Category Archives: The List

The List: Reunion Films

I recently met up with my former classmates to celebrate our 10 year high school reunion. I’d be lying if I said that I had been super pumped about heading back to my alma mater, but like most things we dread, it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I actually enjoyed seeing everyone and talking about what has happened in the last decade. Our reunion got me thinking about films with a similar theme. Thus, a list of my favorites was born.

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1. American Pie 2: Yes, they made an American Reunion but I preferred the sequel. It was fun to see Jim and the gang meet up after a year of maturing in college. The thematic thread throughout the American Pie franchise is friendship. I especially liked American Pie 2 because it was about growing up and taking the next step.

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Ashley’s Least Favorite Flicks

We all know that life is short. Time should be invested instead of wasted. So if I could go back in time and un-see some films (especially those below), I would. To save you time, I have listed five movies that I believe robbed me of a fraction of my life (if one of your guilty pleasure films ends up on this list, I’m sorry).

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1. Surfer Dude
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The List: Ashley’s Critera for Finding the Perfect TV Series

Happy Holidays!

About a month left now until Christmas and that means cooking, shopping, and family time.Not to sound like a Scrooge, but during the holiday break I actually look forward to the stay-cation rather than the food and presents. All of my shows are on hiatus and after the holiday movies and specials have been aired about 100 times I find myself getting restless. To beat the boredom, I try to catch up on a new television series. This quest has led me to discover such shows as: Friday Night Lights, The Office, and Sons of Anarchy. I have a criterion that I follow to find the perfect show.

1. It has to be a current show on air. I made this mistake with Arrested Development. I had no
one to share in my excitement when I finished the series. Lucky for me, Netflix heard my cry
(and the rest of the world’s) and showed pity on us by giving us more.

2. The show must be 3 seasons in or less. I’m ambitious and want to watch a whole series in
two weeks but I don’t like setting anyone up for disappointment.

3. It has to be broad. Not to be confused with mainstream. I don’t mind spoiler alerts, especially
if I’m newly invested. I just don’t want to choose something so obscure that I can only connect
with fans though cryptic fan sites that require a comprehensive exam of the show’s backstory to
enter.

4. The show has to be accessible through Netflix, Hulu, or even on the networks website. I’m
not looking to sink $40 plus into a show that I might not continue to follow in the New Year.

Now that I shared my guidelines, here are some shows I’ve got in mind for this holiday season:
Mike and Molly, Dracula, Betrayal, Justified (I know this breaks #2). What do you recommend?

-Ashley

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The List: Andrew’s Favorite Current Musical Acts

As it’s already been made abundantly clear by my posting history on this blog, it’s safe to say that I have my fair share of obsessions in both the film and television mediums. This post, however, will focus on yet another one of my obsessions and to say it’s been a long time coming would certainly be an understatement. This obsession is of course music.

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I grew up in a household obsessed with music, only highlighted by the fact that my father rarely went a week without purchasing a new album to add to his already exorbitant collection. From The Beatles to The Beach Boys to Eric Clapton on a seemingly endless loop, it’s safe to say that my knowledge of rock music from the 60s and 70s grew with each passing day. For the record, The Beatles are still my favorite band of all-time and that will never change. It may be a cliche answer, but it’s also the right answer. Trust me.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because for as long as I can remember, the music of the decades preceding my birth (1986) was all I knew. While my fellow classmates were obsessing over Green Day and frontman Billy Joe, I was obsessing over Billy Joel’s The Stranger. Eventually as I got into high school and subsequently college, my music taste became more varied as I began to realize that the music of my lifetime wasn’t too shabby itself. Although my film obsession always came first, I started to branch out when it came to music and would spend endless hours of the day just listening to the albums that I had missed out on. With these hours spent came many new obsessions, most of which I am still very much in the thick of.

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The List: Ashley’s Favorite Ben Affleck Movies

Last month it was revealed that our favorite Boston boy will soon be moving into Wayne Manor. Don’t worry, this post is not a list of reasons why Affleck will make a great Batman. In fact, I will agree that Affleck seems to be more successful at writing and directing than he is at acting (see numerous nominations and wins). With his newest film Runner Runner released this month, I thought it might be fun to list my favorite Ben Affleck movies. Continue reading

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The List: Ashley’s Love/Hate for Sons of Anarchy

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There are so many well written articles out there that have been heavily researched by literary theorists and scholars comparing Sons of Anarchy and Hamlet. Just so we are clear, this post is not one of them! In fact, it would be more accurate to compare the next few paragraphs to a diary entry by a passive-aggressive teenage girl. I am not FX’s target demographic, but I started watching SOA less than a year ago. It took one episode for me to get hooked. This show’s amazing writing team has the insane ability to send me into a mild panic attack every single episode! Kurt Sutter gives us the opportunity to be part of a negative fantasy.

On Tuesday, we get to join the brothers of SAMCRO at the table and see what fate has in store for the beloved outlaw motorcycle club. Each character has grown and changed throughout the seasons. Like most shows (and people for that matter), your feelings towards each one and how they react to situations are often mixed. Having said that, I give you my love/ hate list for Sons of Anarchy.

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The List: Andrew’s Most Anticipated Films of Awards Season

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It’s that time of the year. The time when summer blockbusters fade into the distance, when some of the biggest festivals in the world gear up for their wide array of film premieres and of course, when I become nearly crippled by my intense cinephile excitement. The awards season is upon us!

The Academy Awards may still be six months away but September is that time of the year when it all begins again. Nearly every week brings with it the premiere of an under-the-radar critically acclaimed indie or an Oscar contender that wanted to get a jump on the competition. Thus begins my weekly drives up to Boston due to my inability to wait for the films to come to me.

This year however, is even more special for me. For the first time in my life, I will make the journey up to Canada to experience the Toronto International Film Festival. I will have the chance to view some of my most anticipated films of the season months ahead of time and it’s safe to say that I can’t wait for these next two weeks to fly by.

With all this being said, I’ve decided to compile a list of my most anticipated films of the coming awards season.  This year brings films from some of my absolute favorite filmmakers and here’s hoping they are not overlooked (as they often are) by the Academy come early next year.

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The List: Television’s Best Dramas

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This past Sunday night marked the triumphant return of Breaking Bad, AMC’s critically-acclaimed drama that will come to a close next month after this most recent string of eight episodes. It’s not only one of the best shows currently on the air, it will go down as one of television’s all-time greats. It’s one of the best examples of high-quality serialized storytelling and is definitely one of the crowning achievements of this most recent golden age in television.  With that being said, I feel it’s the perfect time to finally reveal this list of my all-time favorite television dramas. Ranking shows is always problematic and this list was easily the most difficult I’ve ever had to compile (I couldn’t even limit it to five shows). With shows like Justified and Game of Thrones still amidst their television runs I chose not to put them on this list, although as we near their conclusions they may just find themselves a spot. I feel it’s safe to say that to truly experience all television has to offer, these following shows are absolutely essential viewing. Let the controversy commence!

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The List: Summer TV – More Than Just Re-runs

During the summer months I usually abandon my TV and head to the theatre instead. Throughout May and June I had a movie date every single weekend. After the fourth, my blockbuster interest started to dwindle (as did my entertainment budget). To bust my boredom, I turned to summer TV and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

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  1. On Sunday night, I was introduced to a circle of friends who know the ins and outs of the Beverly Hills elite. Devious Maids follows five women who clean up more than their employers’ houses.

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  1. If Camp Clements had been anything like the show Camp, I would have actually left my cabin. This show follows a newly divorced single mom, Mack, trying to run her family camp, Little Otter.  Lots of hilarious pranks and unexpected romances can be found on this NBC show.

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The List: Ashley’s Favorite Summer Movies

It seems like after the Fourth, summer just flies by. In what’s left of my vacation, I decided to compile a list of my favorite summer movies. By “summer movies,” I mean those that remind me of sun, sand, and 5 day rentals at our local video store.

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The Sandlot: Believe it or not, this baseball classic just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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