The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

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Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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*None of the pictures are mine. They were found on tumblr*

The Fosters Episode Review: “First Impressions”

Run: June 3, 2013 – Present
Created by: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg
Prod. Bradley Bredeweg, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Greg Gugliotta, Joanna Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medine, Peter Paige, John Ziffren
Genre: Family Drama, Teen Drama
Starring: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Hayden Byerly, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez, Noah Centineo

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 11 | Aired: January 25, 2016

The Fosters is back!!!!

Yes, the mid-season premier was last night and they came back in true Fosters fashion!

There was no easing back into things, we jumped straight in with the drama and the tears and the insanity.

Connor’s dad has an eye opening moment as his son prepares to move to be with his mother, Stef gets some scary news from the doctor, Brandon gets an offer to audition for Julliard, Stef’s mom gets a boyfriend, and Mariana runs for junior class president! Not only that, but Mike learns the truth about who caused the accident and Callie meets a woman who wants to invest in Fost & Found.

Wow! How do they manage to fit all that into one episode without everyone going crazy? I have no idea, but it was amazing!

Now I’m not going to go into great detail about all these things cause that would take way too long and then there wouldn’t be anything left for you to see in the episode!

So, first of all, Connor, or rather, Connor’s dad, had a major breakthrough this week that had Jude (and myself) in tears. It was announced in the first half of the season that Connor would be moving to live with his mother. It was then announced last night that he didn’t want to move, but he had to because his dad just didn’t get it.

This admission is heartbreaking and one of the moments that reminds us just how relatable The Fosters is. Thanks to Jude and Lena, Connor’s dad has a moment of realization, but isn’t able to stop his son from leaving. However, the moment that had me in tears was when he goes to see Jude and apologizes for not getting it.

Raining on my face, seriously. This moment was so important, not just in The Fosters, but in TV in general. Something this show does is hold people accountable, whether they’re the child or the parent and to see Connor’s dad realizing he’d done wrong and that he feels bad for it, even if he still doesn’t fully understand, was so important and wonderful and I’m back to having all the emotions about The Fosters that I don’t know what to do with.

Actually, I do know what to do, move on before I continue this tangent. Let’s move on to Mike. Mike and Stef learned the truth tonight about who caused the car accident and it was as they (and many of us) suspected: AJ’s brother was behind the wheel.

Originally, Mike had planned on hiding this information after AJ and Ty’s grandmother died. He didn’t want to take away the last member of AJ’s family. While I get that and I get him not wanting to upset AJ when they’ve only just started to connect, come on Mike!

Stef, of course, found out, but she agreed to wait until after AJ’s grandmother’s funeral to arrest Ty. This didn’t make a difference though, as Ty admitted to his brother that he’d caused an accident and the two boys hop a bus to run away.

I honestly have no idea how this storyline is going to pan out, but since it didn’t seem like AJ really wanted to leave in the first place I’m guessing we’ll see him a lot sooner than it seems.

Alright, the final thing I want to talk about is Callie. She was approached by a lady who seemed nice at first and said she was interested in investing in Fost & Found. However, it soon became clear that this woman wasn’t all she appeared and seems to be set out to sabotage Callie rather than help her.

Callie meets someone else new this episode and that is a boy named Jack Downey, a foster kid who hates his foster family and is somehow connected to this woman who meets Callie.

I’m really intrigued to see where this whole thing is going. Who is this woman? What’s going on with Jack? Who is Jack? Why is the woman so interested in Callie?

So many questions and only a few days until we hopefully get some answers! Next week’s episode looks so good (no surprises there) and I can’t wait to watch it!

What did you think of Mondays episode? Any predictions on what’s going to happen next?

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Criminal Minds Episode Review: “Drive”

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I’ve heard a lot of stories about how awful private driving services can be. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all ride-share services are bad or that all the drivers are serial killers. But this episode of Criminal Minds definitely didn’t help me in thinking they might be.

Taxis have always freaked me out, having someone I don’t know driving me around just isn’t something I enjoy. But sometimes it’s necessary. However, a driving service where the drivers are hired out privately? No thanks, I’m good.

And that’s exactly what the victims in “Drive” should’ve said. The unsub was a driver for one of these services who was using his position to kidnap people who got into his car. If he found them to be unmoral in some way (one of his victims cheated on his wife) then he would behead them and leave their body somewhere to be found.

Thankfully the BAU managed to stop him before he could behead his last victim. However, I won’t be getting in a taxi or ride-share car ever again. Personally, I like my head attached to my shoulders.

As I fell behind on Criminal Minds, I obviously didn’t watch this episode as an actual ‘mid-season premier’ as I just binged through the episodes a few days ago. However, it was a nice breather after that insane episode before with Reid and The Dirty Dozen issue.

Clearly I’ve been watching this show too long if an episode about beheadings is a nice breather.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. Seriously, Criminal Minds is one of those shows that hasn’t reduced it’s quality as the seasons have gone on and next week’s episode looks freaky.

It’s called “The Bond” and I don’t know if it’s referring to the victims being tied up or to the creepy bond that is already apparent between the unsub and his mother.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, let me know what you thought of “Drive”! Did you enjoy it? Will you be using a taxi in the near or distant future?

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Criminal Minds Season 11 Episodes 5-11 Review/Recap

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for episodes 5-11 of Criminal Minds season 11. If you haven’t watched those episode, STOP READING****

Criminal Minds

So, obviously I fell behind on, well, everything. I meant to get caught up on everything over Christmas so I could come back and start reviewing from the mid-season premiers again, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, I decided to give a brief review/recap of all the episodes I missed and then start fresh from the mid-season premier with proper reviews.

Episode 5: “The Night Watch”

This one was just… sad. At first it starts off really gruesome with people being used in graffiti art. However, as with many of the episodes this season, episode five ends on a sad note when you find out the unsub is a man who lost his son and blames his wife (an infamous street artist) for what happened.

Episode 6: “Pariahville”

Criminal Minds has always explored things and introduced things in their cases that I never in a million years could’ve thought of. A town designed especially for sex offenders is one of these things I never would’ve thought of as being real, but apparently it is. In this episode a woman is murdered in her home and the BAU must determine if it was one of the local residents or someone else who killed her.

This episode gave me a lot of weird emotions and I could definitely relate to the different team members and how each of them reacted to finding out about the town.

Episode 7: “Target Rich”

JJ returns from maternity leave just in time for Rossi’s daughter, Joy, to bring them what may or may not be a case. After a quick investigation, the team discovers they do indeed have a case and must race against the clock to find a missing girl before it’s too late.

Not going to lie, I totally forgot Rossi had a daughter. However, by the end of the episode I was tearing up a little when we learn that Joy is using her father’s name on her byline where she works.

Episode 8: “Awake”

Garcia is under lockdown after discovering a clue about “The Dirty Dozen”. Meanwhile, the team is investigating a series of murders that all involve the victims being sleep deprived.

Once again Criminal Minds came along and ripped my heart right out. It turns out the unsub is a man who lost his daughter several months prior when he pulled over at a rest stop to catch a few minutes sleep and when he woke up his daughter was gone. He searched tirelessly for her, but when they discovered her body he snapped and, instead of facing the truth, kept searching in the hopes that he might still find her.

This episode introduces us to someone who, I think it’s safe to say, will become a key unsub during the back half of the season, and that is The Man With the Skull Tattoo. The unsub in this episode was convinced a man with a skull tattoo had taken his daughter. No one believed him, but at the end of the episode we see the same man approaching a family the same way he did with this unsub.

Episode 9: “Internal Affairs”

The team must investigate after two DEA agents show up dead and it is believed that whoever assisted in targeting the agents may also know about “The Dirty Dozen”.

Indeed it does, though we don’t actually find out what they know until two episodes later.

Episode 10: “Future Perfect”

This one was creepy. A man was kidnapping two people at a time: one who was old and sick, the other was young and healthy. He was then experimenting on them to try and prove that he could make the old sick person healthy again by using the younger person.

Needless to say this didn’t work and, at the end of the episode, we see the tragic repercussions these experiments had for one couple desperate for a way to extend their time together.

Episode 11: “Entropy”

Reid is back! I’m so happy he’s returned, but that happiness didn’t last long as I realized exactly what was happening in this episode. Reid meets up with one of the hit men they’ve been looking for and over the course of a few hours we learn exactly what has been happening with their investigation into the group.

We also learn some things about Reid. Reid absence was explained as him going to visit his mother. Upon his return we find out that his mother has early onset dementia, a disease which, like schizophrenia, has genetic components. Why can’t Reid ever just be happy!?

Seriously, he missed the age trigger for inheriting schizophrenia from his mother, then he lost Maeve, and now he has another genetic disease to worry about! Are you actually kidding me right now?

It’s actually probably a good thing I didn’t review each of these episodes individually cause there would’ve been a lot of ranting going on, especially with that last one.

I had a day off from work and basically sat down and watched these episodes back to back. Needless to say, that day was basically an emotional rollercoaster. What is with Criminal Minds this season and making every episode and basically every unsub a sad mess that I just want to hug?

I’m both excited and slightly terrified to see what the rest of this season will have in store for Criminal Minds. Who is the Man With the Skull Tattoo? What’s going to happen to Reid? Is Dr. Lewis going to stay? So many questions and only a number of episodes left this season.

Do you have any predictions for what might happen? What was your favourite episode of the first half of the season?

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73rd Golden Globe Awards

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What a great night! I have to say, of all the awards shows I always find the Golden Globes to be the most awkward.

This year the show was hosted by Ricky Gervais who wasted no time with the (slightly offensive), but totally hilarious jokes. He should host all the awards shows, he’s so fantastically funny and he just holds nothing back.

There were many films and shows nominated this year, but Carol dominated with five nominations while Steve Jobs, The Big Short, and The Revenant came next with four nominations.

Denzel Washington received the Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight (presented by Tom Hanks), an award given to an actor for outstanding work in the entertainment world. After seeing the video depicting his time in the acting world it really isn’t surprising he won.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Presented by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill):
*I was cringing hardcore at Channing and Jonah’s interaction, the whole thing was just so awkward*

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) – Winner
Jane Fonda (Youth)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Presented by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jennifer Lopez):

Maura Tierney (The Affair) – Winner
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Regina King (American Crime)
Judith Light (Transparent)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Andy Samberg):

Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) – Winner
Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Best Comedy TV Series (Presented by Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson):

Mozart in the JungleWinner
Casual
Orange
is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Veep

Best Limited Series or TV Movie (Presented by Bryce Dallas Howard and Orlando Bloom):

Wolf HallWinner
Flesh and Bone
Fargo
American Horror Story: Hotel
American Crime

Best Actor in a Limited Series of TV Movie (Presented by Jamie Alexander and Amber Heard):

Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero) – Winner
Idris Elba (Luther)
David Oyelowo (Nightingale)
Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)
Patrick Wilson (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Presented by Tom Ford and Lady Gaga):

Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) – Winner
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)
Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)
Tobias Menzies (Outlander)

Best Original Score (Presented by Jamie Foxx and Lily James):

Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) – Winner
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Alexandre Desplat (The Danish Girl)
Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto (The Revenant)

Best Actor in a Drama Series (Presented by Eva Longoria and America Ferrara):

Jon Hamm (Mad Men) – Winner
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Wagner Moura (Norcos)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Amy Adams):

Matt Damon (The Martian) – Winner
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Steve Carell (The Big Short)
Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear)

Best Animated Film (Presented by Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson):

Inside Out – Winner
Anomalisa
The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Presented by Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons):

Sylvester Stallone (Creed) – Winner
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)

Best Screenplay (Presented by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg):

Emma Donoghue (The Room)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short)
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) – Winner
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin):

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) – Winner
Aziz Ansari (Master of None)
Rob Lowe (The Grinder)
Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Foreign Language Film (Presented by Gerard Butler and Helen Mirren):

Son of Saul (Hungary)Winner
The Brand New Testament (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
The Club (Chile)
The Fencer (Finland/Germany/Estonia)
Mustang (France)

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film (Presented by Ken Jeong and Kevin Hart):

Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel) – Winner
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)
Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone)
Felicity Huffman (American Crime)
Queen Latifah (Bessie)

Best Original Song (Presented by Katy Perry):

“Writing’s on the Wall” – Spectre Winner
“Love Me Like You Do” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“One Kind of Love” – Love & Mercy
“See You Again” – Furious 7
“Simple Song #3” – Youth

Best TV Drama Series (Presented by Olivia Wilde and John Krasinski):

Mr. Robot Winner
Empire
Game of Thrones
Narcos
Outlander

Best Director (Presented by Morgan Freeman):

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant) – Winner
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Actress in a Drama Series (Presented by Sophia Bush and Kate Bosworth):

Taraji P. Henson (Empire) – Winner
Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Eva Green (Penny Dreadful)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Presented by Michael Keaton):

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) – Winner
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)
Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

Best Musical or Comedy Film (Presented by Various Throughout the Night, Winner Presented by Jim Carey):

The Martian – Winner
The Big Short
Joy
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Actress in a Drama Film (Presented by Eddie Redmayne):

Brie Larson (Room) – Winner
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Actor in a Drama Film (Presented by Julianne Moore):

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Winner
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddit Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Will Smith (Concussion)

Best Drama Film (Presented by Various Celebrities Throughout the Night, Winner Presented by Harrison Ford):

The Revenant Winner
Carol
Mad Max:
Fury Road
Room
Spotlight

Really it was such a great night with so many amazing actors and actresses winning awards for their hard work. I was hoping “See You Again” would win for Best Original Song, but Sam Smith is such a great performer and I’m still so happy he won.

I was really pleased Brie Larson won for Best Actress in a Drama. I haven’t seen The Boy yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things and this only makes me more excited to watch it!

I was really excited to learn that Harrison Ford would be presenting tonight and, no surprise, he presented the winner of the final award of the night. I suspect that the awards shows over the course of the year will be dominated by Star Wars which I’m super happy about.

2016 is definitely looking like it’ll be a great year for film and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.

What award were you most happy about?

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January 2016 Film Releases

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The Forest

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Dir. Jason Zada
Prod. David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger
Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures
Genre: Horror
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt

A young woman enters a forest to find out what happened to her missing sister only to be terrorized by the angry spirits of the dead who committed suicide there.

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 hours.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Michael Bay
Prod. Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: 13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckoff
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Screiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma

Based on the true story of the Benghazi attack in 2012, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who fought against an attack on the American diplomatic compound on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

 

Norm of the North

norm of the north.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Trevor Wall
Prod. Nicholas Atlan, ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Family
Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy

 

An animated film about a polar bear and three lemmings who end up in New York after being forced to leave their home in the Arctic.

 

Ride Along 2

Ride along 2.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Tim Story
Prod. Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Ice Cube, Will Packer, J.C. Spink
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson

In this sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, Ben Barder and James Payton are sent to Miami to help take down Antonio Pope, a powerful drug lord.

 

The 5th Wave

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. J. Blakeson
Prod. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur

Based on the book of the same name, The 5th Wave follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to save her younger brother, Sammy, before a fifth wave of alien attacks destroys what’s left of the Earth.

 

The Boy

Release Date: January 22, 2015
Dir. William Brent Bell
Prod. Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Starring Lauren Cohan, The Boy is the story about an American girl named Greta who becomes a nanny to a porcelain doll for a couple who lost their real son. However, as time goes on, Greta begins to suspect that the doll may not be as fake as it seems.

 

Dirty Grandpa

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. Dan Mazer
Prod. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson, Michael Simkin
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Zac Efron stars as Jason, a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Florida.

 

Jane Got a Gun

Jane got a gunRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Gavin O’Connor
Prod. Natalie Portman, Aleen Keshishian, Zack Schiller, Mary Regency
Boies, Scott Steindorff, Scott LaStaiti, Terry Dougas
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor

Despite trying to start a new life away from the Bishop Boys gang, Jane Hammond once again finds herself right in the middle of a fight after the gang attacks her husband and the only person left for her to turn to is her ex-fiancé.

 

Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Michael Tiddes
Prod. Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

Fifty Shades of Black is a parody film on the 2015 film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours.jpgRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Craig Gillespie
Prod. Dorothy Aufiero
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring
Sea Rescue, Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

The true story of the rescue mission carried out by the crews of the CG 36500 and the Yakutat after two oil tankers were destroyed and the crew stranded in 1952.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: January 29, 2015
Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Prod. Melissa Cobb
Studio: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons

In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise sees Po learning there’s an entire secret village of pandas, including one whom he is promised to marry. With a new threat hovering over China, Po must train the other pandas to fight off their new foe.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season whatever you may have celebrated and I know it’s only the second, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful 2016 so far!

I took a brief break from blogging for a little while at the end of the 2015, why? I got a job. Yes, unfortunately being an unpublished writer doesn’t make much (any) money, but I got a job over the Christmas season working in retail.

The best part? It’s one of my favourite stores (no it’s not a bookstore) and they’re keeping me! Apparently I did an okay job over the Christmas season because even though it’s over now they’re still keeping me on. I’m very excited about this, but I’m also very excited to get back to blogging, fanfiction writing, and novel writing!

Even though I’ll still be working, with the holidays over my hours won’t be as crazy which means I’ll have more time to write and work on blog posts and I’m incredibly excited to get back into it!

I look forward to an awesome and crazy 2016 with you all!

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Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Finals: Night 2 Recap!

Dancing With the Stars S21

What an AMAZING night! I can’t believe season 21 is over already, these past several weeks have flown by!

There were some fantastic performances and dances by past contestants as well as a look back on different moments that happened during the competition before we finally got to see the couples perform one final dance: The Fusion Dance.

The show opened in The Grove with a dance number performed by the pros and most of the past contestants from this season.

Chaka Khan returned and sang one of her hit songs, “I’m Every Woman” and Andy Grammer was also back to sing his hit single “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)”.

Kim and Tony finally got to perform their I Dream of Jeanie number that they didn’t get to do in the competition after Kim was forced to withdraw due to health reasons. Paula Deen and Louis also got to perform one of their numbers again and they chose their dance inspired by Gilligan’s Island.

Personally, I was just excited to get to hear the Gilligan’s Island theme song again.

Carlos danced his Magic Mike number again with several of the male pros and let me tell you, they set The Grove on fire!

Victor Espinoza returned with Karina Smirnoff to perform his wonderful number from Week Two, a Jive to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. The hat was back, the hip shaking was back, and oh my goodness I forgot how adorable he is.

Gary Busey and Anna danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to “Dancing in the Street” which was their number in Week One. Also performing again tonight was Hayes and Emma who danced their Contemporary number to “Stitches” which they originally danced during Week Four.

Shortly after that Alexa and Mark took to the dance floor to recreate their Jazz number from Week Three which was inspired by the Breaking Bad theme. I loved getting to see this again.

There were many look backs on this season and so many of these moments got me emotional again. There was also a hilarious blooper reel which is something I always look forward to during the season finales!

Elle King came on and performed her hit number, “Ex’s and Oh’s” while several of the pros performed on the dance floor.

All three finalists got to perform one of their favourite numbers from the season again, starting with Nick and Sharna who chose their Viennese Waltz from Week Three to the theme song from Downton Abbey. It was just as beautiful as the first time they did it.

Alek and Lindsay were next and chose their Jazz number from Week Two to the song “Don’t Stop Believing”. The dance was great and the song always puts me in a good mood so I really enjoyed watching this one again.

Finally, it was Bindi and Derek’s turn and they chose their Viennese Waltz from Week Nine to the song “Roses and Violets”. This number was beautiful and I loved watching it again. It was even more beautiful as the song was performed live by Mark Ballas and BC Jean.

Finally it was time for the Fusion Dances. Here are those scores:

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dances: Salsa and Tango
Song: “Turn up the Music” – Chris Brown
Score: 30
*Second Place*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Rumba and Tango
Song: “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
Score: 27
*Third Place*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango and Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “All The Way” – Timeflies
Score: 30
*Winner!*

All three couples did an amazing job this season, but there can be only one winner.

Alek and Lindsay placed third and then it was down to Nick & Sharna and Bindi & Derek. Both these couples have had perfect scores for the past two nights and have had some truly fantastic dances this season, so who had the votes?

After a suspenseful wait it was announced that Bindi and Derek had won! Wooooooooo!

Bindi and Derek

Congratulations Bindi and Derek! Anyone who follows me on Twitter or has been reading these recaps knows that I was rooting for Team Crikey from the start and I am so happy they won!

They did a phenomenal job from Week One and they deserved this so much. I am so proud of them and I am so excited to see where life takes Bindi next and for Season 22.

What did you think of the season finale of DWTS? Who were you rooting for?

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