Matthew Lavi

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  • I saw an advanced screening a few months ago. It delivered exactlywhat you’d expect, a crazy off-the-wall nonsense comedy. I really enjoyed the film for what it was. It borders on silly to witty at times but regardless is a great look at dealing with crazy neighbors. Mac and Kelly, played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), are new parents who just aren’t used to the idea of being all grown up and responsible. The idea isn’t made any easier when a college fraternity moves in next door. At first Teddy the fraternity president, played by Efron, is all smiles and friendly. But things take a turn for the worse as Mac and Kelly can’t live with all the noise and craziness. The story unfolds as both neighbors go head-to-head to eliminate one another.

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  • The Machine is a futuristic science fiction thriller. It tells the story of a scientist, Vincent, who works for a government based military company who is creating robotic machines for combat. He hires a new scientist, Ava, to join the team but she is soon eliminated when she starts looking in the wrong places and asking dangerous questions. But Ava finds a way to resurface unexpectedly with the help of Vincent. A battle ensues between the head of the company and scientists when the lines of Artificial Intelligence and reality are blurred. You will contemplate the extent and moralities of robot intelligence.

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  • Sadly season 1 has come to a close. This is my least favorite part of any show. We are left with a hollow emptiness with lingering questions only to find out in the coming months.

    Unfortunately this season finale wasn’t as shocking or surprising as I had hoped for. We open with Pat making his way to Richie’s job to reconcile after the fight that ensued before Pat’s sister’s wedding. It was nice to see Richie in his element cutting hair at a small simple barber shop. Richie was not in any mood to kiss and make up. He told Pat off and said he needed space. Pat was upset but seemed to be in a daze of numbness. He didn’t express any emotion at how upset Richie was.

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  • This week’s episode left us a little upset I think . All three guys are facing their own problems. As Pat gets dressed for his sister’s wedding he can’t help but be anxious to introduce Richie to his family. Things don’t start off on the right foot when Pat takes out his nervousness on him. With the scenic Golden Gate Bridge close behind them, Pat yells at Richie although he was just trying to help him out. Well Richie isn’t having any of it and demands the car to be stopped. His idea of having Pat smoke pot doesn’t go as planned because it just gets him more upset. He couldn’t believe that Richie had brought weed to meet his family. A small argument ensues right on the side of the road and Richie walks away angrily. I cannot believe Pat continues on without him. He leaves Richie stranded to find his own way home, and not to mention showing up date-less to his sister’s wedding. I know Pat was upset and nervous but I think we secretly was content with Richie not coming. It might have made things easier for him in the end.

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  • This past Sunday’s 86th annual Oscars was a pleasant and entertaining, yet predictable show. Ellen DeGeneres hosted for the second time, and jokingly said it only took 7 years. She was a delightful host who succeeded at making the show engaging. Ellen was constantly in the crowd playing around with the stars. This really made the night more interactive. In fact, she made history with the most re-tweets in Twitter history (photo below). And it’s not every year a host can get celebs to eat pizza right in the middle an award show. Ellen amusingly wanted to feed the starving stars by ordering a few pies from LA’s famous Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria, only to later collect money from Harvey Weinstein and Brat Pitt to pay the tab.

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  • This week’s episode, Looking in the Mirror, was filled with a lot of drama. First off, Pat mentioned the “B” word, which caught Richie by surprise. Their relationship does seem to me moving fast but Richie is ultimately okay with it. Pat is excited, yet nervous to show off his new boyfriend at Dom’s birthday. Dom is turning 40, which apparently in gay years might as well be 60. He’s definitely not looking forward to celebrate because he’s still trying to get his life on track and get his restaurant idea off the ground. Lynn has been a great friend and mentor, I think, in helping Dom grow up and get on his feet. Dom’s realizing his Grindr days and 20-something year old flings are numbered.

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  • Last week’s episode of HBO’s ‘Looking’ was the perfect culmination of the past four episodes. The momentum was built up over time but episode 5 really sealed the deal. I don’t think you’d appreciate the greatness that was entitled “Looking for the Future” if you haven’t seen the previous episodes. But nonetheless it will be entertaining and might encourage you to start from episode 1.

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