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World War Z (2013)

Exciting, mysterious, far-fetched. The action kicks in early and the tense nature of the film holds through right until the end. Recommended? This thriller is quite fun to watch.

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The story is probably a lot better than many uninformed skeptics might believe it would be. (more…)

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Air Force One (1997)

Predictable, fun, entertaining. This movie offers no more than the average action movie in terms of plot or development, but it still has some exciting moments and is fun to watch. Recommended? This is a movie which viewers should know exactly what they are going to get out of it. (more…)

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Body Image: Men vs. Women; Inspired by John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In the World)”

A few days ago, the music video for John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In the World)” was uploaded to his Vevo account and has since accumulated more than 6.5 million views on YouTube. John Legend once explained that the inspiration for this song came from seeing his wife apply makeup before going out and it was his way of telling her that she does not need makeup to look beautiful. The video (below) begins with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, preparing her makeup, but then goes on to showcase many other women in similar scenarios. Featured in the video are women of different ages, races and sizes, many of whom struggling to find beauty in themselves, some after major life events. One woman in particular shows the result of a double mastectomy; another fixes a wig, possibly after surviving chemo. Even Laverne Cox, star from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”, makes some face time in the video (she is shown in the YouTube thumbnail, her presence drawing myself and probably many others to watch this video).

Upon watching this music video, I caught on to its message almost instantly. The video is a unique take on a message that is quite common in the media today (no matter how ironically). That being said, I definitely did not expect a lot of what I saw in the video and some of the featured struggles to be present. Many different walks of life for women are represented. I really had no complaints after watching it, but I cannot say the same about many of those who commented on the video. Excluding the average YouTube comment spam and those who appreciated the video’s message, there was quite a variety of criticisms coming at the video. (more…)

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Intriguing, unpredictable, intense. The dialogue and story take some time to become engaging, but once the ball starts rolling, the fascinating and well casted characters take on a life of their own as the film approaches its exciting conclusion. Recommended? This is a movie worth watching twice. (more…)

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50/50 (2011)

Funny, heartfelt, meaningful. The dialogue feels unnatural for more than half of the movie, but the story and character’s journeys are far more genuine to back it up. Recommended? This movie has a lot to offer and deserves a chance. (more…)

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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Dramatic, personal, engaging. This story is doubtful in premise, but delivers surprisingly well, playing on emotional and character development and keeping a consistent pace; it also features Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep at the top of their game, along with a powerful debut from child actor Justin Henry. Recommended? A brilliantly written and produced drama well worth the trip back into the vault.  (more…)

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Violent, slow, satisfying. The overlong sequel to Tarantino’s revenge story picks up where the first left off, and while the final product is artistically pleasing, it falls short in its pacing, exploits both cheesy and drawn out dialogue and sports hateable male characters (and not for the reasons you want to hate them). Recommended? It is good in the context of finding out what happens next and a fair stand-alone film, but it not as engaging as the original. (more…)

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) #throwbackthursday

Light, predictable, funny. While there is nothing in the plot outline that hasn’t been done before in other movies about cross-dressing and divorce, a cast consisting of the perfectly cast Robin Williams, Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein and Pierce Brosnan should not be overlooked. Recommended? This movie has many funny moments, and while many of these elements have been done better in the past, it is still a fun movie and worth seeing.  (more…)

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This Is the End (2013)

Light, humorous, fun. This movie does not try to be good in the conventional sense, but appeals to a specific audience who will enjoy watching these big name comedians do their thing in a high-budget, over the top adventure loosely referencing the Book of Revelations. Recommended? This simple-minded comedy is one of a kind and achieves exactly what it sets out to do.  (more…)

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Shakira (Deluxe Edition): In Review

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My review of Shakira’s latest album on T I P – The International Passion.

Originally posted on T I P - The International Passion:

As a long-time fan of Latin pop sensation Shakira, I was quite excited for her self-titled tenth studio album. It was released on March 21 and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, becoming her highest debut in the USA. This was not surprising, considering her growing popularity from her involvement on The Voice and her commercials for Activia and Crest, among others.

Shakira is her first English album since She Wolf in 2009. The lack of Spanish content sets it apart from her other albums, like The Sun Comes Out. What often sets Shakira’s albums apart in the music industry are the Spanish songs. Only two tracks on this album are in Spanish, one of which is a Spanish version of another track. But with the old language goes much of the old style as well.

Shakira takes a turn from Latin pop/dance to a more rock…

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