Not another teen movie

This weekend saw the opening of a highly-anticipated Blockbuster action thriller in Jurassic World, but an indie gem also made its debut, and the star-studded dramedy is certainly not one to be missed.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the tale of self-deprecating loner Greg (Thomas Mann) as his senior year is thrown upside down when he befriends the quietly confident Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

His newfound friendship with the “dying girl” will force him to confront his noncommittal relationship with everyone else in his life, including Earl (RJ Cyler), a “co-worker,” with whom he creates parodies of classic films. Continue reading

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Jurassic World Review: “Monster is a relative term”

Okay guys, we’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Now, everyone loved the first film, hated the next two, and has either some pretty high hopes for the reboot, or is sitting soundly in skeptic city.

I feel I should preface this with the fact that Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I adore Andy Dwyer – aka Chris Pratt – so whether I mean to or not, this review may be a bit biased. Either way, here we go…

I was pretty pumped heading into Jurassic World – an IMAX 3D screening, something I never do – as despite the stigma surrounding reboots or the drama surrounding the bevy of big budget action flicks getting churned out these days, I thought the trailers looked good.

Jumping right into the story, first we’re introduced to Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) whose parents are shipping them off to visit their Aunt Claire – who happens to be an exec at Jurassic World, played by Bryce Dallas Howard – on Christmas, or so the scene’s corresponding soundtrack leads us to believe. Continue reading

The Goonies turns 30 today!

There are lots of big anniversaries in cinema this year, as it’s time to look back and celebrate those unforgettable Eighties classics. I’ve already written about one of my favorite films of all time – The Breakfast Club – but now it’s time to remember Richard Donner gem The Goonies.

The cult favorite – starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green, and Jonathan Ke Quan – hit theaters June 7, 1985, and celebrates its 30th anniversary today. Continue reading

Degrassi Community School is finally closing its doors…

Now, I may just be emotional here, because in a small span of time I’ve lost Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Eye Candy (hey, it was entertaining!), and Happy Endings (I don’t care how long ago it was I’ll never be over it), but I feel like losing a TV show that you watched religiously, especially a long-running one, is like losing a friend – or maybe at least a pretty cool acquaintance.

And now I hear that after a two-week finale event, Degrassi will be ending it’s 14-year run as well (though Vulture later reported it was only ending its run at Teen Nick?).

Now, when it comes to long-running series on my list, Degrassi is pretty much as long as it gets. The original show, Degrassi Junior High began in 1987 and continued through 1991. Now, let’s be honest, I obviously wasn’t watching that. However, I have seen it, and I think I even have a few episodes on iTunes, because I went through a phase where I would download anything on the shop that was free… but I digress.

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It feels like a perfect night… to shut down Tinder trolls

It can be really hard to be a girl, what with all the constant scrutiny over your physical appearance alone – like, we do have brains. We’re more than just an LA face with an Oakland booty, y’all.

But as disgusting as it is, you get kind of seasoned to the constant criticism of yourself, and celebrities. Take Jon Stewart’s look at Caitlyn Jenner’s introduction to the world this week:

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Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a bit when I heard they were making a third Insidious film. I’m sure a lot of people did. But after watching *cue dramatic music that makes you jump out of your theater seat* Insidious: Chapter 3, I feel a little put in my place.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s the best movie ever made, but then again, horror films never are — of course unless you count Silence of the Lambs as a horror, but I think most people file that one under thriller. Either way, it’s fantastic.

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Down for a DCOM

So I may be about to turn 25, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less of a Disney fan than I ever was. Okay, maybe a little bit less. I guess I don’t watch the Disney Channel like I used to (but to be fair it probably isn’t as good as it used to be… remember Lizzie McGuire? Even Stevens? Phil of the Future?), but I still love a good DCOM – Disney Channel Original Movie.

I grew up on DC favorites like Brink, Smart House, The Color of Friendship, and can’t forget another Ryan Merriman classic The Luck of the Irish. I mean, who didn’t have a crush on that guy growing up? Remember his dance in Smart House?

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A day to remember

Today the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner – formerly Bruce Jenner – on a stunning cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair.

Sorry Keeks, they're not talking about baby West anymore...

Sorry Keeks, they’re not talking about baby West anymore…

It’s almost comical, seeing as just the night before, after months of struggling with fertility, Caitlyn’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian had made the big announcement that she was finally pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West.

You know, it’s like Caitlyn was having her own “Kanye moment,” so to speak. Except, of course that was not the case, as Kim even took to Twitter to celebrate the cover, writing: “Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!”

And this wasn’t just any magazine cover. This was certainly a lot bigger than any silly drama – not like the kind usually found on the family’s popular E! reality series. Continue reading

Veep Recap: “B/ill”

There’s another scandal to overcome in this episode, as the lovable, yet incompetent staff let it out that they’re trying to kill Selina’s Families First bill – while the president lays in bed nearly incapacitated, and at times, delirious, with the flu.

It all begins when Gary (with Ben’s permission) arranges a “secret” meeting with Dan and Amy at what appears to be a Color Me Mine to discuss the Families First bill, and how Selina wants it voted down – though he insists she has no idea he’s even having the meeting.

Back at the White House, discussion of the plan is getting around, and no one is doing anything to hide it from Mike – the press secretary – who’s seriously starting to freak out, because what he doesn’t know, he doesn’t have to lie about. But he’s starting to know a lot… Continue reading