Gazing into Black Mirror

Gazing into Black Mirror
Do you ever feel something unsettling about our technological advances or our growing dependence on technology? Do you like TV shows where every episode is roller coaster of eerie and mend bending situations? Then you will love Black Mirror . Every episode of Black Mirror stars an entirely different cast in a different setting. You could essentially put all three seasons on shuffle and not skip a beat. Besides technology, the only common themes shared in episodes are the feelings they invoke in viewers. Each episode is as beautifully horrific as the last, like a train wreck you can’t tear your eyes away from. The first episode of season 3 couldn’t be more relevant in this day and age. In this world, everything is controlled by your social media rating. If you get a lot of 5 star ratings then...
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The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights

The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights
In the fourth and last feature of HBO’s documentary series at SIFF, we stepped into the lives of two massive stars, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. In the beginning, Bright Lights is lighthearted and pleasant. We meet Carrie Fisher at her Hollywood home and accompany her on a short walk to her mother’s. The two of them are best friends and yet couldn’t be more different. Carrie is almost always nursing a cigarette and cursing like a sailor while Debbie is this radiant older woman who is always dressed in her best. As the documentary progresses, we learn what growing up was like for Carrie and her brother, Todd. It is an experience that I think can be best described as empty. The two of them had everything they needed except for a regular childhood. And when your father runs...
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Inside HBO's Westworld

Inside HBO's Westworld
In a time where virtual reality has truly become our reality, HBO takes it a few steps further with a reboot of the 1973 classic, Westworld . When you enter the new Westworld as a newcomer, anything is possible. You may gamble, visit a brothel, hunt outlaws, rob a bank, kill and do anything else your heart desires. And best of all, you can’t be harmed. You are God. For the androids or “hosts” who inhabit Westworld, it is an entirely different story. You are merely a brush stroke upon a canvas, a sentence in a book that can be enjoyed or destroyed depending entirely on the actions of the newcomers. You might be pampered one day then beaten the next or even worse, murdered. You are simply there to satisfy the customers in any way possible. But no matter...
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HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution

HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution
Last week I had the privilege to attend the HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution last week at SIFF Cinema Uptown. HBO partnered with TWIST, the hosts of the Seattle Queer Film Festival , to put on this very special and important event. This premiere wasn’t exactly a ‘grab your popcorn and friends’ event but more like a ‘shut up, pay attention and learn’ event. Both of these documentaries were extremely eye opening and educational. First we saw Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution . Mariela Castro is the niece of the Fidel Castro. She is also the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education as well as a proud activist for the LGBT community. During the documentary, Mariela took a lot of time to share the stories of LGBT people...
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For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs
Dogs, what do we love about them? Better question is what don’t we love about them? They’re our most loyal companions who only want to spend time with us. That's probably the reason why when National Dog Day was celebrated last Friday, August 26, social media channels were flooded with pictures of dog owners and their furry friends. As most dog lovers know the love for dogs is unexplainable even when they aren't your own. They warm your heart and make you smile with their quirky personalities. So grab your furry best friend, pop some popcorn, sit back, and these watch dog starring movies you both can appreciate.  Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Homeward Bound is about the grand adventure of two dogs and a cat - I know, we will let it slide - who are desperately trying to...
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Looking into HBO's The Night Of

Looking into HBO's The Night Of
Your next crime/drama/mystery show is here. The Night Of is reminiscent of Making a Murderer and Adnan Syed’s case in Serial , co-mingled with the unnerving environment of True Detective . And in quite a fitting time, racial and criminal justice issues are quite potent in this new HBO series where details like facts, truth and dishonesty are vigorously stacked against an allegedly guilty suspect. And now with two episodes in the bag, we start to better understand what happened The Night Of . In episode one, we meet Nasir or “Naz” as he likes to be called. Naz is an American born Pakistani attending university and living with his parents in Brooklyn. One night he is invited to a swanky party downtown but his ride bails on him. With dreams of cutting loose and having fun Naz takes his...
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Relaxing with Summer Shows

Relaxing with Summer Shows
Do you feel like vegging out a few hours a day for the rest of the summer? Here are a few new and returning shows that will entertain you when you are in need of some serious down time. Enjoy. Mr. Robot Elliot Alderson is a cyber security engineer by day, computer hacker by night. Throw in a little paranoid schizophrenia and clinical depression and you get a better understanding of who Elliot is. In the first season of Mr. Robot , Elliot and hacker group, society, brought down one of the biggest corporations in the world. And now, Mr. Robot is back. There are so many questions that need answering. Will they be answered or will the audience only be pulled further into Elliot’s unraveling mind? If you are a fan of movies like American Psycho, The Matrix and...
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Must See Summer Flicks

Must See Summer Flicks
With the coming of summer we welcome not only warm weather but also new movies. When you need a break from the sun or the classic Seattle summer rain, duck into a theater near you and check out these upcoming summer movies. Enjoy. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Release Date: May 20th Once again, parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) must battle the Greeks who have moved in next door. This time they are the unruly ladies of Kappa Nu. They are young, they are attractive, and they are scary. The couple’s best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo) join in the fight and also call in reinforcements from their ex-neighbor, Teddy (Zach Efron) and his fraternity brothers. Will they be victorious in shutting down Kappa Nu or will they only make the girls angry? Free State...
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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War
It's May, and any Marvel fan knows that typically means the ushering in of a new summer blockbuster from the acclaimed studio. This year’s hero of focus is Captain America in the new installment to his trilogy. Even though the film bares the Captain’s name, it truly feels more like an Avenger’s piece than anything. That’s not a bad thing in this case. While The Avengers: Age of Ultron fell a little flat, Captain America: Civil War picks the franchise up by its bootstraps and breathes new life into it. Marvel spawns off some new heroes as well that may pick up their own movies (stay for the post credit features to see what’s to come.) Civil War picks up nicely where Winter Soldier left off. After the Avengers defeated Ultron, Thor and Hulk are nowhere to be found. Hawkeye...
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Movie Review: Keanu

Movie Review: Keanu
Opening date: April 29, 2016 Score: 4/5 What does George Michael, a kitten and a violent street gang all have in common? Well nothing really, except they all somehow coexist in the new movie, Keanu starring everyone’s favorite comedic duo, Key & Peele. After five amazing seasons of the Key & Peele Show , Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are heading to the big screen in their first starring role as a duo. While there have been sightings of either of the two in other movies, fans have been longing for them to get a shot at their own full length motion picture and they won’t be disappointed with what transpired. Keanu does what most recent comedies featuring two leading actors of the comedy space ( Daddy’s Home, Ride Along, Get Har d) all fail to do - creating comedy...
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Amazon Video Is A Prime Time

Amazon Video Is A Prime Time
Man in the White Castle
Netflix forever changed how we watch movies and TV and for years it dominated without competition. Now other companies like Amazon are challenging the Netflix reign. They have recently upped their game with access to a wide variety of original series and major motion pictures through Amazon Prime. The original $99 a year service included free shipping as well as free streaming of video and audio. Now with Amazon video , users can stream all the series and movies they want at a cheaper price than Netflix. With this new deal Amazon sure seems to be chomping at Netflix’s feet. So if you are interested in the amazon hype, check out these three original Amazon series. The Man in the High Castle Did you ever wonder what the world would look like if Nazi Germany had won World War 2?...
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5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Movies

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Movies
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some people love it and others hate it. Whether you will be spending your night with someone special, a group of friends or just a tub of ice cream and a bottle of wine…here are some movies to make you feel all those terrific and terrible Valentine’s Day feels. Manhattan (1979) Isaac is a middle aged, twice divorced writer that resides in New York. His current girlfriend Tracy is beautiful, intelligent and also a teenager. Despite their brilliant chemistry, Isaac dumps Tracy and begins to date his best friend’s ex-mistress, Mary. When he realizes he’s made a big mistake, he comes running back to Tracy in hopes that she’ll forgive him. Woody Allen’s Manhattan lets us reflect on all the ups and downs we’ve all had in relationships and also reminds us that...
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Movie Review: Daddy's Home

Movie Review: Daddy's Home
Release date: December 26, 2015 Rating: 3 / 5 The comfort level in watching Daddy’s Home  is like being in a fully reclined Lazy Boy this holiday season, which is one of the flaws if this is an attempt to capture the holiday movie crowds. While we all love Ferrell and dream of a day when his comedy greatness will reign true again, we are left with Daddy’s Home , a slapstick family comedy reuniting Ferrell and Wahlberg (T he  Good Guys ) together again to rekindle their almost exact identities from their previous foray together. The storyline is quite simple. Ferrel plays Brad, a kind and quite “vanilla” radio station executive who has taken on the roll of the stepdad to two young tykes Megan (Estevez) and Dylan (Vaccaro), and their mom Sarah (Cardellini). Dusty, the biological father of the two kids is played by Wahlberg...
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Top 7 Holiday Movies For Holiday Cheer

Top 7 Holiday Movies For Holiday Cheer
Holiday movies are the best way to get you in the holiday spirit. Every year new movies come out right in time for the season, but there's nothing like the classics. So get in your lounging clothes, pop some popcorn, sit back and binge on these holiday treats.  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) George Bailey is an extremely generous man who lives in the town of Bedford Falls. He has spent his entire adult life trying to protect the city from the rich and corrupted Mr. Potter. It’s a constant battle and one day George reaches a very low point. He contemplates suicide and as he is standing on the bridge he is visited by Clarence, an angel in training, who hasn’t yet received his wings. Clarence shows George visions of Bedford Falls without George’s presence. The nightmarish town...
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Concert Review: 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball 2015

Concert Review: 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball 2015
The weather was cold and rainy the day of 107.7 The End's  Deck the Hall Ball , but the adoring fans waiting to get in were full of bright and warm spirits. As I found my seat, I watched people pour into the pit, anticipating the live music to come. Some were festively wrapped in Christmas lights or wearing Santa caps. Soon the lights dimmed and the seated mass of people arose like a wave as Deep Sea Diver walked onto the stage. The stage was painted purple by the lights above as they began to play. Deep Sea Diver definitely got the party started in Key Arena. They ended with a bluesy version of “O’ Holy Night” that captivated the crowd. It was such a pleasure to watch a local band play their first big show. X Ambassadors was next. Lead singer, Sam Harris, ran...
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