Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Dir. Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is one of the most unique filmmakers working in the world today. The stories he weaves have a whimsical element to them that makes them fascinating and fun to watch. He always assembles a talented cast of actors who are fully dedicated to the story they’ve been charged with telling. His latest feature, Grand Budapest Hotel, hit theaters for a limited run a month ago and it finally made it to the Shrewsbury area.

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TV Review: Turn

The American Revolution is one of the most interesting periods of American History. This is possibly because it was the official start of what we refer to today as “American History,” but it nonetheless is an exciting period that is often overlooked in Hollywood. The most we’ve gotten in the last few decades is Assassin’s Creed III and The Patriot to show for the story of our nation’s birth. Now AMC has launched a new show dedicated to exploring an untapped period of history in mainstream entertainment.

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Music Review: American Beauty

American Beauty EP (2014)

Art. Bruce Springsteen

  Record Store Day is a staple in my circle of acquaintances. A chance for vinyl-lovers like myself to get their hands on some exclusive releases from some of the world’s top music acts in a celebration of music and the “ancient” forms they came in. One of the day’s biggest releases this year comes from Bruce Springsteen. The Boss himself has compiled some previously unreleased tracks from his last set of albums and graciously released it in several forms including a nice 12” vinyl to place beside my old copies of Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Dir. Anthony & Joe Russo

   The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been really trying to redefine itself since the aftermath of The Avengers two years ago.  With most of their second phase of films over before Avengers: Age of Ultron graces the screens in 2015, there has been much catch up to the individual team members since 2012. Tony Stark has given up the Iron Man mantle and Thor is trying to stay tied to both Asgard and Earth.  They’ve dealt with more personal issues in their films, but Steve Rogers’s issues are much grander than he ever imagined.

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TV Review: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

Crea.  Carter Bays & Craig Thomas

   In 2005, I was 13. I was awkward and naïve and I never thought that life was going to end outside of my small town. Puberty was a bitch and I just wanted to find someone that I could kiss a lot and wouldn’t be chastised for it. Then I started watching How I Met Your Mother and my ideas of what I wanted in a relationship changed. I wanted to find my one like Ted Mosby and be in love for the rest of my days. Maybe my idea of romance came too much from television and movies, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and that show, which ended last night, changed how I look at things.

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TV Review: Bates Motel

Bates Motel Season 2

Crea. Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, & Anthony Cipriano

With the Golden Age of cable television in full swing, it seems like every channel is fighting for a seat at the table. A&E, which is killing it with Duck Dynasty in the ratings, took its first stab at original programming last year with the premiere of the Psycho-prequel Bates Motel. It received what some would call a surprising amount of praise and proved to be a big hit for the network. Now the show is back for its second season to prove its worth as a show.

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The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men (2014)

Dir. George Clooney

  When word first came out about The Monuments Men, excitement started to brew immediately. An under-looked story during World War II was now finally being told. Led by a stellar cast and under the directorial eye of George Clooney, it seemed like the perfect film for awards season. However after delays in production and negative reviews sapped all the energy out of the proceedings. I finally had a chance to give the film a look to see what exactly was the problem.

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TV Review: Hannibal

Hannibal Season 2

Crea. Bryan Fuller

The mythology of Hannibal Lector runs deep. Anthony Hopkins has been serving us liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti for over twenty years. So when a Hannibal television series was announced, it looked like a bad idea. It seemed like nothing but a cheap gimmick to try and get viewers back into another crime procedural with a well-known literary character (looking at you, Elementary). However, when the first season premiered last year it was met with critical acclaim and garnered a small (yet furiously devoted) fanbase. Now the show has returned to us with more adventures of the cannibal psychiatrist.

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TV Review: The Americans

The Americans Season 2 

Crea. Joe Weisberg

The spy thriller is not uncommon in television today. Fox almost cornered the market with 24 throughout the 2000’s and Showtime has shown success with Homeland (not the best of shows, but that’s a discussion for another day). Last winter FX released their period spy drama The Americans to massive acclaim. Thanks to Amazon Prime Instant releasing the first season for streaming, I was able to catch up just in time for the premiere of its second season.

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The Oscars

The Oscars

Sunday, March 2nd @ 7 pm

The big night is coming, ladies and gentlemen and I could not be more excited. Another year of film has come and gone and for four months now, it’s seemed pretty obvious who the winners are going to be, it’s just a matter of making them official. So here I will go through some of the main categories (not locked ones like Visual Effects or Animation, Gravity and Frozen are going to take them respectively) and tell y’all who I think will win and who should win.

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