All Posts By William Duggan

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Review: A Rightful End to a Film Trilogy

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This third installment in this Planet of the Apes prequel-ish trilogy is deeply layered in emotion, relationships, and gives the importance of unity—a rightful end to a film trilogy. The complex characterizations, well-paced plot, moving music, and the incredibly intricate special effects reveal the true essence of humanity through a society of highly intelligent apes.

Justin Prentice Talks ‘13 Reasons Why’

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Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, never judge the personality of an actor by the personalities of their characters. This altered expression goes well with actor Justin Prentice, who currently stars in the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why as the cruel and unaware high school bro, Bryce. In reality, however, Prentice is a considerate and passionate person who knows how to research his roles to provide his best performances to the characters he portrays.

‘Wonder Woman’ is a Superhero Film That Matters Today

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The right combination of action, drama, and romance with the addition of setting and strong, well-developed, and likeable characters makes Wonder Woman the first truly successful film in the DC Extended Universe. It also reflects a powerful female superhero with a solid moral core. The film tells the story of the Amazonian warrior princess Diana (Gal Gadot) who yearns to defend the world after a pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), washes up on the shores of her home.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review

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While it does show improvement from the previous film, the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series proves that some studios will keep beating a dead horse or, in this case, a dead pirate, for money.

This film brings back the old swashbuckling gang of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and their lovably dim-witted pirate crew and introduces young newcomers, Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario) into the mix. There’s also the new mythic villain of the film, the ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem).

Amber Midthunder Talks ‘Legion,’ Activism, and More

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The famous American author Mark Twain once said that there are two important days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you find out why. The second day came for actress Amber Midthunder when she was just 4 years old and watched her first full-length film and wanted to be one of the characters. After speaking with Midthunder, her rush of soulful passion, kindness, and joy for acting was obvious.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Same Guardians, Different Galaxy

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The ’80s music nostalgia, the intergalactic action sequences, and the ingeniously comedic banter between characters are some of the few reasons why the first Guardians of the Galaxy was so enjoyable to watch. This second installment touches on the same successful moves while providing a distinct tone that reveals the unique direction. This tone provides more emphasis into the main characters and harps on some of the same moments that were loved from vol. 1. Instead of a heavy focus on action, this film focuses on the story and character development, introduces some dark elements to mix, and yet keeps the humorous elements that made us love the first film.

“Girlboss” Takes Time To Trend

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Girlboss, the Netflix series loosely based on the Sophia Amoruso autobiographical novel of the same name, starts off slow and irritating but gradually transitions to a decent Netflix binge. The series, directed by Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon, centers on Sophia Marlo, a millennial misfit who finds a passion for fashion and starts her own online fashion business known as Nasty Gal. Through this process, she transforms into a businesswoman and her own boss over the two years that we follow her. As she figures out her unstable life as a boss, however, she learns to endure and survive maintaining a business.

‘13 Reasons Why’: The Good and the Bad

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The newest book-to-TV drama series from Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, is here, and it’s causing quite the stir about a very serious topic. One day, high school teenager named Clay mysteriously finds a box of cassette tapes on his porch that was recorded by Hannah Baker, Clay’s classmate and crush, who tragically committed suicide two weeks before. Through each tape, Clay discovers the thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life and the secrets of his fellow classmates that are gradually revealed through each tape. I, unfortunately, have not read the novel, so I entered the show full-on blind to the characters, the story, and the tone. As a result, each episode was unexpected to me.

Iron Fist Review: Barely Had Any Power in Its Punch

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This latest Marvel Netflix show before the culmination of these Marvel shows with The Defenders was definitely built on a significant amount of fan hype and justice for the comic book character. Unfortunately, the martial arts superhero show barely had any power in its punch coming off with some decent action sequences and a good supporting character but overall leaving a very lackluster, dull, and structure-less taste.

Chef’s Table S3 Review: Third Season Looks A Little Burnt

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What is so unique about this Netflix documentary series is that it does not only go into depth of the specialty food of the chef but into the chef’s particular background as well. The new season focuses on six world-renowned chefs, Jeong Kwan, Vladimir Mukhin, Nancy Silverton, Ivan Orkin, Tim Raue and Virgilio Martinez. They focus not only on the food but the chef’s past experiences, struggles, and successes. Even though these chefs’ come from diverse backgrounds and have diverse cooking styles, they all have similar personalities of conviction and compassion, which clearly distinguishes itself from other cooking documentaries.

“Logan” Review: The Greatest End to A Hero’s Story

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What clearly separated this film from its superhero counterparts were the characters, action, and the tone. Hugh Jackman’s version of the titular character, Logan/Wolverine stands out immensely. Throughout this film, the sadness, weariness, and mental and physical fatigue of this character was tangible with every gruesome fight and intense interaction with every character.

New TV Premieres to Look Forward to This Spring

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Spring is gradually returning and with a combination of beautiful days of flowers, warm and cool breezy nights, and various amounts of new television premieres. These premieres of old and new television shows are packed with a mixture of celebrity drama, martial arts action, sociopolitical issues, and deep revenge. Here are the top new television premieres to watch out for this spring.

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