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Steve’s TV Guide

I mostly like to watch movies but every once in a while there’s a good show that I like to watch. These shows are approved by me – “the tv show critic.”

Monday Night:

1. Gotham (Fox) is by far the best show on Monday night.

2. I guess I have to put “The Bachelor” (ABC) at second since I’m watching it just this one season because of the bet I made.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) works for every week night. He’s so funny! Absolutely love his monologues.

Tuesday Night:

The Flash (CW) is back from it’s holiday back. It’s getting slowly better! The first 3 episodes didn’t grab me but the story is getting better. They are adding a little more plot every episode.

While Agent’s of Shield (Marvels attempt to make it on the television on a weekly basis) is still taking a break (that show is definitely getting better) ABC has been showing the back-story of Peggy who was in Captain America. The show is okay. I think it’s slightly interesting on how Shield began.

 

Wednesday Night:

Arrow (CW) is also a pretty good show.

Thursday Night:

Elementary (CBS) Not the best version of Sherlock Holmes and I don’t like that Watson is a woman (not being sexist but that is just messed up!).

American Idol (Fox) It’s always interesting to watch new talent…. although some of them have no voice. Just saying! Some of them try to copy other singers terribly! Ugh…

New show: Backstorm (Fox) The previews for this show don’t look the best. I probably won’t waste my time watching the first episode.

Friday Night:

Grimm (NBC) This show is always creepy but entertaining. Always interesting monsters that they bring on the show.

Saturday Night:

Saturday Night Live (NBC) is the only show worth watching Saturday Night. I love the comedy sketches and watching this show always makes me laugh!

Sunday Night:

Galavant (ABC) This is a comedy musical that is actually pretty good. I normally don’t watch musicals but this show fulfills my silly but slightly weird humor. The songs are pretty funny. Show is good even though it is quite predictable. Watch from the beginning definitely! It’s a min-series and I think this Sunday has the last two episodes. ūüė¶

Show I’m pretty excited about:

The Last Man On Earth (Fox).

I do not know how Fox is going to make a show out of the concept but it looks like it could be pretty funny.

What shows are you guys watching?

Steve

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Movie Review

“The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies” is the last chapter of the three-part series of “The Hobbit.”

Released in theaters: December 17, 2014

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Fantasy

Running Time: 144 minutes

Quick plot:¬†“The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies” picks right up where¬†¬†“The Desolation of Smaug” left off with Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) terrorizing the people of Dale.¬† Bilbo (Martin Freeman) pleads for Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to help, but the dwarf leader becomes mad with gold lust and is obsessed solely with securing his treasure.¬† After Bard (Luke Evans) leads the survivors of Smaug’s assault to safety, he meets with the elf king Thranduil (Lee Pace), who has brought an army of elves to secure the elf treasures from Erebor. However, because of the dragon sickness,¬†Thorin refuses to give any of his¬†treasure¬†to the Elves or men of Dale, which means war.¬†However, right before the elves, dwarves, and men prepare to battle, a bigger and more dangerous threat comes to battle…The vast orc armies.

Thoughts: Well, it seemed totally unnecessarily for Peter Jackson to split the book into three parts – maybe 2 parts would’ve been okay but still. However, I have to say that this was my most favorite one of the three. It’s almost like Peter Jackson just wanted a whole movie to be the preparing of the battle and the battle itself. Special effects and everything in that department were amazing! The actors and actresses were great as well! A lot of critics were upset that it was mostly a big battle scene but I think Peter Jackson did a pretty good job at spreading it out. I thought they added a little more plot, which was good.

It’s honestly really sad to see all of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies finished. Now looking back, I think I’m glad that Peter Jackson split it up and made this amazing experience to gone on for a longer time. Make sure you read other books by Tokein that took place in an earlier time than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings like “The Silmarillion” and “The Children of Hurin.”

Rating: 

The rating on the first part of the Trilogy was 

The second part was .

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t watched it!

What do you think of the movie?

Steve

Favorite Christmas movies!

Continuing the trend of my Christmas posts!

This year, I’ve been watching a bunch of Christmas movies with my family. We already watched Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I plan on watching White Christmas and The Santa Claus. I actually don’t know why every year for the “25 Days of Christmas”, ABC shows Harry Potter. I mean, I love Harry Potter and I get that a lot of Harry Potter’s story happens around Christmas (don’t you just love the sweaters that Ron’s mom gave them) but still…doesn’t seem like the perfect movie to watch.

Here are my favorite Christmas movies.

6. Nightmare Before Christmas

Honestly, Tim Burton comes out with some of the weirdest, creepiest, or most unique movies ever. However, I actually liked this movie quite a bit.  The story was interesting enough and it was actually kind of fun.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life.

I actually just saw it last night and it’s got some of the greatest actors and actresses in the movie. Great story even though I could’ve predicted what exactly was going to happen but it was still good. Loved the message of the movie!

4. A Christmas Carol

This is an animated movie that came out in 2009 with Jim Carrey. I love this one! I actually saw a play of this and it was fun to watch. Great story and good message!

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Again, great message! Have you noticed that ABC keeps cutting away the story – Hate that. So yeah, we need more commercials and less of the story. The ABC’s editors have smaller hearts than the Grinch for doing that to me.

2. Charlie Brown Christmas.

Once again, it tells the true story of why we have Christmas. Great songs and the story is fun! Snoopy always steals the show with his impressions of the various animals and of Lucy.

1. Elf

This is the most funny Christmas movie. As you can see, I always will take comedy movies above any other genres. Action with comedy is even better! Anyway, I plan on watching this again when all the family gets together. Definitely a must-watch Christmas movie.

What Christmas movies do you like the most?

Happy Holidays!

Steve

 

Top 5 Official Movie trailers!

I know I’m a bit lazy at the moment. Couldn’t think of anything else to post right now. However, if you haven’t’ seen these official trailers for movies, you’ll be thanking me! ūüôā

1. Star Wars: Episode VII

It doesn’t show much but it’s always exciting to see the first trailer. The movie comes out in theaters December 2015.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron Official

I’m a big Marvel fan. Loved the last Avengers movie. I think they’re a lot of fun to watch. Movie comes out May 2015.

3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I hate that Peter Jackson split the book into 3 parts but I still love the movies and books. Looks like it will be a fun movie to watch. Movie comes out in theaters December 17 I do believe.

4. Minions

Yes, that’s right. The always lovable, entertaining, and hilarious minions from Despicable Me 1 and 2 have their own movie! It’s the prequel to Despicable Me! Every once in a while, I just like to watch a silly movie that will make me laugh instead of watching all of those drama movies. I might have to take my girlfriend to that movie! ūüėõ Movie comes out in theaters June 2015.

5. Jurassic World

So instead of Jurassic Park, it’s Jurassic World. Still should provide lots of scares and if you like dinosaurs, you’ll like it. Comes out June 2015.

Which movie are you looking forward to watching?

Steve

 

 

The Imitation Game: Movie Review

The Imitation Game is a historical drama that discusses the role that cytologists and mathematicians played in World War II.

Released in theaters: November 28, 2014

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 114 minutes

Quick plot: It’s in the early 1940’s and the Nazi Germans are attacking Europe. In Britain, air raids have become frequent and thousands of soldiers are dying on the battlefield. The British government then recruits the country’s best mathematicians and scientists to help break the code for the Enigma, which is the machine the Germans use to send instructions to their military personnel. A Cambridge-educated cytologist (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a woman scientist (Keira Knightley) are both invited to be part of the project. Not only do the Nazi’s have their own secrets, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has his own secret that many people wouldn’t agree with.

Thoughts: I was so excited that this movie was going to take a different angle on the war. Superb acting by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. The movie also does a nice job of explaining the ideas behind cryptography.

Honesty, there wasn’t really any bad in this movie except for the violence. Hardly any language but one of the main themes in this movie is sexual identity.

Rating: 

If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is!

Steve

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Movie Review

I finally got to see this movie. I wanted to go to the theaters but no one else wanted to go. So I watched all of the other X-Men movies.

It’s available on DVD now.

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 130 minutes

Quick plot: In the future, mutants are in peril after a prolonged battle with both robotic warriors called Sentinels. Sentinels were designed to fight mutants by Boliber Trask (Peter Dinklage). Back in 1973, Raven (AKA Mystique) (Jennifer Lawrence) shot Trask but that backfired on mutants and essentially caused the war. Professor Xavier (Patrick) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) decide that the only hope for mutant kind is to send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 and prevent Mystique from pulling the trigger. It turned out to be quite a challenge.

To know the full plot watch the movie!

My thoughts: You know, I have always loved the X-Men franchise but when I watched the trailer, I wasn’t so impressed. I mean, haven’t we already seen a lot of movies that people have to go back in time to save the day. However, to much surprise I was hooked during the whole movie. I actually thought this X-Men movie was the best one yet. I loved the action, little bits of humor, and good special affects. Much will be revealed, which I also like that wasn’t revealed in the past X-Men movies. Also, make sure you watch the part after the post-credits because something strange is also revealed. I have no clue what it is.

Is it a movie for kids? I personally don’t believe it is for kids. There is a lot of violence and a bit of language. Older teens, totally fine. Very fun popcorn movie!

Rating: 

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.

Steve

 

Big Hero 6 Scores Big!

Hi Everyone!

This is my second movie review! This time it’s for Big Hero 6, which is an animated movie. This is the origin story of the¬†same-titled superhero comic.

Release Date: November 5, 2014.

Rated: PG

Genre: Family and Kids

Running Time: 102 minutes

The Quick Story is: This movie is set in the fictional futuristic city of San Fransokyo and the story follows a 14-year-old genius Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter). Hiro would rather spend his time fighting robots than going to school. Then Hiro’s¬†older brother,¬†Tadashi ( voiced by Daniel Tenney), shows him the “marvels” of his university’s robotics lab. Hiro’s older brother and his friends worn on amazing projects under the department chair of Callaghan (voiced by James Cromwell). To get into the program, Hiro invents microbots. His inventions are so impressive that he is accepted in the program. After a terrible event, all that is left with Hiro is his¬† inflatable robot Baymax ( voiced by Scott Adsit). Hiro then realizes something and has to fight a masked villain with his friends.

You’ll have to watch the movie to see the plot. I hope you like that I’m kind of getting you the plot but leaving it vague so it doesn’t reveal anything big!

My opinions: This year hasn’t been a big year for a lot of great animation movies. This is the best animation movie of the year. I didn’t know what to expect but this movie kept my interest all through. There are many lessons that can be learned in this movie. It’s action-packed as well. ¬†This movie will attract older teens like me and younger teens.

I think it’s totally fine for younger teens and younger if you were wondering to take your child to this movie. If you want to have a “fun date” with your child, this is the movie to see.

Rating: I give this movie .

If you haven’t seen the trailer to the movie here it is:

If you’ve seen the movie, I would love to see what you rate it. Here’s a poll.

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Steve

Out in space:Interstellar

Hi everyone!

I love going out and watching all kinds of movies. The first movie that I’m going to review on this blog that I saw is Intersteller.

Came out November 5, 2014

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Science Fiction

Running Time: 169 minutes

The quick story is: This story takes place in the future (of course) where there is a severe drought, which has killed most of the world’s crops. Humans are dying of starvation and disease. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey)¬†a former pilot/engineer has started his new life as a farmer. Cooper’s daughter has a love for science and she swears she’s got a ghost in her bedroom leaving messages in code. Cooper finally tries to help his daughter with the code. This leads them to a secret lab run by Professor Brand (Michael Caine). ¬†Brand reveals that they sent a group of scientists through a wormhole leading to another galaxy. There’s now a small group of people who must embark on a mission to see whether any of those scientists found the planet.

You’ll have to watch the movie to see the rest of the plot.

My opinions: I was so excited to hear that Christopher Nolan was directing another movie. I absolutely love his movies. When I heard that it was supposed to be a outer-space movie, I wasn’t as excited since I’m not really into those movies. However, I was surprised of how well it was made. First of all, great actors and actresses. The visuals are gorgeous. It did take some time for the movie to really get going but then it really caught my attention.

If you have some extra money in your pocket and want to go out and watch some movie on the big screen…this is the movie to see.

Now, there is a bit of language and violence so you should maybe watch the movie first before letting your younger teens watch this movie.

Rating:  When it comes to space movies, this is the best one of the year. I really enjoyed it. So my rating is .

Here’s the trailer if you haven’t watched it yet!

Make sure you watch this movie and tell me what you think of it.

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Steve

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