Why I Love The Vampire Diaries

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Yes, you read that correctly.  After reading just the title, I know about 98% of guys made a disapproving facial expression or something of the sort.  The title does make it seem girly, and of course the comparisons to Twilight always come up, even though in reality it’s not even a fair fight since Vampire Diaries puts it to shame in every category available.  But since even after I tell people that, they’re often still skeptical, I decided I’d explain why it’s awesome.  I also hadn’t done a blog post in a while so I figured I’d knock that out as well.

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The 2012 Academy Awards

It’s that time of year again, the Oscars are here. Over the past few awards seasons I’ve come to learn that a lot of the time I don’t agree with the winners that are picked, so what I’ve started doing is recording it and then fast forwarding through any category I don’t care for or if someone I’m not interested in won an award. And even though it obviously means nothing since the academy will do as they please, I thought I’d share both my predictions of who WILL win and who SHOULD win (and for the latter, it’s not always a film/person who was nominated). So here goes nothing. 

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This is a music video I made for “To Whom It May Concern” by Underoath.  I’m still in the process of developing ideas for my next script, but I had the urge to film something so I did this since there was no writing required.  It kept me busy for 3 days, haha.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out though.  And it was really fun to be behind the camera for once :)

Chuck Series Finale Review

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Hi, I’m Adam.  Here are a few things you might need to know, or maybe just forgot.

(couldn’t resist)

Warning:

This review is of both Chuck Vs. Sarah and Chuck Vs. The Goodbye (which I will be collectively referring to as “the finale”), and contains probably every spoiler possible, so don’t read it until you’ve seen it.  I thought about trying to write it without spoilers, but in order to do that I’d have to be incredibly vague and it would therefore lose a lot of its meaning, and I can’t allow anything about or even remotely related to this show make it lose any of its meaning.  I won’t let it.

If you haven’t ever seen Chuck, go right now to Walmart or Target or Best Buy or wherever (I would joke and say go to The Buy More, but since you haven’t seen the show you obviously wouldn’t get the reference yet), and buy all of the seasons.  I promise you won’t regret it.

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My Week With Marilyn (2011) Review

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Review:

(there are some slight spoilers here and there, nothing that would ruin the film though)

I was a little hesitant about going to see the film.  I liked the actors/actresses in it, but it just didn’t seem like my type of movie.  But I was still curious about it, and I had the spare time, so I went to see it.

I’m very glad I did.  It still definitely isn’t my normal type of film, but I guess the fact that I enjoyed it means that I’m developing a more diverse taste (but any way you spin that, I still don’t expect to ever understand the appeal of the Twilight franchise as worthwhile movies).  The entire time I was sort of entranced by Michelle Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, and not just because of the obvious reasons - I knew basically nothing about her, and it was interesting to learn more about her true personality and how everything in her life wasn’t as glamorous as one might think.  As someone who hopes to have a career in the film industry, I also felt a connection to Eddie Redmayne’s character, Colin.  Then all of the supporting actors/actresses - Kenneth Branagh, Toby Jones, Judi Dench, and of course the always lovely Emma Watson - did a great job in their roles as well.

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50/50 Review

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Review:

When I first saw the trailer, I immediately had high hopes/expectations for 50/50.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite actors, Seth Rogen is most always funny, and the story seemed like an interesting and daring take on a very serious subject that is close to a lot of people, myself included.   As the release date slowly approached, I saw articles online about how it was likely that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would get an Oscar nomination for it.  Stuff like that always makes me a bit nervous because the expectations seemed like they would be very hard to meet.

Luckily, 50/50 easily met those expectations and it became one of my favorite movies of the year (I don’t give out that clichéd comment often, unlike basically every movie trailer ever).  The story was a perfect combination of drama and comedy and the actors’ performances were incredibly realistic.

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Upcoming Reviews

This is partially intended as sort of a to-do list for me, but if anybody is waiting to see these until they hear if they’re good or not, then I guess you’re in luck (if you trust my opinion, that is).  If anyone is more curious about one (or more) of them, let me know and I’ll make sure I get to it.

These are all possibilities for the next week, but there’s a bunch coming out in theaters on Friday and on blu-ray on Tuesday so I’ll get to them as soon as I can.

Theater:

Man On A Ledge (1/27 release)

The Grey (1/27 release)

One For The Money (1/27 release)

My Week With Marilyn (12/23/11 release, but we just got it a couple weeks ago here.  Might not be possible due to scheduling since it’s only going to be here one more day)

Blu-ray/DVD:

The Ides Of March (1/17 release)

50/50 (1/24 release) - in my top 5 of 2011

Drive (1/31 release) - in my top 5 of 2011

In Time (1/31 release)

TV:

Chuck Versus Sarah/Chuck Versus The Goodbye (1/27) - I’ll definitely do this one, out of respect for my favorite show :)  I’m thinking of also doing a sort of “tribute” to Chuck, for my fellow Nerd Herders as well as others who haven’t seen the show (but need to).

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff.  I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me!

Thanks for reading

—AKD—