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April 13, 2016
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Marvel’s Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer – My Thoughts!

The Teaser Trailer for Doctor Strange was released today, and I tweeted a bit about this, but I felt like I needed to discuss it some more. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it below and then we’ll move on. Of all the Marvel properties, Doctor Strange is one of the characters I know the least about. I actually know more about Namor than I do Strange. So if you’re looking for an outsider perspective, I’m about as close as you’re going to get.

February 11, 2016
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The Ultimate (White) Privilege? Being Meryl Streep

Somewhere deep in the drafts folder for this site is a post called “The Privilege of Being Meryl Streep.” I started it when Meryl and the very white cast of Suffragette donned “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” shirts and didn’t see the very obvious issue with using this actual quote in our modern era. And then Streep doubled down by saying she wasn’t a feminist, but a humanist. I just couldn’t quite find the hook for it. It was a rant, plain and simple. But I felt like I’d gotten the words out of my system, and…

January 29, 2016
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Review: Disney’s The Finest Hours

Today, The Finest Hours opens in theaters. Based on the true story of a Coast Guard rescue, the film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. Chris Pine plays Bernie Webber, a Coast Guard captain who does everything by regulations. His faith in his duty is tested when his CO (played by a very restrained Bana) sends him on a rescue mission that everyone believe to be a death warrant The mission is to rescue the remaining crew of the Pendleton, after the tanker is torn in two by a dangerous nor’easter. The crew fights to keep the themselves…

January 25, 2016
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OscarsSoWhite – The Clif Notes Version

Since the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were released, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been going around. It’s prompted calls for boycotts from Jada Pinkett-Smith, and many A-Listers have been weighing in with their own opinions. And I’ve had a lot of IRL conversations with people who really don’t seem to know what the issue is. Boycotting the Oscars isn’t about ensuring that a # of nominees are POC (People of Color), by saying that so many POC need to be nominated every year. Michael Caine seemed to be under this impression, as he suggested that you couldn’t just nominate…

January 20, 2016
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[Video] Whitney Watches: AGENT CARTER RETURNS!

Peggy’s back! Last night, Agent Carter returned, kicking off Season 2. Just in case you can’t remember where the show left off, Peggy had stopped Russian Black Widow Dottie Underwood from destroying New York City. Howard left (and took Jarvis with him), and Peggy did her best to try to move on. This season seems to have picked up later in the same year, and with a two hour premiere (with two back to back episodes), they’ve established this season’s villains pretty firmly. So enjoy this vlog where I fangirl and drop a Hamilton reference. (Note: apparently I am wrong…

January 13, 2016
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[VIDEO] Whitney Watches: Teen Wolf 5.12 “Damnatio Memoriae”

Another week, another vlog! I apologize for not getting this up yesterday. As it turns out, my editing skills are a bit rusty, so I missed out on that golden window of when I’m the only person using the internet in the house. Slow upload speeds are a pain, let me tell you. But it’s worse when you’re throttling other people’s homework or Minecraft. So, Teen Wolf. While I was fairly impressed by last week’s opener (though I did note that their season premiere episodes are always their strongest), I was a little disappointed by this episode. It wasn’t that…

January 7, 2016
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Whitney Watches: Teen Wolf 5.11 “The Last Chimera”

Well guys, we’re back in Beacon Hills – for better or for worse. This episode picked up exactly where things left off- with the fall out from the night of the Supermoon. As I mentioned in the recap I posted earlier this week, a lot happened in the finale. Theo’s evilness was revealed, Scott died (but Melissa brought him back), Hayden died – but Theo brought her and a few other Chimera back from the dead. And we only sort of know what the Dread Doctors are up to. If you were wondering when the show was ever going to…

December 31, 2015
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George Lucas still can’t let Star Wars go. (Creator woes)

When it was announced that Disney was buying Lucasfilm (and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises), I wondered how Lucas was going to handle it. This is, after all, the man who was so incapable of letting go of his creations that he continued to tweak them with every re-release. George Lucas gave an interview that essentially said The Force Awakens wasn’t the direction he would have gone, that they based it on the original trilogy which “had issues.” That he tried to make each movie cover new territory (though it seemed more like he meant this literally, not…

December 9, 2015
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Facebook’s On This Day. How to Protect Your Sanity.

Yesterday, I blogged about Facebook’s On This Day showing me posts from the day I learned a dear friend died. And I realized, with the amount we share- most of us likely have days that we’d rather not relieve. Deaths of friends, Anniversaries with Exes. People who turned your life upside down. Thankfully, there’s a way to avoid what happened to me. Log in to Facebook on your computer (you can’t do this on your phone, sadly), and from your notifications pick out your On This Day reminder. Just under the banner, you’ll see a settings wheel on a button…

December 3, 2015
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Trailer: Batman vs Superman

I’m in Las Vegas. There’s been a lot going on, and I’ve started and scrapped three drafts of a post about the shooting in San Bernardino. (I can sum up my reaction in two sentences, it seems. Thoughts and prayers have done nothing to stop mass shootings, which are tragic and should not happen with the frequency they are. This is the time to call your senators and congresspeople to ask them for action.) Now that I’ve said that, I’m offering something a little lighter… the trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice I admit, I’ve never been enthusiastic…