Author: Kimberly Pierce

THE ORVILLE Recap: (S01E11) New Dimensions

The Orville opens in the lounge. A party is going on. It seems it’s a going away party for the head of engineering. While Ed (Seth MacFarlane) and Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) chat with the departing crew member, Gordon (Scott Grimes) and John (J. Lee) talk near-by. It seems they took a piece of Yaphit (Norm MacDonald) when he wasn’t looking and dropped him into the buffet. Pranks are fun. They laugh as Yaphit slides from the room. Feeling like he’s missing a piece of himself, Yaphit goes to visit Claire (Penny Johnson Jerald). As they talk, Bortus (Peter Macon)...

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Movie Review- THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is a challenging and difficult to describe film. Writer and director Martin McDonagh crafts a unique tone, injecting his trademark brand of dark humor into the story. The resulting creation results in an interesting blend of moods, which should certainly inspire discussion as award season builds. The film follows the story of Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand). Disillusioned and disenfranchised after the rape and murder of her daughter, she rents three billboards on her rural street. Her critical message against the local police chief (Woody Harrelson) begins a chain of events which forever changes...

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COCO DP Danielle Feinberg Shows Just Where Coding Can Take You

With Pixar’s latest well-reviewed family jewel Coco ready to hit theaters, the animation house is once again showing just how special their movies are. In conjunction with the film’s release, longtime Pixar DP Danielle Feinberg stopped in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado to discuss the feature, as well promote some causes near and dear to her heart: science, coding, and getting girls involved in STEM.  A longtime member of the Pixar team, Feinberg began working with the studio on the 1997 (nostalgia alert!) A Bug’s Life. She continued with Pixar, contributing to films like Toy Story 2, Brave, Wall-E and Monsters,...

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Movie Review – LADY BIRD

2017 has seen some ground-breaking strides from notable female filmmakers. While this is not said to degrade or diminish the work of the untold number of talented women working in Hollywood over the last 100+ years; however, it seems only now do audiences (and potentially the industry) finally appear to be noticing. In June, Patty Jenkins smashed records with her work on Wonder Woman. Now, as award season rolls around filmmaker Greta Gerwig stepped to the front of the pack with her work on Lady Bird. Audiences likely know the talented Gerwig through her work in front of the...

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LUCIFER Recap: (S03E07) Off the Record

Lucifer opens on an extreme close-up. A man (Patrick Fabian) slowly opens his eyes. Looking around, he’s in a hospital room. A nurse hovers over him, “Welcome back to the land of the living”. He looks around, eventually asking after his wife. The couple have been fighting lately. However, he’s disappointed as he learns he hasn’t had any visitors.  Later, the man clutches a boquet of flowers as he readies to enter his house. A hurt look flashes over his face as he hears something inside… his wife giggling in the company of another man. He jumps back into...

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Movie Review – JUSTICE LEAGUE

Fan speculation and gossip ran rampant after Wonder Woman’s success this summer. How would the struggling DC cinematic universe adapt and capitalize on the newfound wind beneath their metaphorical wings? Well, the Justice League shoot stretched to an uncomfortable length and was plagued by reshoots… would the critically anticipated team-up be able to overcome this hurdle? Justice League follows the return of our titular heroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and (who are we kidding, no spoilers after the end of the previous film) Superman (Henry Cavill) as they are reunite to fight big bad Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds). Joining...

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THE ORVILLE Recap: (S01E10) Firestorm

The Orville opens with the ship under siege. Damage is spreading. Panic grows as things spiral out of control. A beam falls in the middle of engineering, trapping a crew member underneath. The only person who can save them is Alara (Halston Sage). However, before she can get there a fire breaks out in the department. She momentarily freezes. She quickly collects herself, but as she finally frees the trapped crewman, he’s dead.  Later, Ed (Seth MacFarlane) speaks solemnly at Lt. Paine’s funeral. The moment is a quiet and simple one. The camera pans over the crowd, studying the...

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Movie Review- MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

When are remakes necessary? This is a question which remains a popular one as Hollywood continues to suffer from a relatively nasty case of remake-itis. When can a film be remade, and when should a movie be left well enough alone? This is an interesting question to say the least. Murder on the Orient Express is a fascinating film through which to explore the question of remakes. How does the stylish mystery live-up to the many previous retellings of the story?  Murder on the Orient Express is a retelling if the classic Agatha Christie novel. The story follows legendary detective...

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THE ORVILLE Recap: (S01E09) Cupid’s Dagger

The Orville episode “Cupid’s Dagger” opens in the cantina. The crew grooves along as Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) stands on stage belting out some respectable karaoke. As she brings the song to a close, Bortus is the next up. “My Heart Will Go On” drifts out from the speakers. However, as Bortus (Peter Macon) takes a breath to sing, a page comes over the loudspeaker. The Orville is needed.  It seems the ship is being called in to broker some tricky peace talks. A war broke out between two alien species over ownership of a strange artifact. Not only is...

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LUCIFER Recap: (S03E06) Vegas with Some Radish

Lucifer opens in the station, the officers are gathered around as they sing Chloe (Lauren German) a halfhearted rendition of Happy Birthday. However, the voices trail off as a larger cake is wheeled in… it’s a person sized cake. Suddenly, the top pops off and a police uniform wearing, male stripper leaps from the cake. Lucifer (Tom Ellis) enters with a mischievous grin; however, the cake wasn’t his doing. Ella (Aimee Garcia) stands above them, throwing singles from the balcony. “Make it rain, birthday girl!”.  However, the moment comes to an end as Lucifer’s phone rings. He steps into...

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