I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego's Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I'm sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I Read more
So I just happened to see Memphis, Tennessee briefly trending earlier today on Facebook (it appears to have already dropped half an hour after I first saw it), and so I obviously had to see what was going on. I was thrilled to see it was for another positive Read more
It was a hot Friday night in the summer of 1994. My parents and I had just walked into our house from a lengthy little league game of mine. Despite hours in the heat, I was wound up from the excitement of a win and eager to dive into Read more
Every now and then the media chooses to spend a little time on positive stories to share with the general public. I think it's important that we, as consumers, show up with website hits and/or media views to reinforce this positive publicity in a society dominated by negative news Read more
Imagine the following: a popular movie genre is categorized by smart but formulaic films, enjoyable and entertaining while also going out of their way to explain everything explicitly to the viewer and not engage any level of mystery or metaphysical questions. Another film comes along in this genre and while Read more
(Written by @JeremyWilson412. For more coverage of this season's The Bachelor, go here)
Another season has come and gone, and one thing was clear from start to finish: America loves Ben. Admit it, you love Ben. It doesn’t matter if you are a single girl, a married woman, or a Read more
We’re three weeks from the latest cinematic incarnation of Batman, brought to us this time by action film director Zack Snyder. I would be lying if I didn’t express a certain amount of apprehension for “Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice.” Snyder is known for his bombastic sense of adventure in action sequences, but not so much in storytelling. Read more
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This week’s recap of The Bachelor is the “I’m bored on a plane” edition. I’m writing this on a flight from Nashville to San Francisco, so if you are reading this and thinking that I have really drifted off a few times, you’d be correct! This week’s post is (unofficially) sponsored by almonds from the airport Starbucks, half of a can of Diet Coke courtesy of Southwest, and also brought to you by the reclined seat in front of me. How is this still a thing? “Ahh, I’m way more comfortable with my seat reclined an extra 4 degrees. Now this is luxury!” said the guy sitting in front of me, probably.
OK…I’m going to try to make this as short and sweet as possible so that I can close the book on the 2016 Academy Awards.
A couple quick notes before we dive in:
I love Chris Rock but I thought his material was just okay. I both wanted and expected a bunch of race jokes, but I think we can all agree we reached a point pretty quickly where it became overkill. Before I go any further…I’m all for championing diversity, and I do think Hollywood is made up of a collection of individuals that clearly do need to open their minds a little. I get that it’s a business, but it’s also laziness. However, Chris Rock’s material almost seemed to come from the perspective of someone who was the first person ever to notice racial discrepancies in the Oscars. Unfortunately for Chris, it’s a subject that has been worn out lately leading up to the awards and so when he kept just repeatedly going back and hitting on that it lost any power it might have had in my mind. The people whose minds you’re trying to change are also going to get turned off to your message when you just keep throwing it in their face for the duration of the night. I feel like a handful of well-crafted quick hitter jokes would’ve been twice as effective, but that’s just me. Chris Rock is a very intelligent guy and certainly knows humor, so I’m sure he had his reasons for doing it the way he did. Those reasons likely being that he just doesn’t give a damn, which I do mostly respect.
Just because I’m not going to mention the “shorts” categories below, I want to give a big shoutout to my dude Louis C.K. who killed it introducing the Best Documentary Short Film category. It was hands down the funniest and most truthful moment of the night. If you missed it, be sure to watch the clip below!
Welcome back, movie nerds! Last year I started a new tradition of hosting my own annual movie awards that I deemed “The Grouchos”. This name is obviously meant to be an homage to Groucho Marx, and is doubly fitting because I tend to get snarky when it comes to discussing movies. Also, the more I learn about the Oscars voting process, the more grouchy I get with that as well.
Anyway, last year’s post can be found here, and I hope you enjoy this year’s edition. Feel free to give your feedback in the comments below. Just remember that I’m using some weird, unofficial formula in my head that merges what I consider to be artistic merit with what gave me the most enjoyment in general.
I know that’s not the best way to grab attention at the beginning of a blog. If you want people to click on a story about The Bachelor you should title it something like, “What Really Happened to Emily’s Thumb will Shock You!” Or, “How to survive being trapped in Wrigley Field for 9 hours with a guy who doesn’t understand sarcasm,” or maybe, “How many crew members of The Bachelor did Olivia actually swallow whole? The REAL number might surprise you!” Man, we miss you, Olivia. Also, the real number was 12.
But why lie to you? I’m just not feeling it this week. So I think the best thing to do is just… wait, what’s that noise? OMG it’s Ben on his pontoon boat!
Coming up on this week’s Bachelor recap: I give Olivia’s eulogy at her funeral, we say goodbye to the girls who were sent home, and we figure out who the remaining six girls are if they were one of your friends on Instagram!
But first, I must apologize that this post is coming on a Thursday instead of earlier in the week. I know that The Bachelor is on TV on Mondays and you have already forgotten about it by Thursday, but I was busy. No, not busy with work, but I was tasked with giving the eulogy for Olivia as we said goodbye to her life on The Bachelor.
It was a beautiful service. I know that most of you couldn’t make it, so I’d like to share the eulogy that I gave at the funeral.