Movies Moving into Musicals: Why So Many New Broadway Hits Started Out on the Screen

Movies Moving into Musicals: Why So Many New Broadway Hits Started Out on the Screen

“Lights. Curtain. Action!”

Besides being a bad pun, this silly play on words has begun to feel like an all too poignant reality when looking at the shows currently running on Broadway. One of the major draws of Broadway is the creativity and effort that goes into every stage of producing a show; from writing, to set, to costume, to lights, everything takes thought and effort to make it looks as seamless and magical as it does once it hits the stage.

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OnScreen Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum"

OnScreen Review: "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum"

John. Wick. Baba Yaga. The man you send to kill the boogeyman. A former assassin who got sucked back into the criminal world because someone stole his car and killed the dog that his dead wife had got him to help him grieve. Who knew when we were first introduced to this simple but effective action movie premise that we were going to be treated to the best action franchise of the decade? John Wick set the stage, but John Wick: Chapter 2 took it to a whole other level in 2017. That film expanded the horizons of the world we were introduced to in the first film. Now, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has arrived and while it does expand the scope of the Wide World of Wick some, it is more interested in exploring the studio space that has been created for it. No, really Baby, explore the space!

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

Netflix’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins was highly anticipated and somewhat controversial. The story follows the persecution of Theodore Bundy, infamous 1970’s serial killer. As the film was released, so were the opinions of a multitude of viewers speaking out against the sensationalization of the horrific story. Many feel that the film is evoking sympathy for a man that would later confess to 30 murders.

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OnScreen Review: "Detective Pikachu"

OnScreen Review: "Detective Pikachu"

Pokémon was a phenomenon of the 90s that came in just as I was ageing out of the target demo it was aimed at. Because of that, I’ve never fully understood the craze or the appeal of them, but I know it is a beloved thing of many a person’s childhood, even if I was largely dismissive of it for the more than 20 years it’s been around now. I openly made fun of my friends who lost their minds over Pokémon Go a few years ago.

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OnScreen Game of Thrones Recap - “The Bells”

OnScreen Game of Thrones Recap - “The Bells”

We open on Varys writing a scroll. He is sending out ravens to Daenerys is devastated by the fact that word of Jon’s heritage is becoming more well known. She perceives it as a betrayal and executes Varys.  At the beginning of the series, it felt like the Spider had only been out for himself, but he really has done everything he could for the good of the realm and for the good of everyone around him. 

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Saying Goodbye to the Cast of The Big Bang Theory

Saying Goodbye to the Cast of The Big Bang Theory

The cast of television’s number one comedy, “The Big Bang Theory” filmed their last show on April 30, 2019. The following morning they arrived together at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to make history. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Keley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch put their handprints and signed their names in wet cement.

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A Day with American film critic Leonard Maltin

A Day with American film critic Leonard Maltin

The day after attending the movie premiere of the newest Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME, legendary film critic Leonard Maltin was invited to introduce the cast and discuss the movie in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. He shared his thoughts about the movie before introducing actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

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OnScreen Review: 'Avengers: Endgame'

OnScreen Review: 'Avengers: Endgame'

A satisfying conclusion often seems like is one of the most elusive things in entertainment. A memorable quote from the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail says, “Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.” More often than not, franchises tend to burnout and lose steam. TV shows run for more seasons than they should, movie franchises keep going for no apparent reason other than the studio does not want to relinquish a tent pole intellectual property. The bottom dollar often trumps creative integrity.

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The All-Hyped-Up Movie Rankings

With the release of Avengers: Endgame nearly upon us, a friend of mine asked me where it would ranked on the list of my most anticipated movies of all time. When was the last time I was thishyped for a movie? It got me thinking and I came up with a list of 15 movies that I remember being in the range of how hyped I am for Avengers: Endgame.

Now, sadly, as this list will reveal, the hype and anticipation one feels for a movie does not have any bearing at all on the overall quality of the actual film. Most of these A handful of these movies I ended up being disappointed with; one in particular left me with a cinematic scar that will never fully heal. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to manage my expectations for some movies, but the eternal appeal of anticipation is the hope that the finished product will somehow match or exceed your expectations for it, and those are the moments that make us love movies, right?

So, let’s get into the list!

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OnScreen Recap Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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  • Brittany Strelluf

This article is dark and full of spoilers.

This entire episode took place in Winterfell.  At the end of the previous episode, Jaime has newly arrived in Winterfell. Jaime is brought to the Great Hall, and he is cross-examined by the Starks and Daenerys before Brienne vouches for him.

  The audience then follows Jaime for a while as he meets with Tyrion. He later goes to Bran in the Godswood, where he immediately and humbly apologizes for paralyzing him. Jaime asks why he didn’t just reveal his crime, and Bran hints at Jaime’s role in the war to come.

Arya meets up with Gendry at the Foundry where he is hard at work shaping obsidian into weapons. Arya grills Gendry about the White Walkers, wanting to know every detail. Gendry calls them death. Arya calmly explains that she knows death. It’s revealed that Gendry was definitely impacted by the events that took place north of the Wall.

Tyrion is walking on eggshells around the raging Dany. Dany blames Tyrion for Cersei’s deceptions. She simply can’t see past her own endgame, and expects for her every whim to be obeyed without question. Jorah finds his Khaleesi and advises her to trust and to lighten up on Tyrion.

Next, in a very tense scene, Daenerys attempts to connect with Sansa, but Sansa isn’t having any of it. Theon returns and declares that he has come back to fight for his childhood home.

The remainder of the Night’s Watch arrive at Winterfell. The crows are accompanied by Tormund and Ser Beric. The men report that the army of the dead is almost at the door.  In a meeting that was far too short, Bran reveals in Bran fashion two crucial things. One of which being what the Night King wants, which is to bring on the Endless Night. We also are reminded that Bran was branded by the Night King and can track him. He is coming for the Three-Eyed Raven first. Bran will be placed in the Godswood as bait  and will be accompanied by Theon and the Ironborn.

As the battle for Winterfell approaches. Our characters seek out comfort where they can. Sam gifts Jorah with his family’s blade, Heartsbane.  Arya and Gendry make love.  Tormund tries to impress Brienne with his legendary storytelling and drinking.   Tyrion pours a round for his comrades. Jaime gives Brienne the title of Ser.  Beric waxes poetic about the Lord of Light over wine. Dany finds Jon brooding in the crypts. It is here that Jon reveals that his heritage. He speaks not unkindly, but without a hint of doubt or shame.

Then the horns sound announcing the arrival of the dead.

This episode was masterfully written and executed. It was absolutely impeccable storytelling.  It brought back the humanity of the show. It showed what the characters are all fighting for. Most of them are fighting for love.  Seeing these beloved characters interacting together after so long was really rewarding.

The title of the episode was “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in homage to perhaps the most moving scene in the episode, which was when Jaime formally knighted Brienne of Tarth.  In a show where the ideas of knighthood, chivalry, honor and loyalty are all debated, Brienne has been the truest knight.  

All of the connections and moments were something the audience may have been hoping for, or didn’t even know that they wanted. Moments between Jaime and Tyrion, Arya and Sandor, Arya and Gendry,  Missandei and Grey Worm, Jorah and Sam. 

The stage is being set for an incredible remainder of the season.

OnScreen Review: 'Shazam!'

OnScreen Review: 'Shazam!'

It’s 2019 and they’re making movies about everything now. First it was The Angry Birds Movie. Then came The Emoji Movie. Now we’re getting Shazam!. Look, not every phone app needs a movie! Ok, so Shazam! is actually not about the music app on your phone. It’s actually another superhero movie, which may cause some people to groan, by DC, which may cause more people to groan. But it’s actually a pretty entertaining movie and comes at the superhero genre from a unique if not quite fresh perspective.

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Hawkeye’s Role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Hawkeye’s Role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has grown to become one of the biggest movie studios in the world.  There is one character however, who is far more interesting and compelling than a casual viewer might gather if they are only interested in the movies: SHIELD Agent Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye. He’s the one with the bow and arrow and is portrayed by Jeremy Renner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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OnScreen Review: 'Us'

OnScreen Review: 'Us'

Early on in Us, a homeless man is seen holding up a cardboard sign that says Jeremiah 11:11. When I got out of the theater from seeing Us, I quickly looked up this Bible verse, curious as to what it said. “Therefore, thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.” This ominous verse from the prophet Jeremiah, spoken to the people of Israel, is a warning of judgment for breaking their covenant with God. It’s an interesting find by Jordan Peele, the director of Us, the follow-up to his debut directorial effort, Get Out.

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"The 2095 Club" - The Most Prestigious Film Group of All-Time

"The 2095 Club" - The Most Prestigious Film Group of All-Time

You can learn a lot about a person and the types of movies they love. You ask 3 people what the best movie they have ever seen is, and you are likely to get three different movies.

Like a dog whistle or a typical Sam Smith song, movies speak a note whose unique resonation can only be heard by that specific person based on their life experiences.

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SNL Mid-Season Report Card

SNL Mid-Season Report Card

This season of Saturday Night Live can at best be described as unremarkable. While we’re used to perhaps only have one or two sketches hit per episode, this season has seen multi-episode stretches go on before anything memorable is presented.

They’ve fumbled the ball when they have strong hosts such as Steve Carell, Matt Damon and Jonah Hill. They couldn’t save first time hosts from flubbing(Halsey, Clair Foy). And if you’ve grown tired of the political takes on the show, this season has put you to sleep.

The only two highlights of this season have been the John Mulaney(which is what happens when a former SNL writer is the host) and the fact that the hosting duties have been given to a bunch of people of color(six as of now).

But it’s going to take some strong shows to salvage my opinion of this season. Let’s check in to see how the cast is doing.

Safe

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