Archive for July 16th, 2015

Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena (& Rachel!) Finally Get Their Due

Congratulations to Tatiana Maslany, who received her very first (and long overdue) Emmy nomination today for her killer portrayal of not one, not two, but nine separate clones (so far) in BBC Ameirca’s Orphan Black. Each character Maslany plays is incredibly crafted so as to keep them all very distinctive, whether it’s with the voice, the hair, her cadence or all of the above — to the point that when you’re watching her play multiple characters in the same scene, you usually forget it’s the same actress in each role. Not only that, but Maslany has been able to craft incredibly diverse personalities that keep you engaged no matter who she’s playing, turning in a variety of nuanced performances that allow each one to be someone’s favorite. (For the record, my favorite is Alison!) Read More

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Movie Mayhem – Minions

Despicable Me was one of those films that took me by surprise. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the film, having gotten a rather mediocre vibe from the trailers. Basically, I didn’t think it would be much good — just another so-so entry in the animated cannon. But then magic happened and I was won over by Gru’s carefully crafted transformation from incredibly despicable (yet lovable) villain to devoted father and hero to his adopted little girls. One of the reasons for the film’s success were Gru’s yellow pill-shaped creatures in blue overall’s who meant well, but were crazily prone to accidents and were far more cute and fun than nefarious. The little guys, known as minions, were so popular, they eventually became Illumination Entertainment’s (the animated studio behind the Despicable franchise) mascots. It was only a matter of time before the little runts got their own movie. But is Minions a smashing success story, or is it missing something important in its formula? Read Full Review

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