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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

By guest columnist my_year_in_movies.

Of all of this years Oscar nominated movies, this was one that I’ve really been looking forward to and it didn’t let me down. Hacksaw Ridge really is a story of two halves. The first half is kind of like a well-made Nicholas Sparks movie with a bit of ‘Private Benjamin’ thrown in for good luck. That might sound like an insult but it really isn’t meant to be. It does a great job of explaining Doss’s situation and his beliefs, so that by the time the second half of the movie starts you’re fully invested in his story, it’s believable and you’re with him. There are some strong dramatic moments and also a fair smattering of comedic moments and by the end of the first hour I had been pulled into quite a nice comfortable place.

Then they go to war.

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Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

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Binary System Podcast #68 – Arrival

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2017 Academy Awards, the twins had a thoughtful discussion about the nuances involved in the judges’ choices for Best Picture, including the overlooked importance of the Production Design Award in tandem with the Sound Mixing and Film Editing Awards.

And by all of that I mean we recited the entire plot of Arrival with lots of “EEEEEE!” noises.

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Review – Arrival

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Review – Arrival

You guys, I don’t know how to write a review for this movie, I really don’t. I can’t spoil anything about the plot, and I promise I won’t, but all the things I loved most, the things I really want to talk about, are all part of the things that need to surprise you when you see it. Which leaves me talking around the edges of everything I loved.

Plus it blew my mind, it really did.

Arrival

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Binary System Podcast #67 – Sherlock

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Binary System Podcast #67 – Sherlock

Spoiler warnings ahoy! This week the twins finally discuss the final episode of Sherlock Season 4 (maybe the final episode of Sherlock ever?) Also, this is one of the few times when the twins have completely opposite opinions about something. (Weird trivia fact: one of them also doesn’t like bananas.) (Kathryn – Ew. Bananas.) (Elizabeth – Hey! Good source of potassium!)

After breaking down the episode into little bitty pieces, they also compare notes on Whisky Tango Foxtrot (ah, that accent…) more Oscars coverage, and Harry Potter fan art.

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Review – Lion

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Review – Lion

By guest columnist Lauren (moviemagic16.)

Lion is the true story about a boy named Saroo who, when he’s five, falls asleep on a train and ends up lost. Thankfully he ends up getting adopted by an Australian family, but when he grows up he seeks to find out where he came from, and with the help of Google Earth (it’s like 2008 guys) he tries to find home again.

(Spoilers below.)

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Review – Hidden Figures

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Review – Hidden Figures

By guest columnist dyron_rises

Hidden Figures, adapted from the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shettery, follows three female African-American mathematicians who made several notable contributions to NASA, such as launching the first American astronaut (the late John Glenn) into orbit, while working as part of the Langley Research Center’s West Area Computing Unit division, and overcoming the racial and sexist attitudes of 1960’s Virginia when Jim Crow laws were in full effect and women weren’t getting their due.

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