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  • Mon, 27 Jan 2020 17:35:06 +0000

    The 62nd Grammy Awards bring a roller coaster of emotions from the music industry’s best

    Sunday January 26, 2020 saw the 62nd Grammy Awards take place. The show aired on CBS.

    The big winner of the night was Billie Eilish who won in all four major categories. At only 18, she became the first female in Grammys history to do so. The last time that feat was achieved by an artist was 1981 with Christopher Cross. Billie won SONG and RECORD OF THE YEAR for “Bad Guy.” She added ALBUM OF THE YEAR and BEST NEW ARTIST as well. Altogether, Eilish brought home five Grammys, including Pop Vocal Album for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go.” Her brother FINNEAS was awarded PRODUCER OF THE YEAR.

    The awards show kicked off with a performance from LIZZO, who had more nominations than any other artist with eight. In an homage to the late L.A Lakers player KOBE BRYANT, she screamed “This is for KOBE!” First came an intro to “Cuz I Love You,” before several full-bodied ballerinas led into a boisterous “Truth Hurts.” She capped it off with her patented flute solo. Later, she took home a GRAMMY for BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE, one of three she won overall.

    ALICIA KEYS then came out and addressed “the crazy sadness right now literally sitting heartbroken in the house that KOBE BRYANT built.” Then, she brought out BOYZ II MEN who sang the stirring homage, “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.” Keys then asked us to “celebrate the most powerful energy in the world to bring us together and heal… music.”

    DAN + SHAY took home a GRAMMY for “Speechless,” earning them BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE.

    USHER busted out his best moves and his falsetto on a gala PRINCE tribute joined by SHEILA E. for a medley that opened with “Little Red Corvette,” segued into “When Doves Cry” (featuring a pole-dance by none other than FKA TWIGS) and a climactic “Kiss” which earned a standing ovation.

    CAMILA CABELLO brought the tears in an emotional moment of her singing “First Man” to her father, in the first row no less, over home movies of her as a child.

    ARIANA GRANDE finally got to sing “thank u, next,” after last year’s alleged dust-up with long time Grammy’s producer KEN EHRLICH, as part of a medley which started with “Imagine” followed with a full-on version of “My Favorite Things” into a full-on bedroom romp for “7 Rings” in one of the evening’s highlight performances.

    BILLIE EILISH, green fingernails and all, was more than ready for her close-up, going the simple route, accompanied by just her brother FINNEAS on piano for one of the evening’s most moving performances, a totally telling “When The Party’s Over.” A very subtle gospel choir was featured in the background.

    The epic LIL NAS X performance of the mega-smash, “Old Town Road,” featured a revolving stage that rotated into Korean boy band BTS, prepubescent yodeler MASON RAMSEY, EDM star DIPLO and surprise guest, the original NAS, for a cross-cultural production suited to the song’s origins.

    DEMI LOVATO took the GRAMMY stage for a moving rendition of her new single, “Anyone.” It was written after her well-publicized bout with drug addiction. She offered a wrenching, cathartic performance that featured her singing, “No one is listening to me.” Everyone was at rapt attention. She received a well-deserved standing ovation.

    For a complete list of winners, go to grammy.com.

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  • Sun, 26 Jan 2020 20:16:31 +0000

    BREAKING: NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, Dead at 41

    BREAKING: Kobe Bryant, recently retired NBA legend has been killed in a helicopter crash in California.

    TMZ first broke the news after confirming the death of at least 9 people, including Kobe and his 13-year old daughter, Gianna.

    They were on their way to a youth basketball game that Gianna was going to play in, with her dad as the coach.

    Eyewitness accounts say that they saw the helicopter’s engine spur out of control before it went crashing down on a mountainside in Calabasas.

    Emergency personnel responded quickly, but all passengers were confirmed dead on the scene.

    In his 20-year stint as an NBA All-Star, Kobe Bryant spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, totaling 5 NBA Championships.

    He also has an MVP trophy, along with 18 All-Star Game appearances; 4 All-Star Game MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, and 2 scoring titles to his credit.

    Notably so, he has the record for the most points ever scored in a single game among the modern NBA rules. He scored 81 points in a win versus the Toronto Raptors. The only player to score more was Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 in 1962.

    His successes off the court were stellar as well, winning an Oscar for his 2018 film, ‘Dear Basketball’.

    Before his death, he was regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time.

    RIP Kobe.

    UPDATE: The helicopter crash this morning has taken the lives of 9 people, including Bryant’s daughter, who is 13.

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  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:16:19 +0000

    NICKELBACK Announces “ALL THE RIGHT REASONS 2020” Summer Tour to Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Diamond Certified Album

    PHOENIX, AZ (January 21, 2020) – Multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, Nickelback is set to hit the road this summer, bringing some of their biggest hits to venues across North America on the band’s 2020 headlining tour. Nickelback will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their Diamond-Certified, #1 album All The Right Reasons by performing the album in its entirety, in addition to a slew of hits fans know and love. The album produced an astounding seven radio singles, five of which were Top 20 Hot 100 singles including “Photograph,” “Rockstar,” “Far Away,” “If Everyone Cared,” and “Savin’ Me”. Stone Temple Pilots and Switchfoot will join as special guests. The tour makes a stop in Phoenix on Saturday, September 26th at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

    Tickets go on sale this Thursday, January 23rd at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Lawn tickets are just $25.00 starting this Thursday for a limited time (plus applicable fees).

    Upon release All The Right Reasons debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and marked the bands third straight No. 1 debut in their native Canada. All The right Reasons spent 110 weeks in the Top 30 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications around the world. With over 19 million copies sold worldwide the iconic record is one of the best-selling albums in North America.

    Since forming in Alberta, Canada in 1995, globally celebrated Nickelback have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past three decades. Nickelback’s success includes worldwide sales of more than 50 million units, solidifying their status as one of the top-selling acts of all time.

    Their inescapable and irresistible smash “How You Remind Me” was named Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Song of the Decade’ and was No. 4 on the Top 10 songs of the 2000’s list. Nickelback’s album All The Right Reasons was Diamond Certified (10 million+ copies sold) by the RIAA, in 2018, putting them on an elite shortlist of artists to ever accomplish this.

    Amongst all these accolades, they’ve also been named Billboard’s “Top Rock Group of the Decade.” And, along the way, they have received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, twelve JUNO Awards, seven MuchMusic Video Awards, and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame (2007).

    With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, Nickelback boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over eight million diehard and adoring fans.

    With over 50 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene in 1992 with their raucous debut, Core. A breakout success, the album peaked #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and dominated radio waves with hits like “Sex Type Thing,” “Wicked Garden,” and the Grammy-Award winning smash single, “Plush.” Boasting the inimitable riffs of guitarist Dean DeLeo, the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, and the charismatic baritone of frontman Scott Weiland, STP ruled airways, video playlists and charts alike, over their legendary career. On February 7, the band will release their first all-acoustic and eighth studio album, Perdida, their second album with lead singer, Jeff Gutt.

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  • Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:46:43 +0000

    Top 19 Movies of 2019

    It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time where we wrap up by talking about our favorite movies to hit theaters and streaming platforms for the first time this year. This was really a fantastic year for movies. I think that when we look back on 2019 in a decade or more, we could be looking at one of the best years for movies of this decade, maybe even this century. This was also a necessary year in film. I think movie fans were satisfied whether we’re talking about independent projects, tentpole movies from big studios like Disney or Christmastime Oscar hopefuls, 2019 has satisfied us on all fronts.

    I do have to make a couple of disclaimers for this list. First of all, your list is probably going to look different than mine, and that’s great! One of the best things about movies is that 100 different people can watch the same movie in the same theater sitting together and sharing the same experience yet have 100 different takeaways. I love that movies can mean different things to different people, and I hope that you’ll share your list of the best movies of 2019 down in the comment section! Second, I haven’t seen every single movie I’d like to include on this list. It happens every single year, and sometimes there are simply zero good ways to see some of these movies. Maybe I missed the screening, or maybe it wasn’t playing in my area. Maybe I just couldn’t quite find the time to get to the movie theater. Some movies I’m extremely excited to see when I eventually get the chance include 1917, Honey Boy, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Judy, Pain and Glory and more. Without further ado, let’s get going!

    19. Doctor Sleep

    Ewan McGregor in Doctor Sleep (2019)

    Mike Flanagan is getting to be one of my favorite directors these days. One of the biggest complaints I saw about this movie was that it’s not as good as The Shining. To those people I say, well, duh. It was never going to be nearly as good as The Shining. It was never going to be more of the same, either. I think this movie did a great job paying homage to The Shining and touching on all of that nostalgia while adding to the mythology of this world. It even had a genuinely compelling villain, played extremely well by Rebecca Ferguson. Ewan McGregor was also great, and I loved what has become of Danny Torrance. It has the same type of scares that seep into your mind the way The Shining did, and though it’s not as good as its predecessor, it’s as worthy a follow up as we could have hoped for.

    18. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time ...in Hollywood (2019)

    I think this movie is going to be much higher up on a lot of lists. I liked it, but I do think it falls into the lower half of Tarantino’s filmography. That said, if you ask me about it again in 20 years, I think it’s possible for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood to age the same way Pulp Fiction has. I’m not saying it’s as good as Pulp Fiction, but I think it will age similarly. The performances are amazing, and I loved living in Tarantino’s world. The production design is fantastic, and Tarantino’s commitment to his story and his setting made this such a fun movie to watch. It has all of Tarantino’s style and dialogue, and I loved seeing him partnered with Brad Pitt, who I thought stole the show. DiCaprio is also fantastic, and the chemistry between the two is legendary. I’d love to see them together again, even if Tarantino isn’t in the director’s chair.

    17. Shazam!

    Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in Shazam! (2019)

    DC has finally started to turn the corner I hoped they would with their solo movies. I’d still love to see it with Batman and Superman, and I’m excited to see if they can keep Wonder Woman’s momentum going next year, but Shazam! gave me everything I love about comic book movies from a character I didn’t know much about. The performances are fantastic, and Zachary Levi was an excellent choice to play the main character. It also gave me the sense of wonder I wanted out of this movie. It was nice to escape the world of dark comic book movies and see one set in a world that showcases how kids see superheroes. Shazam! is one of the most fun comic book movies we’ve seen recently, and I can’t wait to see where this character goes.

    16. The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Zack Gottsagen in The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

    I didn’t see this movie until after its Blu-ray release. Turns out, it’s a spectacular movie. I couldn’t believe the performances from Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen and Dakota Johnson. I’ve seen LaBeouf and Johnson in impressive roles before, but this could be the best from both of them. I was also blown away by Zack Gottsagen. This is one of the sweetest movies of the year, and the bond between the characters who push each other to their respective limits made me love this movie.

    15. Rocketman

    Taron Egerton in Rocketman (2019)

    I was a fan of Elton John going into this movie, and I was so happy that it lived up to what I hoped it would be. My first thought walking out of the theater after Rocketman was that it was exactly how Elton John would have wanted his story to be told. He wasn’t always the best person, but it’s so easy to see why he has become who he has become. I love the way the relationships develop in this movie because they have to begin from nothing. He never had or saw a healthy relationship, and that causes a lot of his flaws when it comes to dealing with people. The music is also great, and Taron Egerton gives a performance worthy of award nominations. I’ve enjoyed these musical biopics we’ve been getting lately, and Rocketman is one of the best in the bunch.

    14. Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

    This one received some mixed reactions. It won audience prizes at film festivals and set box office records, but those who disliked the movie weren’t exactly quiet about how they felt. Personally, I think the movie was very clear about what it was trying to say while also showing us why the main character sees himself as the good guy. By the end of this movie, I understood Arthur. I disliked his actions and disagree with his motivations, but given how well this movie explains him and his constant decision to make the most radical, evil choice after every event, I understand his character arc. It’s also all made possible because of Joaquin Phoenix in what I might argue is the best performance of 2019. This movie hinges on his ability to sell us on this character, and the way he brought Arthur to his lowest point is incredible. He’s vulnerable in his physical appearance, his mental state and his world view, but he’s also terrifyingly unpredictable and full of dangerous potential. Now all we have to do is make sure that Todd Phillips stops adding details after the movie’s release, and this movie could be on its way to becoming a masterpiece of its genre.

    13. Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems (2019)

    To be completely transparent, I’m the only person I know who wasn’t a fan of Good Time, the previous film by the Safdie brothers. It’s well-directed, frantic, mentally draining and has excellent performances, but I didn’t find anything morally redeemable about it. I don’t need to like characters, but I want to understand them and possibly even sympathize with them. It seemed as though Robert Pattinson’s character always made the most morally reprehensible choice, and I never wanted to invest myself in him, so I didn’t care for the movie. Uncut Gems finely toes that line, but bringing Adam Sandler in as the lead fixed that issue for me. Uncut Gems was on the edge of being morally reprehensible, but Adam Sandler made Howard Ratner sympathetic. I wanted to cheer for Sandler because of the sort of underdog charm he brought to this role, and once I was invested, I was hooked. This movie is a well-oiled machine that produces anxiety, and watching Howard plunge himself deeper and deeper into trouble without being able to help himself was fascinating. The Safdie brothers do an excellent job of capturing the chaos of Howard’s situation and of New York as its setting, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.

    12. Booksmart

    Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever in Booksmart (2019)

    I’m a sucker for high school movies and shows. Sometimes I struggle with the more melodramatic high school stuff, but this year we got Sex Education, Euphoria and Booksmart, and I couldn’t be happier with how these all turned out. Booksmart is the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde, and I’m really impressed. I remember listening to Denzel Washington discuss directing Fences. He was talking about advice he received regarding directing, saying he was told to “put the camera in front.” Olivia Wilde does so much more. She has a distinct style and a distinct voice. That isn’t a slight toward Denzel, but rather a testament to how impressive a first-time director Olivia Wilde is. The two leads, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, have incredible chemistry and give great performances. I loved their characters, and Booksmart is, well, smart on top of being hilarious and quotable.

    11. The Lighthouse

    Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse (2019)

    This is one of the weirder movies of the year. From the director of The Witch came a black and white movie with a 1.19:1 aspect ratio about two lighthouse keepers in the 1800s. They’re all alone next to the water, and I adored watching these two men descend into madness. The performances are fantastic, and the writing added to the insanity of Pattinson and Dafoe. I loved the dialogue between the characters, and trying to decide how the events of this film actually played out was one of the most interesting movie experiences of the year for me. I also think it has a lot to say about our tendency to torture ourselves into craziness for our misdoings. At least, that’s what this movie means for me. The more we learn about these characters, the more that seems to become the biggest theme of the film in my opinion. I’ve only seen The Lighthouse once, but it’s a movie I want to go back and analyze a few more times.

    10. Marriage Story

    Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Azhy Robertson in Marriage Story (2019)

    Marriage Story is everything I hoped it would be. It might be the most raw look at a typical modern familial situation. It’s really the story of the end of a marriage, and the performances make this movie everything it can be. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were both nominated for Oscars, and I wouldn’t be surprised if either one of them went home with the statue in-hand. I love that this story is able to tackle the ugliness of the legal battle in a divorce, and some of my favorite moments are the lawyers battling in the court room while the camera focuses on Driver and Johansson. We see their reactions to everything they’ve told their lawyers in some sort of confidence, and it’s really heart-breaking. That said, I think the movie does a great job of showing that it’s very possible for a family to survive a divorce. Director Noah Baumbach writes spectacular dialogue and shows humanity in its rawest form, and Marriage Story is a special movie.

    9. Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v Ferrari (2019)

    I’m not sure what I expected from this movie exactly, but it shouldn’t be called Ford v. Ferrari. It should be called Shelby and Miles v. Ford with Ferrari as a Measuring Stick. That’s not quite as catchy, but this movie isn’t about Ford going to war with Ferrari. This movie is about two guys going to war with everyone who tells them they can’t live their dream. They’re battling with people who have the power to take their primary love away from them, and Ford v. Ferrari is about friendship, brotherhood and passion. Christian Bale and Matt Damon are both fantastic, and their relationship is the real driving force of this movie, no pun intended. Mangold does a great job of bringing them to life and showing that the black and white stuff isn’t what matters. These men just wanted to compete against themselves to be the best they could be, and I loved every second of it. I’m also not a car guy or a racing guy, but this movie probably had the best racing sequences I’ve seen since Ron Howard’s Rush. It’s so clear, and it looks like these cars are actually going over 200 miles per hour. The cinematography, editing and sound design are all stunning. One of my favorite things about this movie is that Bale’s love for racing never tears his marriage apart. His wife realizes how important it is to him, and it never falls back on that relationship as a source of conflict. Mangold has done it again.

    8. The Farewell

    Tzi Ma and Awkwafina in The Farewell (2019)

    Unfortunately I didn’t get to see this one in theaters, but I made a point of seeing it before the end of the year. The Farewell is one of the most heart-felt movies of the year. First and foremost, I found it endlessly fascinating to learn about the tradition that is carried out in this movie from a cultural perspective. It’s something I didn’t know about or even ever considered, but it’s such a great premise for a film and is able to deliver both comedy and drama. Awkwafina is also phenomenal in the movie. I’ve never disliked Awkwafina, but I’ve always thought she gives the same performance over and over again. It usually works for the types of movies she’s in, like Crazy Rich Asians, but I never imagined her opening up on an emotional level the way she does in The Farewell. I was also unfamiliar with Lulu Wang before seeing The Farewell, but she’s sure on my radar now, and her movie is one of the most captivating ones I’ve seen all year.

    7. Little Women

    Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women (2019)

    Greta Gerwig is back after bursting onto the directing scene with Lady Bird, and she and Saoirse Ronan are quickly becoming the next power duo.The last time I remember a director-actor duo hitting this hard in the director’s first two movies was Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, which I think is the highest praise I could give. Little Women isn’t something I have a strong emotional attachment to or something I’ve grown up reading, but this movie had a serious emotional impact on me. These are some of the best realized characters of the entire year. None of them are filling a role. They’re all serving a very explicit purpose in the story, and they have depth and flaws. They have desires, and they express those desires the way humans truly do. For a movie set in the 1800s, this is also an incredibly modern movie. It’s not just the dialogue and the characters. It’s the themes that are still prevalent centuries later. The cast is great, and Greta Gerwig did an unbelievable job reinventing this story and making it feel fresh and necessary.

    6. Knives Out

    Ana de Armas and Katherine Langford in Knives Out (2019)

    Rian Johnson is the real deal. It’s been so long since we’ve seen an awesome whodunit, and somehow Knives Out seems to make up for all of the misses we’ve had along the way. With amazing characters, performances and dialogue, this is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. Johnson really knows how to build characters and write snappy dialogue with actual bite. All of these characters had an edge that set them apart from characters inside and outside this movie. As is to be expected at this point, Johnson tells the story and reveals information in such an unconventional way while still being able to milk all of the thrills and comedy he needed to out of this story. Throw in the messages of this film and you have one of the best of the year.

    5. Avengers: Endgame

    Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Vin Diesel, Taika Waititi, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Tessa Thompson, Pom Klementieff, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, and Winston Duke in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    I’m so happy the Russo brothers were able to give us the ending this franchise deserved. I know Spider-Man: Far From Home is technically the last movie of this set of MCU films, but this feels like the ending we’ve been waiting for, and it delivers in spades. For a three hour movie, it never drags. It’s ridiculously entertaining, and its third act is one of the best acts and hours of film I’ve seen in my entire life. I love all of the send-offs of every single character both emotionally and narratively. They all make sense, and they all get the respect they deserve after burying themselves in our hearts over the past 11 years. It deserves the success it found at the box office, and it satisfied me to the point where I’m no longer worried about anything the MCU does going forward. If we get more great movies, that’s just icing on the cake, but we’ll always have this saga and its near-perfect ending to scratch that itch and bring our heroes to life.

    4. Ad Adstra

    Brad Pitt in Ad Astra (2019)

    I walked into this movie expecting a movie about space exploration, and yes, I got that, but I also got a movie about fathers and sons, meeting your heroes and a character who finds it more difficult to face past relationships than situations that threaten his life. Brad Pitt gives one the best performances of his career, if not his best, and Ad Astra is unbelievably beautiful. James Gray did an excellent job with everything from a technical perspective, but I also love what he did from a storytelling perspective. Even action sequences that don’t quite fit the tone of the movie worked for me because Gray gave me a reason to care while pumping in true thrills created by spectacular visual effects. I can see a lot of people finding Ad Astra boring because of its pacing, but I loved everything it had to say about its character and relationships between humans.

    3. Jojo Rabbit

    Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)

    We’ve now reached the part of this countdown where these next three movies are in a completely different category for me. I adored JoJo Rabbit, and there are years that might have seen it in the top spot. For me, this movie cemented Taika Waititi as one of the best working writers and directors today. I always listen when people explain their issues with a certain movie, and they’re completely entitled to have problems. That said, I don’t understand the argument that this movie isn’t sensitive enough to the issues it’s covering because it is so overwhelmingly clear what this movie is trying to say about hatred. On top of its pertinent social message, it’s also a fantastic coming of age film about a boy who has never been exposed to ideas outside his own in a meaningful way. The performances are also spectacular with Roman Griffin Davis giving one of the best of the entire year. Jojo Rabbit is ridiculously funny, emotionally compelling and endlessly quotable, and the ending worked perfectly for me. Jojo Rabbit might be the best of the year at combining biting wit and humor, crowd-pleasing moments and deep emotional beats.

    2. The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemons, and Kelley Rae O'Donnell in The Irishman (2019)

    The Irishman is Scorsese’s new masterpiece. I definitely think it’s his best since The Departed, and it might even top The Departed for me. This feels like such a personal movie for Scorsese in that it encompasses so many of his past themes while introducing new ones about aging, relationships and legacy. The entire cast is fantastic, and I couldn’t believe how much life and energy Scorsese directed this movie with. It’s far less flashy than his other films, but it maintains a lot of his stylistic touches. The length might be an issue for some people, but I loved it. I loved that the movie was able to span an entire life, and I love how it reflects its main character. All of the deaths are so cold, and we see them the same way DeNiro’s character sees them, and The Irishman’s commentary on the consequences of our actions broke my heart. I also like the way it directly confronts a lot of criticisms of Scorsese’s movies like The Wolf of Wall Street and Goodfellas that say Scorsese glorifies those lifestyles. The Irishman doesn’t glorify this lifestyle in any way. The characters see the repercussions of their actions, but it’s emotionally impactful because of our attachment to them. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if we look at this movie the way we look at Goodfellas in 30 years.

    1. Parasite

    Jeong Esuz, Hye-jin Jang, Woo-sik Choi, and So-dam Park in Gisaengchung (2019)

    After seeing The Irishman, I didn’t see a movie topping it for my favorite of the year. I didn’t even catch the screening for this one, so I saw it a bit later than most. It was tough to go into this movie without expectations because everyone was calling it a masterpiece, and sure enough, they were right. Parasite is a masterpiece and one of the best movies of this century. I can’t find a single thing I didn’t like about it or would change about it from a subjective or an objective point of view. Bong Joon-ho is a genius, and the way he tells this story is fantastic. You have the very obvious commentary on class, but the technical aspects and the story are perfect, too. Everything makes sense despite being unexpected. Each beat has a cause and effect, and they all make sense in this story world despite surprising me. The characters are also brilliant. Though the movie calls out issues we see in our lives, none of the characters are villains. I liked them all, and they’re all beautifully fleshed out for audiences to understand them and connect with them. Bong also meshes every single genre so well. There’s drama, horror, suspense, comedy, action and just about everything you can possibly hope for. I was standing on my seat in the movie theater with my heart beating out of my chest, and I couldn’t speak when the movie was over. I don’t see it cleaning up at the Oscars the way I’d like it to, but in my opinion, it’s undoubtedly the best movie of the year.

    It was a great year in movies, so what were your favorites? Let me know down in the comment section! As always, thank you, and I look forward to this year as we see if it can match up with 2019!

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  • Sun, 12 Jan 2020 20:07:12 +0000

    East Valley Institute of Technology to Hold Annual EVIT Expo Saturday, January 25th, 2020

    Imagine spending half of every school day doing something you love with your friends. That’s what EVIT is! EVIT students come from schools from all over the East Valley. What unites them is their interest in a certain career.

    Bring your friends and family and learn how EVIT can help make your dreams a reality.  EVIT partners with 11 East Valley school districts to offer a variety of tuition-free classes to fit your schedule. Classes are also available for adults at competitive tuition rates.

    Expo 2020 activities include:

    • Interactive family friendly games
    • Music provided by EVIT’s student-run radio station, The Pulse.
    • Eat at EVIT’s Bistro 13
    • Trolley Campus Tours

    Event location:
    East Valley Institute of Technology, EVIT
    Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus
    1601 W. Main Street, Mesa

    For more information, call 480-461-4114 or e-mail publicrelations@evit.com.  

    EVIT Expo 2020
    Saturday, January 25, 2020
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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  • Sun, 12 Jan 2020 10:45:32 +0000

    32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival – Opening February 8th

    Don’t miss Raucous Revelry at the 32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival Opening February 8th!

    The Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long adventure. You never know what you will find on or off the stage!

     

    Mingle with over 2,000 costumed characters, eat a giant roasted turkey leg; take part in games of chance and skill; cheer on your favorite knight; Shop in over 200 artisan shops and select an inimitable gift for that special someone; there is so much to see and do.

    The Arizona Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 8 – Mar. 29 and Presidents’ Day Monday, Feb. 17. Just East of Apache Junction, on U.S. Highway 60!

    Purchase tickets here or enter below for your chance to win a family four pack.

    Arizona Renaissance Festival Giveaway

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  • Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:00:49 +0000

    If you plan on being successful this diet will be the best for you

    As New Year’s resolutions go, most of us decide to ramp up our diet and exercise goals. About 40% of us will keep those resolutions after five months.

    US News and World Reports revealed the best diets for 2020. Before I tell you the best one, I’ll share which is the worst. Are you ready for it? KETO! Experts say it’s unhealthy and unsustainable, and leaves you feeling dizzy, fatigued, and often with headaches.

    According to researchers, if you want a balanced, palatable, sustainable diet that works for the whole family, the way to go is the Mediterranean diet. It’s simple, healthy, and reduces your risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. The focus is on eating less red meat, sugar, and saturated fat, and adding more Omega-3 rich fish and olive oil into your eating habits.

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  • Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:00:15 +0000

    If you are 18 or older you should read this!

    Starting October 1st 2020, you will need to have one of these if you are 18 or older. Fact is, you may already have one and not even know it.

    If your Arizona Drivers License has a gold star in the top right corner of it, you are good. If not, you may want to visit the Arizona Department of Transportation to get one. Without it, you won’t be able to fly anywhere in the United States.

    This will be required for anyone 18 or over on any domestic flight.

    According to the Arizona DMV, the best times to visit are in the middle of the month, especially Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. If you can make it between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m, that is ideal.

    The first and last weeks of the month, mainly Mondays and Fridays, specifically between lunch time Noon and 2 p.m are the worst times to visit the DMV.

    Finally, be sure you bring one of the following with you.

    Select one (1) Primary Identification / Proof of Status: *

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  • Tue, 07 Jan 2020 20:47:28 +0000

    What a cow looks like after it’s blow-dried will cause you to smile and get a case of the feels

    It’s the best feeling in the world. When you see something cute and just can’t contain yourself. These cows being blow-dried will certainly create that feeling. Scroll down and smile 🙂

     

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  • Fri, 03 Jan 2020 06:15:29 +0000

    Decadence Arizona 2019 Recap + Photo Gallery

    Decadence Arizona 2019 rang in the new year with a bang, showcasing talent from all genres of EDM to a crowd of energetic festival goers ready for 2020. With three different stages, including a multi-channel silent disco, attendees were able to experience a wide range of audio and visual styles. From DJ sets to live acts, Decadence Arizona created a perfect musical atmosphere to wrap up the decade.

    From the production team at Relentless Beats, electronic dance music was once again highlighting New Year’s Eve plans across the southwest. Decadence Arizona provided big names, state of the art stage design, and decent enough weather to enjoy any time spent outside the wild crowd.


    While the festival did not go 100% to plan for the highly anticipated countdown at midnight, fans still enjoyed taking an adventure through the multi-dimensional world of EDM. From Illenium’s live “Ascend” show to the iconic new duo that is “Griztronics”, the party had something for everyone.

    New to Decadence Arizona this year was “The Playhouse”, presented by Weird and Wonderful, where silent disco met magical circus performers in an artistic space filled with various vendors and services. With three different DJs performing at once, festival goers were able to switch up their vibe with the flick of a switch on their headphones. This allowed for an amazing spectacle, where multiple groups of EDM fans came together to rage in complete silence.


    The popularity of this event seems to increase each and every year, making it one to watch for the end of 2020. With an entire year ahead of them, it will be interesting to see what Relentless Beats produces in lead up to this iconic celebration.

    Click here to check out our entire photo gallery from Decadence Arizona 2019, and stay tuned for our official after movie.

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