The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier: “Rock in the Road”

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7B is here! The Walking Dead returned tonight in an adrenaline packed episode that reunited old friends and introduced new ones.

The episode picked up exactly where 7A left off: with the group at The Hilltop trying to convince Gregory he needed to join them in their fight against Negan.

While this didn’t work, hope was still there as Jesus introduced the group to King Ezekiel at The Kingdom. Unfortunately, this also didn’t work.

This whole interaction was a long time coming and as a viewer it was incredibly exciting to see these three communities come together (I mean, not really, but they all know the others exist now).

We made it almost all the way through the episode thinking that things might actually be starting to look up. Surely The Hilltop and The Kingdom will eventually be convinced to join Rick and the others and they’ll defeat Negan.

They finally had one up on the Saviours. Negan and his men don’t know the three groups know about each other.

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Not only that, but Team Family managed to get their hands on some explosives that were set up and meant to protect The Sanctuary from Walkers, but will now be used against them instead.

Then, in true Walking Dead style, in the last ten seconds the group once again seems to be in immediate danger (though it seems Rick disagrees).

While out looking for Gabriel the group is surrounded by an even larger group of people.

At first I thought they were Saviours, but then realized the weapons were all wrong. Then I thought it was that group Tara had met, but then saw there were men and knew it couldn’t be them either.

And, despite Rick smiling and seeming very happy, I was definitely yelling at my screen by the time the credits rolled.

The only thing this episode was missing was a reunion between Carol and the others. Though, with Daryl now staying The Kingdom, I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later.

Next weeks episode looks amazing and I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here.

Let me know what you thought of the episode!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “East”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 15 | Aired: March 27th, 2016

Okay, so my original plan was to post the reviews for the past three weeks first and then post this one. Those reviews are still coming, but this episode was sooooo intense I couldn’t not talk about it right away. Plus, I’m not working first thing tomorrow morning which means I can actually get this review out now (more on that in an upcoming review).

So much happened! And so much happened with so many characters I love!

Carol left Alexandria. It seems she just couldn’t take it anymore, she didn’t want to have to kill anymore so she left. Of course, as she was driving down the road she encountered some more Saviours who seemed to be on their way to Alexandria and ended up having to kill them.

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My heart breaks for Carol every time she has to kill someone now. Like, on one hand I get not wanting to kill people, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s really something you can avoid in the world they live in anymore.

But Carol wasn’t the only one to leave Alexandria last night. Morgan and Rick also left in search of Carol and Daryl, hell bent on revenge, left to go after Dwight and the others who killed Denise. In turn, Rosita, Glenn, and Michonne left to go after him.

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While no one died yet, the only one to return to Alexandria last night was Rick. Carol is still missing, Morgan is still searching for her, and Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne are now hostages of Dwight and the others.

The episode ended with Dwight shooting Daryl and I think Yvette Nicole Brown said it best:

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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She was also right in saying that Dwight is not a worthy enough character to take out Daryl Dixon. Daryl has survived everything that’s been thrown at him and while I’m sure Dwight is a real badass, he’s not the guy who would take out Daryl Dixon.

I loved this episode. I mean, I love every episode, but this one delved into the characters and their relationships and really showed how much things have changed since the show started.

The whole conversation between Glenn and Daryl in the forest really showed not only how much they’ve changed as individual characters, but how they really are all a family. I know we all know this already, but seeing these interactions is still a welcome thing and I think it really showed just how much Daryl and Glenn have both grown over the seasons.

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Rick and Morgan’s whole dynamic is so different now than back in season one and it’s really interesting to watch. It was also interesting to hear Rick admit that he now believed Carol was right in killing Karen and David back at the Prison.

It’s kind of ironic that now Carol doesn’t want to kill anymore is when Rick admits that she was right to start killing in the first place.

And while I must admit that I was glad to hear him admit this it also made me really nervous for Carol’s future. Seriously, no one is safe on this show, but as soon as someone becomes the moral compass or people realize a certain character was right all along that character dies.

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We don’t know where Carol is, we don’t know if we’ll ever see Morgan again (not gonna lie, he’s still driving me crazy so if he wants to return Carol to the group and then leave again that’s fine with me), Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita are all in danger, and Daryl’s been shot!

We also don’t know what’s going on with Maggie. She had Enid cut off her hair and then suddenly she was on the ground in pain. I’m with Yvette on this one too, it was the pickles cause I don’t want to think about the other thing.

Next week is the season six finale (so soon!) and there are so many questions that need answering and so many fates that need determining. Someone’s going to die. We know that. We’re meeting Negan so there’s no way the group is making it out unscathed.

I have many theories about who might be going with each theory hurting more than the last so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and cry when it does.

But in the meantime I want to know what all of your theories are! Tell me down below what you think is going to happen next week on the hour and a half finale!

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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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The Walking Dead Episode Review:”Head’s Up”

WARNING: This reviews contains MAJOR spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead! If you have not yet watched the episode don’t scroll past the picture!

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 7 | Aired: November 22, 2015

GLENN’S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There aren’t enough exclamations in the world to let you know how excited I am so I’m just going to have to try and convey it with words. I’m a writer, it should be easy. You can’t tell, but I’m laughing so hard I’m crying at that thought.

So. Many. Things. Happened! I realize I’ve basically said this every week, but wholly molly this season has been absolutely insane! And we’re already almost half way through! I’m both incredibly excited and sad cause I want to see it, but I don’t want it to end. However, we’re not there yet, so let’s focus on everything that happened in “Head’s Up”.

Last week we started with the Anderson family so how about starting with the Monroe family this time. Well, we didn’t actually see Deanna much, but when we did it actually seemed pretty significant. Maybe not at first, given everything else that was happening at the time, but thinking about it now, her moments were pretty important.

The first was when she gave Rick the plans she had drawn up for Alexandria. The second time we saw was when she thanked Rick for saving Spencer and made a point about how Rick chose to save him. Why are these important? Because it shows that Deanna can still lead Alexandria.

She has the ability and the humanity to keep the place running, but she needs Rick to help keep the place standing. We all know it, now if only they would realize it.

I mentioned she thanked Rick for saving Spencer. Why did Rick save Spencer? Why did Spencer need saving? Because he’s an idiot, that’s why! (I’m kidding, sort of, I love Austin Nichols).

Spencer decided to try and climb across to another building so he could reach a car and try to distract the walkers and get them away from the walls. This, of course, didn’t work and instead he turned himself into swinging walker bait and needed Rick, Morgan, and Tobin to help pull him to safety while Tara went all badass Lara Croft on the walkers.

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This was probably one of the funniest moments just because Rick yells at Tara, but, because she’s incredibly sassy and amazing, Tara flips him off and just has the absolute best expression when she does it.

Alright, speaking of stupid decisions because that seemed to be a bit of theme tonight. Morgan. Oh Morgan. He just makes so many bad choices. He may be all zen like Yoda, but that’s basically where the resemblance stops cause the wisdom doesn’t really seem to be there a lot of the time.

Rick, Michonne, and the others know Morgan let some of the Wolves escape (round of applause for Carol who just DGAF) and they know it was the same Wolves who tried to kill Rick. Slow clap for Morgan for bad decision number one.

What nobody knows (Yet. Again, applause for Carol) is that Morgan is still holding one of the Wolves in one of the empty houses. He enlists Denise’s help because the Wolf is injured and Carol follows them sneakily to the house like she’s in Mission Impossible and ends up confronting Morgan.

Well, I definitely don’t see this ending well and I will be so angry and so upset if anything happens to the Queen of the Zombie Apocalypse. Leave Carol alone!

Carol also had a moment with Sam (who is still staying upstairs) tonight when she dropped Judith off with Jessie. Sam asked her if they were like the people who had attacked them. If killing someone is what turned you into a monster. Carol’s answer? Killing is what stops you from becoming a monster.

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This seemed so significant to me! Maybe I just read too much into things and I think Carol and Sam are adorable together, but who knows! Sam’s a kid and has been sheltered inside Alexandria so he doesn’t see monsters the same way Carol does.

Carol’s been outside the walls, she knows walkers are the monsters and people are just people. Were the Wolves monsters? Yes. But they were still just people. Carol kills to survive and so those around her can survive and so they don’t become monsters. I have a feeling this isn’t the end of this conversation as Sam still needs to come downstairs eventually.

Alright, should we keep going with the Anderson family here? Didn’t see much of Jessie, saw a little bit of Sam, spent quite a bit of time with Ron tonight. I had hoped this kid was turning over a new leaf, even if he did still seem a little shady and oh what do you know? He’s more than just a little shady, Ron has more shade than Horatio Cane at the start of a CSI: Miami episode.

Rick and Carl were starting to teach Ron to shoot. Just the basic stuff at first. How to aim, get the feel of a gun, beginner stuff. Well, beginner for someone they don’t trust. Carl was ten, stole a gun, and they still gave him real bullets to learn with, but Ron? Personally, I wouldn’t give that kid a picture of a gun. But hey, like I said, bad decisions all around tonight.

Ron ends up stealing bullets for his gun and by the end of the episode we see him pulling out his gun while following Carl. This all happens right before The Herd breaks down the wall (hang on, I’m getting to it). Now, I’m thinking this is going to lead to something huge that happens in the comics.

Spoiler alert now if you haven’t read them and don’t want to know.

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Carl loses his eye. After The Herd overruns Alexandria, Douglas (now Deanna) is shooting walkers and accidentally hits Carl in the face, causing him to lose one of his eyes. Obviously, there are many differences between the comics and the show, but I’m wondering if they’ll keep the eye-loss storyline, but change who shoots him.

It would make sense why there’s been so much animosity between Ron and Carl so far and now with Ron stealing the bullets it seems like this is going to be the case, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I hate to say it, but Carl can lose his eye, that’s fine. So long as they don’t kill him! Carl needs to live, who else is going to carry Judith around?

What should we talk about now? Hmmmm. I know what you’re all waiting for and I’m getting to it, I promise! Save the best for last, right?

Probably one of the biggest things to happen last night happened in the last ten seconds of the episode. One of the towers just outside the walls collapsed, bringing a large section of the wall down with it and allowing the walkers to get inside.

I have been waiting for this moment. I know it happens in the comics and I know lots of people die and lots of horrible things happen and of course they would leave it to the mid-season finale and I can’t take it! There are some people who, if they were to get eaten by walkers, I wouldn’t be too bothered, but there are others who just aren’t allowed to die!

And like, the Wolves already killed most of the Alexandrians who we didn’t really care about so now who’s left? Team Family and Alexandrians who, even if we don’t care about them, have names and faces we’re familiar with! Some of them are even starting to feel like a part of Team Family and I don’t want them to die.

This show tortures me and yet I keep coming back.

And we’ve all been tortured for several weeks now haven’t we? Yes, this is it, the moment we were all waiting and hoping for. GLENN LIVES!

This is Glenn right now:

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And this is all of us:

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Seriously, these past several weeks have been torture waiting and wondering and hoping beyond hope that he’s alive. And he is! When him and Nicholas fell off the dumpster I cried harder than I thought was possible and then he lived and I cried again, but this time it was cause I was happy.

There were many theories going on about how he could live and many people were right! The blood and guts we saw the walkers chowing down on belonged to Nicholas. Glenn managed to slip under the dumpster and hide there until they left in search of new food at which point Glenn left his hiding spot only to be found by Enid.

They make their way back to Alexandria together even though Enid is reluctant to go. I can’t really blame her, she did see her parents eaten by walkers right in front of her, it’s not all that surprising that she doesn’t want to stay in one place too long and get attached to people anymore.

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Nonetheless, they go back to Alexandria, Glenn uses his best parental voice on Enid to get her to listen, and they discover the herd outside the walls. While Enid is all prepared to pack it in and leave again, Glenn refuses and they use the green balloons that had been blown up as part of the walker relocation plan to send a signal to Alexandria.

Turns out the green balloons were being used to mark the safe zone where everyone was going to meet after the plan was done. I didn’t know this until Talking Dead came on and thought that was pretty cool.

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What I didn’t think was cool was that they once again made me an emotional wreck during this episode when Maggie sees the balloons and immediately goes running. I was crying cause I was happy and I was excited and she looked so happy and excited and that made me cry more cause she thought he was dead and she’s pregnant and there are too many emotions that come with watching this show!

It still doesn’t explain one thing though. Whose voice was that on the walkie at the end of last week’s episode? It seems more likely now that it was someone back in Alexandria calling for help now The Herd is inside.

Next week looks intense! It’s the mid-season finale (already?!), The Herd is inside the walls, and hopefully Team Family will all be reunited (alive!). I have so many questions and so many thoughts, but they’re just going to have to wait until next week.

What did you think of “Head’s Up”? What’s going to happen next week?

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November 2015 Film Releases

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Lots of films coming out this month! A couple biographical dramas and lots of romance! Check out the list below of just a few of the films you can look forward to.

BrooklynBrooklyn

Release Date: November 6, 2015
Dir. John Crowley
Prod. Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Drama, Romance
Based on: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Starring: Saoirse Ronana, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters

Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis, a young girl who immigrates from Ireland to Brooklyn during the 1950s and is immediately caught up in an exciting new romance. However, she is soon forced to make a choice between her two lives and the two countries she loves.


by Schultz  C.epsThe Peanuts Movie

Release Date: November 6, 2015
Dir. Steve Martino
Prod. Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, and Paul Feig
Studio: 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios
Genre: Comedy
Based on: Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Starring Voice Actors: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Anastasia Bredikhina, Noah Johnston, Rebecca Bloom, Mar Mar, William Alexander Wunsch, Francesca Capaldi, Venus Schultheis, Madisyn Shipman, AJ Teece, Alexander Garfin, Micah Revelli, Trombone Shorty

The Peanuts are back in an all new animated film which will follow the characters in their adventures including Snoopy going up against the Red Baron and Charlie Brown’s hopeful pursuit of Little Red-Haired Girl.


Spectre

Release Date: November 6, 2015
Dir. Sam Mendes
Prod. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: James Bond by Ian Fleming
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes

This new James Bond film marks the appearance of Spectre for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971) when Sean Connery was playing Bond.


TrumboTrumbo

Release Date: November 6, 2015
Dir. Jay Roach
Prod. Michael London, Janice Williams, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Nimitt Mankad, John McNamara, Kevin Kelly Brown
Studio: Bleecker Street
Genre: Biographical Drama
Based on: Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliott, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alan Tudyk, Helen Mirren

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter in Hollywood who was jailed and blacklisted (along with many other artists) due to his political beliefs and who managed to expose many injustices while still blacklisted.


The 33The 33

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Dir. Patricia Riggen
Prod. Mike Medavoy, Robert Katz, and Edward McGurn
Studio: 20th Century Fox; Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre: Survival Drama
Based on: Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Juan Pablo Raba, Adriana Barraza, Kate del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne

The 33 is based on the real life events of the mining disaster in Chile in 2010.


Love the Coopers

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Dir. Jessie Nelson
Prod. Michael London, Jessie Nelson, and Janice Williams
Studio: CBS Films
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde

The Cooper family gathers four generations to celebrate at Christmas.


By the SeaBy the Sea

Release Date: November 13, 2015
Dir. Angelina Jolie
Prod. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Drama
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud, Richard Bohringer

A romantic drama film about a couple experiencing marriage trouble who decide to go on holiday to France to restore their love.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Dir. Francis Lawrence
Prod. Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik
Studio: Lions Gate Entertainment
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

The film continues on from where Part One left off with Katniss still fighting the Capitol and attempting to free the citizens of Panem.


The Night BeforeThe Night Before

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Dir. Jonathan Levine
Prod. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, and James Weaver
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie

Every year Ethan, Isaac, and Chris go out and party on Christmas Eve, but they’re lives are changing now so the three decide to have one last huge Christmas Eve together.


Secrets in their eyesSecret in Their Eyes

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Dir. Billy Ray
Prod. Mark Johnson and Matt Jackson
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Based on: El Secreto de Sus Ojos by Juan Jose Campanella
Starring: Chiwetal Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, Alfred Molina

After the daughter of an FBI agent is murdered, a team of three FBI agents is torn apart. They’ll reunite many years later when a new lead arises that may help them solve the case.


CreedCreed

Release Date: November 25, 2015
Dir. Ryan Coogler
Prod. Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton
Studio: Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre: Sports, Drama
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew

Sylvester Stallone returns to his role as Rocky in this seventh film in the series in which he takes Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, under his wing and becomes his mentor as the younger man prepares to enter the ring.


The Good Dinosaur

Release Date: November 25, 2015
Dir. Peter Sohn
Prod. Denise Ream
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios
Genre: Comedy, Animation, Family
Starring Voice Cast: Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A.J. Bucklet, Steve Zahn, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner

What if dinosaurs never became extinct? That’s the case in The Good Dinosaur in which Arlo, a young dinosaur, becomes lost and, on his way back home, befriends a human boy he names Spot.


FrankensteinVictor Frankenstein

Release Date: November 25, 2015
Dir. Paul McGuigan
Prod. John Davis
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Horror
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor, a young trouble man with a dark past who becomes friends with Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy), a young medical student whose experiments land the pair in trouble with the authorities.


The Danish Girl

Release Date: November 27, 2015
Dir. Tom Hooper
Prod. Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Tom Hooper
Studio: Focus Features
Genre: Biographical Drama
Based on: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenarts

Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, the first recipient of male to female sex reassignment surgery after she stood in as a female model for her wife who was an artist and illustrator in the 1920s.


arolCarol

Release Date: November 20, 2015
Dir. Todd Haynes
Prod. Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Christine Vachon
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Romance, Drama
Based on: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsman
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two women who fall quickly in love after meeting in a department store in the 1950s, but their relationship has some consequences.


A large variety of films are being released this month! Are there any you’re excited to see?

Did you see any films last month?

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “JSS”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 2 | Aired: October 18, 2015

So I did a countdown leading up the season premier of my top ten favorite episodes of The Walking Dead. After watching this episode I definitely need to reevaluate that list cause this episode was amazing! Seriously, definitely one of my favorites.

Kevin Smith described it on Talking Dead as “receiving oral that won’t stop.”

After last week’s episode that I thought was amazing (though apparently a lot of people didn’t?) I thought for sure this episode was going to feature the herd hitting Alexandria. Nope, not at all, we didn’t see the herd, we didn’t even see Rick and the others at all!

Instead we saw The Wolves attacking Alexandria and holy geez they were not holding back. I think I said that last week too, but I didn’t know the meaning of not holding back until there were people hacking each other up in the streets of Alexandria.

This episode starts off with us getting to see Enid’s journey to Alexandria which I thought was amazing and so mesmerizing.

Enid

From there we return to the group in Alexandria and this episode follows what they were doing while the others were leading the herd away. They were kicking ass is what they were doing, Carol especially.

So many Alexandrians died and so many wolves died. It’s funny because they said it on Talking Dead and I didn’t realize it until they did, but no one that we really cared about died this episode. There was a massive slaughter, but it wasn’t any members of the group and it wasn’t any of the Alexandrians we’ve gotten to know which was strange and yet refreshing.

We also see what the horn was at the end of the last episode (it wasn’t Ron and while it was technically The Wolves, they didn’t do it on purpose). The episode ends with The Wolves either dead or run out of Alexandria and it seems like the worst is over, but I think we all know it’s not, right? That herd is going somewhere and somewhere is Alexandria.

I loved this episode! It was so well done and all the actors were amazing!

Melissa McBride! Oh my gosh where do I even start? I bow down to her! The character progression Carol has gone through in this series is phenomenal and she is absolutely one of, if not the most, badass characters on this show.

Badass Carol

She was just taking Wolves down left, right, and centre. It needed to be done, she knew that, she got it done. But I think one of the most significant moments was right at the end of the episode where she’s holding the cigarettes and sees Sam’s A stamp on the porch of the house and she starts to breakdown.

She does what she needs to in order to survive, but that doesn’t mean she likes it and it doesn’t mean she wants to do it. Melissa McBride has done an amazing job in every episode since the first season, this episode especially I want to give her a standing ovation. Or at the very least all the awards because she seriously deserves them.

Carol

I also need to give huge applause to Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Major Dodson (Sam), and Austin Abrams (Ron). There are so many great kid/teen actors out there, but to get four who are this good in the same show, and especially a show like The Walking Dead is truly amazing. They all did a great job in their roles tonight and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Where did Enid go? Will Carl just survive somehow? Is Sam still locked in his closet? And what will Ron do now he’s seen his mom kill someone? So many questions and I desperately we hope we get these answers next week!

I love Enid’s character! We saw little bits of her last season and she was kind of weird, but she was such a pinnacle this episode. We saw how she got to Alexandria and we saw her bonding a bit with Carl as she helped him protect Judith, and then she basically had one of the best lines on the show and she never even said it out loud once.

just survive somehow

“Just Survive Somehow”. JSS. This is amazing and something that will definitely stick with the characters and the viewers I think for the rest of the season and maybe even outside the show.

One character I’m still really torn on is Morgan. I want to like him, sometimes I do like him, but when he let The Wolves leave asdfghjkl. YOU NEVER LET THEM LEAVE! I know he wasn’t there for Terminus, but we were! We all know this was a bad idea! He let The Wolves live once before and they returned! One of them tried to kill him! Come on Morgan, I’m desperately trying to like you dude.

A character who’s actually starting to grow on me (surprisingly) is Jessie. I’m still not a fan of the Jessie/Rick relationship that might happen, but Jessie as her own badass character is definitely something I can get on board with.

Badass Jessie

She went absolutely nuts on the woman who came into her house and it was simultaneously terrifying and amazing. Terrifying because she killed her and was not holding back, but amazing because now we’re seeing what Jessie capable of when she needs to be and this opens up so many more doors for this character.

Also, like I mentioned above, Ron saw this all happen. Sam was locked in his closet, but Ron saw the whole thing so I’m really curious to see if this is what will finally make him realize that everything Rick is saying is true and that Rick isn’t the bad guy.

We’re also seeing this in Eugene! Eugene spent quite a lot of time helping Tara, Eric, and Alexandria’s new doctor, Denise, try and save one of the women The Wolves attacked. He actually played a pretty key part when he told Denise that she doesn’t want to be a coward. This was significant for him because he was owning that part of himself and I’m interested to see if we’ll see him slowly start to gather more courage like last season with Tara or what’s going to happen.

Something I don’t really want to see happen is a Eugene/Denise romance. They talked about it on Talking Dead and Paul Bettany said if they had kids their kids would be the most nervous children ever which is not good growing up in the zombie apocalypse. Yes. Just yes.

There were two characters this episode I felt really bad for and that’s Deanna and Aaron. Deanna finally saw what Rick was talking about. She understands now that if people or walkers want to get in they will find a way and unfortunately she realized that after a bunch of her people had been slaughtered.

I feel like we’re going to see a lot of Aaron blaming himself next episode, especially if what I think is coming actually does happen. I haven’t read all the comics yet, but I know what happens. I’m not going to say anything because I am firmly against spoilers, but oh my gosh it had better not happen!

Aaron

But yes, Aaron discovers his bag on one of the dead Wolves. The same bag he lost back in the season five finale when he and Daryl got trapped in the van. The same bag that had all his photos of Alexandria in it. Oh no, oh Aaron, I just want to give him a hug.

Technically… what happened is his fault because he’s the one who took the pictures and then lost them, but he’s so adorable and he looked so sad and I just can’t be mad at him for it. That is definitely going to have some major repercussions though.

This week was insane! Completely, absolutely insane! So much happened and we’re only on episode two! Oh my god I can’t wait for the rest of this season.

Next week looks crazy and of course we’ll get to see the rest of the group returning to Alexandria and we’ll get to see what happens with the herd. Will they get them back on track or will the herd hit and the now dilapidated Safe Zone? I think we all know the answer to that.

Let me know what you thought about tonight’s episode! What was your favorite part? What did you think of Carol taking on The Wolves?

Check out the preview for next week below!

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Also, I would like to say thank you to Major Dodson for tweeting me. Apparently he saw my post during my Walking Dead episode countdown and tweeted at me about it. As The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows and he plays such a great character I was pretty much jumping up and down because I was so excited and it completely made my day.

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The Walking Dead Season Six Premier: “First Time Again”

The Walking Dead
Run: October 31st, 2010-Present
Prod. Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse
Genre: Serial Drama, Horror
Based on: The Walking Dead Comics, Robert Kirkman
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Alexandra Breakenridge, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshuh

Season 6 | Episode 1 | Aired: October 11

The Walking Dead is back!!!! Oh my gosh that was a fantastic episode. Every time I think the cast and crew have done the best they possibly could with this show they go and outdo themselves.

This episode follows two storylines. The first, shown in black and white, takes place directly after the season five finale. It follows the characters as they struggle to accept what has happened and what needs to happen now. We see some conflict in these moments between Rick and Daryl and also between Rick and Morgan (though this does occur all throughout the episode in both timelines).

The second storyline takes place shortly after (maybe a few days, a week, I don’t think it’s really specified) and follows Rick’s group and the Alexandrians as they try to work together to stop the largest herd of walkers that’s ever existed on this show.

Herd

Yes, this episode was insane! There was a lot of butting heads, a lot of sneaking around, and a lot of zombies.

Rick was butting heads with basically everybody. He had a disagreement with Daryl over whether or not they should still recruit people, him and Morgan weren’t seeing eye to eye on much, and Rick and Carter went to head to head, or rather, gun to head.

Gun to Head

I’m not too crazy about Morgan right now. It’s weird cause I wasn’t a huge fan of him, but then he started growing on me, now he’s going against Rick with everything and I’m not a huge fan again. He’s like the anti-Rick and I know Rick is basically psycho, but the guy knows how to survive so who cares? Follow Rick! If you want to survive, follow Rick!

Someone else I’m not crazy about is Jessie. Didn’t like her last season, even less of a fan this season and we’re only one episode in. Her and Ron are both still processing what happened, which I get, but come on! Jessie was all for getting rid of Pete before and then Rick actually did it and now she’s pissed at him?

She’s done a complete 180 with Rick and actually got angry with him for telling Ron how it was when the teen snuck out of Alexandria and got attacked by walkers. Like, I’m sorry Jessie, but you weren’t too concerned about where your kids were last season when you and Rick were having eye sex with each other.

So I mentioned Carter a minute ago who was played by the amazing Ethan Embry. On Talking Dead Carter was described as kind of being what Rick may have been like had he ended up in Alexandria which I can definitely see. He wanted to find another way for them to do things which, obviously, there wasn’t.

At one point he threatens to kill Rick, but is overheard by Eugene. He then threatens to kill Eugene, but is interrupted by Rick who then proceeds to threaten Carter. He doesn’t kill Carter, but from that moment on Carter’s fate is basically sealed. And yes, Carter does die.

carter

The plan seems to be going perfectly which is how we all knew it would end horribly. As Carter is running through the forest he is grabbed by a walker which then bites him directly on the face. There is obviously no coming back from that so Rick stabs him in the neck.

Whether this is to put Carter out of his misery or just to make him shut up, it’s not totally clear. Either way, I think we’ve all seen now exactly what happens when you go against Rick Grimes.

A character who I’m liking a lot more now is Deanna. She’s accepted that Rick knows what he’s doing and is willing to follow his lead even if she doesn’t always like it. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if this continues or if she finally puts her foot down.

“First Time Again” actually had quite a few funny moments. When Eugene overhears Carter he’s basically the least slick spy there is and drops a glass and then, in his attempt to get away, crashes into a shelf. Also, when Heath says they shouldn’t be doing this (in regards to the plan) Glenn says, “I’m supposed to be delivering pizzas!” This was hilarious and I totally forgot that that’s what Glenn used to do.

There was also a moment between Michonne and Morgan that was hilarious where Morgan asked Michonne if she’d eaten one of his peanut butter protein bars back in Atlanta when Morgan was going crazy. She tells him she didn’t, we of course know that is a lie and she did eat it. I laughed so hard at this and it was amazing.

Michonne

Finally, and this isn’t really an actual funny moment in the show, just something I found hilarious, and that is that Judith has changed. Obviously they have to keep changing the babies because of legal reasons and because they need the baby to be a certain size, but they don’t even try to hide it on this show.

Like, there is no attempt made to try and get a baby that looks remotely similar to the previous ones. Here are a couple Judith’s over the years, please take note of the growing and receding hair as well as her apparent aging and then de-aging.

Judith

This episode definitely did a lot character exploring of both new and old characters.

We’re seeing an interesting dynamic between Glenn and Nicholas now. Personally, if Nicholas had his face eaten like Carter, I wouldn’t really care. He’s the reason Noah’s dead, he almost killed Glenn, he played a part in Aidan’s death and the deaths of the scouts who were going on runs before the group got there.

Basically, he’s got a lot of blood on his hands and at this point I wouldn’t care if it were his own. For some reason Glenn’s keeping him around though. They made a good point again on Talking Dead that Nicholas is really lucky it was Glenn and not someone else who he threatened. If he had pulled that with Rick then Nicholas would’ve been dead by now, no hesitation.

glenn

It’ll be interesting to see what happens. There’s a lot of rumors (like always) that this may be Glenn’s last season and I’m interested to see if this is true and, if it is, if it ends up being Nicholas’s fault. Dun dun dun.

The last characters I really want to talk about are Sasha and Abraham. I’m not a fan of Sasha and last season we really saw her struggling to deal with the loss of Bob and Tyreese. However, in the season finale she, Maggie, and Father Gabriel seemed to be starting to move forward. That continued this episode.

Now it seems like Abraham is the one going off the deep end. I was a little confused as to where this was coming from at first, but it seems like seeing what happened to Reg might have pushed him over the ledge.

Abe

We see him burying Reg and toasting him and then getting drunk next to the other man’s grave. I’m sure this will be explored in further episodes, but I’m really interested to hear what you guys think of this and why you think Abraham was so strongly affected by Reg’s death.

This episode was crazy and it looks like things are only going to get crazier.

At the end of the episode things were apparently going a little too well as someone decided to set off a horn that led the giant herd of walkers completely off track and heading straight for Alexandria. The Alexandria herd is pretty iconic in the comics and something I’ve been waiting, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it so soon so I can’t wait to see what happens!

I also can’t wait to see who was honking that horn! Was it Ron? We don’t see him hiding with Jessie and Sam. Was the it the Wolves? Was it someone unknown? We’ll just have to wait and see!

I’m so excited for next week, but I also have a feeling someone’s gonna die. Someone died already and we’re only on the season premier so clearly they aren’t holding back this season.

Let me know down below what you thought of the season premier and your predictions for next week!

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