The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The Girl With All The Gifts is a 2016 post-apocalyptic zombie horror thriller drama film directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, and Fisayo Akinade. Based on the novel of the same name written by M. R. Carey, the plot is set in a dystopian future after a fungal infection nearly wipes out humanity, and focuses on the struggle of a scientist, a teacher, and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Positives: Good performance by…

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Review

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a horror film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, and Marshall Manesh.  The story is set in the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Positives: Good camera shots Good score Negatives: Bland performances Boring story Lackluster characters Poor script Plot:  The story is extremely slow and does feel like it just drags with no build up nor exciting moments.  Okay…I was…

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Z Nation Review

Z Nation is a 2014 action horror comedy drama post-apocalyptic television series created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler, starring Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Keith Allan, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, and Nat Zang.  The story follows a group of survivors escorting the only known survivor of a zombie bite to the last CDC office in California during a zombie apocalypse. Positives: Good performances by the main and supporting cast Interesting and compelling story Great, well-written characters Great humor Wity dialogue Great use of makeup, practical, and CGI effects Good, well-choreographed…

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Game of Thrones (Season 1) Recap/Review

Game of Thrones (Season 1) focuses on the family of nobleman Eddard Stark, who is asked to become chief advisor to his king and longtime friend, Robert Baratheon. Ned must find out who killed the previous Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, while trying to protect his family from their rivals the Lannisters. He uncovers the dark secrets about the Lannisters that his predecessor died trying to expose. Meanwhile, in Essos, the exiled Viserys Targaryen, son of the former king, believes he still has the rightful claim to the throne. Ned Stark (Sean…

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The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 romantic drama directed by Josh Boone, starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe.  Based on the novel of the same name by John Green, the story follows a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, Hazel (Woodley) who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets and subsequently falls in love with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), another cancer patient. Positives: Terrific performances Terrific script Great characters Great story Great cast Negatives: n/a Plot: This…

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Review

The Walking Dead: Season Two is a 2013 episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series.  The game was released for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Ouya, Android, and OS X.  Is the sequel to The Walking Dead and the plot begins a year after the events of The Walking Dead where Clementine bands with other survives, struggling to survive against zombies, the elements, and other survivors. Positives:…

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The Walking Dead Review

The Walking Dead is a 2012 episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series.  The game was released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Ouya, and the plot follows convicted murderer Lee Everett and a young girl named Clementine who struggle during the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. Positives: Great, well-written characters Well-written, richly developed story Good…

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Bleeding Heart Review

Bleeding Heart is a 2015 drama film directed by Diane Bell, starring Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet, Joe Anderson, and Edi Gathegi. The film follows a yoga-instructor named May (Biel) who tries to protect her prostitute sister, Shiva (Mamet), from her deadbeat boyfriend, Cody (Anderson). Positives: Good performances by the main cast. Good story. Great moments Negatives: Lacks tension Lacks exposition Cliche moments Ending anti-climatic Plot: The film follows a yoga-instructor named May (Biel) who tries to protect her prostitute sister, Shiva (Mamet), from her deadbeat boyfriend, Cody (Anderson). The plot does…

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Fifty Shades of Grey – Movie Review

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by E. L. James, and follows a college graduate, Anastasia Steele (Johnson), who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with a young business magnate Christian Grey (Dornan).

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Septembers of Shiraz Review

Septembers of Shiraz is a 2016 drama film directed by Wayne Blair, starring Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek, Anthony Azizi, Bashar Rahal, Alon Aboutboul and Shohreh Aghdashloo.  It is based on Dalia Sofer’s 2007 novel The Septembers of Shiraz and is set in post-revolution Tehran, where a wealthy Jewish businessman is summarily jailed and tortured, but along with his wife, fights for answers and freedom. Positives: Great performances by the main cast Great cast Compelling, well-written story Emotionally impactful Great score Good editing Great directing Negatives: n/a Plot:  The film features a compelling story about…

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