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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TV Review: Broad City

Broad City Season 1 

Crea. Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson

Female-centric sitcoms are few and far between in television (the only one I can think of is Two Broke Girls). Female-centric sitcoms that can match up to the crude yet hilarious humor of something like Workaholics is even rarer. Amy Poehler has been gracious enough to help produce Broad City featuring two ladies based on their web series of the same name. Good things have been spreading about the show and so the show was due for a viewing.

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TV Review: Looking

Looking Season 1

Crea. Michael Lannan

There are very few movies and shows that feature gays and lesbians that don’t have them there just as the “token gay character.” They still have some heart, but cannot quite get out of the stereotypes that the culture has put upon them. Looking, which premiered a month ago tries to peal back the curtain and show some more honestly gay people.

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The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie (2014)

Dir. Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Legos have been a staple in our childhoods for generations. Children and adults have been constructing castles, pirate ships, and anything else brick by brick for years. It seems that a movie about the construction toys is long overdue. From the crew that brought us Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street bring us The Lego Movie.

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TV Review: House of Cards

House of Cards Season 2

Crea. Beau Willimon

A year ago Netflix took the television world by storm by premiering their biggest television series. It was not Netflix’s first foray into the original programming ring (that honor belongs to Lilyhammer, which is also a good show), but it was the first massive hit for the company. It helped issue in a new era of television and has led the way for Netflix to create other great shows. Now after a year of binging and a few awards under its belt, House of Cards returns for its second season.

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