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Movie Review: Disney’s Glory Road

This is actually one of my favorite sports and live action Disney movies of all time, while I won’t say it is as good as a few of their other sports movies this one still holds a place in my heart. Released in 2006, Glory Road talks about the true story leading up to the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship game and the huge impact it had going forward. Spoilers ahead as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) is now the head basketball coach for Texas Western College in El Paso, TX. Looking out for the best talent Don finds many basketball players and students regardless of the color of their skin, much to many chagrin at first. Many of the people Don finds have raw talent and skill, but need teamwork in order to be better. Among the people he finds are Bobby Joe Hill (Derek Luke) who falls in love with a waitress named Tina (Tatyana M. Ali) along the way, Harry Flournoy (Mehcad Brooks) who has some funny moments thanks to his mother, David Lattin (Schin A.S. Kerr) a huge guy and Willie Cage (Damaine Radcliff) who is temporarily sidelined due to a heart condition. Don trains his team hard and gets very little help from his superiors because of the black players. The team does very well in the games as Don eventually allows them to play how they want as well as how he wants. Unfortunately the more they win the more threats and acts of violence occur to the team and to Don’s family; his wife Mary (Emily Deschanel) and their sons. The team makes it to the NCAA finals against the top ranked team in the nation, the University of Kentucky Wildcats led by Adolph Rupp (Jon Voight). Don decides to do something drastic, playing only the seven black players in the game. Probably shouldn’t go into too much without giving the movie away.

I love this movie so much. Josh Lucas is incredible as Don, showcasing so much passion (keep an eye out for the real Don Haskins in this movie). The basketball players in the movie are amazing, showcasing so much skill. The writing is fantastic and there are many great camera shots. I watched this movie along with my entire seventh grade during one of the last days of school and it was quite an experience. I could hear people going “Hmm OK” whenever we first saw one of the players showing off some skill, rounds of applause when the team was doing well or a very impressive move as well as people upset when acts of racism appeared (there was one scene after the team returns from the hotel after a particularly tough game where you could have heard a pin drop in that auditorium). The final game had everyone on the edge of their seats, and I am confident in saying my entire seventh grade had a great time that day. Now while not everything in the movie actually happened to the team it is still a great film to watch, it even won the ESPY for Best Sports Movie. I wouldn’t call Glory Road must see, but I would say it is worth the watch.

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TV Show Review: Bones

If I were to say what was my favorite TV show of all time, this would probably be at the top of my list. From 2005 until 2017 on Fox Bones proved to be one of the most successful crime dramas on television, not only with the very gross bodies and science but with one of the greatest couples on television (and probably the real reason why the show lasted 12 seasons). I have often said look between the re-runs of NCIS, CSI and Law & Order and you will find Bones. I will go over a little season by season to give you guys a general idea of what the show is like, but there will be spoilers ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Season 1. We meet most of the crew that viewers have come to know and love for a long time. Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a forensic anthropologist (works with skeletons) and author who is brilliant, beautiful but is kinda arrogant, an atheist, does not really understand social situations, uses rationality to explain everything and is does not believe in something she cannot prove. She works at the Jeffersonian Institute, the most renowned crime lab in the nation alongside some brilliant minds. These include the following: Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) Brennan’s best friend, a drop dead gorgeous forensic artist (uses skulls to give the victims a face) and created a system known as the Angelator or Angelatron later on using holograms and three dimensional graphics often to simulate crime scenes and using the evidence determines what happens to the victim(s). She is very socially active in the first season, dating very often and tries to get Brennan out of the lab to have fun (it is also revealed that a fictional version of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is her dad who frequently appears on the show). Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne) a brilliant entomologist who uses bugs, dirt, trace evidence and anything small to help figure out any and everything about crime scenes often ranging from where the victim(s) where buried to even figuring out who the killer is, often calling himself the King of the Lab because he brings in the most evidence. He is also somewhat arrogant, a conspiracy theorist and later revealed to be very wealthy, although it doesn’t impact his relationship with his co-workers. Zack Addy (Eric Millegan) Brennan’s grad student in the first season who is extremely brilliant, but not socially aware (much like Brennan but not as bad, possibly). He was working on two doctorates in Anthropology as well as Applied Engineering while working at the Jeffersonian. Finally (at least in the first season) Dr. Daniel Goodman (Jonathan Adams) an archaeologist and director of the Jeffersonian. The Jeffersonian works with the FBI to help solve crimes and Brennan is forced to work with a man she did not like (at first). The very handsome Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanez) who while smart doesn’t understand a lot about science (at least what Brennan and her team are talking about) calling them squints, because of how they look into things. He is very good at reading people and doing his job. He and Brennan do not hit it off right away having some past history and more than often they bicker about their beliefs in the case, relationships, Booth’s nickname for Brennan “Bones” which she hates or religion (Booth is Catholic and gets angry whenever Brennan says there is no God). It is revealed in season one that Booth has a son, four at the time, named Parker but never married to Parker’s mother (their relationship is shown to be good because of their son). Brennan and Booth work together, along with the team, to solve murders involving skeletons and bring down killers; including a serial killer, Howard Epps, killing young blond women who would come back in season 2. We would also meet one of the most recurring characters in Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher) a prosecutor with a very sharp tongue (I personally love her very sarcastic attitude). Along the way some of Brennan and Booth’s past are revealed to the audience; Booth’s being former Army ranger and sniper having to do some things that haunt him (not to mention his family history with drinking as well as his former gambling addition) while Brennan’s parent disappeared when she was 15 and her brother Russ abandoned her forcing her into the foster care system. In the first season we find out more about why Brennan’s parents left and who they were; by the end of the season they learn her father is still out there protecting her and Russ.

Season 2. With Dr. Goodman on sabbatical (a permanent one apparently as he never comes back) Brennan, Booth, Angela, Hodgins and now Dr. Addy welcome Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) a forensic pathologist and former NY coroner who is now the head of the forensic division at the Jeffersonian. Cam and Brennan butt heads almost immediately but soon come to respect each other, meanwhile Cam and Booth rekindle their old relationship for a brief period of time, until Howard Epps breaks out of prison and almost kills Cam to get to Booth and Brennan. Many major recurring characters debut in this season. Max Kennan (Ryan O’Neal) Brennan’s criminal father who tries to reunite with Brennan, but she is not interested at first because of who he was; he would later turn himself in to Booth knowing if he were to run again their relationship would be done for good. Dr. Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) an FBI psychologist who Booth has to go to when he did something stupid and later helps Booth and Brennan’s partnership when it temporarily sours. Finally Tim Sullivan aka “Sully” (Eddie McClintock) an FBI agent who works with Booth and Brennan temporarily when Booth is in therapy. He and Brennan begin a short lived relationship, but after a case he leaves the FBI to sail around on a sabbatical and she doesn’t go with him. Another relationship develops between Angela and Hodgins, after very subtle hints, and they almost get married if it wasn’t for something huge from Angela’s past. Meanwhile the cases get interesting and dangerous, including one where Brennan and Hodgins are kidnapped by a serial killer known as The Grave Digger who buries people alive in exchange for ransom, obviously they make it out but it was scary as well as continue to discover more about Brennan’s parents past. An episode that was supposed to air in the second season was moved to the third because it involved the death of a college student and the week it was supposed to air the Virginia Tech massacre happened. The episode had to re-shoot a few scenes, otherwise you can’t really tell the difference.

Season 3. An season shortened because of the writer strike, but one that had a lasting impact. The team expanded to include Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) an FBI psychologist despite his young age who studies Booth and Brennan’s relationship as well as offer advice to the other characters and assist in cases, we also meet Dr. Clark Edison (Eugene Byrd) who would be a major recurring character for the rest of the series. While dealing with new cases, and Brennan’s father’s trial for a major murder he committed the previous season, the team stumbles across a serial killer who had been killing and cannibalizing their victims, continuing a very creepy and disturbing ritual. The team calls him Gormogon after discovering evidence in a vault linking the killings to this. At the end of the season the team discovers to their horror that one of their own has been tricked into working for Gormogon, and when I first watched that episode I couldn’t believe it. Also Brennan and Booth’s relationship takes a turn thanks to Caroline.

Season 4. With two episodes in the U.K Brennan and Booth continue to solve crimes, but the team dynamic has shifted in a few ways. For starters Angela and Hodgins’s relationship ends after issues of trust begin to form, and both have to deal with the fallout. Angela rekindles with an old girlfriend, but the relationship ends and after advice from Sweets takes a celibacy for a few months. After the end of the third season episodes shift between multiple interns helping the team with cases throughout the rest of the series. Dr. Edison returns every now and then trying to keep things professional, but eventually begins to open up to his co-workers. Daisy Wick (Carla Gallo) a very enthusiastic intern who idolizes Brennan (and is kinda annoying), but she and Sweets develop an on/off relationship throughout the series. Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) a brilliant mind with many little known facts at the ready, but often doesn’t know when to shut up. Colin Fisher (Joel David Moore) a morbid intern but very smart. Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry) an intern with financial trouble but is the most normal out of the interns. Finally Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) a Muslim intern. We also meet Booth’s younger brother Jared (Brendan Fehr) who is interested in Brennan, but has a drinking problem like their father. During a case we also meet Michelle (Dana Davis but then portrayed by Tiffany Hines) the daughter of Cam’s former boyfriend who became a murder victim. Cam would later adopt Michelle. We also finally get to meet The Grave Digger, the serial killer who buried Brennan, Hodgins and this season Booth but thankfully she is captured. We also have a health scare with Booth resulting in the final episode being a somewhat weird one but nonetheless enjoyable.

Season 5. Booth returns from his health scare and realizes he is in love with Brennan, but doesn’t say anything at first not wanting to ruin his partnership, but when he does reveal it Brennan cannot take that chance, but their partnership seems to be OK. Meanwhile Angela and Wendell begin a relationship, but ultimately it doesn’t last because of lingering feelings between Angela and Hodgins who after a case give in and finally get married. Arastoo accidentally reveals his fake accent but thankfully no one cared. We also get to meet Booth’s grandfather Hank (Ralph White) who raised him and Jarred after their mother left and their father continued to abuse them. Deputy Director Andrew Hacker (Diedrich Bader) who has an interest in Brennan. The team has their cases, but also the trial for The Grave Digger commences as well as the audience seeing just how the team came to be including where Booth and Brennan first met in the 100th episode. At the end of the season the team embarks on year long journeys.

Season 6. The team reunites to save Cam’s career and things have somewhat changed. Brennan finally realizing her feelings for Booth must come to the fact that she is too late as Booth has fallen for a reporter named Hannah. However because Hannah doesn’t want to get married the relationship doesn’t last. Meanwhile when the Grave Digger is killed by a sniper Booth is forced to fight his mentor Jacob Broadsky (Arnold Vosloo) who takes justice into his own hands, and because of that one of the interns pays the ultimate price. Angela and Hodgins begin a family with the birth of their son, Michael which at first scared them because there was a chance the baby could be born blind (was not the case). The season also introduced the short lived spin-off The Finder, an old army buddy of Booth’s that can find the most remote things. The season also end thankfully with Broadsky’s capture, and Brennan making an announcement to Booth that forever changed the pairing: she was pregnant and he is the father (this was due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy).

Season 7. Reduced to 13 episodes because of Deschanel’s pregnancy Brennan and Booth are finally together with the birth of their child Christine, after Brennan’s mom as they and the team continue to solve very unique cases. This season would introduce in my opinion their greatest threat in Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds) a serial killer who is exceptionally brilliant with computers and always seems to be one step ahead. He also frames Brennan for murder and forces her to take Christine on the run to clear her name, devastating Booth.

Season 8. Brennan, thanks to the team, is able to return and cleared of charges, although Pelant manages to avoid going to jail. While still solving crimes, Brennan and Booth must deal with the fallout of the previous season, as well as Pelant constantly trying to make things difficult for the team; including stealing Angela and Hodgins’s money. We also meet two more interns: Finn Abernathy (Luke Kleintank) who begins a relationship with Michelle, after Cam gives permission as well as Dr. Oliver Wells (Brian Klugman) a brilliant but arrogant man. Meanwhile Cam and Arastoo’s relationship is revealed to be more than co-workers (p.s I called this in season 4 they would get together and was thrilled I was right), Booth’s mom returns and things between Booth and Brennan begin to falter thanks to Pelant.

Season 9. Despite Pelant’s attempts Booth and Brennan’s relationship remains intact and thankfully his story comes to an exciting conclusion. However he leaves Brennan with the thought of a female serial killer still out there, but the team eventually discovers the truth, but it may have a terrible cost. Booth and Brennan finally get married, but their relationship is put the test because of the discovery of an FBI conspiracy. We also meet an old friend of Booth in the CIA Danny Beck (Freddie Prinze Jr.) Angela and Hodgins discover a secret from Hodgins’s family past, Wendell finds out he is sick and two more interns make their debut: Rodolfo Fuentes (Ignacio Serricchio) a doctor who defected from Cuba and Jessica Warren (Laura Spencer) a rather unique intern.

Season 10. The team is forever changed when one of their own is killed in order to keep the FBI conspiracy secret, but it only intensifies the team. We meet Booth’s new partner in James Aubrey (John Boyd) a young agent with a somewhat obsession with food. The show also celebrates its 200th episode with a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Meanwhile because of the death of a friend, and Brennan announcing she is pregnant again (once again due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy) Booth’s gambling addition resurfaces forcing Brennan to question their relationship. Cam and Arastoo are forced to spend time apart when Arastoo’s brother gets sick and he has to go back to Iran, Aubrey and Jessica seem to develop a bond and a serial killer emerges killing former convicts and taking their tattoo; the team at first catches someone but evidence proves someone else committed the crime. Brennan and Booth then make a decision to leave the FBI at the end of the season and honestly had the show not been renewed it would have been a perfect series finale.

Season 11. After Booth goes undercover and a body resembling him shows up at the Jeffersonian, Brennan returns and discovers it is not Booth but his estranged brother. Booth, thankfully alive, returns and both return to the FBI. Cam and Arastoo’s relationship ends after not wanting to be in Brennan’s shadow makes the decision to leave; however an accident intended to kill the police has Arastoo come back for Cam and their relationship rekindles. The same accident also leaves Hodgins paralyzed from the waist down, and because of this his and Angela’s marriage is in severe jeopardy. The show also crossed over with Sleepy Hollow at one point, had an unique episode with a camera crew following the team on a case, Betty White made a guest appearance and another serial killer emerges seemingly targeting the team, and evidence seems to be leaning to an old friend.

Season 12, the final season. With someone from Booth’s military past after him no one on the team nor friends and family are safe as the show comes to a great conclusion.

Ok I know I gave away a lot but there is a lot of information in each season. As you can clearly tell I love this show. While I won’t lie and say the show doesn’t falter from time to time I still believe it was one of the best shows on television. I loved all the characters, the serial killer storylines had my heart racing and the bodies ranged from normal to downright run for the toilet do not eat before watching this show gross. Watch this show today you will not be dispointed.

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Movie Review: Sunset Boulevard

While not quite a horror movie it is pretty scary and has gone down as a classic. Released in 1950 Sunset Boulevard is regarded as one of the best films of all time, as well as a very successful Broadway musical (well at least successful after Andrew Lloyd Webber got his hands on it). Spoilers ahead as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Joe Gillis (William Holden, nominated for an Oscar) is a screenwriter that is having strings of bad lucks after trying to sell his script to Paramount producer Sheldrake (Fred Clark) only to get rejected and criticized by script reader Betty Schaefer (Nancy Olson, nominated for an Oscar). While avoiding guys trying to reposes his car Joe drives into what he thinks is an abandoned mansion. Joe hears a woman calling for him to come in to the house, mistaking him for someone else. He meets the woman and recognizes her: Nora Desmond (Gloria Swanson, nominated for an Oscar) a silent movie star who is basically forgotten about, although she doesn’t know it. Learning Joe is a writer Nora asks him to look at a script she has written for her return to film about Salome. Joe finds it horrible, but seeing an opportunity convinces Nora to hire him as a script doctor. Nora has Joe move in so she can keep an eye on him while her butler Max (Erich von Stroheim nominated for an Oscar) explains to Joe that Nora has basically refused the fact that her spotlight has faded, and any attempts to tell her has forced her to attempt suicide. Joe works with Norma on her script, but soon becomes uncomfortable with her constant need for attention; however any attempts he makes to get away she pulls him back in. About as far as I can go without spoiling the rest of the movie, but I will say this ends about as well as you think it is going to.

This was a movie I had heard about for many years prior to watching it, mostly the two famous lines by Nora Desmond. If you know movie quotes these two lines may seem familiar: “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small” when Joe tells Nora she used to be a big star (and to be fair a clue of how nuts this woman is) and finally the last scene and final line by Nora “All right Mr. DeMille I’m ready for my close-up” when Nora’s sense of reality is gone. The writing and acting are some of the best I have seen in any movie, hence why it has so many accolades. Sunset Boulevard was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning three for its writing, art/set direction and music. It is also one of very few films to have nominations for all four acting categories but not to win (and I would say it is a shame but I can’t argue with who won that year). If you have not watched Sunset Boulevard I would highly recommend it, but be prepared for crazy.

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Movie Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of the most classic films of the 1960’s, and still stands the test of time today. Released in 1961 and based on Truman Capote’s novel, while the film is not perfect, and does have some controversy to it, Breakfast at Tiffany’s will probably go down as the most iconic role for Audrey Hepburn. Spoilers ahead as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn nominated for an Oscar for this part) is a bit of a socialite in New York; going on dates, having parties and wearing the most elegant clothes including a little black dress in the opening shot where the audience sees her eating a bun and drinking coffee looking into the windows at Tiffany’s. She tries to make a habit of not letting anyone get close to her, not even her cat whom she just calls cat. One day after evading a man she met on a bad date she meets her neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard) a writer. The two develop a bond over time (Holly even calls him Fred due the resemblance of her brother in the army) as Holly observes his relationship with one of their neighbors he calls 2E, Mrs. Emily Eustace Failenson (Patricia Neal) and Paul sees Holly’s relationship with men over money, as well as her agent O.J. Berman (Martin Balsam). However it is obvious Holly and Paul’s bond has become more than friendship. About as far as I can go without giving away the rest of the movie.

As I said before the film is not without controversy. Holly and Paul’s landlord is Mr. Yunioshi, who is supposed to be Japanese, but was played by Mickey Rooney with a prosthetic mouth piece and make-up. Back then and now this was a bad move and Rooney as well as producer Richard Shepherd have apologized repeatedly for it saying if they could have changed it they would, but director Blake Edward wanted to keep Rooney. Still a very bad decision.

Other that that I still enjoyed the movie. Hepburn was already a huge star prior to this film but I think Breakfast at Tiffany’s will forever go down as her best and most iconic role, I know Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for the part based on how Holly was described in the book and felt double crossed when Monroe turned the part down and Hepburn was cast, but I wonder what he thought of the results later. Hepburn and Peppard have great chemistry together and seeing them fall in love is very adorable. There are two things from the movie about Hepburn that stand out besides her performance; of course I am talking about her style and her song. The costumes in this movie are some of the finest I’ve seen, nearly every woman I know has that little black dress in their closet inspired in a way by Hepburn’s dress in the beginning. My final point is Hepburn’s song, and the song that won the Oscar for Best Original Song as well as the Grammy, “Moon River”. Hepburn performs the singing herself and when an executive wanted the song cut from the film she said, among other words “Over my dead body!” Thankfully the song was kept in and it became a humongous hit. There have been many covers of the song including Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Melissa Benoist on the Flash/Supergirl cross-over among many other great covers. I know there was a short lived Broadway musical as well as play, but neither lasted very long or were critically successful. If you have not watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s I would highly recommend watching this movie as soon as humanly possible.

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Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

While Disney will always be the king of animation, DreamWorks has risen up to become very close competition with this 2012 film being an example. Based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series of books, as well as the short film The Man on the Moon, Rise of the Guardians took many childhood icons and put them together in a very well done animated movie. Spoilers ahead as usual. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

The children of the world are protected by a group known as The Guardians, and in turn as long as they believe in them they remain strong. The Guardians included The Guardian of Wonder: Nicholas St. North, aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin) whom is Russian and has tattoos (P.S. as someone who loves Santa I thought this was VERY cool), The Guardian of Hope: Bunnymond aka the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) whom is Australian and very tall, The Guardian of Memories: Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) whom is part human and hummingbird and finally The Sandman who doesn’t talk but communicates via signals. North gets a message from The Man on the Moon, and sees for himself that there is a threat facing the children and themselves. This threat comes in the form of Pitch Black, aka The Boogeyman (Jude Law) the Nightmare King whom is tired of not being believed in by children and decides to take over. All the Guardians come together when The Man in the Moon says a new Guardian will be chosen to help them. This new Guardian: Jack Frost (Chris Pine), much to Tooth and her fairies delight but to Bunny’s horror. Jack has been around for over 300 years, still looks like a teenager, and gives kids snow days, but much like Pitch he isn’t believed in. Jack at first doesn’t want the position, but when Pitch’s action begin to weaken the Guardians, as well as threaten kids he likes including a boy named Jamie (Dakota Goyo), Jack agrees to help. He also discovers that the Guardians may be key in discovering who he was in his past. About as far as I can go without spoiling.

With an all star cast and some pretty excellent writing I think Rise of the Guardians is very underrated, I actually got my brother to watch this for the first time about a week ago and he liked it. While for some reason this film gets overlook, I have often noticed that many fan-fics have been written as well as videos made about Jack and Elsa from Frozen as a couple. As they are from not only doing different movies but different companies I highly doubt this will happen. I love this movie for many reasons. For starters the incredible cast. It is very rare for me to tell who the cast is right from the trailer in an animated movie (yeah I’m that bad), but I recognized everyone right away; yes even Alec Baldwin as the Russian Santa. These were characters from my childhood come to life in a way most definitely not like my childhood and I still loved it. I would not go so far as to call Guardians a must see right this moment I would say this movie is definitely worth the the watch.

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TV Show Review: Melissa & Joey

While I won’t go so far as to say it is the funniest show I’ve ever seen, this ABC Family/FreeForm show was pretty hilarious when I started watching. Premiering in 2010 and lasting for four seasons, Melissa & Joey continued the chemistry between Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence from their TV movie (that may come up later on my blog) and with different characters had a crazy and fun ride. Spoiler alert as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Mel Burke (Melissa Joan Hart), the daughter of a senator and former party girl, is a city councilwoman in Toledo, Ohio. After her brother in law runs a Ponzi scheme and flees leaving his wife to take the blame, Mel becomes the guardian of her teenaged niece Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) who is very free-spirited, and nephew Ryder (Nick Robinson) who is sweet but is not very bright as the series progresses. Joe (Joey Lawrence) used to work for Mel’s brother in-law as an executive and commodities trader and looses his job and money when the Ponzi scheme, which he didn’t know about, falls apart. As he needs the job and sees that Mel needs help, after confronting her a few times in the pilot asking about her brother in law, agrees to become the live-in nanny, or manny, to Lennox and Ryder. He often gives advice to not just them but to Mel as well. Throughout the four seasons Mel and Joe help each other out when it comes to careers or relationships, although it is obvious through their constant bickering (and trust me there is A LOT) that there is something more between the two of them. I probably shouldn’t go into anymore, but I’m sure it is not very hard to figure out.

I enjoyed Melissa and Joey when it was on the air. It was well written, funny, I liked the characters and it was just all around fun. Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence had great chemistry together; they really know how to banter (and yes there are many references to their past characters). Taylor Spreitler is fantastic as Lennox as she continues to be very free-spirited, not afraid to speak her mind and her relationships with boys (needless to say Joe turns into overprotective dad mood real quick). Nick Robinson is adorable as Ryder; I know many had not heard of him prior to his role in Love, Simon,  but he was great as well in this show. I know this show was on Netflix streaming, probably not now, but it might be on FreeForm app or Hulu. This show is cute, funny and overall a great watch.

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Movie Review: Quantum of Solace

This is one of the not very well liked Bond films and I get it. Quantum of Solace has been widely regarded as Daniel Craig’s worst Bond film, and it is hard pressed to argue. Spoilers ahead as usual. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Picking up almost immediately after Casino Royale, Bond has Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) delivered to M (Judi Dench) to find out more about the organization he is apart of, Quantum. However when one of M’s bodyguards turns out to be a double agent and Bond manages to kill him, White gets away. Discovering the double agents contact in Haiti, Bond (after being forced to kill the contact) discovers he was a hit-man contracted to kill a woman named Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko) when she got too close to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) an environmental businessman working with an exiled general, General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio), the man who murdered Camille’s family and wants to overthrow his government for what seems to be a small barren of desert (when is it ever). When Greene and Medrano once again try to kill Camille, Bond is forced to save her. He follows Greene to the opera where he identifies many Quantum member to MI6, however a bodyguard is killed and made to look like Bond did it. Feeling forced, M revokes Bonds passports and credit cards. Bond is then forced to turn to his old friend Mathis, as well as Camille and seduces agent Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton) to help him stop Greene and Medrano. While I probably shouldn’t say more I will say for those that wanted closer on the Vesper story from Casino should watch the end.

I gotta be honest nothing about this film, other than the beginning car chase and the ending concluding Vesper’s story, is memorable. Honestly you could have skipped over this film and gone to Skyfall and you might not even be lost. Craig was very lackluster in this movie, thankfully he did come back in the next film. My thoughts on Camille will be later on, so I will move on. The other characters like Strawberry, Medrano and Greene are not very memorable characters in the Bond films; I’m almost positive if I were to say their names to someone they would go “Who?” So my overall thoughts are unless you really love the Bond films, this one is not worth it.

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