SideNote: Boardwalk Empire – Devil You Know (As the curtains close)

Jeffrey-Wright-in-Boardwalk-Empire-season-5-episode-6SideNote: Boardwalk Empire – Devil You Know (As the curtains close)

Spoilers for Season 5, Episode 6 “Devil You Know” follow.

Ever since I started binge-watching Terence Winter’s “Boardwalk Empire” last summer, the show has often left me with mixed feelings. Throughout the series run, there have been a handful of plots and characters that mattered very little in the grand scheme of things.

It’s a show that is far from perfect, but it still has some of the greatest production design and cinematography that I have ever seen in a show. Not to mention the occasional episode, like last season’s finale “Farewell Daddy Blues,” that will leave your jaw on the floor.

“Devil You Know” doesn’t quite pack the same punch, but it felt like an episode where the loose ends are starting to be tied up.

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Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard of, but should have

Selma Movie (2)Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard, but should have

Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.

What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.

So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
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Hypothetical Casting: “The Last of Us”

hugh-jackman-joelHypothetical Casting: “The Last of Us”

On March 6 Deadline gave us the exclusive that the PS3 hit video game “The Last of Us” will have a live-action movie adaptation.

Seeing as how video game adaptations have suffered in the past or have just been announced and not released (BioShock, Halo) many of us are left wondering if this film will be any good or even ever exist.

Neil Druckmann, creative director behind the game, will be writing the script. This is huge and something that should’ve been considered for all prior video game adaptations. They’ll be teaming with Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures.

The other big question is who fits into these roles? We have compiled a list for the perfect cast. Keep in mind looks aren’t everything, we’re looking for actors that can really fit into the part both physically and emotionally. So here is our list:

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slaveFilm Review: 12 Years a Slave

After hearing all the raves and all the Oscar echoes, I finally got to sit down and see what all the fuss was about. “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen is based on an autobiography of the same name, written by Solomon Northup himself. The film retells the amazing story of Northup and his abduction as a free man into the dark world of slavery.

Many have distinguished the film for its depiction of brutality and yes, there are some brutal scenes. I went into the film misguided with those notions, the film didn’t focus-in on the brutality of slavery rather the helplessness¬† and despondency of it. Northup has many opportunities to escape, to run off into the southern wilderness, but where would he go? The south over-encumbered with slavers and racists. Continue reading