ALNM Rating: 5/5
Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Available to watch: In theaters now
Review: I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not sure I would rate this movie as high if I didn't already have ten years of emotional investment in these characters. But I left this movie pleased, devastated, stunned, and every other emotion you want a good movie to pull out of you. The team of the Russos, Markus and McFeely were able to pull together nearly the entire Marvel universe without making it feel overcrowded. The balance of drama and humor walked the fine line the best Marvel movies are able to maintain. And the biggest compliment I can pay a long movie is that it never felt long. The concluding action sequences were visually stunning and the final scene will leave you gasping. Thanos is easily the toughest villain ever to appear on screen in the Marvel films. Chris Hemsworth finally lived up to all the potential he has shown as a leading man with the advantage of a strong storyline for Thor. I'll stop now before I give anything away, but be sure to tune into our podcast episode next week for our full review.
by Kelly Lee & Christina
In no particular order:
What do you want to see most in Avengers: Infinity War? Also, stay tuned for our next episode where we discuss this film, Black Panther, and some other fandom news!
I know this is normally a spot for our television pick of the week, but honestly there's only one thing on my mind at the moment:
Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 27, 2018 (First showings in the United States begin the night before)
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Interested in watching the livestream of the Avengers: Infinity War red carpet and geeking out with your favorite podcasters? Well, you’re stuck with us instead ;)
Check out the livestreams available from Marvel below and comment on this post with all your Avengers-fueled freakouts. Festivities begin at 8:30PM EST/5:30PM PST.
by Kelly Lee
by Kelly Lee
The Artist: Caissie Levy
The Song: "Monster" from the Frozen the Broadway musical
Where you heard it first: Frozen has finally opened on Broadway and little by little, they are releasing some of the 12 new songs that were written for the show. Among these songs written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who wrote songs for the original Disney film) is a new solo by Elsa played by Caissie Levy. In this song, Elsa wonders what these ice powers have made her and how she can hope to control it. I have been excited for this show since they announced it would happen several years ago and couldn’t wait to hear new music. I am so glad that I have not yet been disappointed with the music that has been released.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: Theatre nerds have already dubbed “Monster” Caissie Levy’s own “Defying Gravity” allowing her to show off her vocal range and show what her character has been through. The lyrics are a great story and help us better understand Elsa as a character.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: If you’re as big of a fan of Broadway as these two co-hosts, you will not be disappointed with this.
by Kelly Lee
Official Summary: The series follows Meredith Grey, the daughter of an esteemed general surgeon named Ellis Grey, following her acceptance into the residency program at the fictional hospital Seattle Grace Hospital. During her time as a resident, Grey works alongside her fellow doctors Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, Alex Karev, and George O’Malley, who each struggle to balance personal lives with the hectic work and training schedules. They are overseen during their internship by Miranda Bailey, a senior resident who works for attending Derek Shepherd, the head of neurosurgery and Meredith’s love interest; Preston Burke, the head of cardio, who becomes Yang’s fiance; and Richard Webber, the Chief of Surgery and the attending general surgeon, and lover of Ellis Grey decades before.
In the sixth season, these residents are joined by Jackson Avery and April Kepner, former Mercy West residents who join Seattle Grace following an administrative merger. During the first six seasons, Burke, O’Malley, and Stevens all depart the series.
In addition to Webber and Shepherd, the surgical wing is primarily supervised by Addison Montgomery, as head of OB/GYN, neonatal, and fetal surgery; Callie Torres, a resident who later becomes head of orthopedic surgery, who left Seattle at the end of the 12th season; Mark Sloan, as head of plastics; Owen Hunt, as head of trauma; Arizona Robbins, as head of pediatric surgery, and later head of fetal surgery; Erica Hahn, as head of cardio; Teddy Altman, as head of cardio, and Amelia Shepherd, Derek’s sister, who is hired to replace him as head of neuro.
New young doctors in the residency program include Lexie Grey, Meredith’s half-sister. She is killed with Mark Sloan in the Season 8 finale. Other additions include Leah Murphy, who departs near the end of Season 10 but returns during Season 13; Shane Ross, who departs with Yang in the Season 10 finale; Stephanie Edwards, who resigns during Season 13; Jo Wilson, a doctor who begins a romantic relationship with Karev; Andrew DeLuca, the love-interest of Meredith half-sister Maggie Pierce, who also serves as the head of cardio; and Benjamin Warren, an anesthesiologist-turned-resident, who has to balance his own desire to succeed with his wife Miranda Bailey’s new role as the Chief of Surgery. In Season 12, attending cardio surgeon Nathan Riggs joins the show. In Season 13, the hospital sees a shakeup when attending sports medicine/orthopedic surgeon Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) is hired as an educational consultant to revamp the residency program. She is fired following an explosion in the hospital.
ALNM rec:. This is actually the show that I am currently binge-ing on Netflix. As someone who is frequently in and out of hospitals, this may be one of the shows that I probably shouldn’t be watching. The inaccuracies of everyday hospital life aside, this is a ridiculous show in that some of the “emergencies” that come through their trauma department are just downright impossible. Yes, I criticize this show, but at the same time, it is one of my current guilty pleasures and I know plenty of medical professionals who feel the same way. We all know in our heart of hearts that none of this is actually real, but at the same time, we can’t wait to tune in each week to see what kind of catastrophes the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital encounter next.
by Kelly Lee
Scandal: “Over A Cliff”
Air Date: April 19, 2018
Air Time: 10/9c
In the series finale of Scandal, the existence of B613 has been exposed to the world. The Gladiators make the ultimate sacrifice in order to take down Cyrus and Jake - but how far will they go to get justice?