Maybe it’s just because I have access to Starz, but it seems like everyone was in a tizzy about the premiere of this show. Of course, I guess when a fantasy/romance/historical fiction book series has been running for 20+ years and a network decides to make a TV show out of it, plenty of loyal fans will be paying attention. I decided to give the premiere a try because why not? Here are a few of the particulars. Continue reading

Premiere Particulars: True Blood

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And so it begins—the final season of True Blood, a staple of HBO since 2008. It’s a little weird to think of the network without its bloody, sexy vampire drama, but let’s be real—it is high time for this show to end. In fact, I’ve been thinking that for the past three seasons. The first three seasons were fun and interesting and unique. The last three seasons…not so much. Continue reading

Maleficent: does Jolie’s magic save a mediocre movie?

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I’m not sure why, but this film struck me as one I wanted to check out almost as soon as I caught the first trailer. It’s weird though—Sleeping Beauty is one of my least favorite Disney cartoons (because let’s be real: Princess Aurora is kind of useless), and I’ve never really cared one way or the other about Angelina Jolie. Nonetheless, Maleficent found its way onto my 20 Films of 2014 list, and I made a point to go see it opening weekend. Continue reading