A/V Blog: Oscar picks

Disclaimer – I have seen many of the films nominated for the Oscars, but not all of them. So, some of my predictions are based on outside factors, such as audience and critic reviews, trailers, images, word- of- mouth impressions, and subjectivity/bias, etc. This is just for fun! Disclaimer II – I have left out some categories, as I don’t know enough about them or the films nominated for them to make any sort of  predictions at all. Awards season is upon us, which means a flurry of red carpet activity, fabulous gowns and suits, and lots (and LOTS) of shiny statues that will soon be covered in fingerprints. But the biggest and most watched event is yet to come: […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin delivers with Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare’s writing can sometimes be hard to understand, which means that his plays aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s rendition of Twelfth Night is universally hilarious and worth seeing, as was proven by the cackling audience on Jan. 20. Jasmine Stamos plays Viola, a shipwrecked woman who lands in Illyria. With her family presumably drowned, Viola decides to dress as a man so that she may find work and make a living. She soon finds herself in the service of Duke Orsino (Christian Giansante), whose relentless love for Olivia (Rachel Stanley) sparks a crazy love triangle, further complicated by the surprise return of Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian (Matthew Venner). The subplot follows those in Olivia’s court […]

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The hype was real for the highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Loosely based on characters from the British comic series Kingsman, written by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Golden Circle picks up not more than a few years after the first film with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as a full-fledged Kingsman spy. After the death of his mentor, Harry Hart, (Colin Firth) in the first film, Eggsy inherited Hart’s title of Agent Galahad, following almost exactly in his footsteps. Golden Circle, however, does not follow in the exact footsteps of its predecessor and instead deals with Eggsy coming to terms with the complete obliteration of the Kingsman agency and where to go from there. Secret […]

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Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders brings together the protagonists from each of its four previous shows (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Daredevil) to form one team of super-powered heroes to defend New York City. They do this to a fairly good degree, but I find them lacking in a few areas. The show takes its time getting its main characters in the same room, but even though it takes three episodes or so, the pay-off isn’t bad. The actors have great chemistry on-screen and are at their best when they’re interacting with one another, in pairs or in the group. Every actor in the entire show does an admirable job with their character, including Sigourney Weaver as the mysterious Alexandra. However, despite the well-done […]

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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland’s lovable Spider-Man from Captain America: Civil War returns in his first solo outing, directed by Jon Watts. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the funny, relatable, action-packed Spider-Man film audiences weren’t sure they needed. With several Spidey predecessors, did we really need another Spider-Man movie? When the result is a solid film with good acting, good writing, and Iron Man, I’d have to say that yes. Yes, we did. Originally from England, Holland shines as the awkward and endearing Peter Parker as he tries to navigate both the superhero lifestyle and the unavoidable drama of high school, all while maintaining an American accent. There’s one scene in particular where Holland gives an emotional performance that, while brief, is convincing. Michael Keaton […]

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