Since Friends has been released on Netflix, much rejoicing has sounded off across the internet. A lot of that rejoicing has involved nostalgic individuals compiling lists of their favorite episodes of the series. I have decided to partake, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of selecting my personal favorite episodes overall, I have decided to select what I think is the best episode of a particular season. This adds a layer of difficulty in the selection process as there are some seasons where there are multiple episodes I’d include in my “best of” list, while other seasons it may be a struggle to find one. Hopefully I’ve managed to assemble the highlights from the series for those who don’t feel like binging all 236 episodes.
American Sniper is without a doubt the “it” movie of right now — whether that be because of Bradley Cooper, the film’s content or great marketing by Warner Bros., everyone and their mother is buzzing about this Oscar contender. Count me as one of those in the excited bunch, as this was one of my most anticipated films of the entire Best Picture group. The teaming up of Cooper and Director Clint Eastwood is a powerful combination as they give plenty of weight to the epic tale of “The Legend,” Navy Seal Chris Kyle.
Well, 2014 is over which is probably for the better. As Jon Stewart said, 2014 was “not a great year for… people”. Instability in Ukraine, Boko Haram spreading terror in Nigeria and ISIS in Iraq and Syria, hopes for a democratic future crushed in Honk Kong, a World Cup highlighting the overwhelming disparities in developing countries, the highest temperatures on record and failures to do anything about it, even good news like gay marriage now legal in most of the U.S. is overshadowed by the growing threats on LGBT communities across the globe. Thankfully, we had our entertainment to keep us happy and going, right? So before we move on to another year, let’s take a look back at the trends in 2014 for movies, television and video games.
With only a couple months left before its May release, Marvel is now full-steam ahead on building buzz for Avengers: Age of Ultron, releasing the second full-length trailer on its YouTube channel tonight. The trailer is considerably shorter than the first trailer released a couple months ago, and in my humble opinion, far less exciting. You can definitely see emphasis on the darker tone, which is ironic considering how Marvel prides itself on its fun, whimsical style. Looks like no matter how hard anyone tries, you can’t help but go Dark Knight on your first sequel. Anyway, check it out after the break.
The first trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man hit the web last night during the premiere of the show Agent Carter. Even though this film has had more than it’s share of set backs, we are finally able to see what the finished product will look like. Check it out after the jump.
One of my favorite shows of the last several years has been HBO’s recently-completed Boardwalk Empire. It’s wonderfully acted, written and shot. The subject matter is also fascinating and badass. I will say, though, that the finale was a bit underwhelming for me. SPOILER ALERT: with the final (mostly great) season shitty all over anti-hero protagonist Enoch “Nucky” Thopmson, seemingly building up to an epic comeback against his enemies, he gets shot and killed right before? I felt kinda robbed. Then I attempted to justify the show’s decision to kill Nucky via an assumption to maintain “historical accuracy” as the character is loosely based on a real guy. Alas, the real Nucky died of natural causes. Ugh. Anyway, we’re not here to talk about that, we are here to talk about what executive producer Mark Wahlberg wants to do: take Boardwalk to the big screen. Hit the jump for more.
It seems like it was only yesterday that I was walking into the theater to see The Return of the King, under the impression that this would potentially be the last time Middle Earth would appear on the big screen. Seeing the third installment of The Lord of the Rings was my favorite theater going experience ever and is what inspired me to pursue filmmaking as a career. But alas, when it was announced that The Hobbit was to be adapted into feature films, I could not have been more excited. It was another chance to see the world I so loved up on the big screen again. Though I think the prequel trilogy is subpar compared to the originals, I found it harder to say good-bye to Middle Earth this time around as it would definitely be the last time.
Stephen Colbert is known for his quirky and entertaining interviews. Even when interviewing fictional characters he still manages to keep it as entertaining as possible. He recently interviewed the fearsome dragon Smaug from the upcoming The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies and believe me, it’s worth watching. Check it out after the jump.
With her latest independent film, The Sandbox, nearing completion, I sat down with director Jennifer Kramer to discuss story and her love of making movies. Hit the jump.
Black Friday was a huge day for Star Wars fans and movie goers alike as we got our very first look at Star Wars The Force Awakens, and it was amazing. Now that I’ve had time to gaze over the teaser about 50 times over the last couple days, I thought I’d give my 5 biggest things we learned about The Force Awakens. Check them out after the jump. Read More→