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Film and TV show reviews done short. Here you can expect short-length film/TV show reviews. You're going to have our review in the least painful way possible - the end. Essentially, we cut the crap. We invented our own rating system because stars and numbers just don't work for us. It is called "DiCaps Rating System" and we're going to rate eveeeerything with little Leonardo DiCaprio heads; the DiCaps. You're welcome :)

Cut The Crap TV Show Review: Orphan Black Season 4

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It’s always refreshing when a TV show delivers its best season in a season that is other than the first one. We’ve all seen it. Plenty of shows out there start their TV journey with a fantastic first season (*cough* Arrow *cough*) and then it all goes downhill from there. I’m glad that’s not the case with Orphan Black. I feel like season 4 has been mesmerizing so far, with the showrunners finally finding the perfect balance between mystery, drama and of course humor.

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Humor was always what Orphan Black did best — thanks to the versatility of my girl crush Tatiana Maslany and the impressive supporting cast. However, one might argue that the show did lost a bit of its vibe in season 3 with some rocky moments and plot loops. Season 4 is helping us forget all that by moving the story forward and making us feel proud members of the ‘Clone Club’ more than ever.

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Is there even a point to write a review about Tatiana? She has been the selling point of the show since day 1 and I’m so glad she keeps involving in front of our screens as an actress. She just keeps getting better (and she was already bloody good to start with). She has this tremendous ability of not only changing up hairstyles and accents but face expressions, character traits and body languages quite distinctively and that’s what makes us love the characters so much. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), who once was the main clone we were rooting for, now feels like she has taken the back seat both screentime-wise and story-wise. I’m okay with that. I still love Sarah to bits because all of her actions — though somewhat over-the-top — are entirely driven by her love for her daughter. So Sarah, we’re cool.

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Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) has been my favorite for the past couple of seasons but Allison (Tatiana Maslany) has been delivering BIG lately. People have stuck the “Soccer Mom” label up her ass but she’s just so much more than that. When she first appeared, I remember I was kind of ignoring her but she has been given such a captivating storyline that she’s creeping up at the top of my favorite clones. Donnie (Kristian Bruun) and Allison are true relationship goals and I want to hang out with them so bad.

Helena (Tatiana Maslany) has had quite the run so far and even though she’s been relatively quiet this season, I believe the show is about to get all adventurous with her going MIA now (Note: Where has she been?!?!?! Alone?!?!?!? With twins?!?!?!?! Helena come back!!).

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MK (Tatiana Maslany) and Krystal (Tatiana Maslany) have been fascinating as well, with Tatiana doing such a good job grasping the essence of both. I especially love Krystal because she’s just the complete opposite of everything we’ve seen so far on the show and even if she comes across as artificially silly, her wit and bubbliness are fascinating to say the least. MK has not caught my attention and sympathy yet but she might do it in the future. If anything, Orphan Black has proven it can do that.

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Season 4 has been brilliant so far. We’ve learned so much about Neolution and the horrific Brightborn ‘procedures’ which is a story development we’ve been waiting for quite a while. However, the top highlights for season 4 have been the relationship shake-up between Sarah and Felix (Jordan Gavaris) which was long due — Felix was looking stupid for following blindly after a while — and the revealing insight into Beth’s investigation (which includes MK). Beth (Tatiana Maslany) was always kind of a mystery to the viewers since we lost her so so early so it has been an amazing ride looking into her life.

I can’t wait to see the rest of the season. Jordan GavarisMaria Doyle KennedyKristian BruunKevin HanchardJosh Vokey and the rest of the cast, thanks for taking Orphan Black to the next level along with the best actress on TV right now, Tatiana Maslany.

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p.s. Even though she was finally nominated at the Emmys last year, I hope she gets her long-deserved award this time around though Taraji P. Henson might win for her role of Cookie in Empire. We’ll see. It’s a very strong year.

Credit to Clone Club on Tumblr for these gifs.

 

Propcake’s Orphan Black Season 4 DiCaps Rating: 4.5/5

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Now over to you.diddly-sharing

How are you seeing season 4 so far? Which clone is your favorite?

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Cut The Crap Film Review: Captain America: Civil War

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I just had the pleasure of seeing Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (yes, late at the party — I know) and hell, it was good. I am willing to go as far as to say that it is the best Marvel film to date. If not best, then the most mature. Avengers was great because of its funny one-liners and its very powerful yet complicated villain, Loki. On the contrary, Age of Ultron didn’t work that well because of Ultron’s weak story development but nonetheless it was a solid superhero flick.

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However, what we saw in Captain America: Civil War is a very worthy follow up of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film doesn’t rely on action scenes (though we could talk for HOURS about that airport scene). The story unfolds in front of our eyes in a very eloquent way. There is no messing up. There are no meaningless scenes. Every frame, from start to finish holds its purpose in order to present solid arguments from both sides of Captain America and Iron Man. The arguments from each side are believable. They can even be relatable for some of you. There is no black and white in this film. The superheroes are not perfect anymore – they take sides and they lose the fight, they lose their friends and they lose their minds. If you’ve seen the film you’ll know that Iron Man wasn’t 100% wrong. He wasn’t 100% right either. And that’s what makes the film click.

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I loved the Spiderman casting. Tom Holland brings a brand new dimension of our beloved superhero – that of a young awkward teenager who has barely realized how gifted he truly is. Holland is way too talented – something I discovered after seeing him in The Impossible a few years back. I later found out Robert Downey Jr helped pick Holland as the new Spiderman so I wasn’t surprised when I saw these two on screen. Their chemistry is right on point. I’m now even more happy about Robert Downey Jr being confirmed in the new installment of Spiderman.

All the supporting performances were strong as usual. From Anthony Mackie to Don Cheadle and Paul Rudd, there was no overshadowing as I felt each character got as much screen time as it was possible for the story to develop. I would ask for more Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow but now that a standalone film is coming, I am going to zip my mouth.

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Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan as Captain America and Bucky respectively were both brilliant in the film with Evans showing a more vulnerable version of Cap quite respectfully and Stan tactfully balancing Bucky’s cruel past/human side. The script helped a lot too. There were quite a few twists and turns in their story which made the plot progress in a very fast paced rhythm. I credit the trailer(s) for that. Now I realize how great they truly were. The trailers didn’t give us shit plot-wise, yet they did hit all the right notes with some top moments from the films. That’s what a good trailer is supposed to be about. Note to all the directors out there: Don’t reveal your entire plot in the official trailer. Learn from Marvel.

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I’m finishing this off with Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther who deserves all the recognition he can get. The guy is legendary as Black Panther and I really can’t wait for his film. You might feel a bit uneasy with his character at first but it’s guaranteed you are going to understand the true nature of Your Highness, King T’Challa by the end of the movie.

If there is one complaint about the film is that it wasn’t gay enough. We need Captain America and Bucky together ASAP. Get it together, Marvel. By the way, great job.

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Propcake’s Captain America: Civil War DiCaps Rating: 4.5/5

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Now over to you.

Which over standalone film are you most looking forward to? Black Panther’s or Black Widow’s?diddly-sharing

Are you team STUCKY or team STONY? Let’s discuss this.

 

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