I Wish I Was Here with Zach Braff

In Movies on July 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm



Last Thursday, I had the awesome privilege of seeing “Wish I Was Here” the infamous Kickstarter Zach Braff film that I have followed since its fruition. Many people have viewed Braff’s use of Kickstarter as smart while others have viewed it as overreaching. After seeing this film, I think what Braff did was smart because if he left “the final say” up to anyone else, I don’t believe that the movie would have been nearly as good or as beautiful as it was.

“Wish I was Here” stars Zach Braff as an out of work actor struggling to fulfill his dream while sustaining his marriage wish Sarah, played by Kate Hudson, and being a decent father to Tucker, played by Pierce Gagnon and Grace, played by Joey King. Braff, as Aidan, struggles with his job, his life, and his father, played by Mandy Patinkin, who is equal parts awful and broken. “Wish I was Here” takes place at a point in Adien’s life when a change is necessary, he must rise to the occasion to help deal with his father’s illness while also coming to terms with his children growing up and that his dream of being a star actor may not be obtainable. Hudson, Braff, and Patinkin are excellent in this film and I truly believe Patinkin was the star of this film. His facial expressions and his phrasing made me believe that he truly was the struggling grandfather while Hudson displays sides of her acting strength that I haven’t witnessed in quite some time. Braff is an excellent director/actor/producer within this film. You can feel how much he wanted to make it and how much he loved it, from the perfect song choices to camera angles, to the poem that is read throughout. This movie is tear-jerking and beautiful and I will own it once it comes out on DVD.

See this movie in theaters, support this great film, and go an witness something special for 2 hours. 

Orange you going to watch “Orange is the New Black”?

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm



This past week, I had the pleasure and privelige of being able to attend a screening of “Orange is the New Black” Season 2, Episode 1. For those of you who don’t have Netflix, “OITNB” tells the story of Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, who has recently been incarcerated at an all-female state penitentiary. “OINTB” is based up the true life story of Piper Kerman who wrote the book Orange is the New Black. The book and show are incredibly different and I would say that the show is arguably the better of the two, but that is neither here nor there. The show displays Piper has she struggles with her new confinement and away from her boyfriend, Larry, played by Jason Biggs, and amongst several females, one of which is her ex-girlfriend Alex Vause, played by Laura Prepon, who is doing time for the same bid. Amongst these cast of characters there are several worth mentioning such as Taystee, played by Danielle Brookes, Red, played by Kate , and Officer Healy, played by Michael Harney. I cannot express how little of this show I have touched upon but I highly recommend you watch it, because, well, it is a fantastic show.

But, I am here to discuss the season 2 premiere and will do so without spoilers!

Let me start off by saying this episode is quite dark and mainly focuses on Piper. Schilling has several moments throughout this episode where her abilities come shining forth, most notably a monologue in which the camera is about 10 inches away from her face. This episode also depicts the confusing bureaucracy that is the penal system, nobody knows what they are doing or why they are doing it, rather some superior told them to do so, and they shall do it. Also, a bit of back story is filled in regarding Piper’s life and what has been occurring within the time period between the two seasons. This episode was probably one of the better episodes I’ve seen, especially for Piper, because she appears to have come to terms with some aspects of herself she may have not known existed. I also have to say that the ending of the episode was perfect, in that it left me pressing the imaginary remote to continue watching the next episode. 

So, when June 6th rolls around you should be ready to have this season consume your life. 

Game of Thrones Season 4: Two Swords

In Television on April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm



Luckily, I was not one of the ones who suffered through the crashing of HBO Go, once again, and was able to witness the premiere of GOT Season 4.

For those of you who are the 1% and do not know or watch or have friends that know and watch and will explain to you what Game of Thrones is, I will, briefly. In a brief synopsis, Game of Thrones depicts, realistically, the trials and tribulations of a monarchy, from the low soldier, Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glein, to the awful King Joffrey, played wonderfully by Jack Gleeson, and everyone in between. To accurately describe this show, I would need to undertake a lot of writing, but suffice it to say, it shows why monarchies failed, how people change in relation to power, and the lengths people will go to to be king.  GOT depicts various families as they struggle for recognition, power, money, and strength.If you haven’t read the books that this show is based on, read the books, then watch the show. If you haven’t heard anything about this show, then educated yourself by buying the books, reading them, and then binging on the show. Shouldn’t take you more then 2 months to do so. If you haven’t seen or read GOT, then please read no further. In order to save time and space, I will comment on things I liked about this episode and subsequently things I did not like.


Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. His introduction was spot on and I absolutely loved how they depicted a bisexual man as cunning and strong while also loyal. He’s not a psychopath like Joffrey, played by Jackie Gleeson, he has a purpose. He will murder people because, well, they are Lannnisters, and because they killed his sister.


Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage. In this episode, the way he talks to Sansa, played by Sophie Turner, made me realize what a great king he would make. Seriously, he would be perfect. He has perspective and understanding and is able to successfully deter Oberyn, from the time being at least, from murdering more people.

Jamie Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was fantastic in this premiere. However, being a huge fan of the books, I would have liked him a bit less whiny, as he was when he returned in the books, and a bit more stoic. I also don’t understand why they went in this direction, other then to make Cersei, played by Lena Heady, to look more evil and cruel.

Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. That’s my girl. Stick them with the pointy end! I loved her in this episode and felt like she’s finally becoming the person she is truly supposed to be, a stone cold killer. Yes, she has a heart, and yes she is a Stark but she has also witnessed her entire family killed, right in front of her, and it’s about time she takes her revenge.

Things I did not like:

I had trouble with the presence of Daenerys, plyaed by Emilia Clarke, because I felt like her presence was a bit rushed. All we really witnessed was her marching somewhere. Yes we saw the slaves and the travel that she will endure, but I felt like either more time should have been devoted to her in this episode or no time at all.

I also did not like Shae in this episode, played by Sibel Kikelli. I understand that she can be jealous, and she has been, seriously I feel like they’ve already done that, but to be jealous and stupid as well. I felt like her character, in other episodes, has been rash but careful and in this episode, she was anything but.

What did you think? Which character did you like and what do you predict for the season as a whole.




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