The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 6: Hot on the Hunt

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 6
**SPOILER ALERT

This past week’s episode was another one solely focused on a few members of the gang. This time, we see where Carol and Daryl took off to and how Carol came to land in the hospital where Beth is currently located. The majority of the episode was the untangling and unearthing of what both Carol and Daryl  have become. Before they met, they were each different people, Carol an abused mother, and Daryl a low-level redneck with not much to his name. Now after everything they have been through, they have both matured in different ways, becoming stronger and more empowered and most importantly their self worth has grown.

At this point in the apocalypse we see that Carol has become hardened and doesn’t believe in God much anymore, let alone humanity. This struggle of believing in yourself and the goodness of other people was the basis of the episode. At times I felt this one was a bit slower, but I am sure that these types of episodes are strategically placed in order for us to see some character growth. Especially since Carol and Daryl are two of the most popular characters at the moment.

Let’s talk about what happened this week.

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What To Watch This Fall TV Season

What To Watch This Fall TV Season

If you are like me, then you go through TV shows like worn out old tennis shoes. They need replacing every few months because seriously you wear them to death. That is pretty much me in a nutshell when it comes to watching TV. As soon as I finish a few shows, I need new ones to take their spot. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest,  yet I like to keep my faves in my back pocket. I know I can always go back to those and they will deliver a good watch. Lots of new shows premiered this fall season and if you need help trying to figure out what to watch, then I hope my guide will help you pick something that is worth your time. A lot of these have already started, but you can find many of them by going to the network’s site where you can still watch them.

Gotham: Season 1 (Fox)
If you are a fan of the DC Comics franchise and all the characters and super villains, then this one is just for you. The show is primarily about Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne aka Batman before he became the superhero that we all know and love. It also gives us the origin stories of such villains as the Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Joker, Poison Ivy and more. At the moment Penguin’s back story is one of the main highlighted stories, so just keep that in your back pocket.

As the title states it is primarily about the ins and outs of Gotham city and all the horrible things that are going on deep inside the city. One thing I really enjoy is that it has a comic book like feel to it, which is another reason why this show works. When one of the villains ties a weather balloon to a political figure, we see them go up in the air with a balloon, this really looked like it was taken straight from the comics. I am sure this will turn into a cult favorite and will have a strong presence at next year’s San Diego Comic Con.

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Homeland: Season 4 (Showtime)
This show will only apply if you have seen the past seasons obviously, but this season is phenomenal. For me, Season 3 was decent, not great and there was something huge that happened in that season that in a sense looking back, it was actually a good move for the show. In Season 4, CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is now working in Afghanistan as the station chief.  She sends drone strikes into an area where a Taliban leader was supposed to be living, meanwhile a wedding was taking place, this was not known to her and many civilians ended up getting killed. One family member who survived , the young college student Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma) posted the video on YouTube and from there all hell breaks loose. Another agent is killed and this sends everyone into upheaval, what goes on from here is fascinating.

For one I love that there are so many  new characters and actors on the show, one of my faves Corey Stoll is on this season and Sharma is a great addition as well. I also like how the story ties into what is going on right now in the Middle East and with our nation that is obsessed with social media. If you have some time, binge watch the first 3 seasons so you can catch up on this one, trust me you will not be disappointed.

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Marry Me: Season 1  (NBC)
Are you looking for a new sitcom to watch? One that isn’t beyond corny and just plain awful. If so, then give Marry Me a chance, it stars Casey Wilson, who is one of my fave actresses from my beloved cancelled show Happy Endings and Ken Marino, who is just plain funny. He tends to play douche bag type of guys like he did in Party Down, Wanderlust, etc, but in this show he is totally not that type of guy. Together they are a newly engaged couple and are dealing with all the issues that come with a soon to be marriage, like moving in together, their families and friends and overall relationship stuff. The two of them together are funny and overall just silly and sweet. If you are in need of something to fill in the gap for your How I Met Your Mother withdrawal pangs, then this just might be the show.

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The Goldbergs: Season 2 (ABC)
If you read my blog, then you know what a huge fan of The Goldbergs I am! Like our fabulous T9M, I also love anything and everything 80’s. I grew up in that time period, I was a little kid, so a lot of what is featured on the show is a very distant memory for me, but nonetheless I was there and I have the awful hideous childhood pics to prove it. If you want a family sitcom that is just plain funny, then The Goldbergs will not disappoint. I love this show because nothing is ever perfect, the dad Murray walks around in his underwear when he gets home and he calls the kids morons and the mother is like a typical overbearing momma bear who just loves her kids and still treats them like babies. Overall, a great show if you are in the mood for some laughs and nostalgic moments.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
I am a huge AHS and Ryan Murphy fan. Only he can do campy humor and drama in one show and make it work perfectly. The Freak Show season has been running for a few weeks now and it is awesome!! So far this is turning out to be my one of favorite seasons. I am literally freaked out and slightly grossed out with every episode. If you are interested in watching the past seasons, you could check those out and watch them in whatever order you like, since they are not connected to one another. I believe you can catch them on Netflix. For a quick recap of the past seasons in case your curious, the first one gave us a haunting tale of murder and mystery all within the confines of a family’s home, season 2 gave us serial killers mixed with a frightening look at insane asylum life, and season 3 brought us on a journey to New Orleans and a look into the secret world of sorcery and bitchcraft, I mean witchcraft. With season 4, he is taking us into a realm that inspires a lot of fears in people, circus life and scary clowns with a freak show twist.

What is going on deep beneath the surface of the circus tent is suspenseful drama within the performers, but more specifically with the ringleader Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). The people who try to infultriate the freak show, Maggie Esmeralda (Emma Roberts) and Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), give the show an extra twist that make it worth watching. I have to say so far Dandy is my fave character. If you feel like having a good scare and like fun creepy drama a good amount of bitchiness mixed in, then this show will be perfect for you.

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The Paradise: Season 2 (PBS: Masterpiece Theater)
The Paradise is strictly a show for people out there who like TV shows or movies with an air of romanticism to them. If you have Eric’s taste or you are anything like him or Brian or Mikey, then you will totally hate this show. I also highly recommend this for people who like period dramas. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, an obsessed one like me, then you need something to get you through the next few months until it airs and this show works perfectly for that task. If you haven’t seen season 1 you can catch it on Netflix. The show is about a grand and beautiful department store in London, the shop’s owner Mr. Morey (Emun Elliott), who is extravagant and charming, shop girl Denise (Joanna Vanderham) and all the other people who work at the store and their rich clientele. I love seeing the sumptuous garments and ornate goods that are sold and the intricacies and details of the time period. There is always drama brewing behind the scenes of the store and I love watching it unfold. If you like corsets and romance, do check this one out.

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A lot of times I am on Netflix and I have no idea what to watch, so if you are like me and you are stuck, here are my recommendations for some Netflix only shows.

Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (Netflix)
If you already miss HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which just ended this year, then give Peaky Blinders a shot. This is basically a gangster type drama with some British grit mixed into it. The show is set in Birmingham, England in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I and the Peaky Blinders gang are notorious and ruthless. The boss of the crew is Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and they are mixed up in all sorts of arms deals and what not, but Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) is on the hunt to catch them. He will use whatever means he can, even if it  means using female spies to infiltrate the gang. I am loving this show thus far and I absolutely adore all the guys who are super cute in their three piece suits. Word on the street is that Tom Hardy will be in Season 2. If anything that should be reason enough to get you to start watching this show.

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Happy Valley: Season 1 (Netflix)
Another show that came out of nowhere is Happy Valley. A drama that was originally on BBC, about a Yorkshire police sergeant, Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and the crimes that go on in her sleepy, usually quiet valley. Not only does the show have a crime aspect to it, what it really is about is the strong relationships she has with her family and close friends. Catherine is a no nonsense, hard working type of woman. With the death of her daughter, she has taken on custody  of her grandson. Her sister Clare, a former drug addict (Siobhan Finneran) helps her in the raising the little boy. What is really going on here is that the father of the boy is a hardened criminal and is involved in a kidnapping scheme.

Catherine knows he is up to no good and wants to keep him away from his son, but he goes behind her back to try to spend time with him. The whole kidnapping side story was suspenseful and fun to watch and it was a a really interesting twist that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed this show because it has a different feel to it than most cop dramas that are out there and Lancashire does a really good job. One show it does remind me of though is The Killing, which I seriously miss! If you are in the mood for a British crime drama, than give this a try.

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So which fall season shows have you been obsessing over or breaking up with, do tell?!

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 5: Army of Abraham

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 5
**SPOILER ALERT

Sorry guys I am a little late on my recap. This past week’s episode was another one focused on the character development of one part of the group, mainly Abraham and Eugene. Thus far, all we really know about them is that they have traveled from Houston to Georgia and are on their way to Washington, where they plan on delivering Eugene who has the cure for all that is ailing the world. From day one, we have all been seriously suspicious of Eugene, he doesn’t give much info about the cure and keeps on saying it is classified information. Abraham appears to be the type of guy we can trust, he doesn’t seem like someone who would just fight for anyone. Not many have really questioned them or tried to call their bluff, I mean would you? Abraham is a force to be reckoned with and has been so set on going to Washington and really the crew hasn’t had time to dissect their story with everything that has been happening. If you remember from the Bob episode, Glenn, Maggie and Tara agreed to travel with Abraham, Eugene and Rosita to Washington and agreed the rest would catch up to them later.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about what happened.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 4: Never Underestimate Beth

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 4
**SPOILER ALERT

Finally after all the waiting, we found out where our beloved Beth has been hidden. If you don’t remember last season she was basically kidnapped right under Daryl’s nose and we haven’t heard from her since. Some speculated that Gareth and his crew had her or maybe she was hiding in Terminus somewhere or maybe some other weird cult out there had taken her away. The point is we had no idea where she was and if she was even alive. Last year was a big change for the character of Beth, at first she was meek and barely even noticeable as Judith’s babysitter and Maggie’s sister, but with the death of her father she transformed into a true bad ass. Under the tutelage of Daryl of course she learned how to kill much more efficiently and started using her voice and coming into her own as a woman and an adult. This week’s episode only further served to build her character and show us how far she has come in the zombie apocalypse.

Ok get yourself a plate of guinea pig and let’s discuss what happened.

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The Ten Most Iconic Female Movie Characters – Blogathon & My Blogiversary!!

Before I get into this I just want to tell you guys, today is my 1 year Blogiversary!! I started last year on Halloween and I am so glad I did this because I have made so many new awesome buddies out there. If you would like to send a present, please do, I accept gift cards, old DVDs, movies made by Luke and Eric, anything will do!

I was recently nominated by the wonderful Boo-Rian, I mean Brian aka Proby extraordinaire, over at Hard Ticket to Home Video, to chime in on the ten most iconic female movie characters blogathon that has been passed around as of lately.

If you are not familiar with this blogathon it was started by Dell on Movies and the requirements are as stated from the creator himself:
A list of 10 iconic female movie characters has been made. That list will be assigned to another blogger who can then change it by removing one character (describing why they think she should not be on the list) and replacing it with another one (also with motivation) and hand over the baton to another blogger. Once assigned, that blogger will have to put his/her post up within a week. If this is not the case the blogger who assigned it has to reassign it to another blogger.

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As Brian mentioned in his post, I also racked my brain trying to figure out who to pick. By the way I think Brian was totally right, Elsa is iconic, every little girl wants to be her right now and hell even grown women like myself love her.

There were so many characters out there that came to mind Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman, Sally Albright from When Harry Met Sally, Baby from Dirty Dancing, Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles and hey even Stifler’s Mom from The American Pie movies. But really I debated between the one I picked, Mia Wallace and Annie Hall. When it came down it I thought Mia Wallace was just too great to pass up, she inspired all the events that happened in Pulp Fiction and Uma Thurman herself was Quentin Tarantino’s muse. I am sure lot’s of people will be dressing up as her on Halloween, when someone is that iconic that they inspire Halloween costumes, then they deserve to be on this list.

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So for my pick I will take out the Exorcist chick because she is just too ugly to look at right now, seriously I agree she is iconic, but she is the only one I felt comfortable with taking out of the mix. For this challenge, I pass the baton to a super cool chick Devin Nicole Smith from Movies n’ Stuff. Ok girl it’s yours for the taking!

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Movie Review: Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood
Written and Directed by Richard Linklater

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Growing up is hard and coming of age is never easy; first kisses, relationships, sexual experiences and the like never turn out the way it does in the movies. It’s never pretty, with acne, temper tantrums and trying to understand one’s parents that is all part of the process. In the film Boyhood, director Richard Linklater tells the story in real-time of one boy, Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his journey into becoming an adult. Boyhood is like nothing I have ever seen and there has never been a movie quite like it. Before the audience’s eyes the boy grows up into a man and we see how the moments in his life shape who he is and the way he chooses to live his life.

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Just like they say in physics, every action causes a reaction, and the same can be said for Mason’s life. In the beginning he is 6 years old, his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) is a struggling single mom, trying to raise him and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). After a failed relationship with a boyfriend, she decides to pack the family and move to Houston so she can go back to college and get a degree in Psychology.

In Houston, their father Mason (Ethan Hawke) finally comes through and starts to see his kids. He does the usual weekend dad activities like bowling, camping and buying them cool gifts. At the bowling alley and in the car, he always tries to coerce them to talk and tell him about their lives, but they do the usual kid thing and give one or two word answers. Throughout out the film, this is his usual way of working with his kids, he gives them advice along the way about the opposite sex, dating, love and his life lessons as a struggling musician.

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Their mother is the rock of the family, even if she disagrees with her kids, she is always there for them and trying to make the best decisions possible with what she is given. She goes through husbands and failed relationships; all the time Mason is there to witness the rise and fall of her love connections. Always from a distant, as a young boy he sees the fights, the moments when his mom seems interested in someone new and the point in which he looks at her and knows that the relationship is doomed.

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I won’t go through the entire movie because I would be writing a novel and we could be here all day. In fact, you could record me writing it and watch me age right in front of your eyes. The film moves from Mason being a child, we see him throw temper tantrums and not want to wake up for school, then he moves into pre-teen mode and he is a bit rebellious and curious and from there we see him grow up into a young adult. With that comes acne, piercings, disobedience, wanting to hang out with friends and drink and smoke pot and his growing interest in girls.

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As Mason changes, so does his sister and their relationship. As kids, brothers and sisters always fight, but as they grow older, the bond is deeper and they help each other out through the tough situations.

With his mother he starts to realize she is just like him, she searches for a better life and aspires to goals, but all the while she doesn’t really know what she wants. Just because you are an adult, it doesn’t mean you have life figured out.

In his father, we see him grow up, in the beginning he is a hapless, cool, hip musician and in the end we see him tackle life with a different sense of vigor and maturity.

At the end of the movie, and I am not spoiling anything by saying this, he meets a girl who says “do people seize moments or do moments seize you?” This could be said for the entire movie, the moments in our lives make us who we are. Even moments that seem insignificant to one person are huge to the other. When parents spout off random things to their kids, we see that these notions stick with kids. This movie, to sum it up is about those stolen moments in life that are never filmed, they are simply memories, but ones that stay with us for the rest of our lives. They shape who we are, they guide our decisions and in the end we can choose to learn from them.

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The lessons that Mason’s father tells him in the car about music, how he teaches him what he considers to be good and bad music, reminded me a lot of my relationship with my own father. We bonded over the years with music as the pretense, but in reality he was teaching a lot of other life lessons in between that maybe I didn’t understand then, but I do now. I liked how those moments were shown and depicted in the film.

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Many times people will go out buy the most expensive camera on the market and think they will become awesome photographers, 9 times out of 10 it is not the case. It is not the camera that makes a great photo or movie; it’s the person behind the lens and their creative talent. Linklater reminds me of this point, give him any camera and he’ll make you a great movie. Linklater has never let cinematic conventions constrain him or box him into what Hollywood wants to create or produce.

From a cinematography standpoint, this movie was beautifully done. The images of Mason looking out the car window and letting his hand flow through the air are beautiful, yet very familiar.

Making this movie was a risky move and I commend Linklater for taking on this project. So many things could have gone wrong in the process, but over the course his risk proved beneficial as I believe this is one of the best movies I have seen this year.

One of the best parts of the film is that we as the audience never get jolted into seeing Mason grow. His maturation and the proof of it was fluid and it tied in seamlessly from scene to scene.

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The soundtrack was awesome as well. When Mason looks out the car window over the years, and even later when he drives, the music goes along with the way he seems to be ruminating about his life and current situation. I especially liked the scene when Mason Sr. and his roommate at the time sing a country-like song about his strained relationship with the children’s mom.

The actors in this film all did a phenomenal job. Starting with Coltrane, virtually an actor we have never seen before stayed committed to the project by not taking on other movies. I think this helped the film because we never had any preconceived notions or biasness towards this actor. We watched him grow, we got to know him and he felt like someone new in our life. I look forward to seeing him take on more roles and grow as an actor, as I believe he has a lot of potential.

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Hawke gave an outstanding performance. Honestly, to me along with Coltrane he stole the movie. He was able to convey the sense that regardless of his lack of understanding on how to be a parent, he was always a caring confidant to his children. It shows that people make mistakes, there is no parenting book out there that can pave the correct road, but he tries and that is what is important.

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Arquette also delivered as both poignant and endearing. She is the epitome of the mother who wants the best for her children, yet she doesn’t always have the right answer. I don’t think our parents ever really know how to do it right and she shows that mothers are human too and not just robots who know it all.

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Overall this movie has so many messages weaved into it and they are never specifically called out and I enjoyed that about this film. Had the movie been narrated, we would have been guided as to what to think or make of it, instead we walk out of the theater with our own spin as to what everything that was shown really meant. I saw this movie a few weeks ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Life is hard, learning life’s lessons are equally troublesome and difficult, but they happen, they come in our face when we least expect it and they are the moments that make us grow up.

Boyhood is like looking down a microscope, in it we see the microcosm that is growing up and becoming an adult, we observe, we study and we come up with our own conclusions about it. For me personally, this is my favorite movie of 2014 thus far, I hope it gets some recognition when award season comes around. If you like movies that delve deep and are a little artsy, then you may enjoy this one. Linklater is like Wes Anderson, you are either a fan or you absolutely hate it, if you are in the Linklater camp, then you will most definitely love this film. And if you are not, take a risk and watch it, you might just be surprised.

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**PS this is probably my longest review thus far. I apologize for the lengthiness, but hopefully I helped you make a decision as to whether or not you should watch this film.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 3: A Promise Is A Promise

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 3
**SPOILER ALERT

This week’s episode was fast paced and gave audiences plenty of answers. I feel like with many past seasons of TWD, we are given hints of what could or couldn’t be, but with this season they are coming right out and laying it on the table. Which I really enjoy because in the past they have dragged whole premises or issues out to the point where we are almost sick of hearing about the issue at hand. For example, when everyone was getting sick in the prison, that kept going on and on for episodes and it never really had that much value on the show. But this season, wow, the pacing is perfect, we are getting tidbits of information at the right time, not too much, not too little, just like Goldilocks and it is seamlessly working to make a pretty damn good season thus far.

Let’s discuss what went down with the good ol’ Grimes gang.

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