Movie Review: Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Directed by John Krokidas
Written by John Krokidas & Austin Bunn

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Now this is a movie I was really excited to see because I love the writers of the beat generation and have studied them extensively. I actually started my thesis with the topic or question of did drugs influence the creativity of the beat writers or were they naturally already creative people? I focused on William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg and a bit of Jack Kerouac because I had to narrow my search down, but anyways I spent a whole year researching this and devoting all my time into it, so needless to say I thought this movie would be right up my alley. I feel weird sometimes divulging personal info like that, but I am trying to open myself up more because I know I always like to read others personal anecdotes.

With that said, I came into this movie with high expectations. Kill Your Darlings marks John Krokidas directorial and writing debut and it is obvious that he has potential, but I believe this movie ultimately missed the mark.

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The film centers on a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) who is freshly admitted to Columbia University. Upon his arrival he sets himself apart in the classroom by his distinct knowledge and contradictory viewpoints. There he meets Lucian Carr (Dane DeHaan), a charismatic guy with bravado, wit and a certain way about him that draws people towards him. He is like a sexy little magnet with blonde hair and blue eyes that make both men and women just follow his every word.

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The two become instantaneous friends and Carr pushes Ginsberg to not only open his mind with poetry, but to push the envelope when it comes to thinking about the old ways of literature and writing. At the club they frequent they collaborate with William Burroughs (Ben Foster) who is in on Carr’s “New Vision” writing group and a partner in crime when it comes to taking drugs.

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Carr declares to them that they will write rebelliously, forgo tradition and poetic pentameter and rhyme and to free their minds from those literary constraints. This he calls, the “new vision,” and he can be credited for starting the beat revolution in a sense with his ideology.

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Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) appears for a short period, as he was in his formative years of being a sailor and a meandering man.

Now the whole story really is about Ginsberg and Carr’s relationship, but the second story at play is Carr’s strange, pseudo love affair with professor David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall). He was obsessed with Carr and would write his papers and was relentless in his pursuits of him.

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Carr grows weary of the relationship and stabs him in what he claims was in self defense. I am not really giving anything way since this is on the poster and cover of the movie and I as I mentioned is a sub-plot and even an afterthought of the entire movie.

What I liked about the movie is that it is highly stylized and looks perfect as a replica of 1944, there is even a sepia tone to the entire film which resembles the clothes and dreariness of that time.

I also enjoyed all the literary references, there are not many movies that mention Beowulf and William Butler Yates, so for us book people out there, we had some literary boners going on.

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Dane DeHaan is fabulous in the movie, there is something electric and mysterious about this actor and when he is on screen I focus all my energy on watching him. Daniel Radcliffe also did well and it was nice to see him show us how he has refined his acting chops.

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The story in the movie fell flat, it started with a bang and an interesting narrative and half way through the film the intent of the movie started to fade away. It was as if the writers were trying to cram in as much literary references and famous icons into the film as possible. I felt at times I was getting bored, yawning, and day dreaming and forgetting I was even watching a movie. The story was disjointed and all over the place, but I find that movies that focus on these iconic writers tend to have a hard time really popping on screen.

There was something deep and intense about their writing, it was on a creative note that at times is even hard to understand and decipher and to try to put these ideas into a movie is very difficult. This movie came off as pretentious and full of narrative fluff. The only movie that has conveyed the feeling of the beatnik era to me is Inside Llewyn Davis, despite it not being about them at all, it truly gave me the sense of what these writers faced and how they felt.

If I had to give this movie some type of a rating, I would say this is the type of movie you watch when you are on your couch bored as hell and would like to hear some background dialogue that will make you feel smart.

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10 Reasons I Love Game of Thrones

10 Reasons I Love Game of Thrones

Now that The Walking Dead is going to be over soon, my anxiety on Sunday nights will be relieved by watching Game of Thrones. If you haven’t watched it I suggest you binge watch it till your eyes bleed, once it is over you will thank me for that suggestion. Now wipe away those red tears and get ready for Season 4 which starts on April 6th.
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I am super excited and gearing up for the GOT fandom to kick off. Discussions and hear say galore will commence just like TWD. I haven’t read the books, so I am even more excited because I have no clue what will happen. All I know is that book 3 was split up into seasons 3 and 4, which tells me that so much happened in that novel that it had be cut into separate seasons. Just knowing that makes me scared and my stomach turn just thinking about what the hell could happen.

Here is my superfluous list as to why I love Game of Thrones so damn much and why I am excited for it to start back up.

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1. Two words, Daenerys Targaryen. She is the proverbial shit and I cannot wait to see her take down everyone who is sitting pretty in her kingdom. Yes we are talking to you evil Lannisters.

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2. Little girls are made up of sugar and spice, but not Arya Stark. She is going to pissed as hell after what happened to her mother and brother, revenge is hers for the taking. Do it girl!

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3. Although Tyrion Lannister is an imp and a Lannister, I still love him and want to see him take down Joffrey, that little prick.

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4. I love to hate the Lannisters. What what! Haters gonna hate!

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5. Because I am a girl and I love Jon Snow.

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6. I love the fact that we have watched the Stark kids grow up right in front of our eyes.

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7. The chemistry and odd sexual tension between Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.

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8. Khaleesi’s dragons are all growned up now and ready to do some damage.

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9. That moment when Joffrey Baratheon will realize that his uncle is really his dad.

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10. Because George RR Martin is one sick man who loves messing with my emotions.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 15: Terminus or Bust

Walking Dead Recap
Season 4, Episode 15
**Spoiler Alert
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This week’s episode, “Us,” focused back on Abraham and Glenn’s crew wandering around once again looking for Maggie. Ugh, I am getting so bored of this storyline, so I was glad this one ended fruitfully for all.

The crew get to a tunnel where it is obvious that there are walkers inside and Abraham, Eugene and Latina GI Joe girl Rosita decide not to take the risk and Glenn and Tara go anyway. Tara agrees to help Glenn find Maggie and Rosita reminds her that the only reason she is doing it is because she feels guilty.

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Once inside there is a big set of rocks blocking them and walkers around them everywhere. Tara slips and her foot gets caught in a rock. Long story short, Eugene and crew go back and save them by shooting up all the walkers.

OK spoiler alert… Maggie was in the group and they are reunited. Are you yawning yet? It was a really sweet moment, but all this fuss over finding each other has been getting on my nerves.

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This was seriously a filler episode and I hope the show gets better next season. Seriously The Walking Dead is pissing me off right now.

On the other side of town we see Michonne, Karl and Rick walking on the tracks. Michonne and Karl play around and bet who can balance the longest on the train track over a wannabe Kit Kat bar. Still yawning… Anyone notice how Michonne is starting to look and feel more feminine and sweet lately?

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Cut to Daryl and the reckless crew of merry men that he is traveling with and we see that he is not fitting in with the group. One of the guys just seems really bothered by him and upon Daryl trying to kill a little bunny, another comes over his shoulder and kills it and yells “claim.” According to their fearless leader, one of the rules of the group is once a person calls claim to something whether it be food, shelter or necessities, then that belongs to the person who said it.

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Daryl is annoyed obliviously, but he continues on with them. Upon arriving at an old car shop, everyone yells claim to the beds of different trucks and cars, leaving Daryl on the floor. The guy who has been bugging him starts accusing him of stealing his cottontail. He tells him to empty his trash bag and out the bunny falls onto the floor. Daryl says that the guy planted it on him.

The leader tells him he saw the guy plant the bunny and they go out back and kill the guy. Umm ok, that was quick. I guess Daryl has to stay with this group, otherwise they will kill him. Sort of like a gang in South Central LA, once you are in, you cannot get out.

Also, the leader of the crew told Daryl that they are out to find the guy that shot their friend in the bathroom. Uh oh… they are looking for Rick!

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The end of the show finishes with Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Bob, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita, finding Terminus. The shot of Terminus opens with sunflowers and a woman who tells them “welcome” and to “come on in”. Hmm, I do not trust this chick!

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Terminus is starting to look like a weird cult. I wonder what goes on there, human sacrifice, bloodletting or is it just a nice, safe haven for all?

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Creator Robert Kirkman says that the season finale will be a shocker! I really hope so because the past few episodes have been boring fillers. I am ready for The Walking Dead to get back to business. What did you guys think of Sunday’s episode? What do you think Terminus is really about?

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Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
Written by Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron

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First of all movies about anything scientific are usually geared around incurable diseases or outbreaks of some rare disease, think Contagion and Andromeda Strain. This movie is lumped under science fiction, but it doesn’t have the usual components such as aliens like ET, bad guys with super human powers like The Matrix, robotic type weapons like District 9, nor does it have any odd monkeys like Planet of the Apes or Godzilla. Where does this movie fit in?

It stands alone, I believe it is a rare movie that not only breaches the subject of science, but also touches on the inherent capability of human beings to overcome adversity.

Being an astronaut is a profession the majority of us out there know nothing more than what we have seen in Apollo 13 and the closest we have come to being one is eating astronaut ice cream. Gravity brings us closer to the actual feeling more than any other film.

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The movie is about a newbie astronaut, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a scientific engineer, who is going up to space for the first time to install a device onto the Hubble telescope. She is joined by Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) who is on his last mission into space and is helping her navigate the ins and outs of her new job.

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What the film delivers is a simple story about a space mission gone wrong. We get first and third person point of views throughout the film and we get the nauseas sensation of what it must feel like to be floating around in space. Air is precious, every breath one takes has to be done with care, “not to fast” as Kowalski instructs Dr. Stone and we get the sensation and the clench in our chests each time she breathes.

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The conversations that transpire between Kowalski and Stone are deep and give us a view into each one of their lives. He gives us the viewpoint of someone who despite being in a catastrophic mess, still takes time to enjoy the view, he’s experienced, he has been there and done that, but with Stone we see her naiveté in understanding space. Although she is extremely smart, space is like that cold lake one has only run their toes across, but never actually dove into.

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Gravity took over 4 years for director Alfonso Cuaron to create, being that the technology to even make the movie was difficult. He utilized CGI, lightboxes (9x9x9 foot cube outfitted with 4,096 LED bulbs) which allowed for the shadowed images to come across Bullock’s face and puppeteers that literally suspended Bullock when she was going from room to room in the space station shuttle. I mention this solely because I am the type of person when I see a movie of this type I want to know how the hell did they do that?!

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At some points, this movie resembled a documentary, similar to Planet Earth. Many scientists have come out to say that there were many inaccuracies in the movie, but I think that this movie was not aiming to be a full-fledged documentary. Instead despite those inaccuracies, as I guess, the majority of us out there wouldn’t even be able to spot, the film delivers the movie experience people paid money to see. I doubt anyone would pay money just to see images of space or Sandra Bullock wearing long johns and space diapers.

The movie is heartfelt and beautiful. At points, if you stopped your DVR, each still on the screen could be captured as a beautiful photo, like the shot of Stone in the fetal position, absolutely stunning.

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The performances by both actors were great, Clooney’s is subtle yet sincere. Bullock’s ability to carry the entire film is recognition worthy. There are not many actresses out there who can pull that off and her ability to deliver such a profound role acted out against a green screen is phenomenal.

If you haven’t seen this already, I definitely recommend going out and renting this because it does not disappoint. It deserves all the accolades it has received thus far and this film really showcases the capabilities of Cuaron’s mind.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 4, Episode 14: Psycho Killers and Pecans

Walking Dead Recap
Season 4, Episode 14
**Spoiler Alert

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This week’s episode, “The Grove, “seemingly appeared to be a slower one at first glance, but soon turned into one of the most devastating episodes of the season thus far. This one focused primarily on Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie and Mika and their journey to Terminus. As discussed before, the show has been recently centering on character development and giving us insight into people who were never properly introduced before like Tyreese, Bob and Sasha and this one gives us a much in-depth look into the two little bad ass girls.

On their journey, we get a lot of scenes with Carol talking to the two girls alone and getting into their heads and seeing how this zombie apocalypse has affected them. Mika on the one hand is younger, yet she is filled with wisdom and does not want to have to kill walkers. Lizzie on the other, has already killed people and we are beginning to see that her vision of what the walkers are is a warped one. She believes they are another version of a human being and that despite not having any senses shouldn’t be killed.

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Wait… So you are telling me that the kid that shot the lesbian girl in the head believes the zombies deserve to live? They have more self-worth than a living person?

Carol knows that she has an issue on her hands, so she tries to reason with them by telling them that her daughter ran and she didn’t survive. In order to live in this world, they must kill the zombies or they will suffer the same fate.

Tyreese throughout the episode talks about his girlfriend who died and every time he is telling Carol his stories, she appears to want to tell him the truth, but she keeps stopping herself.

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At one point they find a cabin in the woods. Pretty much idyllic with no walkers around them and get this…a stove that works. UMMM ok sure, Walking Dead producers, sure. What’s next is there a Starbucks down the road and is there DirectTV in the cabin too? Do you guys remember when the show Lost had all the amenities that a deserted island could ask for like peanut butter, beer and cookies.

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But I digress, back to the story at hand, Mika tells the gang, that they should just stay and live there because that house is just so perfect. They have all the pecans and peaches they could eat and they can relax in their comfy chairs and Judith even has a crib in that joint.

At one point, while Lizzie is holding Judith outside, a walker comes out and Mika shoots it in the head. She realized then that she did have that switch that went off that told her to shoot a walker. Meanwhile in another scene, Lizzie runs off and finds a walker stuck in the tracks and starts feeding him mice. Mika tells her to stop and that it is not right and they are not human.

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Lizzie was the person feeding the walkers rats at the prison. Ding ding!

Ok now this is where the show gets dicey. Ready for this? Tyreese and Carol go off walking to look for a deer to kill and upon coming back see Lizzie with her hands red with blood, Judith is laying on a blanket and Mika is dead. Lizzie killed her sister! She keeps on saying that they have to wait because she will come back and she tells them she was about to do the same to Judith too.

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Oh boy this kid is nuts! Carol takes the weapon from her and tries to reason with her without being too distressed. Once inside Carol tells Tyreese that she will take her and they will leave separately because Lizzie cannot be around people. Carol takes her for a walk and Lizzie keeps asking her, “Are you mad at me, are you mad at me?” Carol tells her to look at the flowers and not worry about that, she takes out her gun and kills her. GASP!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF.

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Tyreese saw the whole thing unfold from the window and they are both distraught. Do you guys think Tyreese knew she was going to kill her?

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Once inside Carol confesses to killing his girlfriend, it wasn’t anyone else it was her and she gives him her gun and tells him to do what he wants with it. He forgives her and knows that killing her is not the answer and that she will be the one to live with this on her conscious forever.

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Throughout this episode we see the theme of remembering loved ones and being nostalgic for a time that once was their lives. This is mirrored by the theme that one must do what they have to in order to survive, even if it means killing one person to save the rest.

This was a very deep and sad episode. I am not sure if it was a filler because it gave us more to chew onto then the last few episodes. I am looking forward to the next final two which appear to really start to give us some more action and perhaps bring the group closer to finding one another. What did you guys think of this episode?

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Ten 80’s Throwback Moments from The Goldbergs

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In honor of Throwback Thursday, which is running rampant on social media sites. I decided to do a little ode to my new favorite sitcom, The Goldbergs on ABC. This is actually a really good show, the stories told are funny yet sweet and the actors on the show really make this a stand-out sitcom in a sea of crappy shows that never make it past Season 1. The best part of the show is the end when the creator of the show Adam Goldberg shows us actual footage from his life that correlates with what happened on the show all via his old skool camera.

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As  Table9Mutant has been doing her blogathon on John Hughes, it got me thinking that this show really is reminiscent of one of his movies. As a child of the 80’s, these are the movies I grew up loving, they were filled with life lessons, heart breaks and overall just funny moments in growing up and The Goldbergs really do this genre justice. Here are 10 80’s Throwback Moments from the Goldbergs.

1. That time when our mother’s thought they knew it all and reminded us every DAY!

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2. And our older siblings or relatives knew best and we believed them.

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3. When being on the telephone was EVERYTHING. Where was the iPhone back then when I needed it?!

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5. And calling your mom was always the rule, yet finding quarters was so hard.

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6. Renting videos was not easy like today. Late fees, low stock in store, made the decision of which movie to watch so difficult.

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7. Before PlayStation, Halo and all that stuff there was Zelda. You played till your fingers bled.

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8. The fashion was horrendous yet we thought we looked cool.

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10. Lastly, it was a time when things were simple and being yourself was the most important thing.

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Top 10 Things I Realized After Watching True Detective

True Detective is actually REALLY REALLY funny! No seriously guys, I have been scouring the web for funny stuff because that’s what I do best and really I wish there was a job in the newspaper for this because I would totally apply for it. Any who, here is my summary slash the top 10 things I realized after watching our favorite warm and fuzzy show, True Detective.

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1. I bet if I drank this I totally would have understood what the hell Carcosa meant!

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2.  How much time did we waste contemplating this show? We will never know that answer. imagessdfs

3. But I bet if Justin Beiber were on the show, he totally would’ve solved that sh*t in 95′, he’s totes smart.

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4. Although Rust is an emotionless man, I still kept thinking….

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5. And all the guys were like… especially IPC

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EVEN OBAMA

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6. Seriously did you guys notice Lorde’s guest appearance?

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7. But like I kept thinking after the show who is going to mow Marty’s lawn now?

tumblr_n1ze8uPPzx1r7uxhho1_500 Check out Angie’s List great reviews!

8. The word “Flowers” is the best code word for sex. Yah Buddy! Bring on the flowers.

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9. It was all a façade they are all serious best friends in real life?! WTF. Now I am mad.

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10. But in the end the show was all about LOVE.

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