SN: “Heroes Reborn” Official Reaction Post

Francesca-Eastwood-in-Heroes-Reborn-Season-1-Episode-3Official Reaction Post: “Heroes Reborn”

Season 1, Episode 3: Much better. The only storyline now that I’m having trouble getting invested in is Carlos’ over in California. After this episode I realized that “Heroes” has always been at its best when it accepts what it is, not a “Superhero” show, but a “Mystery.” Episode 3 focuses more on the mystery aspects.

Season 1, Episode 1+2: “Heroes” was a solid show, still one of the best first seasons of all time. The show had a steady decline till it was off the air. Now it’s back and two hours which may have been a little too much. Pilot episodes are usually rough out-the-gate, but in this two hours the show has done little to make us care about the majority of storylines that it has introduced. Also, what was with the video game sequence? Ambitious, but I don’t know how I feel about that.

SN: “The Muppets” official reaction post

maxresdefaultOfficial Reaction Post: “The Muppets”

Season 1, Episode 2: A step above the first episode. It definitely feels like, in due time, this show will find its niche. Meanwhile we are hoping for cameos outside of ABC’s primetime slots and where the hell is Ralph?

Season 1, Episode 1: We wrote a full Side Note assessment on our initial reactions.

Official Reaction Posts are something new we are trying. The Media 10 doesn’t usually contain reviews since most blogs have that covered. These posts will be about evoking discussion on the shows we watch.

SN: The simplicity of Good vs. Evil

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The idea of good vs. evil is as old as time. It’s reflected in countless religions, myths, and art dating back thousands of years. I’ve seen several films, television shows, and played several video games that demonstrated that Good vs. Evil is too simplistic of a concept.

I had the pleasure of screening Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” a few days before its release, and it was tremendous. A beautiful film that reiterated the point that there is a fine line between good and evil. To say someone is inherently good or evil is to diminish what it is to be human. Humans are flawed, all of us with sporadic good and bad qualities.
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SN: “The Muppets” felt off

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Since the show premiered last Tuesday I’ve been giving some thought as to why it felt so… wrong.

I’m a huge fan of all of Henson’s work with “The Muppets” and with “Sesame Street.” Something about this pilot episode told me that he wouldn’t have been too fond of the new direction.
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SN: My “12 Years a Slave” story

SN: My “12 Years a Slave” story

The last two Oscar “Best Picture” winning films, “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” I saw at the  Enzian Theater in Winter Park, Florida.  It’s a movie theater that hosts a lot of neat “special” showings, and usually only shows one current film at a time. It’s usually a film that doesn’t have much popular demand like “Boyhood,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” etc.

It’s nice because most regular theaters don’t show those films until they blow up with award recognition.

Anyways, the Enzian is one of those theaters set up like a restaurant with a strong, classy menu. You sit at these tables and dine, ordering your food just before the film starts. Their food is excellent, but on this particular occasion we weren’t looking for anything too extravagant. We ordered the “Chips and Salsa” appetizer.

The food isn’t brought to you until about 1/4th of the way through the film. And if you remember “12 Years a Slave,” shit was getting pretty real around that time in the movie. It was around the time that Solomon Northup was being kidnapped and turned into a slave that we received our food.
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Oscars: Post TIFF Oscar Predictions

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The festivals aren’t quite over yet. The New York Film Festival will kick off with Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” on the 25th. Meanwhile, in this comforting interlude, we decided to go ahead and give our predictions a much needed makeover after these past revealing weeks.

What have we learned?

  • “Spotlight” is the real deal
  • Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will rival “Inside Out.”
  • “The Danish Girl” was good, but with some lukewarm response.
  • “Beasts of No Nation”  and “Steve Jobs” are strong contenders, but are not likely are winners.
  • “The Hateful Eight” test screened to strong reactions, has an intermission “Gone with the Wind” style.
  • “The Martian” sounds like a strong crowd-pleaser, should nab some tech attention.
  • “Sicario” is a strong sleeper pick, as is “Son of Saul.”
  • “Room,” after a strong couple of showings, will likely earn Brie Larson an actress nomination.
  • Cate Blanchett will rival Cate Blanchett after two strong performances in both “Carol” and “Truth”
  • “Suffragette,” “Freeheld,” “Our Brand is Crisis,” and “I Saw the Light.” all fall off quite a bit after low to mixed responses.

Click “Continue Reading” to see all of our updated predictions, and stay tuned to our Oscar page throughout the New York Film Festival. Continue reading Oscars: Post TIFF Oscar Predictions

Emmys: Full List of Winners

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Below are the nominees, listed in order of our final predictions. In bold are the winners, we are updating this page as we speak!

Television Series – Drama
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
Orange is the New Black
Downton Abbey
Better Call Saul
House of Cards

Television Series – Comedy
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Silicon Valley
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