Ranking The Grey’s Anatomy characters

 

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I have never worked as hard on an article, I don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard on homework even. To start, I had to re-watch every episode of Grey’s Anatomy, from Season 1, episode 1, to Season 13, episode 20, keeping notes as I went along. Not hard work, but with so many movies and TV shows out there to watch, it was a struggle at times (I haven’t finished Stranger Things yet!). Then I had to rank them all, I wanted to be concise on my feelings with each character, so I printed out my list of characters, with pictures, laid them out in an empty room on the floor and began numbering them with a marker. A lot more work than I had expected, but I’m proud I finished it.

Now, what were my guidelines for the list? Obviously every.single.character who’s ever appeared on Grey’s Anatomy is not on my list, I narrowed it down to 136 (there are two ties). How did I narrow it down, well here were my very rough guidelines.

  1. Appears in 2+ Episodes: This rules out about 99% of patients. Of course, rule number one has many exceptions, go to rule 2 for more clarification
  2. Memorability is key: memorability: the quality or state of being easy to remember or worth remembering. There are quite a few characters on my list who were only in one episode, but had enough of an impact on me/the show that they made it on my list. On the other hand, There are also characters who appeared in several episodes but didn’t make it to my list. A lot of nurses, doctors, and patients fall into the latter category.
  3. No Private Practice Characters: and I obviously mean any of the characters who came over from crossover episodes, not Addison or Amelia.
  4. No Paramedics: I think there are two exceptions to this rule on my list, but I just found keeping track of the paramedics was too much. Plus, I wouldn’t know how to rank them, they didn’t really interact with the characters enough.
  5. No kids: Originally, I had all the kids involved, (Ellis Grey, Bailey Grey, Harriet Kepner-Avery, Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres, Zola Grey Sheppard, Ethan Dawson, Winnie, Tuck, etc.) but then I realized I couldn’t rank little kids, plus the really young ones have barely made appearances.
  6. Ranked from worst to best: Number 134 appears first, but 134 is the worst character, and the best character is obviously number 1. You’ll have to scroll through the whole list to see who is number one.
  7. ☠️ Denotes dead character: When you see ☠️, that means that character is no longer with us. Obviously, Spoilers for all 13 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy!!!

That’s about it, Thanks for reading everyone. If you think I missed anyone, leave them in the comments. Tell me how you would have ranked the characters differently!

Also, I own none of the pictures below. They all belong to Grey’s.

***Spoilers Below***

134.    Gary Clarke ☠️

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The man responsible for the mass murder shooting at (then) Seattle Grace Mercy West, takes the crown as the worst character on my list. Taking the lives of Reed Adamson, Charles percy and many more, as well as wounding Alex Karev and Derek Shepard.

133.    Dr. Cohn and Dr. Paul

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Dr. Cohn and Dr. Paul are two doctors who you may not remember, but my only tie on my list goes to the two doctors who had a hand in the death of Derek Shepard. If Dr. Paul had of listened to Dr. Penny Blake, and gotten the head CT, they could have gotten Dr. Cohn  to the hospital a little faster. Then, they called Dr. Cohn, and he took hours to get to the hospital, and it was too late.

132.    Jason “Chest Peckwell” Myers

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As Alex finally got up the nerve to ask Jo out, she already had a date with this prick, who ended up hitting her, thankfully she hit his pompous ass back.

131.    Dr. Robert Stark

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While Dr. Robbins was in Africa, Dr. Robert Stark took over as head of pediatrics, and even once she was back. Alex Karev, who saw a future in pediatrics, had a hell of a time trying to learn with Robert Stark, one of the biggest douche bags you’ve met, as head of pediatrics. To top it off, his relationship with April Kepner was plain creepy.

130.    Darren Parker

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Probably the one relationship I never understood on the show was Cristina Yang sleeping with Darren Parker, her boss at the Mayo clinic. He was rude, ageist towards sweet old Feeny Dr. Thomas, and Cristina could do so much better.

129.    Dr. Taylor

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Alcoholism is a disease, but when you’re an anesthesiologist and you’re coming to work drunk and falling asleep when you’re supposed to be keeping a two year old girl under anesthesia, you’re careless.

128.    Nurse Rose

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Nurse Rose was so easy to hate, in my opinion, she got in the way of Derek and Meredith’s relationship, she seemed a bit full of herself, and her jokes and humor were inappropriate and unfunny. When I see her, I think serial killer.

127.    Eli Lloyd

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I do not understand what Bailey saw in Eli. He was cocky and rude, and he wasn’t the right fit for Bailey, and obviously she realized that.

126.    Elizabeth Chen

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Elizabeth Chen has shown up three times in Grey’s Anatomy history, and royally messed up each time. Chen butted heads with Meredith over a baby with a murmur, and Meredith turned out to be right. Chen nearly ripped a babies arm off in surgery. Then, when she was on Sloan Riley’s (Marks daughter) case, she said nothing could be done for her baby, Mark knew she was wrong and went over her head. How she still has a job is beyond me.

125.    Graham Maddox

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Nobody likes a kiss-ass, and Graham Maddox was a kiss-ass to Nicole Herman. He was also disrespectful to Arizona Robins during there time together working under Dr. Herman, training to become a neo-natal surgeon.

124.    Dr. Milton

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Coward. Dr. Milton is a coward, whether you have two kids or not, he left two other people in a room with a bomb, and ran out when they needed him.

123.    Lauren Boswell

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Lauren Boswell knew Arizona was with Callie, and she still pursued her anyways, finally winning Arizona over during a power outage at the hospital. She was very smug, and even kept that smugness when lying to Arizona’s wife after the fact.

122.    Tucker Jones

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Tucker Jones married one of the most brilliant, and busiest, surgeons (Miranda Bailey) and still raised hell whenever she was too busy. He acted like a little child whenever Dr. Bailey was too busy for him, even though she was saving peoples lives.

121.    Leah Murphy

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Leah Murphy is an odd one, I don’t hate her, but I definitely do not like her. She caused all sorts of drama at the hospital by raising a fuss after Arizona didn’t want to be with her. She is clingy, and she wasn’t the greatest doctor. Now that she’s back, maybe she can redeem herself a bit, but I’m still very cautious.

120.    Robert Avery

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When Jackson showed up to see his estranged father after years he didn’t recognize him. Once he found out who he was he acted as if nothing was wrong, as if he was a good father and always had been.

119.    Nurse Debbie

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I understand that nurses are probably understaffed and underpaid, but Nurse Debbie didn’t have to be so damn rude to the chief, and everyone else.

118.    Thatcher Grey

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What plunges Thatcher Grey to the bottom of my list isn’t his alcoholism, but his absenteeism in Meredith’s life. He started a whole other family, had two other daughters who he cared and loved for, when he had an amazing daughter in Meredith. He does redeem himself, but personally, I will not forget the time he slapped his own daughter across the face.

117.    James Evans ☠️

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James Evans, Alex Karev’s father, is only one spot higher than Thatcher Grey, another absentee father who started another family even though he had kids elsewhere that he wasn’t there for. His bittersweet moments with his son Alex near the end of his life, and the fact that he tried to get clean for his son, makes him just just a bit better than Thatcher.

116.    Sadie Harris

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I found Sadie Harris to be annoying, her careless and reckless behaviors put herself, and her colleagues in serious danger. She didn’t know what she was doing, she cheated and she lied her way through the program, she’s a part of Meredith’s past and she should have stayed there.

115.    Renee Collier

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She kissed Derek while he was married to Meredith, end of story.

114.    Rob Harmon

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Derek did everything in his power to try and save Rob Harmon’s wife’s life, and after everything they tried, Jen Harmon didn’t make it. Rob Harmon called Derek a murderer, sending Derek down a dark and twisty road.

113.    Amanda

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George died to save Amanda’s life, how did she repay that? by crying her eyes out for days over someone she never even met. Thankfully, Izzie told her to go live the life that George lost.

112.    Reed Adamson ☠️

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Reed was a little off, saying she’d trade sexual favors for the chance to scrub in. Reed was a gossip and a bit snarky, but other than that, her character wasn’t developed  enough, like her fellow Mercy West residents, to warrant much sadness over death.

111.    Colin Marlow

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Colin Marlow was considered for the chief of surgery job, he was arrogant and smarmy, not a good fit for the hospital, and definitely not a good fit for Cristina, whom he had dated for three years.

110.    Sydney Heron

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We all remember Sydney Heron right? The overly perky doctor who never really did anything wrong, but that voice…

109.    Sloan Riley

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Mark Sloan’s daughter, Sloan Riley, blew into Seattle like a wrecking ball, she was vain and coarse. On top of everything, She caused a major divide in Mark and Lexie’s relationship, forcing them into positions they weren’t comfortable being in.

108.    Eliza Minnick

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She’s new, but she’s caused one of the biggest divides the hospital has ever seen, even hurting the relationship between Webber and Bailey. Her way of teaching might work, but it’s shaking up the hospital like nothing other. Also, the actress playing Minnick, Marika Dominczyk, isn’t that great of an actor in my opinion.

107.    Julia Canner

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Nice girl, but she shoved her relationship with Mark down Lexie’s throat.

106.    Janet Meyers

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The social worker that seemed really picky about Meredith and Derek, even though they were clearly good, fit parents. Meredith taking Zola and hiding wasn’t the best idea, but come on, we all knew Meredith and Derek were going to make great parents.

105.    Andrew Perkins

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Andrew Perkins was a good looking guy and he knew it, then the tried to take Teddy Altman away from us… NO!

104.    Morgan Peterson

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Stage 4 clinger. She was into Alex, but the feelings weren’t mutual, and it got awkward.

103.    Margaret Campbell

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Called an old dino by Christina, she was still working at the hospital passed her time. She made a mistake on a surgery, and decided it would be her last.

102.    Rebecca Pope/Jane Doe/Ava

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Alex cared for Rebecca, and while it was sweet, their relationship never felt right. She had some mental issues, and a whole other life somewhere else, this just wasn’t for Alex and we all knew it.

101.    Tracy McConnell

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Catherine Avery brought Tracy McConnell into the hospital to run against Dr. Bailey for the position of chief of surgery. Tracy seemed shiny and new, but let’s face it, the job should have just been handed to Dr. Bailey.

100.    Ryan Spalding

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Ryan Spalding wasn’t given much to do on the show, he’s not a bad character but he’s not memorable enough to even be given a full number by Christina, who just called him 4.2.

99.    Robbie Stevens

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Not a bad parent, but not a great one. A tad eccentric and different, she showed up when Izzie had cancer and she only helped in making things worse than better. Bailey thought she was doing Izzie a favor by calling her to see her sick daughter, but Izzie knew why she didn’t want her mother there.

98.    Lawrence Jennings

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Lawrence Jenning, who was the chairman of the board, was a grumpy man, who was caught cheating on his wife for years. His old fashioned ways never really meshed with the hospital and its doctors.

97.    Darryl Nessabaum

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An irritating man who tried to teach several of the doctors at the hospital how to do a cross-stitch. He admitted to the staff the he felt that the “patient doesn’t matter”.

96.    Emily Kovach

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Emily Kovach flirted with Owen Hunt, while he was with Christina, leading Christina to believe that they were sleeping together.

95.    Molly Thompson

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Who is she? Many will have forgotten that Meredith has a third sister, Lexie and Maggie are not the only ones. Molly Thompson came to Seattle Grace Hospital, with her parents Thatcher and Susan Grey, to have her baby. She was a bit stand-offish, but other than that we don’t know much about her… and the mystery continues.

94.    Pierce Halley

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Pierce was an intern at the hospital, he was a part of the infamous love triangle with Steve, Megan and himself. He falls into the trap that all the season 3/4 interns fall into, where you remember there face, but we don’t really know much about them.

93.    William Thorpe

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He started off as a dick, but then took a liking to Meredith. He was just not interesting enough to stick around.

92.    Katie Bryce

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Meredith’s first patient ever, showed up again 10 years later. She’s whiny and questions Meredith’s skills as a doctor.

91.    William Dunn ☠️

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Why is a murderer so “high” on my list. Well, everything about the man was intriguing, like Hannibal Lecter. Creepy, but illustrious,

90.    Oliver Lebackes

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Also known as Dr. Butthole, he was a nice man, but he tried to take Karev away from the hospital, and for that reason he’s only number 90.

89.    Mitchell Spencer

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This intern started in season 11, and has quite a few screw-ups under his belt, like loosening a patients restraints, causing her to dislocate her neck. Seeing brains made him vomit, I like him more than the season 3/4 interns as he was developed a bit more.

88.    Dan Pruitt

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Dan’s a nice guy, but even Callie said he was a bit boring. Callie worked on him as a patient, eventually removing one of his legs, They flirted and went on one date, but Callie just wasn’t interested in him.

87.    Graciela Guzman

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Again, another victim of the season 3/4 interns, you probably remember her face but not too much more about her.

86.    Virginia Dixon

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Virginia Dixon, A cardiothoracic  surgeon, was only in a few episodes, but you probably remember her. Dixon had Autism/Asperger’s syndrome, She came across as a fish out of water on the show, many criticized the portrayal of Asperger’s syndrome.

85.    Nurse Ruth

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You probably recognize Nurse Ruth, she is a go-getter and a fighter, one of the nurses you’d be happy to see on your case.

84.    Jim Nelson

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Jim Nelson was commonly known around the hospital as Shadow Shepherd, the mans work has been called sloppy, but he was always second best around the hospital compared to Derek Shepherd. This resulted in quite a bit of humor, and just seeing his face makes me laugh.

83.    Raj Sen

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A psychologist who’s been around since season one, he’s smart and always knows what he’s doing, even if Meredith rejected his application to live with her.

82.    Lucy Fields

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I kind of liked her relationship with Alex, but like her time on the show, it was short and forgettable.

81.    Alana Cahill

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She was just at the hospital doing what she was hired to do, make budget cuts, does that make her evil? Not really, in the end I felt bad for her just trying to do her job, even thought she shut down the ER.

80.    Megan Mostow

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An intern in the background, but caused a lot of fuss, like when she got pregnant while on a break with pierce and slept with Steve, or when she got fired and filed a lawsuit against the hospital. If you’re a long time watcher you’ll recognize her, for good or for bad.

79.    Aaron Karev

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A one episode family member appearance, Aaron Karev, Alex’s little brother, showed up with a hernia. Him and Alex fought, Aaron was fixed, and then he was gone.

78.    Dr. Knox

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Honestly, you wouldn’t know his face, but you might know his name, He’s been an anesthesiologist since season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy, and has appeared in 20+ episodes.

77.    Ronny O’Malley

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76.    Jerry O’Malley

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Annoying O’Malley brother 2

75.    Finn “McVet” Dandridge

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Finn was a sweet, caring guy. Meredith was the first girl he sought after his wife’s passing, he was there for her, he just wasn’t Derek, and he was about as plain as buttered toast.

74.    Roberta Thompson

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A strong board member who helped the doctors fight for their rights after the plane crash.

73.    Isaac Cross

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If Cross is in the scene, he’s usually good for a laugh, his deer caught in the headlights expression makes me wonder if he’s learned anything thing at that hospital.

72.    Nick

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A sweet guy, who came to the hospital with cancer, seeking Arizona’s help. If he’d come sooner he might still be alive, and he might have had a better friendship with Arizona.

71.    Nick Hanscom ☠️

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A genuinely nice guy, who if he had survived, might have had a shot at dating Lexie Grey.

70.    Carolyn Shepherd

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She is tough, like we all expected her to be. The mother of Derek Shepherd and four girls, a former navy nurse, and she approves of Meredith. She’d be higher on the list if she would have made the trip for her daughter, Amelia’s, wedding.

69.    Andrew Deluca

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He started off as an interesting character, but hasn’t really done much for me since, a nice guy but his looks are only skin deep, he isn’t that interesting. His relationship with Pierce didn’t make sense, and now he likes Jo which is irritating.

68.    Megan Hunt ☠️(?)

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Okay, so she made an appearance in flashbacks, and that’s basically it, but she’s cool. Plus, there is a theory that she’s still alive, and she’ll return to shake things up.

67.    Penelope “Penny” Blake

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I enjoyed Penny’s time on Grey’s Anatomy, although she’s number 67 for several shitty reasons, and not because she “killed” Derek (if you want the people responsible for that check number 133). Her relationship with Callie never felt right, especially for Callie to pick up and move away from her friends and family. I admired her courage and pluckiness, and her eventual relationship with Meredith.

66.    Jeff Russell

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Just a good guy, who came to work, did his job and left. He let Christina do what she wanted for the most part, and didn’t interfere with goings on around the hospital.

65.    Harold O’Malley ☠️

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A sweet, but often misguided father.

64.   Olivia Harper

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A friendly familiar face around the hospital, the syphilis accident was just that, an accident.

63.    Patricia

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You might remember Patricia as Richard Webbers secretary while he was chief, she was witty, and a great aid to Webber.

62.    Jane “Mama” Burke

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Mama was strong and confident like her son, she deserves the 62nd spot, even though she took Christina’s eyebrows.

61.    Bonnie Crasnoff ☠️

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You’ll remember Bonnie as the girl with a pole going through her body, and into another patients body. She also appeared to Meredith when Meredith nearly drown.

60.    Dr. Alma

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When Bailey suffered from OCD, Dr. Alma was assigned to help her overcome her problems, and it takes someone with guts to boss Bailey around like she did.

59.   Shane Ross

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nicknamed “Happy” by Christina Yang, he was definitely that, to the point of annoyance. His friendship with Yang was nice, and I’m glad he went with her to Switzerland.

58.    Matthew Taylor

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Mathew Taylor did everything right, including throwing a beautiful proposal/wedding for April Kepner, he just wasn’t Jackson, and we knew that April wanted to be with Jackson.

57.    Hannah Davies

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Unlike Dr. Milton, Hannah stayed with the patient and in that room with Meredith and a bomb, until she couldn’t take it anymore.

56.    Susan Grey ☠️

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Susan Grey was a very sweet lady who brought Meredith and her father closer together, she didn’t deserve to die. If it wasn’t for her death Meredith’s relationship with her father would be stronger.

55.    Tyler Christian

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He was there from day one (and then another ten seasons), hid dissapearance without a trace or explanation kind of stinks because he was another friendly face around the hospital.

54.    Norman Shales

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Why would you team up one of the kindest, sweetest old men with Alex Karev? That was bound for failure. At least it all worked for the best and we know that Norman is in Psych where he belongs. RIP Edward Herrmann

53.    Walter

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While we don’t know much about Walter, we do know that his relationship with Joe the bartender seemed like a good one.

52.    Evelyn Hunt

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A very caring mother to Owen Hunt.

51.    Kyle Diaz ☠️

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A very nice young man who came to the hospital with a hand tremor and took a liking to Stephanie Edwards. He was a great guy but the way he reacted when Edwards broke up with him, whining to his mom and sister and giving her the silent treatment, was embarrassing.

50.    Emma Marling

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Emma Marling might very well have been the best choice for Owen, I’m Crowen all the way, but Emma seemed like she might have been pretty good for Owen.

49.    Jen Harmon ☠️

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A very nice woman who was a pregnant patient of Derek’s and Addison’s who died, her husband is number 114, as her death and his comments made Derek leave the hospital for a short time.

48.    Rebecca Swender

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a very competent doctor who was there for Izzie during her cancer treatments.

47.    Helen Rubenstein

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May be a little overbearing but she was a loving mother to Cristina, and similar in many ways.

46.    Elizabeth Fallon ☠️

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Elizabeth Fallon was a scrub nurse that worked for Ellis Grey and came to the hospital while Meredith worked there, they bonded shortly before her death. After Meredith had a near death experience, Elizabeth appeared to her to help her.

45.    Lizzie Shepard & Nancy Shepherd

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We’ve never met Kathleen Shepherd, but we have met Derek’s other three sisters, Amelia, Lizzie and Nancy. Liz and Nancy appear as number 45 on my list, they both seem to be strong, intelligent women, both are doctors and similar to Derek.

44.    David Moore

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One of the nicest guys you might have ever met in the hospital, he worked with Arizona helping her with her new prosthetic and even when she was rude and non-responsive to his help, he still stuck by her.

43.    Steve Mostow

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He’s probably one of the more recognizable interns, starting in season 4, he’s a likeable and funny guy, if not a little awkward.

42.    Diane Pierce ☠️

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Maggie’s wonderful, wonderful mother, who sadly passed away but really made an impression in her limited time on the show.

41.    Heather Brooks ☠️

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She was a little off, but in my opinion she was one of the more interesting interns the show has had. She actually had a unique personality, she was cute and funny. All you Heather Brooks haters can back off.

40.    Louise O’Malley

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George’s sweet, yet slightly overbearing mother, lost her husband and son in such a short period of time. Her re-appearance later on in the show with Callie was tender and sweet.

39.    Bokhee

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What can I say about Bokhee, except for the fact that if you don’t know who she is then you need to get off this page. I don’t think she’s said a single word, but she is a Grey’s Anatomy staple since day one.

38.    Ben Warren

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Bailey finally got it right with with Ben Warren, a caring man who has recently had some interesting story-lines, but I still find him a bit bland at times.

37.    Dylan Young ☠️

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The bomb squad leader who helped Meredith through the situation that found her holding a bomb in a mans chest cavity. He later was killed by that bomb, but appeared to Meredith after she had a near death experience.

36.    Katharine Wyatt

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A Psychiatrist at the hospital, she assisted Meredith, Owen and many of the other doctors at the hospital.

35.    Jo Wilson

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Jo is somewhere between sweet and awesome, to whiny and misguided, Some day’s you love her, others not so much. I’m also not sure how I feel about her relationship with Alex.

34.    Erica Hahn

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I enjoyed Erica Hahn, she had a real arc on the show and while she did end up going against the grain several times, it gave her an authenticity. You may not have liked the choices her character was making, like her hostility towards Cristina and Izzie, but it made her a real character with different aspirations.

33.    Catherine Avery

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Catherine Avery is as strong and hard as Miranda Bailey, but not as likeable. The show hasn’t been afraid to make the audience dislike Catherine, but through all her flaws we still find her to be the one we love to hate.

32.    Joe

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Everyone’s favorite bartender, it’s too bad we don’t have him around anymore, he was a great familiar face at the bar, providing many hilarious moments, like coming out to Richard Webber, or having to fire Cristina Yang.

31.    Carlos Torres

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Carlos Torres has an amazing transition on the show, from hard-ass, homophobic father, to accepting, caring dad. It doesn’t hurt to have the terrific Hector Elizondo playing him.

30.    Mary Portman ☠️

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Mary Portman, one of the kindest patients the shows ever had, survived the hospital shooting, only to die six months later due to organ failure.

29.    Charles Percy ☠️

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Another victim of the hospital shooting, Charles Percy may have been a little full of himself, but he was a lovable brute.

28.    Craig Thomas ☠️

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A kind man and mentor to Cristina Yang, he was sweet and helped guide Cristina through a difficult time in her life following the plane crash. FEENY!

27.    April Kepner

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During my complete re-watch of Grey’s Anatomy, I found that I liked April Kepner a lot more than I did my first time around. I never found her to be too “Annoying” unless she was fighting with Jackson or forcing religion. At the end of the day, I really do love Kepner.

26.    Nicole Herman

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Nicole Herman started as a hard-ass on the show, even showing disdain for the lovable Arizona Robbins. As it is with all curmudgeons, the have a soft side, and Arizona found that soft side and we all fell in love with Herman, rooting for her survival.

25.    Adele Webber ☠️

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Adele is the late wife of Richard Webber, an incredibly adorable and charming lady, who was also quite funny at times, putting Richard, and others, in their place when needed.

24.    Stephanie Edwards

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Edwards’ character has only recently been able to shine as a character, she’s shown incredible determination as a doctor and I’m glad.

23.    Nathan Riggs

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likable, smart, resourceful, and possibly the next great love story for Meredith Grey? His story is still unfolding on Grey’s Anatomy, but he’s definitely an interesting character.

22.    Ameilia Shepard

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I watched Private Practice for a few seasons, and never saw Amelia on the show. I think you love her a lot more if you know her harried past, but I’ve recently grown to admire her more and more.

21.    Jackson Avery

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Jackson is a quiet, brooding man, I haven’t found him as insanely interesting, but he’s a constant on the show and deserves the number 21 spot. Jackson is often a voice of reason, one of the more sensible characters on the show. His relationship with Mark Sloan, which would lead to the “Plastics Posse”, was funny and entertaining. He’s the type of son you’d expect to be raised by Catherine Avery, and I mean that in the best way.

20.    Preston Burke

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Preston Burke was such a complex, interesting, smart character. Everything about him felt real, and he stayed true to his character and for that he earns the twentieth spot. He could be a prick, to George, Derek, and even Christina in the beginning, but all of those relationships became strong.

19.    Ellis Grey ☠️

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One of the strongest characters the show has seen, an interesting woman who’s story, and life, has been a presence throughout the entire show. I could have her lower on my list for the way she mothered Meredith, but I never once disliked Ellis Grey, I respected the hell out of her.

18.    Maggie Pierce

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When Maggie Pierce first appeared on the show, I was not very receptive to the idea of doing another unknown sister story-line. She became so much more than that, she is this emotional, caring, determined doctor and sister.

17.    Henry Burton ☠️

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Henry deserved better! He was the definition of a great guy, wooing Teddy at the right time, he was polite, and funny, and charming. It was all so bittersweet.

16.    Denny Duquette ☠️

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Very similar to Henry Burton (above), but Denny Duquette was fucking Denny Duquette am I right? A rock star in his own right. Swooping in like a sick prince charming, capturing the attention of Izzie, falling in love, a love story that was so swift, yet so full of passion.

15.    Owen Hunt

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Owen Hunt is a bad ass with a heart of gold. From his first moments on the show, where he pulled an icicle from Cristina Yangs chest, to being chief, and running the trauma department, Owen Hunt has proven to be one of the more capable doctors working at the hospital.

14.    Richard Webber

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Richard Webber is a staple at the hospital, and she’s been like a father to Meredith, and in a way he’s been like a father to all of us. He always knows what to say, he’s guided us along for 13 seasons, and will hopefully continue to do so.

13.    Teddy Altman

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Teddy is a brave woman, who wears her heart on her sleeve. I adore Teddy, she breathed life into her three seasons on the show, she was determined and formed some unforgettable friendships at the hospital.

12.    Arizona Robbins

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Arizona is incredible, and resilient. I adore her for her kindness and warmth towards her patients, and everyone. She’s human, she’ll cry when she gets overwhelmed, and isn’t afraid to stand up for her tiny humans. Her perkiness might scare you off at first, but beneath that perkiness is the strength of a tiger.

11.    Isobel “Izzie” Stevens

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There is no one quite like Izzie, courageous, funny, aggressive and a deeply caring person. Her caring for her patients too much has landed her in hot water at the hospital, but only landed her higher in our hearts.

10.    Alex Karev

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Alex Karev is everyone’s favorite bad boy. He works in pediatrics, and his story from an asshole to likeable pediatric surgery head is heartwarming. His friendship with Meredith is delightful, and the way he treats his patients is lovely.

9.    Miranda Bailey

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Bailey has had quite the progressive storyline on Grey’s Anatomy, starting out as “The Nazi”, then with every episode, she became just a little more kind and lovable. It’s only recently, with her promotion to chief of surgery, that I’ve seen a bit of a bounce back to the “Old Bailey”. On the show, the character Bailey’s change in temperment is blamed on having a child. I think that it is no coincidence that her more lovable side came out once a certain five interns came to work at the hospital.

8.    Addison Forbes Montgomery

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If Addison had stayed on Grey’s Anatomy, who knows where the writers would have taken her. Everything in Seattle seemed to be over for her, and it takes a certain character to commandeer her own show. Addison was that character, smart, wickedly funny, and a kind heart, but can never seem to get it right. I watched a few seasons of Private Practice, but this list is solely Grey’s Anatomy based, and Addison’s time on Grey’s Anatomy was fun and  scandalous.

7.    Derek Shepherd ☠️

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It’s difficult for all of us trying to watch Meredith move on in the current seasons of Grey’s Anatomy because we know that her and Derek were one of the great love stories. He screwed up, a lot of times, I don’t know if anyone will really forgive him for “Choosing” Addison, but he was human, and we miss him dearly.

6.    Lexie Grey ☠️

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There’s something about Lexie Grey, the girl who went through medical school and surprised her sister by showing up at her work one day, as an intern. Lexie Grey had a photographic memory, but it didn’t exactly make her the smartest at making decisions. Her naivety and her big heart made her one of the funniest characters on the show, and possibly the sweetest.

5.    Mark Sloan ☠️

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Mark might have slept with his best friend’s wife, and slept around the hospital, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Mark gave his relationships there all, with Derek, Addison, Callie, Jackson, and more, the friendships Mark had on Grey’s Anatomy were some of my favorites. Marks kindness, compassion and humor land him in my fifth spot.

4.    Callie Torres

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The best part about Callie was how the writers made her so incredibly human, she made mistakes and owned them. Callie was never afraid to stand up for herself and what she believed in, her bisexual story-line, and ultimate relationship with Arizona, was beautiful. Her friendship with Mark was my favorite relationship (next to Christina and Meredith’s), Callie’s disappearance from the show is one of the biggest losses.

3.    George O’Malley ☠️

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Maybe George O’Malley is so high on my list because of how much he reminds me of myself. He clearly deals with Anxiety, but he has a tendency to be brave when it’s needed. He was smart, but made mistakes, He was funny and genuine. His heart was big, right up until his final moments.

2.    Meredith Grey

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For 13 seasons we have watched the saga of Meredith Grey unfold, we have stuck by her through many, many problems and hardships. It’s Meredith Grey who keeps us coming back, It’s her courage and vigor and compassion for the people she loves that makes Meredith Grey so incredible. She’s been through so much loss and struggle, seeing her fortitude through all of this has given myself and so many others strength. Meredith Grey is an incredible human being and I will continue to watch her for years to come.

1.    Cristina Yang

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Cristina Yang is quite possibly the most incredible character Shonda Rhimes has created. Resolute and beautiful inside and out, she fights for what she wants and has incredibly wicked sense of humor. Her “Twisted sister” friendship with Meredith is one of the better friendships I’ve seen portrayed on TV, and both of her relationships (Burke & Hunt) were mesmerizing. The writers worked hard to crate a character that would live on, I’m sure/hope we haven’t seen the last of Cristina Yang.


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My Mental Illness

The thing I can’t wrap my head around is the fact that there are people out there in the world who have never thought about suicide. That thought alone haunts me, it makes me feel sick. There is a good portion of the population that has never thought of killing themselves and I find that baffling.

Myself, I think about suicide daily. I have a mental illness, and I clearly don’t have it under control in the way I’d like to. Can you get control of a mental illness? You must be able to right? That’s a dumb question, of course you can, and I am working diligently to get better.

I have Borderline Personality Disorder with abandonment issues, I don’t feel I’ve ever been abandoned, but hey, a psychiatrist told me so it must be true. I’m being facetious, I know it means I fear abandonment. Ask anyone who knows me, I have the biggest case of F.O.M.O. (Fear of missing out).

As for the Borderline Personality Disorder, well it’s a little harder to explain. Here is a little write up from the National Institute of Mental Health that explains it because my way of explaining it is way to cavalier.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.

I was told by one of my therapists that my ability to regulate emotion is stuck somewhere in my childhood. You might laugh and think that means I cry when I don’t get candy, and if you ask my wife I do that on occasion. No, I’m a 26 year old, I’ve grown up, but it can be so hard for me to emotionally handle situations. All I want to do is laugh, or cry, or get mad, but most of the times I push myself to not do those things, even if the situation calls for it. Other times, I do those things, I laugh like crazy, or I cry like a baby, or I get FAR TO Angry. Living in my head is hell some days.

I don’t have an ounce of self-worth in my body. I’m 26 years old but those songs like Colbie Caillat’s Try or Sara Bareilles Brave hit me so hard because for 3+ minutes I have the courage to be myself. Nothing like song to make you feel better than you ever have, am I right?

I can’t even write about myself here, I can’t say anything good about myself because I don’t believe it. One of my therapists said to me once “What do you like about yourself?” Do you think I could think of anything? Fuck no. I sat there like a mumbling idiot, so she started to say things for me like “Do you think you’re good at reviewing films?” “No I do not”. “Do you think you’re a good husband” “no” “Do you think you’re a good dad?” “No”. I don’t have an ounce of self-worth, but I also don’t think I deserve to have that self-worth. And I am a fucking 26 year old white male, I would have hated to be a teenage girl, with the makeup and worrying about your breast size. My hat goes off to every girl who made it through high school, I couldn’t have. (This is not a pity party, this is just an explanation.

I’ve been told that people with BPD are known for their unstable relationships, didn’t that make me look back on the last 26 years of my life and think of every friend who I know longer talk to. I have a good handful of close friends, who (praise Jesus) have stuck by me even when I’m sure they didn’t want to. I’ve had so many intense and strong friendships, where I’ve thought “I love this person, they’re my best friend and they will be forever” and then two months later they’re just a memory. I don’t know if that is my fault, but I sure as hell blame myself. I want to be everyone’s best friend, I want to learn what people are passionate about, I want to love people, but it’s so hard for me to convey it that I end up acting like a moss covered stump and never talk to that person again.

Impulsive actions? Yea, that also sounds like me. Don’t trust me with money, have you seen the amount of pop vinyl’s I have? I’ll cling to anything that makes me happy, and if I think it’ll make me happy I do it. It’s so hard for me to say no to anything. That impulsivity is scary for someone with such dark depression and suicidal thoughts.

I have a great life, I do, but there are millionaires and people living on the street with mental illnesses. People are constantly telling me to look around at what I have, they tell me I shouldn’t be depressed because of everything God’s given me. Well, that’s a crock of shit. Don’t worry about me. I have support, I’m getting help, and I’m trying. 2016 was hard, and just when I think things are getting better, they don’t, but I’m not giving up, I can’t.

Why did I write this? Well my friends, there are people out there who don’t understand depression, anxiety and all mental illnesses. If you have a broken arm you get help, you don’t hide it, you don’t cover it up because you’re afraid somebody won’t believe you. If you have a broken arm you don’t go to your doctor/parents/significant other/friends, and worry they’re going to tell you to “get over it” or “suck it up”, YOU GET HELP.

Well let me tell you, there a billions of dollars being put into getting help for “people like me”, and if you think “people like me” are just “looking for attention” or “being dramatic” then I’m really glad you read this. It hurts me so much to know that there are people out there committing suicide, and cutting, and having panic attacks, and crying, because they aren’t getting the help they deserve.

If I can be this open, you can get help

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.

For Suicide hotlines in Canada click the link below:

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/canada-suicide-hotlines.html

For Suicide Hotline in the United States call the number below:

1-800-273-8255

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Mitch Burns

Twitter: @Mitchydaily

2015 in Film: A Running List

2015 in Film: A Running List

The films I’ve seen this year and the grades I’ve given them

I wish I had time to write a review for every film I see in a year, but I don’t. I rarely have enough time to see all the films released in a year. Hopefully this gives readers and movie lovers like myself a chance to see which movies I think are worth seeing and which to avoid!

If you would like a detailed rundown on how my grading system works, click here!

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Movie:                                                                                                     Grade:          

Kingsman: The Secret Service B
Fifty Shades of Grey D-
The Culling F
The Divergent Series: Insurgent D+
Backcountry B-
Furious 7 B-
The Wedding Ringer C-
The Water Diviner C+
The Boy Next Door F
The Avengers: Age of Ultron B-
Spongebob: Sponge out of Water C+
Chappie C-
Ex Machina A
It Follows A-
Welcome to Me D+
Extinction D-
Mad Max: Fury Road A+
Mommy A-
71 B-
The Voices C+
Jurassic World A-
Maggie D+
insidious: Chapter 3 C
Jupiter Ascending C+
Cinderella C+
I Am Big Bird B-
While We’re Young C
Creep C+
Get Hard D+
Slow West A-
Terminator Genisys D
Inside Out B
Lava (Short Film) D+
Ant-Man C-
Spy B
Ted 2 C-
Clouds of Sils Maria B-
Poltergeist C+
Home B
Cop Car A-
Air D+
Woman in Gold C+
Trainwreck C+
Tales of the Grim Sleeper A-
Wild Tales B+
Shaun The Sheep B
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief A-
Z For Zachariah B
San Andreas C+
The Lazarus Effect D+
Seventh Son D-
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl A

The Martian (Book Review)

The Martian

By Andy Weir

Review by Mitch Burns


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It’s the 6th day, or Sol, after the Ares 3 manned mission to Mars has arrived on the Red Planet. A brutal dust storm hits the crew and they must evacuate, abandon their mission early and return home. During the evacuation, Astronaut Mark Watney is struck with an antenna, blown away from his group. Watney’s bio-monitor computer is destroyed, the crew can only assume Mark is dead and they must leave the planet.

The Ares 3 crew leaves Mars, stranding a very much alive Mark Watney. Survival looks bleak for Mark, his crew thinks he is dead, he can’t contact NASA and no one will be visiting Mars again until the Ares 4 mission in a few years, long after Mark’s food has run out.

The Martian is a story of one man, going against all odds and trying to survive. The author, Andy Weir, couldn’t have written a better main character. Mark Watney is hopeful and cheerful protagonist, someone who is very easy to root for. Weir has added a good amount of humor as well, the characters of Watney and Annie Montrose, add some good bits of humor in unexpected forms. A book like this could be depressing and a slog without hopeful and humorous characters to lead the way.

My advice to you? Keep reading! I almost quit reading The Martian as it can often be very scientific. It goes on long tangents, and I found myself close to blacking out at times. The lead character is a Botanist and Mechanical Engineer, so it gets technical on both fronts. especially in the first few chapters the book explains certain aspects, I don’t know who this is for, a lot of it is over my head.

This is something that really aids The Martian though, Andy Weir is one smart cracker. He knows what he’s talking about, and what he doesn’t know, he must have put in a lot of research. It’s mind boggling, the amount of research that must have gone into The Martian. If Weir and the book have a flaw, its that he may isolate some readers because of this, but push through, skim a paragraph or two, and move on, it’s worth it.

The cast of characters are interesting, and ethnically diverse, with a plethora of personalities. Weir knows when to cut to certain characters and when to write things differently. The book starts out in journal format, Mark Watney is making logs on the ships computer, and just when you think the whole book is going to be told in a journal-like first person format, it cuts to NASA, and a third person format. It adds a layer to the book, and keeps things interesting and fun.

The Martian will be released a movie in October of 2015, the cast includes Matt Damon as Mark Watney, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig and many more. I’m not sold on Damon as Watney, I’ve never enjoyed him too much, and I don’t see him being able to pull of the comedic to serious juxtaposition. I’ll see it before I judge, as I still am looking forward to it.

Grade: A


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The Hollywood Persona Box Office Draft: April-August 2015

The Hollywood Persona Box Office Draft:

April-August 2015

With Mitch & Shawn


Mitch and Shawn tried their hands at their first ever Box Office draft! Right below is a look at how the boys are did! The guys picked their movies on Podcast Episode 6, which you can listen to here. Mitch is the winner, by a landslide, and that means he gets to pick a movie for Shawn to watch, and Shawn owes Mitch a 6 pack of beer. The movie Mitch picks for Shawn is yet to be determined. The final numbers are below:

Mitch’s Picks: (Click photo to enlarge)

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Mitch’s Studio profit: $3,633,748,825


 Shawn’s Picks: (Click photo to enlarge)

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Shawn’s Studio Profit: -$2,509,157,043


Winner:
Mitch

Won by:
$2,513,235,030

stay tuned for their next Box office draft.


RULES OF THE BOX OFFICE DRAFT

For first weekend in April (3rd-5th) to the last weekend in August (28th-30th)

  • Each player is their own studio and will make up a list of movies they hope to draft; they won’t get all of these movies assuming the other person is trying to pick the same ones. A little research goes a long way, knowing the budget, the target audience of the movie and what similar movies have done budget wise in the past and more will help you pick your list, and make you a profitable studio.
  • Make a list of 15 to 20 movies you hope to pick; you’ll need to have more than 10 in case the other person chooses one you had in your top ten.
  • Budget: The budget will be found through sites like boxofficemojo.com and Wikipedia.com, the budget is then turned into 2 and a half times the reported budget. So a 10 million dollar budget is actually a 25 million dollar budget. Films only report on the cost to make a movie, and not advertising/marketing costs, press junkets, paying actors beyond the film for interviews, etc. This 2 ½ times the budget takes into account these extra costs.
  • Bomb Pick: Each player gives the other person a bomb pick, a movie being released in the allotted time period that they think will do poorly at the box office and could hurt the other person’s studio.
  • Alternative Pick: Seeing as we are choosing movies ahead of time, and schedules change quite often, movies may be pushed to different months or even years. Each studio picks an alternative pick in case one of their films drops out or is pushed.
  • Who Goes first?: Flipping a coin! At a pre-determined time, or even over the podcast, the players will flip a coin to see who goes first. Whoever goes first gets to pick the first film, the person who goes second though gets to pick the first bomb pick.
  • Who wins?: Whichever players studio makes more money at the end of the allotted time period than the other players studio, with 2 ½ x’s the budget subtracted, wins. The players must decide on air what the prize is.
  • What does the winner win?: A six pack of beer bought by the loser, and the winner gets to pick a movie for the loser to watch and review on the podcast!
  • *The films in August will probably continue to make money well into September, unless it is still very close, it will probably be pretty obvious who is going to win by the end of August. We’ll make a judgement call if we want to wait a few weeks into September or not.

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26 Jurassic World Easter Eggs and similarities to Jurassic Park

26 Times Jurassic World
Easter Eggs
and similarities to Jurassic Park

by Mitch Burns


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READ MY JURASSIC WORLD REVIEW HERE

With Stephen Spielberg as executive producer, and director Colin Trevorrow so willing to service the fans of the 1993 original, you knew we were going to get some moments in Jurassic World paying homage to its predecessor Jurassic Park.

Some are small, and some may have been unintentional, but nonetheless, they all reminded us of the glorious Jurassic Park. Here they are:

1. uncovering the original Jurassic Park

Screen Captures1It was unexpected, but it was greatly welcomed. The kids, Gray and Zack, get lost running from the Indominus Rex, and stumble upon the dilapidated park from the original Jurassic Park.

We could break this one down into a few parts, as it unveils several bits of nostalgia from the first film. The boys first encountering the old park, climbing the steps and opening the giant doors we know so well. They walk across the main hall, where the battle between the T-rex and Velociraptor’s took place all those years ago, dinosaur bones from old exhibits and a piece of the banner that fell lay on the ground. Items such as the night vision goggles found in the jeep by Tim Murphy while they waited outside the Tyrannosaur paddock. The walkie-talkies used in the first film by Dr. Ellie Sattler as she embarks on her mission to turn the parks power back on, and some more little tidbits make this scene wonderful for old fans.

2. Rexie/The same T-Rex!

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You’ll hear many noises in Jurassic World that sound familiar, for one, the Velociraptor sounds are hauntingly familiar. Then, in the films final moments we’re treated with a victorious roar from The T-Rex, which is quite similar to her roar after defeating the Velociraptor’s in the final battle of Jurassic Park. 

4. The Flare

433_Alan_Grant_flare_T-rex_jurassicpark1During the finale, Claire Dearing has the smart idea to get some help fighting the Indominus Rex, who better to help but Rexie. What better to get the attention of our old friend, but a red flare, one very similar to the one used by Dr. Alan Grant (and Ian Malcolm) as he tries to get the attention of the T-Rex, and draw her away from Tim and Lex.

5. John Hammond statue and Hammond Creation Lab

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When Jurassic World was in the very early stages of development, there were talks of having Richard Attenborough reprise his role as the creator of the original Jurassic Park, and founder of the company InGen. Unfortunately, in August of 2014, Attenborough passed away. Not long after, director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, tweeted out a picture from the set of Jurassic World, a statue of John Hammond. The cloning laboratory is also named The Hammond Creation lab, this is where all the dinosaurs are created.

6. “We spared no expense”

The character John Hammond supposedly passed away shortly after the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The company InGen passed to Simon Misrani, the son of Hammonds friend.
Simon Misrani talks a lot about his friend John Hammond, his love and his passion, and he does utter Hammond’s famous line “We spared no expense”.

7. Dr. Henry Wu

Downloads28Dr. Henry Wu is the only human character to have appeared in Jurassic Park and make a reappearance in Jurassic World. In Jurassic Park, Dr. Wu was a geneticist, in Jurassic World, he has been promoted to chief geneticist, and is the one who created the Indominus Rex.

8. Mr. DNA

2015-06-15 23_07_31-Jurassic.Park.1993.720p.BrRip.264.YIFY.mp4 - VLC media playerRexie and Dr. Henry Wu aren’t the only returning characters from the original Jurassic Park. In the main building in Jurassic World, you can see children watching a screen, on the screen is Mr. DNA explaining to the kids some fun facts about dinosaurs. Mr. DNA is the one that explained to Grant, Sattler, Malcolm and the others how the cloning works in Jurassic Park.
In Jurassic Park he was voiced by Greg Burson, who died in 2008. In Jurassic World Mr. DNA was voiced by the film’s director Colin Trevorrow.

9. “What’s the matter kid? You never had Lamb Chops?”

Apparently The T-Rex’s favorite food is goat. We all remember the horror from the original Jurassic Park as the kids and the lawyer Donald Gennaro are sitting in the jeep, in the pouring rain, when a goats leg hits the jeep, they look up to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex slurping down the last bits of the goat that was once tied up. In Jurassic World, we get a brief scene of Rexie eating another goat, as guests of the park watch on.

10. Kids don’t understand technology

This is one of the better throwback moments from Jurassic Park, one that made me smile pretty large while I sat in the theater during Jurassic World. Remember that scene in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex is bearing down on the jeep where Tim and Lex are trying to turn the flashlight off, as it is drawing the attention of Rexie? Lex says “How do I turn it off?” and Tim replies “I don’t know!”.
In Jurassic World, Zack and Gray are in the back of an armored van, the rear doors are wide open and a velociraptor is bearing down on them. They find an electric prodder in the back of the van, and grab it. Zack says “How do I turn it on?” and Gray responds with “I don’t Know!”.

11. Claire Dearing’s outfit

2015-06-15 23_14_04-Jurassic.Park.1993.720p.BrRip.264.YIFY.mp4 - VLC media playerClaire’s outfit in Jurassic World has two references to characters from the first Jurassic Park. One, she wears all white, which is a reference to John Hammond, who wore all white in Jurassic Park.
About midway through the movie, Claire takes her shirt, rips it open, rolls up her sleeves, and ties it in a knot. A clear reference to the way Dr. Ellie Sattler wore her shirt in Jurassic Park.

12. “They’re flocking this way”

It seems that the dinosaur Gallimimus does only one thing, runs. The iconic scene from Jurassic Park, where Tim, Lex and Dr. Grant are on the open plains and the herd of Gallimimus are running towards them is recreated in Jurassic World, as the we see the Gallimimus running in an open field, alongside a Jurassic World jeep.

13. Lowery’s T-shirt

tumblr_nowt7z5I4z1tc05ego1_500This is probably the most blatantly obvious reference to Jurassic Park. Lowery Cruthers, played by Jake Johnson, a control room technician, wears a T-shirt with the old Jurassic Park logo on it. He states to Claire Dearing that he bought it off eBay, and she says the shirt is in poor taste, as a lot of people died at that first park.

14.  InGen

ingensecurity_bg1InGen, is a bioengineering company founded by John Hammond. The company and it’s logo makes many appearances during the film, Simon Misrani is now the CEO of the company. InGen is alive and well, and makes many of the products seen in Jurassic World, You’ll notice the logo all over military equipment, helicopters and more.

15. Henry Wu escapes again

In Jurassic Park, I always found it a little strange when the geneticist scurried away from the island in the first film, leaving his creations to wreak havoc upon the island, and he was never heard from again. Until Jurassic World and when shit begins to hit the fan again, Henry Wu hops in a helicopter with some dinosaur DNA and leaves everyone behind to fend themselves against the monster he created.

16. Another sick Dinosaur

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An iconic scene from Jurassic Park, is when the group comes across a sick triceratops. The paleontologists, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant are shocked to see the dinosaurs. Tears well up in Dr. Sattlers eyes, and Dr. Grant lies on the Triceratops chest as it inhales and exhales. In Jurassic World, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing come upon a wounded and dying Apatosaurus, the Indominus Rex has been killing dinosaurs for sport. Claire becomes quite emotional, and Owen comforts the dinosaur in its last moments of life. It’s a moment quite reminiscent of the sick Triceratops in Jurassic Park.

17. Arriving at the island

We haven’t been back to Isla Nublar in 22 years, and we arrived on a helicopter last time. The shot of the helicopter arriving to the island in Jurassic Park is a beautiful shot, overladen with John Williams’ iconic score. In Jurassic World, guests arrive on a cruise ship, and the island looks as beautiful as it did all those years ago, and the shot is quite similar.

18. God Creates Dinosaurs

Ian Malcolm, the character played by Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, went on to write several books, one of them, titles “God Creates Dinosaurs” can be seen twice in Jurassic World. Once, it is being read by Zara young, Claire’s assistant, while on the monorail with the kids Zack and Gray. The other time, the book is seen in the Jurassic World control room, possibly owned by the character Lowery.

19. The Main Gates

10377442_1519709768290848_5390203994879154458_n“What do they have in there? King Kong?” Ian Malcolm says as their jeep rolls up the giant wooden gates at the entrance of Jurassic Park. Well, the monorail in Jurassic World zooms along its track, and comes upon a gate, almost completely similar to the one in Jurassic Park, only this one says Jurassic World at the top.

20. The Score

Jurassic World enlists composer Michael Giacchino to create the films score, and he does a great job creating his own music, and putting his own unique spin on it. Although, the film wouldn’t be the same without a little of John Williams Jurassic Park score. Giacchino ends up using bits of Williams score on about 4 tracks, and it’s quite nice.

21. Jurassic Park Jeep

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In Jurassic World, when the kids Zach and Gray stumble upon the old Jurassic Park, they find two jeeps from Jurassic Park. They get one of the jeeps working, and that jeep has a number on it, number 29, the same jeep that Hammond and the lawyer Donald Gennaro drive from the helicopter to the Jurassic Park Visitors centre.

23. Raptor going for a ride

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In both Jurassic World and Jurassic World the velociraptor’s go for a ride on the back of a dinosaur. In Jurassic Park, the raptors jump on the back of the T-Rex, attacking it. In Jurassic World, the raptors not only jump on the Indominus Rex, attacking it, at one point the velociraptor named Blue, uses the back of Rexie the T-Rex, to get a leg up on the Indominus Rex.

24. Egg Hatching

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In Jurassic Park, there is a pretty memorable scene in the cloning lab, where the group gathers around an egg as it slowly hatches, it turns out to be the hatching of a velociraptor. At the beginning of Jurassic World, we watch as an egg slowly hatches, revealing the Indominus Rex.

25. Spinosaurus

The Spinosaurus, who was actually a huge part of Jurassic Park 3, makes an appearance in Jurassic World and it’s an interesting moment. Jurassic Park 3 recieved a lot of negative criticism, and some of that criticism came from the spinosaurus killing the fan favorite, the T-Rex. In Jurassic World, the T-Rex gets its revenge, as it crashes the skeleton of a Spinosaurus that hangs in the main hall of Jurassic World. Many fans say that the significance of this scene is a metaphor for Jurassic World shattering the memory of Jurassic Park 3.

26. Character similarities

The main characters in Jurassic World each have a counterpoint in Jurassic Park. Some similarities are small, but in some cases they are big, you’ll get a similar vibe from quite a few characters in Jurassic World.
For Example:

  • Jurassic World Character: Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) – Jurassic Park character: (Mix) Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck)
    Reason: Lead Male character (Grant), rugged (both), heavily involved with raptors (muldoon), stern (both).
  • Jurassic World Character: Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) – Jurassic Park character: Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)
    Reason: Lead female character, strong, yells “Run” and wears similar outfit
  • Jurassic World Character: Lowery Cruthers (Jake Johnson) – Jurassic Park character: (Mix) Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) and Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight)
    Reason: Sits at computers (both), messy work station and drinking soda (Nedry), brave (Arnold), lead control room character (Arnold)
  • Jurassic World Character: Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson) – Jurassic Park character: Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards)
    Reason: Looks after little brother, older sibling, smart
  • Jurassic World Character: Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) – Jurassic Park character: Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello)
    Reason: Scared, little brother, really into dinosaurs.

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Jurassic Park: a Reflection

Jurassic Park: A Reflection

by Mitchell Burns


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“Welcome to Jurassic Park” – John Hammond

Let’s lay it all out on the line, I am an unabashed ‘Jurassic Park’ fan-boy. I grew up in awe of Dinosaurs, as a young boy I had books upon books, and I could name a plethora of dinosaurs upon first glance. I was three when ‘Jurassic park’ was released, my parents saw it in the theater, and after seeing it decided it was suitable for a child so in love with dinosaurs. They waited until it’s home release, rented it on VHS FROM A STORE – Something unheard of to today’s youth- and we watched it.

“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth” – Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)

I was immediately in love with ‘Jurassic park’ after first viewing, my parents eventually bought us a copy on VHS and me and my younger brother watched it whenever possible. I never remember being scared of the dinosaurs, I was more in awe of them, you could even say I had a respect for them. Director Steven Spielberg had a way of making the dinosaurs and some of the more scary scenes terrifying and grand, but never completely horrifying. It’s like what he did with ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’, as kids these films had scary moments but none of us were wetting the bed or crying to our mothers. Spielberg had a delicate way of handling these situations, children were entertained but not too frightened, and parents were never bored, in fact they mostly reveled in it.

“Hold onto your Butts” – Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson)

My family and I can quote many lines from ‘Jurassic park’, it’s not hard as it’s a very quotable movie. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is the most quotable, and probably the most memorable character. Goldblum is cast perfectly, with the wittiest lines and great delivery of said lines, whether he’s hitting on Laura Dern’s character, Dr. Ellie Sattler, or admiring a big pile of shit, he’s the comedic relief that really should have never been there in the first place.

“Clever Girl” – Muldoon (Bob Peck)

Growing up, I was a big fan of Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neil, I idolized Dr. Grant like Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) did in the film. Neil played him well, stoic, intelligent, and brave, reminiscent of Indiana Jones himself. His partner, in both paleontology and romantically, is Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by the wonderful Laura Dern. Even in a 1993 film, with men crawling all over the park, we’re given a strong female role, someone who pushes herself in the face of insurmountable danger.

“What have they got in there? King Kong?” – Ian Malcolm

The main cast are surrounded by a bevy of likeable and interesting side characters, each of whom are introduced and developed superbly, so if, and when, they meet there untimely demise, it comes with some weight. The late Richard Attenborough plays Dr. John Hammond, the creator of the park, who brought our characters to the island with the intention of getting them to give his park their seal of approval. Attenborough’s character is changed a bit from the book, he’s more greedy and slimy in Michael Crichtons novel. Dr. John Hammond’s change to the screen is appreciated, he invites his grandchildren to the park and is overjoyed with their excitement, but you can see that same excitement in him as he shows off his park. Hammond adds a bit of added wonderment to the whole thing, and I think I saw myself in him.

“We Spared no expense” – John Hammond (Richard Attenbourough)

Speaking of Hammond, his grandchildren, Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards), come to the island the same time as Dr. Grant and the others. At first, these kids come across as annoying, it almost feels cheesy. But when pitted against real danger, and interacting with Dr. Grant, they become real characters, and at times the heart of the film.

“I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.” – Ian Malcom

My Mothers favorite character is Robert Muldoon, played by the late Bob Peck, Muldoon is most remembered for his line “Clever Girl”. Muldoon knows the dangers of the park as he is the parks warden, and he sees the risk in the parks most vicious attractions, the Velociraptor. Rounding out the cast are Wayne Knight, as the shifty Park employee Dennis Nedry, Martin Ferrero as the Smarmy lawyer Donald Gennaro, Samuel L. Jackson in a small but very memorable role as chief engineer Ray Arnold, and BD Wong, as the chief scientist. Wong serves as the only returning cast member in ‘Jurassic World’.

“What’s the matter, kid? You never had lamb chops?” – Donald Gennaro

I’ve stated now that I enjoy these characters? Well, it’s pretty awesome that these characters stand out when the dinosaurs at the center of the film are characters themselves, and when onscreen, they command your attention. Most memorable are the dilophosaurus and it’s moments with Dennis Nedry who tries to make it fetch a stick. The brachiosaurus, as the first dinosaur encountered at the park by Dr. Grant and the gang, and for sneezing on Lex. The Gallimimus, in that beautiful shot of them “flocking this way” to Dr. Grant and the kids, across an open grass plain. The sick Triceratops, The velociraptors in all their horrific glory and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, who steals the whole show.

“They’re moving in herds. They do move in herds.” – Dr. Alan Grant

The way Spielberg and his crew mixed practical and CGI effects is masterful, even today it holds up well. I’m hoping ‘Jurassic World’ can keep this feel in some way, using some practical effects and not making it a huge CGI mess that most blockbusters today have become.

“Shoot her! Shoot her!” – Muldoon

On top of everything, is John Williams score, it’s magnificent, something I’ve admired for many years. John Williams has created many great scores, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and we know he’ll go down in history for all of these, but in my opinion, Jurassic Park has the greatest score of all these, and that’s saying something. I’ve heard most of Michael Giacchino’s score for ‘Jurassic World’, and it sounds pretty good, he seems to be paying homage to Williams’ original score, but has created something that can be remembered on its own. I’ve admired Giacchino ever since his work on ‘Lost‘ and Pixars’ ‘Up’, and am happy with his involvement.

“They’re, uh… they’re flocking this way.” – Tim Murphy

‘Jurassic Park’ is a thrill-ride, an adventure unlike any other, but it’s not completely brainless it gives you something to think about. Dr. Ian Malcom’s beliefs on Chaos Theory are woven throughout the plot, and of course his ramblings begin to take form as chaos unleashes. The science behind the creation of the park, while implausible, is still quite interesting. The commerce of running and operating a park of dinosaurs, paleontology, and the habits of animals that have been extinct for thousands of years are all really interesting ideas and points that are brought up in ‘Jurassic Park’. It may be a bit dumb-ed down from Michael Chrichton’s novel, but it is nonetheless some interesting fodder to ponder.

“He left us! He left us!” – Lex Murphy

‘Jurassic Park’ has two sequels, the first is ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ in 1997 followed by ‘Jurassic Park 3’ in 2001. I won’t say too much on these sequels, I saw them both pretty close to their initial release so I was pretty young and still in love with dinosaurs. While I can enjoy both sequels, I see the issues with them, ‘The Lost World’ goes for big and loud action and that’s about all, while JP3 is a pretty unimaginative and dumb third installment. Saying that, I own both and I’d gladly throw either of them in the Blu-ray player.

“John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.” – Dr. Ian Malcom

If you are reading this article looking for some negativity, you’ve been mislead. ‘Jurassic Park’ was a part of my childhood, and even through my jaded adult eyes, I can see that it’s damn near perfection. Steven Spielberg took ‘Jaws’ and mixed it with ‘Indiana Jones’ and we were given ‘Jurassic Park’, The man can do whatever he wants with the rest of his career, Myself, and Child me, thank him.

“Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move.” – Dr. Alan Grant

As for ‘Jurassic World’, Hold onto your Butts, I’m seeing it this weekend and will have a review Sunday.

Ranking all the Marvel films

Ranking 34 live-action Marvel Movies

From Worst to first, before I see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

I’ll start of by saying my list is incomplete! I have a small blind spot that consists of 6 Marvel films, which includes the first Marvel iteration, ‘Captain America’ in 1944, which was actually a 15-part black and white serial. Next is ‘Howard the Duck’ (1986), a direct-to-video ‘The Punisher’ (1989), a direct-to-video ‘Captain America’ (1990) a really awful looking, unreleased ‘Fantastic Four’ (1994) and a movie called ‘Man-Thing’ in 2005. I don’t exactly feel as if I’ve missed out on anything, although I would like to go back and see ‘Howard the Duck’ at some point.

You might say this list is incomplete, as I haven’t had a chance to see ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ quite yet, but I will definitely be placing it somewhere on this list afterwards.

In my opinion, there aren’t a lot of great movies on this list, It really isn’t until the top 5 where you might start seeing some A grades, and you probably wouldn’t see a C+ or above  until you hit about 20 on the list. Marvel hasn’t made a bevy of great films, and of course that is my own opinion. I have high hopes for the future of Marvel, I see Marvels future catalog and I am intrigued by the uniqueness of what’s to come, as they’ve already begun to show some differences with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Let’s run down the list, starting at #34 (the worst) and going to #1 (the best):


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34. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

They made a terrible sequel to a terrible movie? So bad even Eva Mendes wouldn’t return.

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33. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Basically unwatchable, and completely unmemorable.

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32. Fantastic Four (2005)

“What? No? I’ve never been in any other superhero films” – Chris Evans

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31. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Supposedly this had a Theatrical release? Ray Stevenson wasn’t a bad Punisher, just a bad movie.

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30. Ghost Rider (2007)

I can’t believe there are 4 movies worse than this.

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29. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Basically ignored all past X-men movies, and treated it’s characters like cardboard cutouts.

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28. Hulk (2003)

Terrible CGI, an unmemorable story, and Eric Bana makes for a boring Hulk

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27. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

We didn’t need another spider-man. we didn’t want another Spider-man, so they gave us another Spider-Man.

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26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

3 terribly underdeveloped villains in a slap stick bore-fest.

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25. The Punisher (2004)

Thomas Jane is a great Punisher, and the movie isn’t terrible but it’s melodramatic and doesn’t hold up.

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24. Elektra (2005)

I enjoyed Jennifer Garner as a superhero, but unfortunately Elektra is kinda dull.

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23. Spider-man 3 (2007)

It’s a messy film, and it brings down the entire franchise

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22. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

A bad end to a good trilogy, where they shit all over these great characters

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21. Daredevil (2003)

Not as bad as everyone says, if the same story was made today it could be a lot better

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20. Blade Trinity (2004)

A fun little romp, but nothing you’ll remember the next day

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19. The Wolverine (2013)

Some great scenes amidst this superhero movie, but I’m sick of the Rom-Com Wolverine Marvel’s created.

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18. Spider-man (2002)

If you recast most of the main cast (Besides Franco, Dafoe and Simmons) this film would be a lot higher!

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17. Blade 2 (2002)

Fun, thrilling and just the right amount of R-rated camp.

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16. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It sets Chris Evans up to become a good superhero, it looks great and has some good characters, but it’s a tad boring.

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15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Better than people give it credit for, Norton was a great Hulk, and the villain was fun.

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14. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

The Other-wordly moments are great, Loki is the best and it looks good, but it doesn’t take any risks

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13. Spider-man 2 (2004)

I think most would disagree, but this is the best Spider-man film so far, Maguire and Dunst aren’t good, but it’s fun.

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12. Thor (2011)

It sets up a great superhero, and adds something different to the Marvel universe.

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11. Iron Man 2 (2010)

I enjoy Iron Man 2 for it’s great character additions, I enjoy Iron Man 2 for some of the reasons others dislike it…

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10. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 gets a higher slot because Marvel tried something different, and it’s interesting, fun and of course… Downey Jr.

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9. X-Men: First Class (2011)

They succeeded in taking a 11 year old franchise and moving it in a fun and exciting direction

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8. Blade (1998)

Fun, thrilling, and cool. R-rated fun with great characters and effects that hold up!

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7. X-Men (2000)

X-men might be the start of our obsession with superhero love, it introduced us to a world of terrific characters.

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6. Iron Man (2008)

Marvel and Downey Jr. shocked us all with this terrific film that launched everything

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5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

If Disney’s Marvel does more films like this, and actually tries something, they’ll be prosperous forever.

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4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Days of Future Past surprised almost everyone, it’s smart, exciting and weaves two worlds together almost seamlessly

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3. The Avengers (2012)

Most of the credit goes to Joss Whedon for bringing together these worlds and characters for a action-pack thrill-ride

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2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Undoubtedly the most creative thing Disney’s Marvel has created, and it’s succeeds in being funny and electrifying

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1. X2 (2003)

No surprise here, X-men 2 will top most Marvel fans list,but deservedly so. Every comic book film should strive for X2 greatness.

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Would Love to hear your top five! Comment below and let me know! (That rhymed!)


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What I’ve Learned from Listening to every episode of The “Brad and Laremy on movies” podcast

What I’ve Learned from Listening to 340 episodes of The “Brad and Laremy on movies” podcast

And more….

by Mitch Burns


When you aspire to do something in your life, it’s nice to know  or look up to someone who is established in whatever it may be that you aspire to do. When you have a lot of experience doing something, it’s up to you to decide if or how you are going to share that knowledge, Whether it be by word of mouth, writing a book, blogs, or a podcast.

I aspire to review movies, it’s more of a hobby for myself, but I enjoy the art of film and discussing movies. Want to know who else enjoys the art of film and the discussion around it? Brad Brevet and Laremy Legel! Two movie buffs/reviewers/critics or whatever you want to call them, located in sunny Seattle! They’ve been in the world of film reviewing for a number of years, Brad has a website at RopeofSilicon.com that he started and runs by himself. The podcast is called The Rope of Silicon Podcast and is hosted on RopeofSilicon.com, but it also goes by the name of Brad and Laremy on movies. Laremy Legel has a packed full resume, having worked at numerous film websites, and even running his own at QualitySlug.com.

Laremy and Brad are both tremendous writers, I’ve learned that film wasn’t necessarily what they wanted to do at first. Their true love was writing, they liked movies,  so they decided to write about movies, and they are damn good at it. Want proof? Read a few articles and reviews on RopeofSilicon.com, or read Laremy’s book ‘Film Critic: A Decade Behind the Scenes in the Movie Industry’ !

I started listening to ‘The Rope of Silicon Podcast’ around Episode 180, The beginning of Summer 2013, after hearing Laremy review Pacific Rim on the /Film podcast, (a podcast I don’t listen to anymore).  I was a fan from that moment on, becoming a frequent contributor, and happily calling myself a Lizard person. In the last 5-6 months I started listening through The back catalog of podcasts, starting at episode 1, and taking copious notes on my phone. I thought it may be a daunting task, but it was the highlight of my day, and taking those micro-breaks to write a little note wasn’t bad.

Now, what did I learn? maybe too much. Not only has Brad and Laremy’s views and takes on movies seeped into my own, but so has their humor, sayings and  views on life and people… including the rubes. The list of things I’ve learned from the podcast, and subsequently the two hosts, is endless. I’ve gotten to a point where I’ll try to write my review of a film before reading Brad’s review on RopeofSilicon.com, and I’m always happy when my grade comes out different from Brads, even in the slightest. I have a very long way to come, in my writing, podcasting and views on film, but I’m young and learning.

So, What have I learned from listening to 330+ episodes of The Rope of Silicon podcast? How to structure my reviews better, how the box office works, not to call female actors actresses, that Pacific Rim is a bad movie, to add humor into my reviews, not everything has to be taken so seriously, what a Rube is, that it’s okay to have differing opinions, how to take criticism or negativity in life, friendship and relationships, how film criticism gives us better movies, how to love my dog more, when to argue and when not to argue, how to come back from a big argument with a friend, views on religion, happiness and much, much more.

What’s great about these guys is they are so progressive in their views, they tackle issues such as Race, Feminism, Equality, Homosexuality, and more with an outlook that I wish the whole world has. So not only are these two guys who you should listen to about film, you can also listen to their views on politics, Sports, books, TV, and life.

Lets delve into the podcast, give a history lesson. I’ve broken the podcasts first 210 episodes down into categories, fun facts, best and worst moments and more. I tried my best, but as you will see in my BnL by the Numbers segment, There has been many hours of podcast. I know I missed documenting a lot of moments, it’s almost impossible for one person to do. I got a lot of the highlights though, so let’s begin:

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While I’m sure Laremy and Brad will look at these numbers and sigh, the amount of time they’ve spent talking  to each other is astronomical. Brad may have a better count, but here is what I got when I added all the times together. I excluded episode 225, as it is a recap episode, and excluded Bonus episodes. as they were occasionally completely different entities all together.

Time Spent podcasting (Up to ep. 337) –

27, 650 minutes

460 hours and 50 minutes

19 days and 4 hours

(Without Ep. 225, a recap episode with 2 hrs and 59 minutes and bonus episodes.)

Shortest Episodes –

1st and 2nd episode – 25 minutes

Episode 34 – 21 minutes

Episode 64 – 19 minutes (Laremy’s side not recorded, make up episode)

Episode 169 – 13 minutes (Cannes Episode)

Longest Episodes –

Episode 123 – 2 hours (first episode to ever hit 2 hours)

Episode 132 – 2 hours and 30 minutes

Episode 192 – 2 hours and 1 minute

Episode 228- 2 Hr and 1 minute

Episode 285 – 2 hrs and 4 minutes

Episode 300, 319 – 2 hours

Fun Facts:

Not all are fun, not all are interesting, but they are facts:

  1. For the first 5 episodes the podcast did not have a name, in episode 6 Brad calls it “The Rope of Silicon Podcast” for the first time and in episode 7 the podcast is officially named “Brad and Laremy on movies”. In Episode 5, Laremy seriously brings up calling the Podcast “Mammals on Movies” or MOM for short.
  2. The Podcast was originally a show called “The All Rude Review”, We have heard clips of the all rude review on BnL on Movies, but only people around for “The All Rude Review” got to hear full episodes, of which there were 65 of, which are no longer available.
  3. In episode 5, Brad Says he is starting to become fed up with Marvel films, and predicts he will be completely fed up by the time ‘Thor 2’ Rolls around.
  4. Brad has been scolding Laremy for not seeing the “Before” series since episode 21, which he still hasn’t seen.
  5. Episode 24 was the first Tuesday episode and also the first time Blu-rays and DVD’s were done on the podcast
  6. While Episode 5 was the first “Argument”, or time the boys first really disagreed over ‘Bad Teacher’, There first real big argument was in episode 27, and it is the infamous ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 1’ Argument.
  7. The boys start begging for iTunes reviews in episode 30, Laremy says he would be happy with 25 reviews, but Brad wants 100! In episode 51, they read a review from iTunes for the first time. First time they read reviews from other countries is episode 191. In Episode 217, they reach 200 reviews.
  8. Brad has been an equivocator since early on, Over/Unders had only been around for not even two episodes, when he tried to “Push” and Laremy said no.
  9. Episode 50 happens on valentine’s day, and Brad and Laremy do tell each other they love one another, the first time they ever say it on the podcast.
  10. Brad says “Hit Record” for the first time in episode 51 and explains its use in episode 180
  11. In Episode 69, Laremy discusses Laremy.com for the first time, he talks about how it used to be a porn site. So yes, Porn was discussed in episode 69!
  12. The first Box office draft takes place on episode 72, It takes place with summer movies, and the rules are explained. The rules are changed over time, to add in alternates and bomb picks. Laremy has only ever won one Box office draft.
  13. In episode 95, they Talk about ghost busters 3 for first time, Brad sells it getting made, Laremy buys it
  14. Episode 141 is the first episode with Voicemails
  15. The boys don’t really want people to know their birthdays, but they both give it away at one point or another, Laremy’s is in June, and Brad’s is somewhere between February 8th and 11th.
  16. Brad and Laremy have many verbal tics, ones that have been brought up over the course of the podcast are “that’s just it” and “the thing about it is” for Brad. Laremy loves to say “National Nightmare”.
  17. Laremy stops saying Yolo as his outro in Episode 134, and starts saying “Send me on my way” in episode 135. He does end up retiring “Send me on my way” for “We are all Lizard People” later on.
  18. In episode 167, Laremy and brad discuss hanging up on each other once during the podcast. They’ve never talked about it before so I am unsure of when it happened. It’s a mystery.
  19. Episode 203 is Brad’s last episode not married, and 204 is his first episode as a married man.

Favorite Episodes & Favorite Discussions:

There are too many great moments to count, but this list highlight’s just a few of my own favorite moment

  • Great Discussion in episode 82 about directors they dislike
  • Episode 86, The Amazing Spider-Man review and more
  • A discussion about the three Anderson’s, Paul w. S Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson, turns out to be really great, in episode 85
  • A wonderful discussion about how the guys got their jobs, how they got started in the business of movie reviews in episode 115
  • Episode 136 is One of the more rant-y, but good episodes
  • Episode 147 has some hilarious reviews of A Good Day to Die Hard and Safe Haven
  • Episode 172 is a really great episode, one of my favorites, it includes reviews of After Earth, and Fast 6.
  • Episode 184 has a great review of Pacific Rim with Vince from the Playlist, it’s an overall great episode.
  • Episode 198 has a great discussion about how long films stay in theatres and ticket prices.
  • Episode 216 has great conversation about Happiness and Religion
  • Episode 218 is a great in-depth review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and sequel culture, Young Adult books and movies and more.

Best funny Moments & Stories:

These guys are the most fun and easiest to listen to because they know how to be funny. They have a killer sense of humor, and they play off each other well. For quite a few instances of that, listen to the moments below.

  • One of the angriest times I’ve heard Laremy is in episode 36, over people/critics calling things the best ever
  • War Horse Sequel Titles in episode 45
  • In Episode 48, we get our first story about the Infamous John C. Reilly security guard. Other episodes with John C. Reilly security guard are episode 53, 63, 134, 138. Episode 138 is most likely the final siting of The crazy security guard, and it was actually made by Laremy at a concert.
    In Episode 67, there is a New security guard, channeling John C. Reilly security guard
  • In episode 55, Brad discusses a funny story about being told on his taxes he received 4.1 million from Google ads. This in turn sends Laremy on a rant about Banking overdraft fees.
  • Beret/Elevator woman is discussed for the first time in episode 55. She is brought up again in episode 71, in what is the craziest story ever told on the podcast, as she asks someone on the elevator if their wife was dead, which she was. Beret Lady is back in episode 75, we learn that her name is Ellen. Back in episode 186.
  • Episode 58, one of the funniest moments comes from Brad and Laremy discussing The Lorax and it’s environmental views, Laremy compares it to The Lorax kicking down your door, he talks about taking the lorax out on a date. Extremely funny.
  • Episode 70 is the Podcasts 1 year anniversary and it turns out to be a rather hilarious episode, as I found myself laughing hysterically through jokes about Steven Spielberg pooping on your stoop, and Brad and Laremy on movies with Fred. Jokes you obviously have to hear to find funny.
  • Brad has a funny story about his physical in episode 74
  • In Episode 79, there is a running joke about ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’s’ legs, and it’s quite funny
  • Brad Discusses his storied history with Kevin Smith in Episode 91 for the first, After Kevin Smith gives his infamous speech.
  • In episode 105, Brad gets a little hyper and imitates Clint Eastwood for almost the whole episode, also doing the Graviton voice for the first time.
  • Hilarious review of the ‘Red Dawn’ remake in episode 123
  • In episode 200 Brad admits to Laremy that his comments after the moonrise Kingdom quote at the end of the episode are always cut off, and he uses it as a drop for the first time in this episode. Laremy is discouraged but it is funny.
  • Laremy discusses his book for the first time in episode 143, they discuss his Amazon.com review of the book that calls him a Tosser.

Worst Episodes & Moments:

Hey, Brad and Laremy can’t always be on the ball, The podcast is a lot of work. If you are a first time listener, I would not suggest starting with any of these moments in BnL history.

  • Episode 76 – One of the most boring, most monotonous, all over the place episodes I’ve ever heard.
  • Not necessarily one of the worst episodes, but Laremy is in a funk after his fathers passing, the boys argue over Django Unchained and the Great Gatsby, and they talk about people disliking over unders, and more.
  • Episode 64 is one of the sadder moments in BnL History, it’s only an 18 minute episode because the Guys recorded an hour and a half of podcast but didn’t get Laremy’s side recorded. This happens again in episode 112, but the guys come back later and record another hour-long episode.
  • In episode 137, Brad accidentally records his portion of the episode through his computer mic. And it sounds pretty horrible.
  • First Podcast after Laremy’s surgery for a deviated septum is episode 183, Ouch!
  • Episode 190 holds An infuriating conversation over Smurfs 2, Brad is a very combative person and arguments like this aren’t really interesting to me, but many listeners love them.
  • Laremy comes down with Bells Palsy while in Florida, and we learn about it in episode 212. it affects his speech a bit and hurts, it also makes it so he has a hard time saying the letter P. It affects him for a few episodes, Brad even does a special intro for Laremy in episode 213 about him “Rocking the Bells”

Best Fights:

Best fights is somewhat of an oxymoron isn’t it? I hate, hate, hate it when Brad and Laremy fight, while other listeners enjoy it immensely. I’ve had to fast-forward through fights, Why? because Brad and Laremy are so alike, and when they get going, they don’t always see each others side of the argument. Brad does not back down, he’ll keep talking and keep egging Laremy on, but Laremy doesn’t break either. The two hosts lock horns like battling Rams and don’t let go. Supposedly they’ve hung up on each other, but usually Laremy will just stop talking and let Brad get it out of his system, until Brad starts a new topic of discussion. The two best parts about a BnL fight is it stirs up a good conversation that usually goes beyond the fight and into the comments and further episodes. Also, Brad and Laremy get over a fight in about 5-10 minutes.

  1. Episode 27 – Fight over Breaking Dad Part 1
  2. Episode 82 Starts off so argumentative that it’s almost unbearable
  3. Episode 90, Huge conversation and an argument about rotten tomatoes, critics and negative reviews. Sparked by Eric Schneider being kicked off rotten tomatoes
  4. Episode 190 holds An infuriating conversation over Smurfs 2, Brad is the most combative person ever.
  5. 12 Years a Slave Fight in episode 200

The Movies:

Brad and Laremy have talked about almost every movie under the sun over the last few years, but there are a few that have really stuck out, for various reasons.

  • Marvel and the phases: The Superhero craze has effected Brad and Laremy over the years, Brad has taken much flak for his dislike of many superhero films, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, while being berated by Laremy for enjoying Thor. Brad and Laremy find humor in a lot of what Marvel does, but at the same time respect how marketable they have become. There have been countless jokes over the podcast, like poking fun at the absurdity of end credit scenes, especially when it’s just a hammer. The Marvel phases, the Marvel cinematic Universe, and the countless sequels have given Brad and Laremy hours of enjoyment and absurdity to discuss.
  • The Hobbit trilogy: Brad and Laremy have talked about The Hobbit trilogy since the very first episode of the podcast. They have been a huge conversation piece for nearly 300 episodes, especially given the fact that the movies were as bad as they were, how much walking they involved, and the pronunciation of Smaug.
  • War Horse: War Horse became quite the talking point for a while, as it exemplified Spielberg’s downward trend, and offered up a barrage of hilarious chatter.
  • Trouble with the Curve & Clint Eastwood: Trouble with the Curve came out about a year after Moneyball, and it disappointed. Brad and Laremy had quite a large amount of fun imitating the gruff Clint Eastwood.
  • The Dark Knight trilogy: The Dark knight Trilogy is included in this for two reasons; One: Laremy’s impression of Ban. Two: Brads disdain for anyone and everyone comparing every film to the “Dark and gritty” Dark Knight.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – We.Are.All.Lizard.People.Now.
  • The Smurfs 2 – Brads infamously took The Smurfs 2 in a box office draft, the way he so confidently stated that he was “Taking the Smurfs 2” had us all laughing, including Laremy who insisted it become a drop.
  • Gravity: The discussions surrounding Gravity on the podcast were plenty, as Brad and Laremy both liked it, but then found themselves backtracking while other critics quickly declared it “A masterpiece”. It led to many terrific conversations.
  • Prometheus: Brad and Laremy both enjoyed Prometheus to an extent, and this movie provided hours of great content.
  • Pacific Rim: Pac. Rim became a huge talking point as both Brad and Laremy hated the movie, while many listeners and critics loved it. The marketing provided Brad with some great music and drops as well.
  • Chappie: More recently, Neill Blomkamp’s Robot film Chappie has provided some funny drops, a great review, and some well deserved hate from Brad and Laremy
  • After Earth: what many people would claim is one of the best, if not The Best review done by Brad and Laremy. It’s funny how bad movies make for some of the best moments on the podcast.
  • Twilight series: The Twilight films had Brad and Laremy at odds several times, as Laremy defended them very slightly and Brad definitely did not.
  • Safe Haven & The Notebook: We’ve learned from the podcast that Laremy and Brad met by Laremy asking to work for Brad, Laremy sent brad his thousand page review of the notebook which he, and unbeknownst to Laremy, Brad hated. Several Years later the boys would see and review another Nicholas Sparks film that would spark almost as much hatred as The Notebook did.
  • Brad and Laremy on TV: Brad and Laremy don’t mind talking about TV now and then, discussing everything from Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad to Seinfeld and 30 Rock.
  • And Many More: As I said, the boys have talked about many films, and there were many that the guys have taken hours of their lives to discussing, such as 12 Years a Slave, Her, The Nut Job, The Host,  A Good Day to Die Hard. Mr. Poppers Penguins, Love Actually, Anything but Tarantino or the Coen Brothers and more!

First Time/Long time Jokes:

These are some inside jokes that long-time listeners have heard for ever, and newbies will have to get used to. Some of these have been used since the beginning of the podcast, but they can be quite funny even now.

  1. “Your Boy” – Episode 1 – Laremy
  2. “Evar” i.e. “Best movie Ever” – Episode 2 – Laremy
  3. “Fact” I.e. saying something is a fact when it’s actually opinion – episode 27 – Brad
  4. “I enjoyed their early work” – Episode 38 – Laremy about Freddie Highmore
  5. “My favorite of the…” i.e. “This question is from Roberto925, my favorite of the roberto’s – Episode 45 – Laremy
  6. “Rope of Silicon Mansion” – episode 23
  7. “Lunch Box Dollars” i.e. You’re gunna want those lunch box dollars” – Episode 75
  8. “Oh, DVD’s and Blu-Ray’s came out today?” – Episode 104 – Laremy
  9. “Jabs(Jobs)” – Episode 114 – Brad
  10. “Not a Review” – Episode 126
  11. “Smaug” – episode 135 –

Games:

These games have been a huge part of the podcast over the years, it’s interesting to see the history of these games we love so much now, and how many games and variations of certain games there have been. For example, it is interesting to note that Over/Unders came in episode 45, Buy or Sells comes in episode 77 but Playing dem Percents doesn’t come until episode 137!

  1. Over/Unders- Laremy proposes doing an over/under segment in episode 43, It is first played in episode 45. Brad has been an equivocator since early on, Over/Unders had only been around for not even two episodes, when he tried to “Push” in episode 47, and Laremy said no. Brad was originally supplying all of the Over/Unders, until in episode 49 Listener Tom submitted the first Over/Under. In Episode 88 Laremy does an intro for over/unders, Same as. It is today, without bird noise. Rudie’s intro is used for the first time in episode 149.
  2. Buy/Sell – in episode 53, listener Kyle Coley suggests Brad and Laremy do Buy or Sells, a segment from “Around the Horn”, nothing ever comes of this. In episode 77, Bmac or Ben submits the first ever buy or sell, before buy or sell was ever a segment. Buy or Sell becomes a segment in episode 78. In Episode 81, Laremy tells the story of his friend buying and selling, which sparks the intro to Buy or sells. Rudie’s intro for Buy or Sells isn’t used until Episode 166.
  3. Watch This or That: Commenter “The Colleague” suggests and submits the first Watch this or Watch that in episode 97, it gets an intro in episode 131
  4. Would You Rather: Listener Snicket submits a segment called Would You Rather, and it is played for the first time in episode 115
  5. Foreign Film Titles: Played for the first time in episode 122, and an intro is given in episode 133. Laremy reads them to Brad for the first time in episode 147.
  6. True or False: Submitted by Snicket and done for the first time in episode 125
  7. Playing Dem Percents – in episode 137 Brad suggests playing some form of percentage game, in episode 138 they play Playing Dem Percents, but call it Oddsmakers, Laremy does some form of intro where he sings. In Episode 139 Listener named Mike tells Brad and Laremy that their new game odds makers, isn’t really making odds, so they change the game to playing them percents, Laremy does the intro for the first time. Rudie’s intro is used for the first time in episode 149.
  8. Taglines: The Game Taglines is played for the first time in Episode 147
  9. Which Would be Better?: The Game Which would be better? is played for the first time in Episode 147
  10. MPAA Rating game: MPAA ratings based in their description is a game played in episode 147
  11. Gotta Get Them Clicks: This game was a game first played in episode 198, the guys had to decided which headline would get more clicks.

Good Tweets:

Love them or hate them, the goal is basically for Laremy to come up with 3 tweets a week and to make Brad laugh at the sheer, wonderful stupidity of it all.

  • Episode 51, Laremy suggests a segment which would later become good tweets, calls it “tweets from the cutting room floor” , Brad calls it #GoodTweets. Laremy only had 2 tweets the first time.
  • The intro to “Good Tweets” is done for the first time in episode 55.
  • In episode 65, Laremy does a Good Tweet, it is about a Giraffe sticking it’s head out of a vehicles sunroof, Which later happened in ‘The Hangover 3’
  • First sponsor of good tweets is Greg and Megan, first mention of Greg and Megan, Celebrity couple
  • In Episode 83, Laremy calls good comments segment the most beloved podcast segment instead of good tweets , but switches it back in episode 125 after Good Comments had not been around for a while
  • In Episode 107, Laremy makes a Good Tweet about someone getting engaged, it’s actually about Brad getting engaged to Cheetara. We don’t find that out until the next episode because Cheetara put it on Facebook.
  • Episode 141 is the first time Brad plays the circus music to intro Laremy’s Good Tweets, he really hates it
  • The third Tweet in episode 147 had me laughing.
  • Numbers 1-5, demon voice Used to introduce Good Tweets in episode 159, as well as The Circus Music played with tweeting noises.
  • “Good Tweets”: Clip from ‘The Other Guys’ is used for the first time in episode 179

World Travelers:

Brad and Laremy have been around, and so has the podcast, as the boys have done podcasts from numerous places such as:

California: in Episode 66, Laremy is coming to us from a FedEx Kinko’s in sunny California

Dublin, Ireland: Episode 68 Laremy is in Dublin Ireland, he wrangled his way into an office to record the podcast so he is very subdued. Brad forces him to do his Good Tweets, but he still wouldn’t sing.

Charleston, South Carolina: Episode 93, Laremy is in SC and Brad makes him turn the noisy AC unit off, causing Laremy to sweat.

Chicago: Laremy is recording from Chicago, in episode 118

Greece: Laremy is in Greece in episode 160, mid-podcast Brad says he’ll call Laremy back; he hangs up and then calls him back. Was that supposed to be edited out?

Cannes: Brad and special guests come on to discuss several movies from the Cannes film Festival from episode 168 to 170

Miami, Florida: Laremy is in Miami Florida in episode 212

Commenters, Voicemails and Good Comments:

  • Listeners and Commentors have been a huge part of the podcast, here are some pivotal moments over the course of the show:
  • The First Commenter ever mentioned was a commenter by the name of “MFan”
  • Frequent commenter Maja has been a commenter since episode 40, and Adu episode 44. Magill Foote’s first comment is in episode 209.
  • In Episode 73, A commenter by the name of “Cranberry” comments on Brads ‘Get The Gringo’ review, and it’s a funny conversation. Brad and Laremy assume Cranberry is actually Mel Gibson
  • In episode 74, Laremy is upset with commenter Raxcerx who doesn’t like good tweets
  • Good comments actually becomes a segment in episode 79.
  • Chad is discussed for the first time, and how he keeps track of the games. As of episode 199, Chad is still listening.
  • In Episode 83, Laremy calls good comments segment the most beloved podcast segment instead of good tweets
  • In Episode 92, “Margaret Thatcher’s purse” leaves comments upset about Brad and Laremy discussing Aurora shooting on the podcast in episode 91, they call Brad and Laremy Disgusting and shameful
  • They get their first negative iTunes review in episode 97
  • In a Good Comments segment in episode 112, Brad gets called Brett in a good comment and it is Quite funny.
  • The First Voicemail is in episode 141, left by Trishana(sp?). other first voicemails come from follow are epaindds, korbin, tj, jnfilms, zarnass, David G (galardy), A.S. AnyLuvsFilms has his first voicemail in episode 188.
  • Listener ‘Safe Haven’ reviews are played for the first time in episode 206, the winner is chosen in episode 207 and it is Greg.
  • My first Comment is in episode 210.

The Guests:

Sometimes, it’s good to get an extra voice…

  1. Kevin Jagernauth – K-Jags from the Playlist is the shows first guest in episode 79, he appears for the whole episode, but is there mostly to discuss Prometheus. Kevin takes Laremy’s spot in episode 192, while Laremy is off filming a documentary. Kevin has been on the podcast more than any other guest.
  2. Cheetara/Lindsay & Cinemascore/Laura – Laremy discusses his wife, Laura, for the first time in episode 10, Brad brings up his then girlfriend, now wife, Lindsay in episode 17. Brads sister is brought up in episode 27. Lindsay isn’t called Cheetara until episode 74, she makes her first appearance with a sneeze in episode 75. Cinemascore/Laura is on the podcast first time in episode 95. Cinemascore/Laura and cheetara/ Lindsay come on together for the first time in episode 97 to discuss Bourne legacy and review it. It’s really the first time Lindsay is on. The girls come back on in episode 100 to discuss The Bachelorette
  3. Vince – Vince from film Drunk on for first time in episode 100. Vince and Ben make very small appearances with a hung over Laremy in episode 118. Vince infamously reviews ‘Pacific Rim’ with the guys on episode 184.
  4. The French connection, Aurelien and Emma – Orifrom France are on speaking entirely French
  5. Matt Olmon – Creator of the short film “Paisley” , Matt Olmon, is on the episode.
  6. Sylvester Lopez: On episode 168
  7. Ben Aston: Creator of the short film ‘He Took his Skin off For Me’ is on episode 184
  8. Matt Risnes: Matt is on episode 187 to discuss ‘Pacific Rim’ because he thought positively of it,
  9. Mike Shutt: Mike Shutt is a guest for the first time on episode 300

Laremy Sings:

Hey, if Laremy didn’t sing, how else would we end the episode?

  • Laremy sings for the first time in episode 53, he sings ‘Man or Muppet’ from ‘The Muppets’ and turns it into Brad or Muppet
  • One of the best songs Laremy sings is “only wanna be with you” by Hootie and the Blowfish, it’s amazing
  • Laremy forgets to sing in episode 186
  • “OhOHoh”: Laremy sings “Use Somebody” and makes this odd noise while singing during episode 154, Brad later turns it into a drop and uses it in episode 156
  • “Say dabudabooduu”: This clip of Laremy singing Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let die” is sang in episode 156 and is later used as a drop in episode 157.

Drops:

Brad expresses his wish to use drops in episode 14. The first episode with any form of added audio, besides music, is a clip of Laremy interviewing Gary Oldman. Brad tried drops/sound effects in episode 54, but it does not work for listeners, Later in the episode Brad attempts a “Booing” sound effect, it causes Brad and Laremy to not be able to hear each other, so Brad forgoes the Drops… for now.

Episode 141 is the first time that Brad gets drops up and running, where The listeners, Laremy and Brad can hear them. It is the first time Laremy gets to hear the into and outro music and the first drop used is the dinging noise to let someone know they are right.

Brad had to go in on episode 197 and add-on all the audio drops because they didn’t

Inevitable drop: Laremy says Inevitable, the way it is said in Team America, in episode 50. The drop is used for the first time in episode 150.

Good Tweet drop: in episode 15 Laremy says good tweet for the first time, and quotes “at the crime scene lol” from ‘The Other Guys’ for the first time

Hot Fuzz Drop: The drop “Little hands says it’s time to rock n’ Roll” from Hot fuzz is used for the first time in episode 56. It is used as the shows intro. This intro was only used for 5 episodes as listeners complained and it was removed for episode 61.

Matt Damon Drop: used in episode 56

Glasses on/Glasses off Drop: Laremy says glasses on, glasses off for the first time in episode 82

Racial: Laremy says “Racial” from the office

“We do our very best to not know anything about movies”: This saying, which later becomes a drop, is said by Brad in episode 141

“Take a lookie it’s a Wookie” – This Saying, which later becomes a drop, is said by Laremy in episode 143. It is used as a drop for the first time in episode 198.

Glass Case of Emotion: Drop is played in episode 153

Thunder Bolt Drop: Laremy pretends to be God or an almighty ruler, with this Drop used first in ep. 153

Lock it Up Drop: Played in ep. 154

“OhOHoh”: Laremy sings “Use Somebody” and makes this odd noise while singing during episode 154, Brad later turns it into a drop and uses it in episode 156

“Say dabudabooduu”: This clip is of Laremy singing Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let die” in episode 156 is later used as a drop in episode 157.

Numbers 1-5, demon voice: Used to introduce Good Tweets in episode 159

“I’m taking the smurfs 2”: Brad says this in episode 162, and it later becomes a drop.

“I’m a peacock and you need to let me fly drop”: This Drop from ‘The Other Guys’ is used in episode 167

“Your off the fucking chain”: from hot fuzz drop used in episode 167

Fast 6 drops: That’s the deal, take it or leave it and Ride or Die are first introduced in episode 174

“Seinfeld”: Two drops from Seinfeld, “living in a society’ and Elaine getting stepped on, in episode 178

“Good Tweets”: Clip from ‘The Other Guys’ is used for the first time in episode 179

Raising Arizona Drops: First time drops for : “okay then” and “so many social engagements so little time” from ‘raising Arizona’

Smaug: first Smaug drop used in episode 204, 2nd Smaug drop in episode 205

“Why is everyone so fucking stupid” drop: played in episode 209


Well, this write-up came in at over 5500 words, and I’ll keep trucking. Once I got to where I had begun listening originally, it has become a tad boring to listen to episodes I’ve already heard once, no matter how long ago. I’m still listening to the back catalog when I get bored, and taking notes, in hopes that I could make a Rope of Silicon podcast Wiki one day.

My suggestion, after all of this, is to listen to Brad and Laremy on movies, and read RopeofSilicon.com for all of your movie news and reviews. I think podcasts are great because they evoke a conversation to be had, and it allows for you to think about the conversation the hosts are having. So, let’s say that you listen to BnL and don’t like it, because you dislike Brad or Laremy (but how?), or you don’t want to listen to a podcast on movies. What you do then is find a podcast you will like, there are thousands, and definitely some that will pique your interests.

Anyways, Thanks for reading about something that has quickly become one of my favorite things in the world, Below is a picture of my dog who I named Bugsy after Laremy’s dog Bugsy.

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Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Anticipated

By Mitch Burns

2014 is in the past, and good riddance! Not that 2014 was bad, but 2015 looks incredibly exciting. The blockbusters look incredible, “Furious 7”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and “Jurassic World”. The Directors releasing films this year looks promising, Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle and more. Pixar is releasing two original films, the comedies seem promising, there is even a horror or two that might be worthwhile.

Of course the year looks bright and shiny from my perspective, it’s late February, the films so far have been terrible, and it could only get better. I haven’t done a Most Anticipated in a while, so I am excited to see how many of these films end up on my “Best Movies of the Year” list and are awarded at “The Hollywood Persona Awards”. I really hope we don’t see any of these on my “Most Disappointing” or my “Worst of” lists. Cheers to 2015! FYI, these are in order of release dates, not excitement level.

Furious 7 Directed by: James Wan Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Kurt Russel, Michelle Rodriguez, Djimon Honsou, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Iggy Azalea Plot (IMDB): Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother. Release Date: April 3rd, 2015 Child 44 Directed by: Daniel Espinosa Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomie Rapace, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel Plot (IMDB): A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Release Date: April 17th, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Directed by: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and more Plot (IMDB): When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Release Date: May 1st Welcome to Me Directed by: Shira Piven Starring: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, and Joan Cusack Plot (IMDB): A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins Mega-millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show. Release Date: May 8th Mad Max: Fury Road Directed by: George Miller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Plot (IMDB): An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Release Date: May 15th Tomorrowland Directed by:  Brad Bird Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Laurie, and Keegan-Michael Key Plot (IMDB):  Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Release Date: May 22nd Aloha Directed by: Cameron Crowe Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Jay Baruchel, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Jaeden Lieberher Plot (IMDB): A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Release Date: May 29th Jurassic World Directed by: Colin Trevorrow Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irfan Khan, and BD Wong Plot (IMDB): Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. Release Date: June 12th Inside Out (Pixar) Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen Starring: Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith Plot (IMDB): Told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl. Release Date: June 19th Ant-Man Directed by: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Judy Greer, Hayley Atwell, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, and John Slattery Plot (IMDB): Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Release Date: July 17th TrainWreck Directed by: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, and Ezra Miller Plot (IMDB): Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Release Date: July 17th Poltergeist Directed by: Gil Kenan Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jared Harris Plot (IMDB): Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. Release Date: July 24th Mission: Impossible 5 Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Ving Rhames Plot (IMDB): The plot is unknown. Release Date: July 31st Southpaw Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Plot (IMDB): A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him. Release Date: July 31st Ricki and the Flash Directed by: Jonathan Demme Starring: Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, and Ben Platt Plot (IMDB): A guitar player returns home to make amends with her family. Release Date: August 6th The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Directed by: Guy Ritchie Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki Plot (IMDB): In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Release Date: August 14th Masterminds Directed by: Jared Hess Starring: Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Zach Galifinakis Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones Plot (IMDB): A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history. Release Date: August 7th Regression Directed by: Alejandro Amenabar Starring: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, and David Thewlis Plot (IMDB): A father is accused of a crime he has no memory of committing. Release Date: August 28th No Escape Directed by: John Erick Dowdle Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, and Lake Bell Plot (IMDB): In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed. Release Date: September 2nd The Visit Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Kathryn Hahn Plot (IMDB): A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents. Release Date: September 11th Everest Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington, and Jason Clarke Plot (IMDB): A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Release Date: September 18th Sicario Directed by: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Donovan Plot (IMDB): A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. Release Date: September 18th Victor Frankenstein Directed by: Paul McGuigan Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, and Jessica Brown Findlay Plot (IMDB): Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today. Release Date: October 2nd Steve Jobs Directed by: Danny Boyle Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, Sarah Snook, Michael Stuhlbarg, and John Ortiz, Plot (IMDB): His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, Steven Paul Jobs. Release Date: October 9th Crimson Peak Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska Plot (IMDB): In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. Release Date: October 16th St. James Place Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda Plot (IMDB): An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Release Date: October 16th Spectre Directed by: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Ben Wishaw, Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, and Christoph Waltz Plot (IMDB): A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Release Date: November 6th The Good Dinosaur (Pixar) Directed by: Peter Sohn Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, Bill Hader, Frances McDormand, John Lithgow, and Lucas Neff Plot (IMDB): After a traumatic event unsettles a lively Apatosaurus named Arlo, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. Release Date: November 25th The Martian Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Donal Glover, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor Plot (IMDB): During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Release Date: November 25th Midnight Special Directed by: Jeff Nichols Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton, and Michael Shannon Plot (IMDB): A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers. Release Date: November 25th In the Heart of the Sea Directed by: Ron Howard Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson Plot (IMDB): Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Release Date: December 11th Star Wars: The Force Awakens Directed by: J.J. Abrams Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Warwick Davis, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker Plot (IMDB): A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). Release Date: December 18th Joy Directed by: David O. Russel Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert DeNiro Plot (IMDB): The life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Release Date: December 25th   Snowden Directed by: Oliver Stone Starring: Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa Leo, and Rhys Ifans Plot (IMDB): CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press. Release Date: December 25th The Revenant Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter, Plot (IMDB): The frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who in the 1820s set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Release Date: Late December


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