The Big List of 2014 Emmy Awards Nominations

This is a list of the Emmy nominations and my opinion on each category.

The shows I’ve watched are in italic.

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Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

I never watched Downton Abbey and Mad Men but I tryed to watch House of Cards back in season 1 but it didn’t work for me even considering Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara’s great performances. Between Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and True Detective may the best show win. BB had an awesome final season, GoT is consistently good with the episode The Watchers on the Wall direct by Neil Marshall being one of the best. TD being an anthology season is different than the rest of the shows here and should have some advantages based on that. 

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

I really like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family (never watched Louie, Silicon Valley or Veep) but Orange is the New Black should win here even if I have a hard time thinking of it as a comedy. I just started to watch The Goldbergs first season but I think it should take the place of OitNB. 

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

I only watched American Horror Story: Coven and Fargo from this list and even considering that Coven was better than last years Asylum I think Fargo should win this one. 

Outstanding Television Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

I only watched Sherlock but His Last Vow episode has to be the winner here. It was a great hour and a half of television. 

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

McConaughey vs Cranston vs Harrelson vs Spacey. I would vote for McConaughey for his briliant performance in True Detective. 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzie Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

I only watched Claire Danes in Homeland and this past season didn’t seemed that good so I would vote for someone else. I think Vera Farmiga should be in this list for her amazing work portraying Norma Bates in Bates Motel. 

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luthor
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Benedict Cumberbatch vs Martin Freeman vs Billy Bob Thornton. I can’t choose between them. Cumberbatch was briliant as Sherlock but both Freeman and Thornton did a fantastic job in Fargo. May the best man win. 

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Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

It’s though to choose between Lange and Paulson but I would go with Lange on this one.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

I watched Jim Parsons, Ricky Gervais and William H. Macy and honestly I find it complicated to picture Derek and Shameless as comedy’s. Even pretending to agree with the Emmy’s I don’t think Macy had that good of a season spending much of it in bed. 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Orange is the New Black is not a comedy in my opinion and the only other show I watched here was Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler is fantastic in it. I’m wondering why Mindy Kalling isn’t nominated since she’s great in The Mindy Project. 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Paul, Dinklage, Voight and Patinkin are great actors but Dinklage should win for another amazing season portraying Tyrion Lannister even considering Paul was great in the final season of Breaking Bad. 

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Between Gunn and Headey I would choose Maisie Williams for playing Arya Stark in Game of  Thrones. This was by far the best season for Arya and Williams did a great job with her. 

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Martin Freeman vs Colin Hanks. They were both great but I’m choosing Watson over Grimly. 

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven

Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

American Horror Story: Coven takes half of the list and choosing between Conroy, Bassett and Bates isn’t easy. I would vote for Conroy but Bates was fantastic too. Tolman did a great job too. 

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Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep

Braugher, Burrell and Ferguson are all great actors but Burrell’s Phill steals the show here even in a weaker Modern Family season. 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Choosing between Bowen, Bialik and Janney (I’m leaving Mulgrew out because I don’t think OitNB is a comedy) isn’t easy but Bialik did a great job this season and should win this one. 

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

I watch glimpses of the Daily Show and The Colbert Report every now and then when it’s on TV here in Portugal. I only watch Jimmy Kimmel Live and TTSS Jimmy Fallon when certain actors/singers go there (I may have watched 4 episodes total). It’s a tough choice but I’m going with The Colbert Report on this one. 

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

I don’t watch any of this shows and I don’t care who wins. I just wish they would cancel all this shows and spend the money on good TV series instead. 

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The one show I think should be nominated and was completely left out is Orphan Black. A lot of people already felt that Tatiana Maslany should have won (or at least be nominated) last year and the fact that even after a second season that was if not better at least as good as the first they didn’t get a single nomination is unforgivable. This season Maslany push the limits and did a fantastic job playing Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel and even a trangender clone named Tony (born Antoinette). There’s a incredible dancing scene at the end of the season and a moment where Sarah was pretending to be Alison that worked perfectly and should be more than enough for Maslany to win lead actress. 

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21 Jump Street

“One particle of unobtainium has a nuclear reaction with the flux capacitor – carry the ’2′ – changing its atomic isotoner into a radioactive spider. Fuck you, Science!”

It took 2 years but I finally watched 21 Jump Street. It’s not a coincidence that 22 Jump  Street has just came out. I figured if I’m going to watch the 22 I have to watch 21 first. 

After a few hiccups because of something called Cinavia I finally watch the whole thing but on my PC instead of PS3. Even Homestreem would cave in to Cinavia. 

The movie is fun and Jonah Hill (who did a great job in The Wolf of Wall Street) and Channing Tatum (whom apparently I watched in only one movie Coach Carter back in 2005) have great chemistry and make a great team. 

Besides Hill and Tatum the movie boasts a very interesting cast (listed below) with Dave Franco and Brie Larson having most of the spotlight. 

The action sequences were well done and the final limousine chasing scene was fun to watch. Most of the jokes work and I particularly liked Ellie Kemper go-stay-go-stay… scene. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

In 2005, insecure bookish student Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and popular underachieving jock Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) miss their school prom. Seven years later, the two meet again at the Police Academy and become firm friends and partners on bicycle patrol. They catch a break when they arrest Domingo (DeRay Davis), the leader of a one-percenter motorcycle gang, but are forced to release him after Jenko failed to read him his Miranda rights. The two are reassigned to a revived scheme from the 1980s which specialises in infiltrating high schools. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) gives them new identities and sends them to a high school to contain the spread of a synthetic drug called HFS.

After mixing up their identities, Schmidt and Jenko are enrolled in classes ill-fitting to their personalities. Schmidt gets a lead on HFS from classmate Molly (Brie Larson) and he and Jenko meet the school’s main dealer, popular student Eric (Dave Franco). The two take HFS in front of him to maintain their cover and after experiencing the drug’s effects clash heads over how much school has changed since they left: Schmidt’s intelligence makes him popular while Jenko’s lax attitude is frowned upon. Eric takes a liking to Schmidt, who develops a romantic interest in Molly, while Jenko becomes friends with the students in his AP Chemistry class.

Schmidt throws a party to gain Eric’s trust. At the party, Jenko’s friends hack Eric’s phone and overhear information about an upcoming meeting between Eric and his supplier, but also catch Schmidt making disparaging comments about Jenko. The rift between the two grows as their new school life invades upon their official police work. Schmidt and Jenko track Eric to a money exchange with the distributors of HFS – the motorcycle gang from the park – and a chase ensues on the freeway. Schmidt hesitates firing his gun upon the gang members and he and Jenko return to school arguing, the ensuing fight interrupting the school play. The two are expelled from school and are removed from the Jump Street program.

A stressed and terrified Eric later approaches Schmidt and Jenko retelling the freeway encounter, unaware of their role in it. He recruits them as security for a deal taking place at the school prom. At the prom, Schmidt finds Molly doped up on HFS: he reveals his true identity and begs her to leave. At the deal, Schmidt and Jenko are surprised find that the supplier is the physical education teacher Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle), who blackmailed Eric into being his dealer after finding him smoking marijuana.

The motorcycle gang arrives for the deal but Molly interrupts, revealing that Schmidt is a cop. A Mexican standoff ensues in which Domingo orders his men to kill Schmidt and Jenko. Two of the gang members reveal themselves as undercover DEA agents Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall (Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprising their original roles). In the ensuing gunfight Hanson and Penhall are fatally wounded. Mr. Walters and Eric escape in a limo with the money and Molly as a hostage; the gang, and Schmidt and Jenko, follow close behind.

As the car chase winds through the city, Jenko creates a homemade bomb using knowledge garnered from chemistry classes and tosses it into the one-percenters’ limo, blowing it up. Mr. Walters pulls over and attempts to flee on foot with Molly as his hostage. He shoots at Schmidt but Jenko takes the bullet in his arm, saving his partner’s life; in response, Schmidt shoots Mr. Walters, unintentionally severing his penis. Jenko successfully reads Walters his Miranda Rights as he arrests both the teacher and Eric, and the two cops reconcile their relationship. The two officers are congratulated and reinstated in Jump Street as Dickson gives them a new assignment: infiltrating a college.

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Cast list:

Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt, an unwitting, socially awkward police officer who is transferred to 21 Jump Street, alongside his partner and former high school rival Greg Jenko. His undercover identity is Doug McQuaid.
Channing Tatum as Gregory “Greg” Jenko, a well-trained but slow-witted police officer who is transferred to 21 Jump Street, alongside his partner and former high school rival Morton Schmidt. His undercover identity is Brad McQuaid.
Dave Franco as Eric Molson, a pseudo-ecological high school student who befriends Schmidt and is one of the H.F.S. dealers.
Brie Larson as Molly, one of Eric’s friends and Schmidt’s love interest.
Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters, a physical education teacher.
DeRay Davis as Domingo, the leader of the One-Percenters.
Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson, an aggressive police captain who manages the 21 Jump Street undercover division.
Dax Flame as Zack, one of the nerds Jenko befriends throughout his undercover assignment.
Chris Parnell as Mr. Gordon, a drama teacher.
Ellie Kemper as Ms. Griggs, a science teacher who has a sexual interest towards Jenko.
Jake Johnson as Principal Dadier, the principal of Sagan High.
Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy, a police captain who reassigns Schmidt and Jenko to 21 Jump Street.
Holly Robinson Peete as Officer Judy Hoffs
Johnny Simmons as Billiam Willingham, a Sagan High student who died due to H.F.S.
Caroline Aaron as Annie Schmidt
Joe Chrest as David Schmidt
Dakota Johnson as Fugazyy
Chanel Celaya as Melodie
Johnny Depp (uncredited cameo) as Tom Hanson
Peter DeLuise (uncredited cameo) as Doug Penhall

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Haunt

I started the night watching another movie but when the Cinavia protection (I had never heard of this before) showed up I switch to Haunt that I had waiting on my external hard-drive for a long time. 

The main reason for me to download this movie was the combination of Jacki Weaver who played Dolores Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook and Liana Liberato that played Annie in Trust. 

The movie reminds me of Lost since it has its moments and manages to be scary at times but then things get confusing and ends with so many questions unanswered that I can’t stop feeling the writers went home halfway trough the movie and the director hired the first guy that entered the door to write the ending. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

The film begins with the narration of Mrs. Morello talking about her family and how they were murdered one by one by an unknown force. Then the scene shows Frank trying to speak to the dead people using a box and is mysteriouly killed by a ghost. When Evan Asher (Harrison Gilbertson) and his family move into the old Morello house, they are largely unaware that it has a history of death and grief. Soon after their arrival Evan begins to experience paranormal activity and enlists his neighbor Sam (Liana Liberato) to help uncover what is going on. As the two teens spend more and more time with each other, they begin to fall in love and find a box which is used to contact the dead. They use it to speak with the dead and it starts working. The ghosts of the previous owners continue haunting and the frightened Evan and Sam decide to burn the box and the belongings of the previous owners. They also seal the small room in their attic bedroom where the box was found. The ghost of a woman haunts them that night and locks the door. It is then revealed to Sam that the ghost is Kate. She and Frank the previous owner of the house had an affair and Kate give birth to a girl named Sam. Frank’s wife who is a Doctor finds out about the affair and brutally kills Kate while Frank watches helplessly with the newborn daughter. She is then buried in a small room in the attic, where Evan is staying now. Sam is then possessed by Kate who in turn kills Evan by stabbing him with a hammer saying “You shouldn’t have burned the box, you shouldn’t have closed the room”. Sam is caught by Evan’s father when she tries to open the wooden plank in the floor under which the body of kate is buried. She is arrested and taken by the cops. The movie ends with the voice of Mrs. Morello saying the house will now be haunted by Evan. She wonders if Evan will haunt that house forever like her family.

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The story is pretty straight forward as usual with haunting house movies but some of the events seemed rushed like Evan and Sam relationship and others were lost like Anita and her ghost friend. 

The back story of the ghost and it’s connection to Sam is interesting but doesn’t really go anywhere. At the end of the movie Sam eventually learns the truth and gets posessed killing Evan and tries to lift the wooden plank below witch her mother is buried but she’s stopped before that and is last seen entering a police car. No conclusion on the ghost part, no conclusion on her father side and nothing more is said about Asher family. 

Jacki Weaver is the biggest name in the movie but as little to do while both Liana Liberato and Harrison Gilbertson (appeared in the Need for Speed movie alongside Aaron Paul) take the central stage and do a good enough job considering the material they were given.

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Blended

With nothing else worth watching at the moment I went to see Blended mostly because of Drew Barrymore whom I like and less because of Adam Sandler who I like less and less with each movie he makes. 

The last time Sandler and Barrymore worked together was in the 2004 movie 50 First Dates that I still watch today (even if just for a few minutes at the time) when it’s on TV. 

Barrymore manages to be funny and charming at moments but Sandler is mostly annoying and doesn’t even seem to be trying to be funny. The kids are not funny and the best bit involving them is when Barrymore is carrying the younger boy down the hall and knocks is head several times. 

The other supporting actors like Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe and Terry Crews (from Brooklyn Nine- Nine) are completely lost and in the movie and even Joel McHale who plays Jeff Winger in Community is plain and fails to bring any kind of laughs. 

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Here the plot from Wikipedia:

Lauren Reynolds (Drew Barrymore), a divorcee, who has two sons, Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein), meets Jim Friedman (Adam Sandler), a widower with three daughters, Hilary (Bella Thorne), Espn (Emma Fuhrmann), and Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind) on a blind date. As Jim’s clumsy careless attitude and Lauren’s perfectionist nature make each other uncomfortable, the blind date ends up in disaster.

Lauren complains about the date to her best friend Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Jim also complains about the way she acted and dressed to his buddy Doug (Shaquille O’Neal).

Lauren finds that her elder son, Brendan, has a perverted crush on their babysitter Tracy through a model’s bikini picture, on which he pasted Tracy’s face. Lauren had accidentally torn the pictures and wanted to fix it without his knowledge. She buys the magazine for the same kind of poster. Jim also found his elder daughter, Hilary, needs tampons, so he goes to buy them at the same shop. There, Jim helps Lauren to buy the magazine and Lauren helps him buy tampons.

Jim goes to Lauren’s house since the lady at the store mixed up their credit cards. Jen comes in complaining that she broke up with her boyfriend Dick because he has five kids and he wanted her to meet them on their planned trip to Africa. Jim learns that Jen’s boyfriend is also his boss, so while Lauren asks Jen to let her go on the trip, Jim calls Dick to ask him to sell the trip to him. Both Jim and Lauren excitedly exclaim that they’re going to Africa with their kids.

Both families meet in Africa, and neither Jim nor Lauren is happy to see the other. To make things more awkward, they are put in a romantic suite, while the kids stay in their own room.

The families are put together for a “blended familymoon”, where they get together with other couples, including the very oversexed Eddy (Kevin Nealon) and Ginger (Jessica Lowe), as well as Eddy’s teenage son Jake (Zak Henri), with whom Hilary is smitten.

The kids make an awkward impression with each other, with Brendan calling his mom “hot,” and the others not knowing how to react to Espn acting like her mom is there with her. Over time, they begin to bond with each other and each other’s parents.

As Jim makes the boys by helping them with the adventurous sports and makes them happy, Lauren develops a soft corner for Jim. As Lauren takes care of the girls so well, Jim also develops a soft corner for her. Jim and Lauren warm up to each other as time passes. They inadvertently get together for a couples massage and have fun with each other.

On the last night of the trip, Lauren puts on a beautiful black dress that she admired earlier which Jen bought (actually stole) for her. She wears it that evening and looks stunning to everyone. Jim and Lauren are sat down for a romantic dinner, while the kids are having fun. They were about kiss but Jim pulls back, as he is unable to do it.

After returning home, Jim realizes he misses Lauren and that he’s fallen in love with her. Although Espn is not fully ready to move on from her mother’s passing, she also doesn’t want her dad to lose Lauren. At the kids’ behest, Jim goes to Lauren’s house to give her flowers, only to find Mark there, pretending to be back with Lauren. Tyler gets excited to see Jim and wants to play ball, but Jim sadly leaves and Mark bails on his son again. Mark later tries to make a move on Lauren, but she refuses since he has continuously failed to be a good father.

That following Saturday, Lauren and Brendan go to support Tyler at his game, along with Jen, Dick and his kids. Mark, once again, is a no-show. Jim and his daughters arrive to show encouragement, inspiring Tyler to hit the ball. Jim then finds Lauren and they admit to wanting to be together, and they finally kiss, to the happiness of their kids.

Click here for 15 review quotes about Blended.

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Tomb Raider

“A survivor is born.”

The first Tomb Raider game I played was back in 1997 on a PC. Tomb Raider 2 was the best game I had seen with great graphics and gameplay. I ended up playing Tomb Raider 3 a year later and then the franchise went bad with a impressive amount of crappy video games and a series of canceled ones until the 2013 release of Tomb Raider for PS3. 

After seeing so many years of bad Tomb Raider titles I was skeptical about this new release and I waited until the price dropped. 

The moment I started to play I realized this was the best Tomb Raider game ever made. Fantastic graphics, great gameplay, good story, great CGI sequences and a big world to explore. 

This game is a reboot for the franchise therefor this is the begining of Lara Croft’s story and the scene where she kills the first person is intense and very well acted by Camilla Luddington who provides the voice and motion capture for Lara. 

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One of the things I enjoyed the most was the weapons and the way I could choose how to engage the enemy. My favorite weapon was the bow speacialy in open territory and to kill enemy’s in the distance without his friends noticing. Both the shotgun and rifle are usefull when confronting multiple enemy’s and in enclosed spaces. There’s a chance to upgrade the arrows and bullets and I really liked the napalm arrows that create a lot of chaos where they land. 

The action is located in the lost kingdom of Yamatai, an mythical place controlled by the Sun Queen that doesn’t let people get out of the island. The island itself is very diversed and offers different scenarios that go from the jungle to Japanese palaces to the slums.

The rest of the surviving crew of the Endurance also intervene in the story helping Lara and telling her what to do. We don’t spend enough time with them to get to know and care about them and after playing The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite I think it was doable. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

The game begins with Lara setting out on her first expedition aboard the ship Endurance, with the intention of finding the lost kingdom of Yamatai. By her suggestion and against Whitman’s advice, the expedition ventures into the Dragon’s Triangle, east of Japan. The ship is struck by a violent storm and shipwrecked, leaving the survivors stranded on an isolated island. Lara is separated from the others and captured by a strange, savage man. She manages to escape while her captor is killed as the cave collapses due to her actions. As Lara tries to locate the other survivors, she finds more evidence that the island is inhabited, such as strange carvings, dead bodies, and animal sacrifices. She eventually finds her friend Sam and a man called Mathias, who claims to be a teacher who was shipwrecked on the island. As Sam tells Mathias the legends of Himiko, Lara passes out; when she wakes, Mathias and Sam are nowhere in sight. When Lara regroups with the other survivors, Whitman decides to go with Lara and search for the still-missing Roth, while the rest of the group (Reyes, Jonah, Alex and Grim) set out to find Sam and Mathias. As Lara and Whitman explore, they discover that the island’s inhabitants are worshipping Himiko, confirming that the island is Yamatai. Upon discovering a shrine erected in Himiko’s name, they are captured by the islanders and taken to a settlement along with several other survivors from the Endurance. When the survivors attempt an escape, the captors turn on them. Lara is separated from Whitman and tries to hide, but is found by one of the islanders and forced to kill him. She fights off the remainder of the attackers and reunites with Roth, saving him from a wolf attack.

Lara manages to activate a radio tower and call for help, but the plane that answers the call is struck by a freak storm, and Lara hears a mysterious voice saying “No one leaves” in Japanese. Unable to save the surviving pilots, Lara is contacted by Alex and Reyes, who reveal that Sam has been kidnapped by the islanders, a violent cult known as the Solarii Brotherhood. Lara tries to rescue her, but is stopped by Mathias, leader of the Solarii, and ordered killed: she is saved by an attack from samurai-like Oni. Escaping the ancient monastery where she is taken by the Oni, she hears from Sam that Mathias is going to put her through the “Ascension”, a “fire ritual” to find the next Sun Queen that will burn her to death if it is unsuccessful. Lara follows them to the Solarii fortress and is aided by Grim. The Solarii take Grim hostage, but he sacrifices himself to so Lara can escape. With Roth’s aid, Lara infiltrates the fortress and sees the ritual begin. When the fires are lit, a great wind blows them out, showing Sam to be the next Sun Queen. Lara escapes again and reunites with her friends, forming a plan to rescue Sam and escape. Aided by Whitman—who has managed to negotiate some degree of freedom with the Solarii—Lara returns to the palace to rescue Sam as Roth commandeers a helicopter to get them out. Lara succeeds, but persuades Sam to escape by land when she sees another storm gathering as the helicopter approaches. As Lara tries to force the helicopter pilot to land, they are brought down, with Lara nearly dying. Roth revives Lara, then takes a fatal blow from Mathias meant for Lara. While mourning Roth, Lara accepts that the storms are not natural, but are somehow connected to the Sun Queen and designed to prevent anyone from leaving the island.

She meets up with the other survivors, who have evaded the Solarii long enough to secure a boat for escaping the island, provided that it can be repaired. They are joined by Whitman, who claims to have escaped, though Lara begins to suspect him of working with the cultists. Lara and Alex find parts for the boat in the wreck of the Endurance. They come under attack by the Solarii and Alex triggers an explosion, sacrificing himself so that Lara can escape with the tools. Finding an account of a World War II-era Japanese military and Nazi scientific expedition to the island that sought a way to harness the storms as a weapon, Lara decides to explore a coastal tomb, where she finds the remains of a samurai general who committed seppuku. It is revealed in a message he left that he led the Queen’s Stormguard, the Oni that defend the monastery, and that the Queen’s successor took her own life rather than receive the Sun Queen’s power, leaving the Sun Queen trapped in her body after death, and her rage has manifested as the storms. Lara realises that the Ascension is not a ceremony to crown a new queen, but rather a ritual that transfers the original Sun Queen’s soul into a new body: Himiko’s spirit wants to escape its current body, and Mathias plans to offer Sam as a new host. Lara returns to the survivors on the beach to find that Whitman has betrayed them, abducting Sam and handing her over to Mathias. Lara, Jonah and Reyes give chase, heading up a river to the monastery, with Lara arriving just in time to see Whitman killed by the Oni. After fighting her way through the Solarii and the Stormguard, Lara arrives at the top of the monastery where Mathias is performing the Ascension ritual. Lara kills Mathias when she shoots him from the roof of the monastery, before destroying Himiko’s remains to save Sam. With the storms dispersed, Lara, Sam, Reyes and Jonah leave the island and are picked up by a cargo ship. As she and her friends sail home, Lara decides that there are many more myths to be found and resolves to uncover them, stating that she isn’t returning home just yet.

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About 2 months after I finished the game it was announced that a sequel named Rise of the Tomb Raider was schedule to the Holiday of 2015 with the same team coming back to work on it including writer Rhianna Pratchett and actress Camilla Luddington. 

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The Lego Movie

“One day, a talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from it’s hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true because it rhymes.”

I failed to see this movie in theatre mostly because it was only available with Portuguese voice and I would have miss the good work done by some great actors like Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman. 

Visually the movie is amazing but the story could have been a little better. 

I liked the LEGO feel of the movie from the characters to the cars and buildings and the fact that they can transform things. It was also fun to see several different characters put together and their reactions. 

The parts with Will Ferrel and the kid were a surprise that changed the whole movie and made a few parts make sense.

The story was build on the typical chosen one type and Emmet is a real cool character a lot because of Chris Pratt’s great vocal work. The supporting characters are fun with Batman, Benny and Princess Unikitty being my favorites.

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

The wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect a superweapon called the “Kragle” from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but prophesies that a person called “the Special” will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.

Eight and a half years later, an ordinary construction worker named Emmet Brickowski from Bricksburg comes across a woman named Wyldstyle who searches for something after hours at Emmet’s construction site. When he investigates, Emmet falls into a hole and finds the Piece of Resistance. Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences vivid visions and passes out. He awakens with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back in the custody of Bad Cop, Business’ lieutenant. There, Emmet learns of Business’ plans to freeze the world with the Kragle, revealed to be a tube of Krazy Glue with the label partially rubbed out.

Wyldstyle rescues Emmet and takes him to meet Vitruvius in The Old West, explaining that they are Master Builders, people capable of building anything they need without instruction manuals. She further explains that most of them are incarcerated due to Business’ disapproval of such anarchic creativity. Though disappointed to find Emmet displays no creativity, Wyldstyle and Vitruvius are convinced of his potential when he recalls visions of a humanoid deity called “the Man Upstairs”. Upset at Bad Cop’s failure to capture Emmet, Business erases Bad Cop’s “Good Cop” face, which served as his conscience.

Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius evade Bad Cop’s forces with the aid of Wyldstyle’s boyfriend, the superhero Batman, and go to Cloud Cuckoo Land, home of Princess Unikitty. They attend to a council of the remaining Master Builders, who are unimpressed with Emmet and refuse to fight Business. Bad Cop’s forces attack and capture all the Master Builders except for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Batman, Unikitty, a “1980-something space guy” named Benny, and a pirate named Metal Beard.

After being rescued by Metal Beard, Emmet devises a team plan to infiltrate Business’ headquarters to rescue the Master Builders and disarm the Kragle. During a quiet moment, Wyldstyle and Emmet bond, and Wyldstyle reveals that her real name is Lucy. However, Emmet and his allies are all captured and imprisoned, and Vitruvius is killed with a coin by Lord Business. With his dying words, Vitruvius reveals he made up the prophecy. Business throws the Piece of Resistance off the edge of the universe, programs the prison to electrocute all the Master Builders, and leaves them (and Bad Cop) to die. As the execution timer counts down, Vitruvius’ ghost appears and tells Emmet that it was not the prophecy, but his self-belief that made him the Special. Tied to the execution mechanism’s battery, Emmet flings himself off the edge of the universe to save his friends, who escape further danger with the aid of Bad Cop, who draws his Good Cop face back on. Inspired by Emmet’s sacrifice, Lucy rallies the Lego people across the universe to use whatever creativity they have to build machines and weapons to fight Business’ forces, with the Master Builders leading the charge.

Emmet finds himself alive and in the real world, where the events of the story are being played out within the imagination of a boy named Finn on his father’s Lego set. The father — revealed as “the Man Upstairs”, and Finn’s inspiration for Lord Business — chastises his son for ruining the set by creating hodgepodges of different playsets, and proceeds to permanently glue his “perfect” creations together. Realizing the danger his friends are in, Emmet wills himself to move and gains Finn’s attention. Finn returns Emmet and the Piece of Resistance to the set where Emmet, now possessing the powers of a Master Builder due to his belief in himself, confronts Lord Business.

Meanwhile, Finn’s father becomes impressed by his son’s creations and realizes that Finn based the villainous Lord Business on him. Through a speech Emmet gives Business, Finn tells his father that he is special and has the power to change everything. Finn’s father reconciles with his son, which plays out as Lord Business has a change of heart and caps the Kragle with the Piece of Resistance. As Lucy becomes Emmet’s girlfriend with Batman’s blessing, Lord Business unglues his victims with mineral spirits. However, as a result of the father allowing Finn’s younger sister to join them in playing with his Lego sets, Duplo aliens beam down and announce their plans to destroy everyone.

Cast:

Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, an ordinary construction worker Lego minifigure in Bricksburg who is mistaken for the Special and Wyldstyle’s love interest.
Will Ferrell as Lord Business, an evil businessman and tyrant of Bricksburg who is the company president of the Octan Corporation under the name President Business.
Ferrell also plays “The Man Upstairs”, a Lego collector and Finn’s father in the live-action part of the film.
Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle / Lucy, a “tough as nails” and tech-savvy fighter who is one of the Master Builders and Emmet’s love interest.
Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman, a DC Comics superhero, Master Builder, and Wyldstyle’s boyfriend until by the end when Emmet saves the world, Batman accepts them being together.
Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, a pirate and Master Builder seeking revenge on Lord Business for taking his body parts following an earlier encounter and causing him to make his current body from scratch.
Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, a unicorn/kitten hybrid and Master Builder that lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land, Middle Zealand.
Charlie Day as Benny, a “1980-something space guy” who is one of the Master Builders and is obsessed with building spaceships.
Liam Neeson as Bad Cop / Good Cop, a police officer with a two-sided head and a split personality who serves Lord Business as a member of the Super Secret Police. The character’s name and personality are both based on the good cop/bad cop interrogation method, which is briefly shown in the film.
Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, a blind old wizard who is one of the Master Builders.
Channing Tatum as Superman, a DC Comics superhero who is one of the Master Builders and hates Green Lantern.
Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, a DC Comics superhero who is one of the Master Builders and likes Superman.
Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, a DC Comics superhero who is one of the Master Builders.
Jadon Sand as Finn, an eight-and-a-half-year-old boy who is the son of “The Man Upstairs” in the live-action part of the film.

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The Machine

“I didn’t know it was a man; I didn’t know man and clown were the same.”

The Machine is a really good science fiction movie about artificial intelegence that is really well executed and looks great even considering that they had a budget of less than £1 million. 

The movie as some great moments but is also complicated to follow at times but Caity Lotz performance as the machine is perfect going from innocent/child like behavior to super soldier who can kill everyone around her. 

Go here for a movie review from The Verge.

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

In the future, amid a cold war with China, two computer scientists employed by Britain’s Ministry of Defense produce an artificially intelligent, self-aware and conscious android. The lead scientist sees his work as a stepping stone to help his diseased daughter, while the military sees the technology’s potential for war. When one of the scientists is killed, the two sides clash over their plans for the new intelligence.

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Cast:

Toby Stephens as Vincent McCarthy
Caity Lotz as Ava/The Machine
Denis Lawson as Thomson
Sam Hazeldine as James
Pooneh Hajimohammadi as Suri
John Paul MacLeod as Paul Dawson
Helen Griffin as Paul Dawson’s mother
Siwan Morris as Lucy
Nicola Reynolds as Joan
Jade Croot as Mary

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