Breaking Bad “Buried” Review

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Another awesome episode in what now looks as a great second part to the final season.     It was good to see exactly where things are headed as early as this.  I hated the final season of Lost because they didn’t pace it well enough leaving all the answers until the last two episodes.  Having 16 episodes to finish out a series is more than enough time to give us all the answers we as an audience are expecting.    Breaking Bad is ending the best way a series can end: concluding every single plot point.   Having this kind of episode was very important for the series, and it was fitting to have it as early as this.   We get to see who’s on who’s side.  *SPOILERS AHEAD* Continue reading

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Mad Men “In Care of” Season Finale Review

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All good Drama’s have a way to get themselves back together whenever they’re having a bad streak.   To many critics, season 6 of the critically acclaimed AMC Drama, Mad Men, has been at least as weak as Season 5, and has often derailed itself to places that we previously wouldn’t have imagined it could go.   Matt Weiner (The Sopranos, Mad Men) has a very good idea where he wants Don Draper to be once the series is over, and he’s taking his time to reveal to the public where this will be.   Season 6  felt like deja vu to some.  Don dwelled into familiar situations that had audiences yawning and changing the channel for other fresher shows like Game of Thrones or Homeland.    But as the season went by we got a glimpse of what Weiner’s direction was.   Don was coming back to his old ways in order to reconstruct his future.    It isn’t easy to see our heroes go through this painful situations, but the fact is, human behavior is just like that.    There is no certainty of how we’re going to react once we reach rock bottom.    That is why I think Season 6 finale was the perfect way to wrap up what seemed to be a season with no obvious direction.  –SPOILERS–
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Golden Globes Prediction Vallot!

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Here at The Republika we like to play the Nostradamus game.   This Sunday the Golden Globes are on and we have our picks ready for you.   Who are your favorites?   Lets see what our experts think!

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Will Win: Argo
Should Win:  Zero Dark Thirty
The Republika Pick: Life of Pi

BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Will Win: Les Miserables
Should Win:  Silver Linings Playbook
The Republika Pick: Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Will Win: Ben Affleck
Should Win:  Steven Spielberg
The Republika Pick: Ang Lee

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Should Win:  Daniel Day Lewis
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Homeland “Broken Hearts” Review

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Is it me or Season 2 is not as good as the first one?   Yeah, they manage to keep you watching week in week out, but really, does this make for good television?   As the season has gone by I’ve noticed that writers for Homeland are desperately trying to keep viewers from changing the station rather than make a real intriguing story line like they did with the brilliant first season.   With Broken Hearts they went a little too far.  It sometimes reminds me of Breaking Bad’s last season where every episode seems forced, trying to hard to make it interesting.   There are many things in this episode that are worth mentioning and I’ll go by each one of them individually. *Spoilers Ahead* Continue reading

VIZIO PCS

As Apple gets ready to enter the TV market, Vizio is jumping into the computer business. While the company is not saying much, it’s clear they’re raising the bar when it comes to Windows-powered machines. The Vizio Computer Lineup ($TBA) consists of 24 and 27-inch all-in-one desktops (yes, everything fits in that skinny base below the screen), 14 and 15.6-inch slim notebooks, and a 15.6-inch full-size notebook. Not other many details are known except that the sexy PCs will run bloatware-free versions of Windows 7, appear to be crafted from aluminum and stainless steel, and that they’ll launch in spring 2012.