The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 11: Trust No One Except Maybe Aaron?

This past week’s episode of The Walking Dead was finally much better than the last two. A great change of pace from the group’s endless bout of depression. There were also a few surprises with Aaron, the new clean cut guy who has somewhat infiltrated the group. He really seems like the nicest and friendliest guy around like a TWD version of Ned Flanders. Hidey Ho, good neighbor! This guy is just way too nice and has the cutest smile ever, so yeah don’t trust these kinds of weirdos. If the zombie apocalypse goes down and you want to make friends, you better be ready to be a bad ass son of a bitch. None of this shiny happy people crap. At the end of the recap, look forward to Brian’s reaction to the episode and yes, I am pretty much dragging him into watching the show.

Let’s chat about what happened.

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Oscars Recap 2015: The Top 16 Most Interesting Moments

The 2015 Oscars can be described as having been okay at best. I think the Golden Globes were a little bit better this year. Neil Patrick Harris did a great job though, he was funny and witty, and I love the way he talks. He has that Barney Stinson way of dragging out words or pausing to make it funny. In a room filled with entertainers, there was hardly any entertainment, I just don’t get it. Last year, Ellen did a great job and really made those jokes hers and interacted with the audience which was fun to watch. I think the show needed a little more of that spice or some dancing numbers.

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This year it was all about the speeches and there were some surprises in many categories especially Best Picture. I think everyone was shocked, Birdman was a great movie, but I think most people thought Boyhood would win. Take a swig like Mr. Cumberbatch and let’s talk about what happened and discuss the most interesting moments of the evening.

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1. NPH in his underwear re-enacting the infamous Birdman scene.

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2. The dresses this year. My favorite had to be Rosamund Pike’s beautiful red dress with matching red shoes. Now that is hard to pull off, but she looked perfect.

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3. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s speeches for both Best Director and Best Picture. For best director he mentioned that he was wearing Keaton’s tighty-whities for good luck and best picture he made remarks about immigration and allowing everyone the same rights. Rarely do see we any Mexican artists get credit from this kind of a community and what a powerful platform to make a statement about immigration.

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4. While we are on the topic WTF Sean Penn. I am sure he was joking, but his stupid comment when he announced Alejandro’s win, by saying “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card,” was stupid and ill-timed.

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5. J.K Simmons won for Best Supporting Actor and I loved what he said about appreciating your loved ones. He said if you have them around, call them!

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6. John Legend and Common’s performance of the song Glory from Selma. The performance was moving and had many actors in tears.

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7. Jared Leto’s hair ugh… I can’t get over it. His hair is beautiful and he is a man who knows how to rock an umbrella.

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8. The Grand Budapest Hotel beat out a lot of other films in four technical categories. This is rare for Wes Anderson to get so much recognition and boy was he happy.

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9. Patricia Arquette’s speech for Best Supporting Actress. She made a statement about wage equality and women’s rights. You go girl! 

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10. The Oscar made out of Legos. And Emma Stone holding it in the audience, she is too cute!

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11. Eddie Redmayne’s acceptance speech for Best Actor. OMG how cute! He looked genuinely surprised and shocked and said that he would be the custodian of the award and that it was for everyone battling ALS.

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12. Common snubbed Oprah when he won for Best Song. Seriously that was funny.

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13. The Idina Menzel rehash of last year’s major mess up by John Travolta. Is it just me or does he look kind of creepy?

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14. But really what was up with Lady Gaga’s gloves?? Loving the memes going around.

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15. Juliane Moore’s acceptance speech was also great for Best Actress. She added some fun to it, but also raised awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and made it a heartfelt speech.

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16. One of my fave moments of the night was Graham Moore’s speech for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was personal and unique and he serves as voice for everyone out there who considers themselves different. Stay weird my peeps.

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Tell me what you guys thought of the Oscars? What were your favorite or least favorite moments of the show?

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Top 12 Best (and One Worst) Moments of the SNL 40th Reunion

I know I am kind of late on this, I have had the flu for like 10 days it’s been horrible. I think I went stir crazy at my house this past weekend. But I did get to finish the last Game of Thrones book so I am super stoked to see the show this seaon. Anyways back to the topic, I just wanted to do a quick recap of the best moments of the Saturday Night Live 40th reunion. It was 3 hours long, which honestly I can’t remember any shows that have been that long on TV. Some of it was totally funny and other parts just felt really long and useless.

I have been a fan of SNL, I would have to say my whole life and really became a dedicated watcher as a teenager. In the days before DVR’s, I remember being 14 and staying up what I thought was late to watch SNL. The audience was packed for the reunion with A-list celebrities like Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Ed Norton, Bradley Cooper, Larry David, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and the list goes on and on and many who performed or announced musical acts in between on the show. I love seeing celebrities laughing and enjoying themselves like normal people, am I the only person who feels like this?

Here are my top 12 best (and one worst) moments of the SNL 40th reunion in no particular order. And basically you can get the gist of the whole show in less than 3 hours.

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1. Melissa McCarthy as Dan Foley, Chris Farley’s character of the “guy down by the river.”

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2. The infamous Jeopardy game. This time Christopher Waltz, Justin Bieber, Sean Connery, Matthew McCounaghey and Burt Reynolds were the guests. My fave was definitely Jim Carrey love him still.

3. Kanye West performed upside down and then Sia appeared with a giant wig. Am I the only who loves both of them?

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4. Emma Stone paying homage to Gilda Radner, the more I see Emma the more I love her.

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5. The Californians skit had Taylor Swift, Kerry Washington and Betty White and Bradley Cooper finished it off perfectly.

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6. Ed Norton as Stefan lol.

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7. Audience Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld.

8. Fred Armisen and Kristin Wiig doing their funky performance as Garth and Kat, their songs that have no rhythm or meaning and are pretty hilarious.

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9. Seeing the SNL Audition tapes, I love seeing those and seriously how young did Jimmy Fallon look?!

10. Will Ferrell and Anna Gastyer doing their musical act The Culps, I think that was one of my fave skits. 

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11. Last ,but not least WAYNE’s WORLD! Party on my friends. tumblr_njuwl4GbQZ1sc3fyvo10_400

12. The worst had to be Eddie Murphy back on stage at SNL for only like two seconds. It was weird and he should have done a funny skit or something for old times sake.

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Did you guys watch and if so what did you think? What is your fave SNL skit or comedian?

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 10: Sad Fest 2015

I have been holding off on writing about this Walking Dead episode, because literally I have no idea what to say about it, other than it was horrible and boring. W T F what is going on with this show? I guess Brian from Hard Ticket to Home Video was right all along. If you don’t know who Brian is, he usually hates everything, but he REALLY REALLY hates this show nowadays. So much that in fact he has threatened to stop watching it, but at this point we need his commentary every week. I have invited Brian to share his thoughts moving forward, so next week look forward to hearing his TWD reactions (this could get ugly). Any who enough about Brian, let’s talk about what happened.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 9: When Hope is Lost

This past weekend, The Walking Dead finally came back after much anticipation. If you guys remember, the last episode was pretty gnarly, all kinds of hell broke loose in the hospital. Carol was traded back to Rick’s team, Beth did something shocking and that got her killed by Dawn and Noah ended up staying with our TWD family. Now the crew is out on the road looking for a new place to find food and shelter and debating whether or not they should go to DC. Even though they found out that Eugene was lying, they believe that may still be the place of salvation. I think at this point they need a mission, something, anything to keep them going and their spirits alive.

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Despite being the premiere episode, this one was quite lackluster as opposed to the usual craziness that happens. I started watching Talking Dead yesterday and I think it gave me a different perspective and made me appreciate it a bit more. This episode was somewhat poetic in a sense and gave us a different viewpoint of someone being bitten and their struggle to survive.

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January Favorites

January is one of those months where there is not a lot of exciting stuff to watch. Some shows that I thought would be good like Marvel’s Agent Carter ended up being not that exciting. I did find a couple new things to watch though, nothing to fantastic, but nonetheless they helped pass the time until more of my favorites come back.

Hindsight (VH1)

I normally don’t watch a lot of shows on VH1, but this one I happened to catch and I am really enjoying it. The show is about a girl named Becca (Laura Ramsey) who is about to get married in the present time to a guy she has been with friends with since childhood. She has her doubts about him and this leads her to getting transported back to 1995 via an elevator.  Becca gest the choice to redo her life all over again and only lets her best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg) is in on her time traveling secret.

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She made a lot of mistakes in the past like a failed first marriage, a break-up with her bestie and lots of crappy professional failings. Imagine being in the present and going back to a time when video stores ruled (her bff works there), pagers were the “it” device and smartphones were non-existent. At first she has a hard time adjusting like when she has to search for quarters to make a call and realizing that all she owns is babydoll dresses and doc martens, but then she gives in and kind of feels free from all things that encumber people nowadays. This show is fun to watch and the music is equally reminiscent and brings me back to my teenage years (REM, Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms lol). I like the idea of what would we do if we could change our past, would we make the same mistakes or do everything that we regretted we didn’t do when we were younger?

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Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo)

So now it seems that both VH1 and Bravo have taken on a new turn to scripted series versus their endless amounts of reality shows. This one is about Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) a famous author of self-help books for women and her life that seems to falling apart, yet coming back together in a fun way. After writing tons of books telling women how to be mothers and wives and handing it all together, Abby’s marriage falls apart from her husband Jake (Paul Adelstein) and she has a break down in front of millions. Once he moves out, she realizes that she has to start all over again in so many departments from dating, sex, hanging with friends and having fun.

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She starts to put herself first and come to terms with her failed marriage. The show is wacky and funny and pretty much a parody of the real housewives franchise. Her friends and their drama embody the housewives to a tee, Lyla (Janeane Garafolo) is bitchy and mean and Phoebe (Beau Garrett) a former model, dabbles with threesomes and daycare. Even though this show is pretty corny, it is totally fun to watch.

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Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)

Ok now this show, I cannot believe I am admitting to everyone, but I love this trashy show. As usual Donald Trump takes a big group of B-list celebrities like Ian Ziering, Kate Gosselin, housewives Brandi Glanville and Keyna Moore, Vivica Fox, Geraldo and Kevin Jonas to name a few and throws them all against each other to battle it out for the title. The one good thing about this show is that they do raise a lot of money for each of their charities and Trump tends to pitch in extra money for them as well.

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The challenges that they put them through are pretty laughable and the way these people fight against each other keeps me entertained. My husband hates when I put this show on, this and all the other ones I listed to name a few. The best part so far has to be Geraldo, who has goofy ideas and is willing to do anything to win, at one point he stripped down to his underwear in an episode. Oh gosh, ew! Another wacky one is Ian, who will always be Steve Sanders in my eyes, is a narcissistic, ego maniac who thinks he knows it all and it is pretty funny to see the other people react to his comments. Does anyone else watch this? Probably not.

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Movie Review: American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by Jason Hall
Adapted from Chris Kyle’s Autobiography

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“War puts lightening in your bones and makes it hard to hold onto anything else,” Marc Lee tells his buddy Chris Kyle when he correlates war to holding onto an electric fence and not letting go. This line stuck with me throughout the whole film and it aptly depicts the feelings that Kyle felt both in his tours to the Middle East and back home with his family, war whether far or near was always with him.  In Clint Eastwood’s highly controversial film American Sniper, he gives audiences a war movie for the generation of people who have endured the Gulf war. Just as Steven Spielberg was able to capture the essence of World War II with both Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, in American Sniper we see the realities of the Middle East depicted in a way that speaks to the experience that many who have served today could relate to and in fact vouch for its’ truthfulness.

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The story is about Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the Navy SEAL sniper who has been credited with the most kills and considered a legend. The film is told from his point of view and paints the picture of a man who never considered himself a hero, but someone who was just doing his job. As someone who lives in San Diego, has family members in the military and works at a company filled with Navy veterans and people who have served, I can first hand tell you that many people have this same sentiment ingrained in them. They didn’t go overseas and risk their lives to get their name emblazoned on a plaque, but to serve their country and do something that would be valuable to the safety of their fellow Americans.

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The screenplay was adapted from Kyle’s memoir of the same name and gives us his point of view of not only why he joined the Navy, but what war was like for him. People need to stop getting up in arms and upset about this film, it is told from his point of view and his only. If this was a movie set out to tell the Iraqi side of the story or those who lived in the villages that were devastated by the war, then that is a different movie entirely.

I think people need to understand that before they set out to see this movie, otherwise they will be sorely disappointed. For someone like filmmaker Michael Moore, who has recently taken to Twitter to rant about the film and say that snipers are actually cowards is disheartening to hear. His views although directed at the film, discredit all men and women who have served in the military and it really annoys me to see him out there making these types of claims. As a filmmaker, when he wants to defend his point of view, then he should do so and make his own movie, but bashing Kyle’s legacy is not the way to do it.

I have to say this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Eastwood has made some other good movies (some horrible think Jersey Boys), but this one was fantastic and will gain him some due credit despite all the controversy that has surrounded the film. The movie goes back and forth through time, from the early days of Kyle’s childhood where we learn that his father established in him some lessons and virtues that carried through his entire life, to when he met his wife and in battle. These childhood scenes I believe were pivotal in revealing Kyle’s character. When his father tells him that there are three types of people in the world, sheep, wolves and sheepdogs, he quickly realizes that he is the sheepdog. In other words the person that protects the brood, whether family or country, and he lives to ensure the safety and protection of those around him.

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Kyle decides at 30 years old, which is somewhat a rare age for people to enlist, that he wants to join the Navy and be a part of the SEALs. The elite special operations force that are at the top of their game. At BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seals Training) he endures all the crap that is thrown at him and we see him take on the lessons he learned there into the battlefield.

In Coronado, which is where the Seals train, he runs into Taya (Sienna Miller), a woman that can smell his kind from a mile away. She quickly sums him up and tells him she doesn’t date SEALs because they are arrogant and glory-seeking, to which Kyle asks her why she would say that when as he puts it, “I would lay down my life for my country.” That ego and bravado mixed with empathy, in a way sums up who Kyle was, he was a nice guy deep down inside, but his main goal in life was to protect his country. Kyle and Taya fall in love and have a family, and we later see how she has to compete for his attention with his intense desire to go back onto the battlefield.

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Kyle served four tours overseas and each one was wrought with difficulties and losses of his brethren. As I mentioned before, one of the best aspects of the series Band of Brothers, was the camaraderie that was depicted amongst the soldiers. Eastwood captures that sentiment in this film, we see the moments when they are in their tents together or riding in the humvees about to attack the enemy, where they have jovial conversations and talk about their lives back home or what they are planning to do when they get back. They talk about the women they love and their families, and those are the moments that bring them closer together and can never be forged with anyone else, but their fellow brothers. I like how that was portrayed in the film, even though they were on the verge of killing someone, they intersected those moments with jokes and guys just being guys together.

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The battle scenes were just as intense as the moments when Kyle was back at home. Trying to focus on being a father without thinking of the past or what he just endured in war was equally as difficult for him. I like that this duality was portrayed because vacillating between the two roles has proved difficult for many.

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Cooper essentially makes this movie, without him and his ability to bring the emotion and sometimes lack of emotion, is what makes the story come to life. Without saying a word, he was able to be both vulnerable and egotistical. He gave off an air of sense self-confidence that could only come from someone who had survived so much. Bulking up for the role, he embodies the persona of Kyle, not only in his looks, but his mannerisms and did his story justice.

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Miller also did a great job. I am usually not a fan of Miller at all, for me she never really shines through, she always just seems like a pretty background actress, but in this role, I think she did a good job of showing what it is like for the families of military personnel who stay behind. They have to deal with the reality of raising their families alone and she was able to convey the sense of both missing her husband and being angry with him.

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The cinematography by Tom Stern was also well done. The images have a muted tone to them that seem to match the feeling throughout the film. In many of the wide shots, we get panoramic views of cities in the Middle East that are devastated and have been left to crumble.

I know there are a lot of mixed opinions on this film and on Kyle himself, but I enjoyed it and I think his story was one worth telling. The realities of war can only be told through the eyes of someone who survived it and were there. Despite any discrepancies, Eastwood did a great job and I look forward to seeing this movie and Cooper specifically, take home some awards at the Oscars. Say what you want about this film, but Eastwood has made a film that has people talking, I haven’t seen this uproar in a long time, and that is a testament to a film that is worth watching because no one cares about a boring movie.

What are your thoughts on this film? I would love to hear them. And by the way don’t you guys think the real Chris Kyle kind of looked like Chris Pratt.

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