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2015 Oscar-Nominated Films You Should Watch

Forget about who won, who lost, who got snubbed and the person who won your Oscar pool (I won mine, no big deal!), here are the top 5 films nominated this year that should be next on your list:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
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There is something to be said for a movie that got released early in the year, yet still stayed with people enough to be nominated for several Academy Awards. You can find this on Netflix so you have no excuse. It’s hilarious, gorgeously shot and has a stellar cast. It is my introduction to Wes Anderson movies and I must say, if his films are all like this, then he’s my new favorite director. It’s also the only Best Picture nominee that wasn’t super heavy in terms of subject matter. If I was a member of the Academy, I would’ve definitely voted for this one to win the top prize.

2. Big Hero 6
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I cannot say enough good things about this movie. It’s the only one of the nominated animated films that I’ve seen, but I have a feeling that even if I watch all of them, this one would still stand out. I don’t want to ruin the story, but suffice to say, it has everything: comedy, drama, action, superheroes, and Beymax. Oh, Beymax.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy
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I’m sorry, what? You still haven’t seen what’s probably the best movie of last year? Sorry, we cannot be friends.

4. Boyhood
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It may have been essentially snubbed by the Academy, but I think that compared to Birdman, this movie has more staying power. Yes, it’s long (around 3 hours), and yes, it’s gimmicky (filmed over 12 years), but it works. It’s a universal story that’s so relatable, so real, so raw. It deserves to be watched.

5. Whiplash
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I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It’s powerful and at times hard to watch. But if you love amazing performances, jazz music and a compelling story.

Happy Hump Day and happy viewing!

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It Happened This Week…

Greetings, all! This week has been super hectic so forgive me if I’ve failed to include something in my weekly nerdy news round-up:

…in Central City
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HitFix just announced that Mark Hamill is set to reprise his role as Trickster on The Flash, which I’m sure my boyfriend will be all about, since he actually watched the 90s series. While I have not, I’m still happy since it’s Mark freaking Hamill.

...in #Flarrow
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Shameless plug coming up. You can now listen to Episode 5 of Shoot, Quick! – our Arrow & The Flash podcast. We talk about the historical crossover episodes.

…in Middle-Earth

Drumming up more buzz on the last of The Hobbit movies, Stephen Colbert shows us why he really is the biggest Tolkien nerd in the land.

…in the DC TV universe
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THR reported that Syfy and David Goyer are currently developing a Superman origin story TV show called Krypton. Ok…I don’t know how I feel about this, but I do know I’m not excited… According to the article:

From Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, Krypton takes place years before the Superman legend we know, when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This drama, which is in development, follows the Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.

…on YouTube

I’ll just leave you with this. Happy Thursday, a-holes!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Fandom

Happy New Comic Book Day! Part Three of my gift guide series continues with today’s post on all the geeky gifts your nerdy heart would want:

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1. No matter what fandom you’re a part of, there is definitely a Funko Pop! figure for you. I like to get mine from Paradise Comics.

2. I would be a terrible girlfriend if I didn’t recommend the 4th volume of Kill Shakespeare collecting “The Mask of Night” run, with the back-up story written by the boyfriend. You can get your copy starting Wednesday next week from Paradise as well. End of shameless plug.

3. My love of baking and Star Wars come together for the perfect gift.

4. This game is perfect for the board game lover in your circle, beginner or veteran. Very simple concept with gorgeous art, board and pieces. In my opinion, better than the original.

5. Who wouldn’t want ice shaped like Daleks and TARDISes?

6. I wish I had gotten the box set rather than getting them individually, but now I can give them to a friend.

Happy Hump Day everyone.

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I’m not sure if it’s the weather, but I could not wait for this week to be over. On Tuesday, my boss asked me if it was Friday yet. Here’s to my favorite things from this week and to making the most of the weekend.

Shoutout to Dlish Cupcakes for their amazing twitter contest! I won cupcakes and tickets to the Mockingjay Part 1 premiere, which turned out to be a good thing since I could’ve just waited for it to come out on DVD. I’ll probably write a review on it for next week.
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Loving the Second Cup holiday cups this year since they’re Tiffany blue.
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The new board game cafe that just opened up next to our apartment is pretty sweet.
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Start your weekend off right with this gem:

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It Happened This Week…

Just came back from the Mockingjay Part 1 premiere (more on that in a later post) so this week’s round-up will be short and sweet.

…in live-action adaptations

Robb Stark is Prince Charming! And I’m a sucker for any movie that has Cate Blanchett in it.

…in the TARDIS
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Trouble in TARDIS paradise? Just when I was starting to like Clara, word on the street is that Jenna Coleman still hasn’t finalized her contract. At least, Peter Capaldi is confirmed to be coming back.

…in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Marvel released an official Phase 3 round-up for us to print out. How thoughtful.

…in Marvel’s Netflix universe
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Deadline put out the list of actresses vying for the titular role of Jessica Jones as well as actors for Luke Cage. I have to confess that I’m not familiar with both characters but I’m excited since all the actors in consideration are pretty awesome.

…in a clip from my favorite movie of the year

Thank you, Marvel, for releasing this clip.

On that note, happy Thursday!

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It Happened This Week…

Information Overload this week! Yes, I’m looking at you Marvel. I don’t think I even have time for an introduction, let’s jump right in:

…in the form of the most awesome trailer of all time (SO FAR)

I hope by now you’ve seen this. It aired during S.H.I.E.L.D. this week. I’ve probably watched it at least 20 times and counting.

If that doesn’t have you peeing your pants in excitement, then this next piece (or pieces) of info should.

…in Hollywood
Marvel decided it was going to announce a whole bunch of movies on Tuesday like it was no big deal! Here’s the full line-up:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016.
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Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
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Black Panther – November 3, 2017
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With the amazing Chadwick Boseman as the lead!
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Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) – July 6, 2018
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Inhumans – November 2, 2018
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Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019
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PHEW! Looks like we have the next few years of our lives scheduled out, guys. Thanks, Marvel, for telling me exactly what I’ll be doing for all the aforementioned dates. To get more in-depth, I’ll just leave you at the able hands of The Mary Sue with their handy dandy recap. I’ll just be here still freaking out.

Now I almost feel bad for the rest of the news I’m about to mention since while interesting, they’re nowhere near as epic as above.

…in District 13

I’m not ready for this.

…in the TARDIS

I’m also not prepared for Series 8 to end.

Have an awesome Thursday!

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It Happened This Week…

Happy Thursday! Another week, another round-up of all the latest news happening in the world of fandom, especially since NYCC was this weekend. There’s more Hobbit posters, a first look at the new Daredevil, your favorite a-holes animated and BIG news from both Marvel and DC. So let’s get on with it:

…in Middle-Earth
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The rest of the character posters for The Battle of the Five Armies. I’m in serious denial that this franchise is coming to an end. Peter Jackson will return to Middle Earth eventually. Right? Right?!

…in Hell’s Kitchen
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A first look at Matt Murdoch and Netflix’s Daredevil from NYCC. I’m not familiar with the character all that much but my boyfriend is not happy.

…in the galaxy

A first-look at the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series!

…in the TARDIS

Did anyone really think Clara was going to just leave mid-season?

…in the world of comics
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Exciting news from NYCC! According to The Mary Sue, there’s going to be a new Wonder Woman series based on the 1970s TV show. Thank, Hera!

…in Gotham
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Ugh. If you don’t know my thoughts on Gotham…well, in short, I don’t like it so far. Everyone is just SUPER dramatic and I don’t understand why they have to hit us over the head with references and foreshadowing (“My name is Cat!” “You walk like a penguin!”) not to mention the abusive and dick-ish Alfred. So the news that they ordered in 6 more episodes does absolutely nothing for me. Except maybe feel a little amused that they might now have to scramble to change things since they planned their story around the original number of episodes.

…in The Mortal Instruments‘ NYC
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Stop right there. You mean to tell me that they won’t continue making more of these movies after City of Bones?! Shocker. According to THR, the book series will now be coming to the small screen. I haven’t decided yet on how I feel about this. I’ll wait for more details.

…in DC’s NYC

A new trailer for Constantine which I’m actually getting excited for if only to distract me from Gotham.

…in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Last week I posted about RDJ saying he’s going to re-don the Iron Man suit and assumed he meant Iron Man 4 but that’s not the case. He’ll be clashing with Steve Rogers in Captain America 3. Variety reports the 3rd movie will be based on the Civil War storyline, which sounds amaze-balls!

…in the DC Cinematic Universe
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Finally we get some clarity on DC’s plans via /Film but man do we have to wait a long time for some of the movies in their line-up:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer (2016)
Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (2017)
Justice League Part One directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
The Flash starring Ezra Miller (2018)
Aquaman starring Jason Momoa (2018)
Shazam (2019)
Justice League Part Two directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
Cyborg starring Ray Fisher (2020)
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Thanks for making the Momoa casting official already. Not sure what all the secrecy was for. I’m very intrigued about the casting choices for The Flash and Cyborg. But more importantly…
FINALLY we’re going to have a Wonder Woman movie!!! Whoever’s going to be in charge of this: Do. Not. Mess. It. Up. Kaythanksbye.

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