TV & Films Recommendations


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Film: V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action/Mystery
IMDb Synopsis: In a future British dystopian society, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow the tyrannical government - with the help of a young woman
Film: Unpregnant (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Letterboxd Synopsis: A 17-year old Missouri teen named Veronica discovers she has gotten pregnant, a development that threatens to end her dreams of matriculating at an Ivy League college, and the career that could follow.

A reviewer described this movie as "basically booksmart meets never rarely sometimes always...", and yeah.
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Show: Rick and Morty
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Space
IMDb Description: An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson


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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of September 11th to September 17th


Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

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Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Description: I just realized as I was searching for my pick this week that I'd never recommended my 2nd favourite theatre experience of the year (after Top Gun: Maverick), so here it is! I would like to say as little about the film as possible for those who have managed to avoid spoilers and ads so let me start by saying if you haven't seen it yet, DO SO! AND: If you've not seen already come across one, DO NOT WATCH TRAILERS for the movie!

As for the vaguest description I can come up with while still giving you some information, a ranch owner and his go-getting sister bear witness to something on their family property that they can't explain - something big. The quest to capture the phenomenon on film results in the realization that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

Jordan Peele has leveled up as a director/cinematographer with this film. The tension building is done very well, the acting is superb and the big twist is so simple and perfect that I didn't see it coming what for the overthinking and admiring the background details and camera framing throughout. One of the best experiences 2022 has had to offer so far, and it's been a stacked year for cinema!

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Wasabi (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Action
IMDb Synopsis: In Japan for the funeral of his long-lost love, a tough French detective learns that he also has a teenage daughter and that her life is in danger from the Yakuza.

Fall (2022)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Description: The IMDb synopsis, "Best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower.", does the movie no justice. 90% of the film is set on a tiny platform 2,000ft in the air, with the two main characters unable to descend following an accident as they reach the summit. What follows is 90 minutes of non-stop peril, your heart is in your throat the entire time as the camera work and brilliant acting don't let you off the edge of your seat for even a second. Easily one of the best movies of the year.


The Ranch
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Western
IMDb Synopsis: The son of a Colorado rancher returns home from a semi-pro football career to run the family business.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions
Genre: Documentary, Sports
IMDb Synopsis: Chronicles head coach Dan Campbell entering his second season leading the team and an intriguing mix of young emerging stars, veterans, free agent additions and highly regarded rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the preseason.

I have to support my boys this season!
Film: Hocus Pocus (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Letterboxd Synopsis: After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

Disney gave Bette Midler a solo in this movie and she absolutely slayed.

(Available on Netflix)
Film: Do Revenge (2022)
Genre: Drama, School
IMDB Synopsis: Drea and Eleanor agree to go after one another's bullies. (This is very short, so for a bigger explanation, this is a movie about revenge and make the other people pay for your own pain)


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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of September 18th to September 24th


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Escape From Alcatraz
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime
Description: Decided to check out an old classic I'd never seen this past weekend and landed on this Clint Eastwood prison caper flick from 1979. Was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Some good dialogue and practical effects for a 70's film and released so long ago now that Danny Glover was cast as an unnamed inmate (see if you can spot him!).

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The Walk (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
IMDb Synopsis: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.


The Legend of Vox Machina
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
IMDb Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to pay off a mounting bar tab, a band of misfits end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark, magical forces.
Film: Enchanted (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Letterboxd Synopsis: The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan.

"That's How You Know" has been on repeat.


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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of September 25th to October 1st


The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late-night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways.

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Primal Fear
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Description: A young man is arrested in connection to the brutal murder of a local Archbishop and his case is taken on by a hot shot attorney believing him incapable of committing the act. Naturally, new details are unearthed over the course of the investigation and trial as our lawyer protagonist attempts to bring the truth into the light.

The film has an excellent cast (Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand, Andre Braugher, among others). It's also paced quite nicely, and although the initial/central crime's details are quite gruesome, the overall tone of the film isn't quite as dark as many of the other 90's dramas/thrillers I've watched this year. This kept the mystery alive for me for longer, which was a nice treat. ALSO, this was Edward Norton's full-length film debut and he absolutely crushes it!

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Secondhand Lions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
IMDb Synopsis: A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

The Jungle Book (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
IMDb Synopsis: After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of a panther Bagheera and a free-spirited bear Baloo.

Nothing But a Man (1964)
Genre: Drama
IMDb Synopsis: A black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

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Show: We Bare Bears
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Slice of Life
IMDb Description: Three bear brothers do whatever they can to be a part of human society by doing what everyone around them does.
Show: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
Genre: Adventure, Action, Animation, Cyberpunk,
IMDb Description: In a dystopia riddled with corruption and cybernetic implants, a talented but reckless street kid strives to become a mercenary outlaw — an edgerunner.

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