TV

Ally Shawver: Big City, Bigger Dreams

  Kelila Ritchie    As a Jacksonville native, it is always really cool to see people who come from the same city as you doing something amazing. That “amazing” can be people who serve as neighborhood heroes or people who are simply following their dreams. This is the case for Ally Shawver, an actress born and raised in Jacksonville coming soon to the big screens near you!    Shawver grew up surfing in Jacksonville Beach and performing in plays at her school theater. Following your dreams, unapologetically can be scary but when the reward outweighs the risk, you take the …

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Naked and Not-So Afraid 

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez   “I was like, my God, what am I doing? What choices could I have made better? You know?”   Picture this: It’s 2013, and Jacksonville native Frank Eytcheson takes up his favorite spot on the couch and reaches for the remote. Surfing through the endless channels, he ends up on Discovery Channel for the world premiere of “Naked and Afraid,” a reality TV show in which male and female contestants challenge their survival abilities in nature — while in the buff. After watching the first 20 minutes, the only thing he could …

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TV Reviews: ‘Succession,’ ‘Barry’ and ‘Ted Lasso’

Words by Harry Moore   In an interesting turn of fate, or more likely in a bid to beat the deadline for Emmy eligibility, three of the most acclaimed and discussed series of recent years are making their final farewells and going off the air within the same week. Each show has been a stalwart of the streaming era and a flagship for their respective services, but they differ greatly in their aims and executions. With “Succession,” power in modern capitalism is examined through a privileged and conniving family who sit at the head of a media empire, perpetually double-cross …

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Best of the Small Screen

Words By Harry Moore   “Poker Face” (Peacock)          Television may be several years removed from the days of “case of the week” shows being a mainstay of airwaves with season-long stories and characters who endure growth becoming the vogue of the medium. But “Knives Out” director Rian Johnson has managed to bring the once reliable genre into the 2020s with his new show “Poker Face.” We all know how this works: There’s a murder (often committed by a famous guest star), and our hero sleuth rolls onto the scene to unravel the mystery and serve justice before the hour’s …

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You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Us

What Happens When One of the Most Popular Video Games Becomes a TV Series? ‘The Last of Us’ might be the first to get it right Words by Tysen Romeo   The Last of Us, a video game originally released on PlayStation 3 in 2013, is now one of the most critically acclaimed new TV series with only a couple of episodes out so far. While the gamers adore how devoted the script and setting are to the game, critics are amazed by the performances of Pedro Pascal (as Joel) and Bella Ramsey (as Ellie). As a gamer myself, let …

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Top 4 TV Series of 2022

Best of the year Top 4 TV Series of 2022 Words by Harry Moore  4) We Own This City          David Simon and George Pelecanos’ miniseries charts the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force, revealing the extent of the unit’s excessive corruption set against the backdrop of citywide protests following the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was killed while in police custody in 2015. Told through a non-linear structure, where the internal affairs investigation unfolds into flashbacks that detail the moblike behavior of these police officers whose actions had a major …

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November Film Reviews 2022

Words by Harry Moore    Halloween Ends David Gordon Green directs the closing chapter in his Halloween trilogy which promises to be the final clash between the mask wearing killer, Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis’ original final girl Laurie Strode. Halloween Ends takes place four years after the events of the previous two films, 2018’s Halloween and last year’s Halloween Kills, with the constantly terrorised town of Haddonfield grappling with the communal trauma that Michael has inflicted upon them. That trauma manifests in the townsfolk looking for a new bogeyman as Michael has disappeared into the shadows since his …

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October Screen Reviews

  Best new movie Smile When a psychiatric doctor watches as her patient commit a violent and disturbing suicide in front of her, she begins to experience host of horrifying and increasingly hostile hallucinations which lead her to believe that she is being haunted by a supernatural presence. Filmmaker Parker Finn makes his feature length debut with Smile, an effective horror film that reveals an emerging director who possesses a strong sense for creating unsettling imagery, most notably the recurrent eponymous smile that reveals that the entity is present. Finn should also be commended for delivering well-worn horror tropes in …

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Small Screen Reviews

Better Call Saul Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould managed to accomplish the nearly impossible feat of making a prequel to one of the most beloved and acclaimed television series of the last 20 years with Breaking Bad. The crime drama set in Albuquerque not only matches the quality of that show but also deepens the audience’s connection to many of the supporting characters who inhabited Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) world. Set years before the events of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul follows the corner-cutting Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) devolution into becoming the criminal lawyer Saul Goodman who helped build Heisenberg’s …

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