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Nerve

It feels weird to call a movie a "modern day Hunger Games" because that series is still relatively recent, but that's definitely what this is. Nerve is what the Hunger Games would be like if we had them in the current day instead of waiting for the future for it to happen. Instead of fighting to maintain the social order, people are putting their lives at risk to compete for social media notoriety. 6760

We went to NYC and got snowed on, among other things

Back in January, several of us took a trip to NYC. At the time, we intended to do some articles on the different shows that we saw there. Then, we got snowed on and...well, we forgot about it. After coming across this draft in the archives, I decided to go ahead and flesh it out for posterity. 6065

Paper Towns

From the mind that brought you The Fault in Our Stars comes another YA a movie with a twist. 4357

Sex Tape

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz team up to show an example of how having kids will ruin your sex life and your ability to make good decisions. Sex Tape feels like it's trying to appeal to a similar (if maybe slightly older) demographic as Neighbors did earlier in the summer. It's an entertaining movie but it doesn't achieve the same level of hilarity that the earlier summer flick did. 1076

Begin Again

Originally released on the festival circuit in 2013, Begin Again has made its way to theaters in the summer of 2014. During what has been a bit of a lull in the Summer movie season, this movie was a refreshing feel-good movie with a lot of fun moments and a really good soundtrack. The story of Begin Again is fairly simple. Dan (Mark Rufallo) is a record exec with a broken family/personal life who's just been fired by the company that he helped found. As he's drinking his sorrows away, he overhears a song being played in a bar. The song is being performed by Gretta (Keira Knightley), who was pushed to perform the song by her friend Steve (James Corden). Gretta is fresh off of a break up with her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine). Gretta followed Dave to America after his music career took off. As Dave adjusted to the trappings of fame he grew more distant and eventually cheated on Gretta, leaving her living with Steve and preparing to go back home. When Dan hears her play, he's able to imagine what her music could sound like and tries to sign her. After he tells her the truth and the two get to know each other, Gretta goes with Dan to his record label to pitch the idea of her doing a record. Dan's old partner isn't thrilled about the idea, but agrees to let her put together a demo. Instead of doing the Demo, Dan and Gretta decide

Glee Season 5 – The End of Glee Club and the New York Era

Glee has always been a unique show, making interesting decisions even from their pilot. In case you don't remember Glee aired their pilot episode months before the rest of the first season aired, which raised a lot of eyebrows. However, no decisions made by the show runners has led to the demise of this still beloved show. When the show began it was almost a parody of what television had become but, as time grew on, it began to resemble the very thing that it had mocked all along. I guess the Batman line saying "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain", also holds true for TV shows. However, with the announcement that the show will likely end its run after its next season, this season felt like a turn in the right direction. Admittedly, the show is not what it once was. The cast has fluctuated and numbers have gone down over the years (as they do with almost any show). The show was plagued by incoherent continuity, over the top characters, some cringe-worthy story lines and a clumsy handling of character development/progression. All the while, keeping itself afloat with chart topping musical sales and die-hard fan support. Now, in its 5th season, Glee has had a major paradigm shift brought on, in part, by the death of leading man Corey Monteith. Show runner Ryan Murphy has made it publicly known (both in interviews and even in dialogue from the show) that the

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency

Covers Season 1 episodes 10-26 I have to start off by acknowledging that, like with most sequels, I just didn't enjoy Battle Tendency quite as much as I did Phantom Blood, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't enjoyable or good. The story is a continuation of Phantom Blood, although it is largely unrelated. It's a little longer than the first arc but it doesn't really feel like it comes off the same as the first season, feeling a little bit more like a standard anime/manga plot. Well, standard for a JoJo's story that is. I don't know if you can call a show where the main character is fighting ancient super beings alongside Nazis a "standard" plot. The production values of these two story arcs are pretty much the same  as well, which makes sense seeing as how they're both part of season 1 of the anime. In the end, I think me not liking this arc as much has a lot to do with the main protagonist of Battle Tendency, Joseph Joestar. Joseph (also known as JoJo) is the grandson of Phantom Blood protagonist Jonathan Joestar. However, unlike his grandfather, he is not a gentleman, in fact, he's pretty far from it. This JoJo grew up in New York City around the 1930's and is kind of a thug, although he does have a good heart. JoJo was born having the innate ability to control Hamon energy and is also very adept at bluffing and reading his opponents. All of this

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