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Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Race relations and slavery have always been a topic of controversy, especially now in the U.S. where police brutality against African Americans is a hot button issue. Initially, I was keen on watching the film even though I knew it would put me in an uncomfortable mood. But learning to be a white ally means learning to sit with discomfort and listening to what others have experienced. This film reminded me of a similar feeling as when I watched Django Unchained. To be an aware person means to see the inequality and learn from it, even and especially if you feel uncomfortable. The Birth of a Nation bears the same title as a 1915 film, which...

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Last week, we saw the guys finally come moments away from everything they have worked for: butt loads and butt loads of money. But much in Pied Piper fashion, it would be ripped out from under their feet almost as soon as they put a smile on their weary faces. If I have learned anything from this show, it is that the venture capitalist world in the Valley is a scary, scary place.  But the boys didn’t plan on being down and out for long. And having balls roughly the size of a freaking planet, Richard decides to start skirting ethical boundaries. Now, this is nothing new for Guilfoyle. In fact, he embraces the dark side. But Dinesh...

Movie Review: “The Accountant”

Movie Review: “The Accountant”

At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this political yet mathematic thriller, but eventually, I got a little bit into it. With the great cast and decent concept, it makes a fairly interesting watch. Ben Affleck plays the main character, Christian Wolff, who is an accountant for drug cartels and criminals around the world. When he’s not kicking it criminal, he’s hanging out in his Airstream trailer with an original Renoir and Jackson Pollack. For work above board, he does normal accounting for normal people. But he’s the main target for the US Federal Treasury Department agent Ray King, played by J.K. Simmons (of...

Movie Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Movie Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Many of the movie reviews I have done over the past couple years have had a book that preceded the film and in most cases, I have read the book.  Or at least, I read the book if I was interested. (Sorry, Bourne series.)  This was the first time I have been unable to read the book before watching the film and was disappointed by that fact.  But having heard about the interesting story behind the book, I pushed aside my habit of being a book stickler and checked this film out. Written by Ransom Riggs, this book follows the adventure of Jacob Portman as he discovers the stories his grandpa told him in his childhood were actually real. After...

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Last week, our band of misfits successfully engineered their way around a tricky situation and the cherry on top of it all, Gavin Belson took the heat and lost his CEO job at Hooli. This week sees Richard spark a dangerous idea, BigHead becomes one step closer to an adult, and Dinesh’s girlfriend may or may not be listening to him from his cellular device. When Richard got access to Peter Gregory’s files, he realized fully the dreams of a new internet coming to fruition. Only one little piece stands in the way, and that piece is Gavin F*cking Belson. As if this douche hasn’t messed up everything for our rag-tag group over...

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