The contradiction of Pokémon

Pokémon The First Movie is all over the place. Mewtwo is vengeful and forcing clones of Pokémon to fight their real-life counterparts.

But after Ash’s brave, yet dramatically stupid, self-sacrifice – Mewtwo has a change of heart. Why is there so much violence in the world? Or as Meowth says “If we focus on what’s the same as opposed to how we are different, well who knows?”

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Final Oscar (Nominee) Predictions – 2019

What a year. So many great and diverse films. I’m still powering through many of them, but it is probably one of my favorite movie-years of this decade.

The Academy, however, will love some of the lesser films *cough* Bohemian Rhapsody *cough*, regardless many of the predictions seemed a little less complicated this year.

Without further ado, here they are:

Last Update: 01/14/19

Picture (01/14/19)
A Star is Born
Green Book
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody

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The Netflix Problem

Netflix is a triple-A production company. They produce a wide array of content from Television series’ to feature films. Watching Netflix grow through the last decade has been fascinating.

As other giants throttle their bandwidth and lobby against the inevitable future of online streaming, they have persevered. For years they’ve developed award-winning TV shows including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, etc.

Their films have also excelled. Mudbound was an Oscar-nominated film and critically, Beasts of No Nation may be the best thing they’ve produced. Now we have Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. Continue reading

Top 10 Television Series’ of 2018

Here are my Top 10 Television Series’ of 2018:

10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 13)

What a return to form. There are some hiccups in this season, but overall the franchise took a huge leap in incorporating social and political commentary into its usual debauchery. After many lukewarm seasons Rob McElhenney and his gang decided to take more risks this season, and it paid off.

9. Barry (Season 1)

What a bizarre season of television. Interweaving comedy into one of the most tragic characters on television. Bill Hader, Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast bring their A-game not to mention some expert direction from Hiro Murai. “Barry” is tonally unique and hypnotic in its execution.

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The toxicity of Oscar blogging

I don’t know what it was.

I just remember in the early 2000s staring at the nominations in my local newspaper. I circled the nominees that I thought could win, and come Oscar night I did really well. It was euphoric. It’s the reason people play fantasy sports (besides the gambling aspect of course), the feeling of successfully predicting something.

It’s not for everyone. Some people don’t feel the same euphoria, or they feel it for other things in their life. I found myself reading all the popular blogs just trying to consolidate my predictions. I’d see the favorite, and if it was close, I’d predict an upset. Getting an upset correct feels really good.

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How BoJack Horseman Season 5 shines an ugly mirror on itself

I’m back!

Sorry for the layoff. Was recovering from the annual crippling depression incurred by “BoJack Horseman,” Netflix’s greatest show.

Comedy compliments drama and animation is a comfort zone for many. BoJack Horseman takes advantage of this comfort. The show is a comedy, and has some of the funniest gags around, but it comes with a blistering caveat – the show’s relentless dread.

It’s no mystery to my friends and family that I love this show, but it’s a tough sell. No one I know (away from the internet of course) likes this show. They either haven’t seen it, or couldn’t get into it. The complex weaving in between emotions is often jarring, but to me, it feels all too real.

Show-runner Raphael Bob Waksberg and his team have created their opus with season four and five. They never let loose their grip on these complex themes as they introduce ideas of nuance and compliment it with beautiful animation and a hysterical variety of jokes ranging from puns to callbacks.

There are so many great video essays of this show on Youtube though, and I’m not going to be able to add much more to the discussion. I don’t want to dive too much into the show’s philosophies, but I do want to talk about Season 5, specifically the subplot of BoJack starring in a new show.

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Why I left MoviePass

Those close to me know that I was a huge advocate for what MoviePass was doing.

Summer attendance was as low as it has been since the 90s last summer. After reading several articles behind the ‘$10 a month rationale’ it seemed like a move that was crazy enough to work – except it didn’t work.

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Happy Endings – Comfort Food Sitcoms

Happy Endings, like many sitcoms, features a rag-tag band of dysfunctional misfits. Their primary goal? Well, sometimes just existing presents layers of complications.

You may not be familiar with the long canceled ABC sitcom, but you are familiar with the plot. It’s an age old classic perfected by the likes of Friends or, in my overstated opinion, Community.

It’s an overbaked formula in television, especially these days in “network tv.” But it absolutely still works when the characters are interesting.

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Oscars – 2018 “Popular Film” Predictions

Yep, this sucks.

In the extended history of the Academy Awards we may be looking at the first category that doesn’t revolve around being the “best” at, well, anything. Except for maybe making money.

I am starting to doubt that these imposed changes will take effect however. The backlash is rightfully strong. There are also several variables and amendments that could still be made.

IF there is a “Popular Film” category, what is the criteria? Does it need to make X amount of dollars to qualify? Once we have our nominations does the Academy vote on the “best” of the bunch? Or the most financially impactful?

What a mess. For these predictions we’ll look at the Top of 2018’s box office and sort of predict the box office successes throughout the year.

Here they are:

Popular Film (08/09/18)
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Paddington 2
Avengers: Infinity War

Deadpool 2
Mary Poppins Returns
Crazy Rich Asians
Ocean’s 8
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Dark Horses
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Mamma Mia! Here We Ho Again
Creed II
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time