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Review: Shades of Blue

With Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta starring, and Ryan Seacrest as producing, this new cop drama is more than just a bad pun. But then again, it’s not much of a cop drama – at least not in the way we usually think of that genre.  The formulaic structure of shows like CSIWithout a Trace, or even the beloved NCIS have little to do with this story.  In fact it’s not even about cops catching bad guys – unless you count other cops, that is.

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Boyhood: The Novelty Fades

The acoustic intro to Coldplay’s “Yellow” plays out over a cloudy, blue sky. The distinct, cartoon images of Pokemon fling themselves across a 13-inch television. An argument between a young, single mother and her boyfriend rage on as her two children watch around the corner.

This is how Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly), begins. Read More

Dragon Ball Manga Review

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The Shonen Jump classic Dragon Ball has garnered what is probably the biggest fanfare of any manga series to date.  It became one of the most successful anime series of time, produced an enormous fan culture on sites such as Facebook and Tumblr, and even sparked discussions on what would happen if Goku faced off against Superman.  So I decided to take a look at the source material to see if it would be a good read.

I was highly disappointed.

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“It’s Not Porn; It’s a Movie!”

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Warning: This post contains discussion of mature themes.

I’ve been wanting to write about the problem of pornography in our modern day world for a while now.  Why, you ask?  Why here?  Well, true, this is an entertainment blog.  That’s exactly why it needs to be addressed here.  Because pornography isn’t just on dirty websites.  It’s in books.  It’s in graphic novels.  It’s in movies.  It’s in TV shows.  It’s just not called that.

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