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Blindspotting SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Rating: R Directed by: Carlos López Estrada  Starring: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar 
I didn't really know much about Blindspotting before I went to go see it. I had seen the trailer a couple of times, but I didn't have the strongest sense of what the film was actually about. I went and saw Blindspotting as part of my new initiative to see a new movie in theaters every Saturday morning. It gives me an excuse to go see movies that aren't the big blockbusters that I've been looking forward to for months and months, and Blindspotting certainly fits that bill. It centers around two friends, Collin (Daveed Diggs) and Miles (Rafael Casal), who reach a bit of a crossroads as Collin is finishing up his probation and begins to reassess whether Miles is really a healthy person to keep in his life going forward. Blindspotting does a really great job in balancing comedy and drama, as it tells the story of these characters while also hintin…

Slender Man SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Sylvian White  Starring: Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair 
Dear God, what did I get myself into? I never used to say I was a fan of the horror movie genre. I had seen so many shitty horror movies--loaded with terrible characters, awful performances, and lazy jump scares--that I was left rather cynical about the genre as a whole. Whether that was fair or unfair of me is up for debate, but that's how I felt. However, as I went back and began watching classic horror movies, such as The Thing, Halloween, Psycho, The Exorcist, Carrie, Rosemary's Baby, etc., I realized that I was actually a fan of horror movies; just not modern horror films. And then modern horror movies began to take a turn. We got films like The Babadook, It Follows, Lights Out, Don't Breathe, It, and others that us showed just what modern horror movies can be like. That there is light at the end of the tunnel! And then I went and saw Slender …

The Meg SPOILER-FREE Review

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Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Rating: PG-13 Directed by: Jon Turteltub Starring: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson 
Ever since Jaws came out in 1975, the movie-going audience has had a fascination with sharks. Every time a shark movie comes out, it seems like people flock to go see it. I don't know if people are collectively hoping each film will be as good as Jaws, or if people are just drawn to sharks, but there seems to be worldwide anticipation every time a new shark movie is coming out. Nowadays, there are really only two kinds of shark movies that are made. You have the serious thrillers like The Shallows, and then you have the absurdly ridiculous ones such as the Sharknado films. And when the trailers for The Meg came out, a lot of people thought it would be almost in the vein of a Sharknado movie. I personally thought it looked more like it was going to be just plain dumb instead of being dumb fun, but I know a lot of anticipation surrounded this film. So I went and …

Nerd Round-Up: Supergirl, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Venom

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Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

It was announced earlier this week that DC is looking to make a Supergirl movie, and once again DC announces yet another film that they have no real intention of maki…

The Academy Rolls Out New Changes to Broadcast, Including a Popular Film Category

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For film fans, Oscar night is one of the most important nights of the year. It is the one time a year we as a community can come together and celebrate our favorite thing in the world: movies. And the awards aren't meaningless like some other film-related award shows (I'm looking at you, Golden Globes). Who wins the Academy Award has major ramifications in the industry, because it shapes people's careers. It is recognition for hard work, yes, but it also changes the state of the industry. Needless to say, the Academy Awards are incredibly important not just for movie fans, but for the film industry as a whole. However, the Academy has struggled with its live broadcast in recent years. The 2018 Oscars had the lowest ratings the show has ever had, taking a 20% dive from the previous year. While the Oscars are hugely important for film fans, they seem to struggle with their relevance with the average movie goer. It has long been said that the Oscars need to find ways to appe…