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The Oscars We'll Never Forget

So I think it’s safe to say this years’ Oscars are going down in the history books for good or bad. But before we get to the elephant in the room, let’s look at the show on a whole.
          Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting was a bit rough and tumble. He’s got some charm to him and isn’t likely to inspire too much controversy, but his opening monologue was one of the weakest of recent years. Few of the jokes were memorable, and most were predictable. He even made the same “no one saw your film” joke three times in a row. He set the stage early on with some Trump references which were guaranteed to be a staple of this years’ awards season. But I was pleasantly surprised just how few political speeches there were and how none of them really had that soapbox feel we were ready to expect from Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes. I think because they mostly actually came from people effected by Trump’s xenophobia like Gael Garcia Bernal and a spokesperson for Asghar Farhadi. 
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The Oscar Ceremony Awards

Well that show ran a little unexpected. Watch as I try to keep my composure dispensing the Oscar Ceremony Awards for 2017!

Oscar Rankings

The Biggest Night in Film is here! Because I'm such a fan of movies, I've gone through the Oscar categories and determined the order in which I would prefer a win. These aren't predictions by any means, in fact some are very unlikely, and I've even included the films I think were snubbed in particular categories (and I know in some categories I have more snubs than is allowed, but I just wanted to bring attention to achievements I think were worth recognition). This is just a fun, idealized version of how I wish the night would turn out. The bold typeface denotes my choice of winner (it may not even be one of the nominees), and red denotes a film I can't comment on because I haven't seen. Sorry documentaries!
Best Visual Effects: 1. Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould 2. Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff 3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal H…

Why You Should "Say Yes" to Don't Think Twice

This is a movie about improv. And to some improv is just ‘that thing they do on Whose Line is it Anyway?’ But really, improv is an art unto itself that has produced some of the greatest comedians and performers in pop culture. Folks like Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steven Yeun, Stephen Colbert, a ton of SNL alumni, and yes, Keegan-Michael Key, got their start in improvisational theatre. But with the exception of the cast of SCTV, for each of these famous performers, there are dozens of friends of theirs who didn’t achieve the same dream.
Don’t Think Twice follows the cast of The Commune, a New York based improv comedy troupe run by Miles (Mike Birbiglia). Though they all have higher ambitions, they each work separate day jobs to get by. When a talent agent for Weekend Live (guess who they really mean) comes to a show one night, they’re all ready for the possibility of a big break. When Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) gets the audition, the team, …