Big Brother 19 Episode 26 Recap

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Previously on Big Brother: Alex won the latest HOH and wanted Cody out of the house. Mark tried to plant seeds to Jason that Paul is dangerous but he wasn’t buying it. On eviction night, it became a double eviction with Cody going home first and Jason winning the next HOH. He told everyone about his chat with Mark and put up Marelena on the block. After Mark won the veto, Jason put up Matthew and almost considered getting him out but Josh campaigned to get Elena out. Then we had a crappy clip show :/

Tales from Decrypt: This HOH is hosted by Derrick and it’s a head to head competition. Two players must answer a question about the past houseguests by decrypting clues. The loser is out while the winner stays but if you get it wrong, you’re out.

  • Round 1: Raven vs Mark – Raven wins
  • Round 2: Alex vs Paul – Paul wins
  • Round 3: Christmas vs Kevin – Christmas wins
  • Round 4: Josh vs Matthew – Josh wins
  • Round 5: Raven vs Paul – Paul wins
  • Round 6: Christmas vs Josh – Christmas wins
  • Round 7: Christmas vs Paul – Christmas
  • Christmas wins Head of Household

Now Paul knew the answer but Christmas took way too long so Paul threw the competition.

Kevin the Undercover Cop: Mark knows he’s the main target but will fight for the veto if he has the chance. Alex comments that while Mark is the house target, she wants to push for Kevin to be the backup target. She noticed that he was fishy when Derrick was around and thinks that Kevin is an undercover cop because he knows about the streets and gangsters. He tries to talk to her but Alex proclaims that she doesn’t want to talk to him alone. Good job pissing off someone who might be in the jury Alex, really good job. Alex tells Jason that he needs to cease all talk with Kevin but still talks to him anyway. Kevin gets really pissed off and tries to confront her about why she doesn’t want to talk. So she makes up the excuse that he keeps asking about food. Well, at least Alex can win competitions because everything else sucks.

Guess Who’s Getting a Big Brother: Jason calls everyone to see his HOH basket. Since he won the double eviction HOH, there’s no room but gets a nice basket with treats and letter from home. His wife writes to him and at the end, she drops a bombshell that she’s having another kid. Everyone is excited for him but imagine if she was lying to give him extra motivation to win the money. That would have been great but congrats to Jason. Honestly, I would be scared to take Jason more so because of this news.

Tree of Temptation: We have a whole new twist which is the Tree of Temptation. The Tree of Temptation involves someone choosing an apple when the tree is light up. These apples are at random and are Save a Friend, Second Veto, Eliminate Two Eviction Votes, Can’t Play in Next HOH, and Bounty on Your Head. Mark is thankful for this twist and when the tree is lit up, he immediately goes in. He gets the Save a Friend and picks Paul which grants him safety. It’s like this season of Big Brother is on tutorial mode for Paul.

Nominations: Although Kevin was a tempting offer, Christmas puts Jason and Matthew on the block as pawns. Her speech doesn’t concern them but she tells Mark that he’s the target.

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Big Brother 19 Week 6 Rankings

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Welcome to my power rankings of Big Brother 19 where I rank the houseguests on how well they did and their place in the future. Keep in mind this isn’t based on who I like personally but strictly game based.

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11. Cody

Going into this week, there was nothing that Cody could have done besides winning the veto in order to ensure his safety. The target on his back so big that no one couldn’t wait a week to get him out. Besides being with Jessica, he kills in the competitions and that makes everyone afraid of him. Give him points for having the best Big Brother exit in history.

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10. Elena

Elena has been on a decline since the Ramses vote and slowly became one of the big targets in the house. Now taking the 5k wasn’t the main reason for Elena going home but she placed some serious mistrust in Alex and Josh to the point of wanting her out first. She has this spunk but unfortunately, it didn’t come out that much this season and that’s a shame.

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9. Mark

Mark is now in the Cody spot of being the only one left in a showmance and being a competition beast. He can’t just carry any good favor in the house because of past events (pickle juice, Dominique, pots, and pans, etc) The target on his back is unavoidable and unless Paul wants to go after Kevin or Matthew, he’s gone this week.

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8. Kevin

Man Kevin really went down in the rankings this week. Originally I thought that the threat of Kevin would go down because there are bigger ones in the house. Unfortunately for him, Paul doesn’t trust him and that’s a death sentence in the house. He’s been making his allies very uneasy because Kevin is just talking to the other side. Unless he can pull off some competition wins then Kevin might be going home real soon.

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7. Matthew

I was trying to be optimistic about Matthew a couple of weeks ago but that’s all gone. It’s like he’s not even trying to play the game and instead wants to eat cereal all day long. Matthew wants to be a pawn because he has to be a team player and there’s no hesitation to become the third nominee. Then he wins the veto and doesn’t even use it on himself because Paul told him too. To top it all off, he was dangerously close to becoming evictee in the double eviction and still has no clue about it. Matthew is going out soon and probably won’t care.

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6. Raven

She’s in a showmance with Matthew which automically makes her a target. The houseguests are getting sick and tired of Raven so her days are numbered.

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5. Jason

Matthew had me a little optimistic but I was really pulling for Jason because it seemed he would have made an independent move. Sadly he’s just a follower of Paul (got used to seeing that phrase on a lot in the upcoming weeks) and will always listen to Alex. His speech as HOH was terrible and showed how jittery he was. Unless Jason can pull it together, he’ll be gone around final five.

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4. Josh

Honestly, Josh at this point is just being Josh and nothing will change about that. He’ll get into a fight or Paul will tell him to get into a fight with someone. He might be a jury goat that Paul will take but the way he’s acting, the jury probably won’t vote for him.

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3. Christmas

Even know Christmas is in the third spot, I don’t feel good about her chances. She’s been getting into fights with people and soon will really piss them off when they get evicted.

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2. Alex

She’s still blindly loyal to Paul which will be her biggest downfall in the game. Without this blind following, Alex would be pretty good as she possesses a drive in these competitions. If somehow Paul goes before her then she’s going to have a pretty good shot.

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1. Paul

Fitting that Derrick came into the house as he’s famous for dominating the game because Paul is on that path. Absolutely no one wants to take him out and in fact, people want him to win the game. Everyone (besides Mark) is blindly loyal to him and that’s perfect for Paul.

 

Big Brother 19 Episode 25 Recap

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Previously on Big Brother: Alex won the latest HOH and wanted Cody out of the house. Mark tried to plant seeds to Jason that Paul is dangerous but he wasn’t buying it. On eviction night, it became a double eviction with Cody going home first and Jason winning the next HOH. He told everyone about his chat with Mark and put up Marelena on the block. After Mark won the veto, Jason put up Matthew and almost considered getting him out but Jason campaigned to get Elena out. It worked and she became the second member of the jury.

Words Come Back to Bite Mark: Mark feels guilty that Elena went out because he’s such a big target and she just wanted some space. Everyone is looking at the picture wall and is loving that Cody is out of the house. Especially Paul who is gloating about getting Jody out and how no one is putting him up (trust us, we’re wondering the same thing). However, he is concerned about Jason’s speech about Mark. He admits to Paul that he shouldn’t be trusted so everyone gathers in the kitchen. My favorite part is Josh was about to talk but everyone shut him down because they need a word in. Mark is shaken by this and doesn’t offer a clear answer to anyone because it won’t save him.

Another Puppet Master Comes In: The front doorbell rings and Derrick, the winner of Big Brother 16 enters. Josh describes him as someone who’s a mastermind. was never put on the block, and dominated the game (mmmmmmmmmm sounds familiar). He carries a duffle bag but it’s just a tease as he congrats everyone about making it halfway. Derrick is happy that he’s back in even know it’s just temporary. But Derrick isn’t here for anything except for being the reason we have a clip show.

Rant Time: Clip shows are just horrible in general but for Big Brother, it’s even worse. The whole point is to reflect on the season and in the earlier seasons, it would happen at the very end. Now we’re having it at the halfway point which is pointless and with a season like this, it’s going to hurt the enjoyment. We’re seeing clips of people who aren’t even here and their dominating the screen time. To top it off, it’s airing on a Friday which meant there were no feeds immediately after the double eviction. Clip shows are a waste of time and this one is especially the case. At least last season, the clip show was very awkward but a little entertaining. This one just has Derrick who I like but that’s not enough to make this fun. He just awkwardly transitions events that he wasn’t even present for. So for this recap, I’m not going to recap the clip show because it’s redundant.

Preview for Sunday: At the very end of the episode, Derrick announces he will host the next HOH competition. The competition is about the past events in the house which still doesn’t justify this episode. They all walk back outside and that’s the episode. It was just a tease for Sunday …. sigh.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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As we sadly come to the end of the summer movie season, we have a couple of films before we say hello to fall. Now sometimes those films are some really good gems or garbage. With The Hitman’s Bodyguard, it’s hard to tell because it falls straight down the middle. It feels lazy but there are some people who are trying to achieve some greatness here.

Ryan Reynolds portrays Michael Bryce who at one time was one of the best protection agents in the world. After an incident, he is demoted and protecting horrible clients. This all changes when he gets a call from his ex-wife (Elodie Yung) about an assignment to protect Darius Kincaid, the most dangerous hitman. Michael must protect Darius before he testifies against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), a notorious Russian dictator.

Throughout the whole movie, it doesn’t feel like Ryan Reynolds or Samuel L Jackson aren’t playing their characters but more being themselves. Not exactly but it’s Ryan Reynolds giving out quips and Samuel L Jackson yelling out motherfucker while ranting. Their star power overshadows the movie but that’s not a bad thing because they’re the best part of the movie. Their banter was hilarious to see and I wouldn’t mind if the whole was just them together. These two actors are pretty funny on their own but together it’s like a tennis match, go back and forth with quips and insults.

With the expectation of Salma Hayek who is a standout in her scenes, the rest of the cast is meh. They’re not god awful but it’s just so bland and nothing really pops on screen. It’s funny because these actors (Gary Oldman and Elodie Yung) usually have some great presence but don’t have good material to work with. Gary Oldman character just pops up from time to time and distracts from seeing the Reynolds/Jackson chemistry. Then Yung’s character is just the romantic foil to Reynolds and that’s it.

The biggest flaw with this movie is the amount of generic material present here. A huge chunk of the action-comedy cliches are present and not only can you spot them a mile away but predict what will happen. You got Michael who’s the guy who plays by the rules then Darius is the reckless guy who puts the whole thing in danger. We’ve all seen this story before and nothing new adds to this idea. Yeah, they just to make fun of it but those jokes didn’t work as well.

Overall The Hitman’s Bodyguard is just an okay movie. The writing is just filled with all of these cliches that make watching the film feel predictable. However, thanks to the chemistry of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, it raises this film from mediocrity to something that’s just okay. When it comes out on rental or cable then I recommend you see it.

Grade: C

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Big Brother 19 Episode 24 Recap

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Previously on Big Brother: Alex won the latest Head of Household and set her sights on Cody as a backdoor option. Matthew, Elena, and Jason were up on the block as pawns. At the veto competition, Matthew won the veto while Elena pissed off Alex because she double crossed her in a deal. Although she was mad at Elena, Cody ended up on the block.

Fallout: Even know Alex wanted Elena as a target, the house (or should I say Paul) wants Cody out. After the ceremony, Josh comforts Cody not because of him but he wants Elena out since his HOH. This starts a fight in the kitchen with accusations being through at Mark and Elena. She fights back at Josh saying he’s twisting her words which turn into a screaming match. Alex gets into the fight because of the deal they made at the veto competition. Cody is just lounging in the backyard and hopes that these crazy houseguests will vote out Elena instead of him.

Eviction Part Un: Julie informs the house about the double eviction that will take place. For those who don’t know, the double eviction is an entire week crammed into an hour. That means we get the HOH, nominations, the veto competition, a quick ceremony, and an eviction. Cody and Elena take time with their speech to throw the majority under the bus while Matthew said something (I didn’t listen and neither did you.) Let’s start voting.

  • Paul votes for Cody
  • Mark votes for Cody
  • Kevin votes for Cody
  • Josh votes for Cody
  • Raven votes for Cody
  • Jason votes for Cody
  • Christmas votes for Cody

Cody just rushes out of the house and has a quick interview with Julie.

HOH: This Head of Household competition is a knockout round type. Two houseguests will slide their disk across the shuffleboard and the one that’s closest to the edge without falling wins. The winner picks the next two people while the loser is eliminated

  • Round 1: Matthew vs Josh – Matthew wins and picks Mark & Elena
  • Round 2: Mark vs Elena – Mark wins and picks Christmas & Josh
  • Round 3: Christmas vs Josh – Christmas wins and picks Mark & Elena
  • Round 4: Mark vs Raven- Mark wins and picks Kevin & Christmas
  • Round 5: Christmas vs Kevin- Christmas wins and picks Mark & Jason
  • Round 6: Mark vs Jason- Jason wins and Paul & Christmas complete by default
  • Round 7: Christmas vs Paul- Christmas wins
  • Round 8: Christmas vs Jason- Jason wins
  • Jason is the new Head of Household.

Jason immediately freaks out over this and goes in the house. He and Mark talk but then a flood of people go into the room. Jason says it’s going to be ok but we cut to commercials. We come back to Jason nominating Mark and Elena on the block.

Veto: The players competing are Mark, Elena, Jason, Raven, Matthew, and Josh. This competition has three puzzles that must be complete. When you’re done, you must hit your buzzer and you’ll win the power of veto. It’s close between Mark and Jason but Mark edges out by a hair and wins the veto. He immediately hugs Elena and she tells him it’s ok. At the ceremony, Mark uses the veto and Jason puts Matthew on the block.

Eviction Part Deux: We immediately start the eviction.

  • Raven votes for Elena
  • Alex votes for Elena
  • Mark votes for Matthew
  • Josh votes for Elena
  • Paul votes for Elena
  • Christmas votes for Elena
  • Kevin votes for Elena

Elena walks out of the house to Julie where she talks a lot about Mark. Julie informs us that there will be a special Friday episode that will have Big Brother 16 winner Derrick. As long as it’s not a recap episode then hopefully this special episode will be worth it.

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Big Brother 19 Episode 23 Recap

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Previously on Big Brother: Alex won the latest Head of Household and wanted to backdoor Cody. Although people are suspicious of Kevin, the target was settled on the marine. He tried to throw the temptation competition so he can compete but is unsuccessful as Matthew becomes the third nominee. Along with Matt, Elena and Jason become pawns on the block.

Having a Nice Freezer Cry: Everyone is feeling pretty good that Cody will go home, even Elena who has a good chance of going home. Feeling desperate, Cody decides to confine with Kevin that he has a daughter. While it’s good that Cody is socializing and trying to build bridges, it’s far too late for him. Now Kevin has seven daughters so this really hits him hard because he’s missing his family. He tells us that misses his family every day and tries not to get emotional. For Kevin, showing emotion is a weakness for him and he has to go to the freezer to have a cry. Also, if you’re on twitter then follow Kevin’s account run by his family, it’s really good.

Veto Swap: It’s time to pick players for the Veto competition. Alex pulls Mark and herself out of the box so she picks Paul. This means Cody can’t compete in the veto and doesn’t have a chance to save himself. The Veto competition is the classic Veto swap style where there will be prizes and punishments. At each round, the player with the lowest number is out but can pick a hidden item. However, you can also pick an item that someone else has and switch.

  • At Round 1, Paul gets eliminated and uncovers the Veto.
  • At Round 2, Mark gets eliminated and gets a vacation to Colorado. He keeps it.
  • At Round 3, Jason is out and gets the skydiving punishment. Jason trades it with Paul and now he has the veto.
  • At Round 4, Matthew is out and gets the unitard. He trades with Jason.
  • At the final round, Elena wins. Alex gets 5k and Elena has the camp guide punishment. Elena trades it with Alex.
  • Matthew wins the veto.

Wow, this is a very dumb move from Elena. Not only does she not win the veto but she screws over Alex. They made the deal that they wouldn’t punish each other and now Elena screwed that up.

Seriously Elena WTF: Alex is pissed off at Elena for screwing her over. Actually, she gets so mad that Elena temporary becomes the target. Cody tells Elena that she’s crazy and when he tells you that then you’re crazy. She wonders if this 5k will make her a bigger target and Cody blushes that off. He hopes that Elena becomes a bigger target so she’ll go home instead of him.

Punishment Time: It’s time for the punishments to be unleashed in the house. Paul has to be shackled to someone and he picks Christmas. Jason has a skydiving suit and when he hears the house says he’s extreme, Jason has to say EXTREME THINGS. Honestly, I think Jason loves the punishments (Veto-toad and this) because he’s a professional rodeo clown so being silly is his wheel house. Alex has probably the worst punishment as she has to carry around heavy equipment. Then when she hears the horn, a campsite must be built where she has to cook hot dogs for everyone.

Veto Ceremony: Despite recently really hating Elena for the 5k, Cody is still the target that needs to go home. So Matthew has the veto and if uses the veto on himself then Jason and Elena will still be on the block. Ultimately Matthew uses the veto on Jason and Alex puts Cody on the block. Yep Matthew doesn’t save himself so he’s still on the block with Cody and Elena. Ughhhh my head hurts from all of this dumbness going on in Big Brother.

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Batman and Harley Quinn

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Last year, the DC animated movies that are usually straight to DVD started to show them in theatres thanks to Fathom Events. The first one was the much anticipated The Killing Joke which turned out to be a critical disaster but commercially successful. The next film released by Fathom is Batman and Harley Quinn which takes a different direction from The Killing Joke. So is this movie going to be a repeat critical wise or will it rise above it?

Batman and Harley Quinn follows Batman and Nightwing investigating an attack at Star Labs. They find out that Poison Ivy and Floronic Man was behind the attack in order to transform the Earth’s population into planets. Feeling desperate, they make an uneasy alliance with Harley Quinn who’s close with Poison Ivy. It’s a race to stop the Planet duo from ruining the Earth.

Now if you’re looking for a Batman movie that’s very dramatic and has tragedic undertones then drop those expectations. This movie is a straight up comedy from start to finish. The jokes don’t solely come from Harley Quinn who’s already a comedic character but everyone in the cast. Yes, even Batman who acts more like the straight man but still delivers some great laughs. These jokes range from references to Batman’s past, physical comedy, innuendoes, and much more. They even put in the Bat Fight Words from the Batman 1966 tv show.

Melissa Rauch voices Harley Quinn and it was a bit off putting at first because it sounds so different at first. However as the movie went on, her voice really did become like Harley Quinn. Additionally, many voices from Batman: The Animated Series returns to do the voices. It’s very welcoming to hear them because that series is not only one of the greatest superhero cartoons but one of the best cartoons of all time. This includes Kevin Conroy who will forever be known as the voice of Batman. Again he pulls off this dry wit effortlessly that doesn’t feel out of place.

Not only does the voices from the animated series returns but also the animation style. It’s very nice to see that same style but having a little more of an updated feel in terms of quality and smoothness. Also, the action was really well done in terms of the fights but there was a bit of classic Looney Tunes style that was really cool. The only problem I have is some of the jokes really fall flat. It gets a bit awkward when the movie pauses for laughter even know the joke doesn’t work.

Overall Batman and Harley Quinn is a different treat but a treat nonetheless. For the most part, the comedy does work and its voice working is really good. Top that with great animation and it was really worth it to see this movie on the big screen. Batman and Harley Quinn comes out on digital HD today and Blu-ray in two weeks, so definitely check it out.

Grade: B

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Big Brother 19 Episode 22 Recap

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Previously on Big Brother: When Josh won the Head of Household, his main target was set on Elena but Paul wanted Jessica out first. Eventually, the target was shifted to Jessica as Kevin tried to make a deal with Cody. Kevin’s allies became suspicious of him as Jessica was evicted from the house. At the next HOH competition, Alex won and has the power for the week.

Hooray Jury, Boo Marelena: Everyone is excited that they finally make it to the jury as Alex brags about her HOH and breaking up Jody. Josh talks about how even he didn’t think he’ll make it to the jury. Hell, even I didn’t think he would make it (click here to check out my preseason rankings to see how bad I messed up). Mark is funny but is aware of Jessica comments about Paul. He knows that Paul is running this house and no one has opposed them. Although Cody is the target, if he is safe then either Mark or Elena must go. Christmas is scared that Alex and Jason will team up with Marelena then add Cody to form a powerful alliance. Alex wants to put up Matt and Elena to ensure that one of the showmances goes up but Paul advises against that.

Suspicious Kevin: Cody is venting to Kevin about how he doesn’t have anyone in this game and he would never target Alex ever. Kevin now doesn’t work with Cody anymore because of his fight with Josh. Not only that but he doesn’t want his allies of being suspicious of him. Well, Kevin turns out to be right because everyone is talking in the HOH room on how suspicious Kevin is with Cody. They grab Kevin and talk to him with little kid gloves. Alex wanted to take Kevin to the end but now it’s not possible.

Where Were You?: Out of the blue, random sounds start playing in different rooms. Paul knows that you have to remember the sounds for the upcoming competition. Speaking of, the houseguests go into the Den of Temptation to decide if they want to compete or not for the Temptation Competition. Everyone decides to compete in the competition. The goal is to answer the most amount of questions pertaining to the sounds they heard throughout the week. It’s not about the sound but where they heard the sound. Now Cody wants to throw it so he can be the third nominee in order to play in Veto. However. Matthew is just throwing so Cody doesn’t have a chance this week. It is kind of funny seeing Cody throwing the comp. However, Cody actually gets one right which means Matthew is the third nominee. Mark wins safety for the week and is happy because hopefully, the house doesn’t think he’s all muscle.

Flip Flopper: Alex tries to decide who else can be a pawn because now Matthew is the third nominee. Jason throws Paul’s name out there who so happens to walk into the room. Paul says he’s down but really doesn’t want to be a pawn. So he tries to get Elena up as a pawn who’s pissed that she will be a pawn again. So why don’t you do something about that Elena instead of complaining? She vents to Mark and Cody about this but Christmas is pissed that she’s talking with them. Christmas calls out Mark in front of everyone for being a flip flopper. He’s pissed that she’s throwing him his name around and soon Josh gets into it. Mark just goes where the numbers are and yeah that’s his strategy.

Nominations: Matthew is the third nominee by default so the other two are Elena and Jason. Elena hates this because she feels used by the other houseguests. Cody really wants to have his chip pulled and put seeds of doubt about Paul.

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Big Brother 19 Week 6 Rankings

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Welcome to my power rankings of Big Brother 19 where I rank the houseguests on how well they did and their place in the future. Keep in mind this isn’t based on who I like personally but strictly game based.

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12. Jessica

At the beginning of the week, things looked pretty good for Jody. Yet their big problem this week is getting into fights. Some blame goes to Josh for not telling his plans to them but it’s like they want to be isolated from the house. Even Kevin who wanted to work with them is now against them. It sucks to see Jessica go home early but there’s no denying there were some faults

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11. Cody

Same problem as Jessica with the fighting. To be honest I don’t know how he can overcome being in the house without Jessica. He’s such a huge target especially with Paul wanting him out of the house. He’s still amazing with competitions so maybe he can survive next week.

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10. Mark

He kept a low profile this week but is still a big target. If Cody wins safety then Mark will be the number one target in the house.

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9. Elena

Thanks to the mistakes by Jody, Christmas, and Josh, Elena is saved this week. I wouldn’t say she was close to going home but people were really gunning for her. If it wasn’t for Paul really trying to keep her safe than this whole week might have been different. She’s actually loyal to Paul and he sees that. If Paul can really trust her then he can take her far.

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8. Josh

First off, congrats to Josh for winning a competition and almost having his own agenda. However, Paul wanted his way so thanks to Josh and Christmas, Jessica is out of the house. Publicly he said that Jessica was his target but it was actually Elena. So why not just tell Jessica the truth instead of either playing too coy or not cutting to the chase. He and Paul are still tight but he’s either going to get cut early by Paul or get targeted by the minority side.

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7. Christmas

Christmas showed so much promise in the beginning of the week when she was defying Paul and encouraging Josh to do what he wanted to do. Then Paul got in her ear and got Christmas to use the Ring of Replacement. It’s a horrible move because it’s too early for that and that power would have been useful if she thought that a backdoor would be possible. Any thought of getting rid of Paul has died down in her because she fully has his back now.

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6. Raven

Well, at least she isn’t starting fights like last week so she’s a bit higher up. Raven doesn’t have a chance to win but maybe could be the jury goat.

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5. Alex

Just like Raven, she kept a low profile this week. Alex is definitely in the top three competitors in this house with Paul and Cody. The problem with Paul still remains as her biggest blind spot in the house. Also, the fact that she said that the people I like are the only people I’m going to work with is not smart. It eliminates any options that might get you to the end. She won HOH this week but will probably do whatever Paul tells her to do.

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4. Matthew

Well, we did another new thing about Matthew this week … he loves showers. Yea, that’s the only thing I noticed about Matthew. If he’s going to do the Kevin strategy of making friends in the first half then making moves in the second half, Matthew has a good path ahead.

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3. Jason

Jason is still doing pretty good but still has his blind spot because of Alex. When Alex goes out, Jason will trust his own instincts and maybe take out Paul.

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2. Kevin

Kevin outline his strategy of staying low while making friends is what he’s been doing since the start. That’s why Kevin is always been at the top of the rankings. The reason why he’s not number one is him trying too hard to save Cody. It made his allies suspious of him but that will die down because of bigger targets in the house.

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1. Paul

Even when someone wants to follow their own agenda, Paul changes their mind so it fits his own agenda instead. Making Christmas use her power was a great move for him because now there are no temptation powers left, he doesn’t have to worry about Christmas using in the future, and some people are mad at Christmas instead of him. Now with Alex winning HOH, she will do whatever he says making it another week where Paul has his way.

 

 

Annabelle: Creation Review

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The Cournjiing franchise has been so far a very successful one for not only the horror genre but recent film itself. It relies on old school horror instead of laziness just to make a quick buck. With the latest film, Annabelle: Creation coming out this weekend, does it hold up to the franchise or is it a weak point? Directed by David F. Sanberg, Annabelle is a prequel to the first movie and shows how the doll became possessed. We see an orphanage move into a house from a dollmaker and his wife who lost their girl at a young age. One of the orphans discovers the doll and terror are unleashed in the house.

Annabelle features some of my personal taste in horror with the suspense building up. Of course, there’s jump scares but it doesn’t feel cheap and forced in. These scares feel more genuine than a half baked horror movie. This movie builds on the mystery builds with Annabelle and Mr.Name storyline. By the time the third act hits, the suspense is paid off and the scares begin.

The horror is more of creepiness because demons, dolls, and little girls are the perfect recipe. Creepiness just sticks with you instead of repeating jump scares. Also, David Sanberg who direct the movie Lights Out uses shadows and darkness perfectly. We’ve all had the eerie feeling of a darkened hallway when we’re in the house. David Sanberg takes that and multiplies that feeling by a thousand. Besides the scares, he directed some beautiful shots especially the extirpate shots of the house.

All of the cast was good especially when half of them were child actors. Not that child actors are bad but it’s harder to pull a good performance. Luckily Sanberg does it but all of the credit shouldn’t go to him. Talitha Bateman was really good as she expressed both vulnerable and terror. Hopefully, this is her breakout role and she’ll have a bright future ahead. All of the other girls did a really good job but the second standout performance was Anthony LaPaglia who has this world weary look in his eyes because of his tragedic backstory. Yet there’s something off about him as he’s very suspicious and might be ready to snap at any time.

If you have a chance to see Annabelle: Creation then definitely go see it. This movie is creepy and towards the end, it becomes really scary. The cinematography is beautiful and the acting is really good. This movie adds to the Conjuring impressive franchise so far.

Grade: B+

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