2015 Year-End Review

Best of Film

Normally, this would be a list of 15 of our favorite films this year, but instead, we’ve chosen the five we’ve loved most with three reasons as to why. It ends up being 15 in the end, get it? Yes? No? Hopefully.

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2015 Year-End Review

Best of Television

It’s truly been one of the strongest and most inspirational years of Television and because of this, we’ve decided the best way to pay homage to it, is to reflect on the scenes that are now perpetually engraved in our memories. These are the scenes that have not only inspired us, but they’ve moved us beyond words leaving us with hope and wonder.

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Fall ’15 Finale Roundup: Week One

|December 6-13|

It’s been an exceptional week for finales and because we’ve worn ourselves out talking about Once Upon A Time’s masterful 5A finale here and here, we’ve chosen to talk about our other favorites that’ve floored us this week — The Flash, Nashville, and Arrow.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 25

25 Love Stories 25/25
Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is probably the only series where a fandom ship name is avidly used in canon as well. So who are we to deny the greatness and beauty of FitzSimmons — two souls who just can’t be apart even when they’re not entirely sure what’s going on between with them. From the very first episode you knew there’d be something between them. You knew their bond was special and in every opportunity the series could find, it showcased that the audience was always right. Whether or not we all prefer them is a different story, but the fact of the matter is, there’s always been something there. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons are the best of friends, they’re partners, they’re great on their own, but together they’re unstoppable, and these are the stories that often leave a lasting impression.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 24

25 Love Stories 24/25
Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak (Arrow)

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Behind every great man is an even greater woman. And when it comes to television couples, this particular saying works perfectly for Arrow’s Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen. Oliver would be nowhere near as great of a hero if it weren’t for Felicity by his side. She continuously makes him better just by being her genius, effervescently engulfing self. I can honestly say that it weren’t for Felicity, I would not have stuck around with the series. Felicity has kept me interested since her very first appearance and clearly I wasn’t alone in all this. And from the very beginning, viewers could tell there was something exquisitely beautiful blossoming between the two. The challenges that they’ve faced have inspired them to come forth about their true feelings — it’s been beautiful to watch Oliver finally validate how deeply he admires, respects, and needs Felicity. And it’s also been beautiful to see Felicity realize that she’s valued more than she’s imagined — someone as extraordinary as her needs to hear she’s a treasure more often. Oliver and Felicity are two people who’ve been misunderstand and judged more often than not, thus the most winsome part of their relationship is that from the moment they met, it’s all been real.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 23

25 Love Stories 23/25
Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

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We have gone from a staunch “no way, it just shouldn’t happen? Why ruin their weird little friendship with a relationship” type to an “OMG THEY’RE JUST SO CUTE” type. Yes, we have become Charles Boyle. In our defense regarding how slowly we, as viewers, took to their relationship, we sometimes feel as though all shows, at some point fall too easily back on the “they’re the opposite sex, they’re both attractive and they’re opposites as well…they must be together romantic stylez” (see what we did there?) cliché. But some how, Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago have worked their way into our souls. It’s the way the writers and producers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have pulled it all together. They’ve not sacrificed the friendship in their relationship, the parts that make Jake and Amy, Jake and Amy. He can still be vaguely insensitive and immature and she can still be too serious and too much of a suck-up. But they come together, beautifully. They work as a unit, as friends and clearly as romantic partners.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 22

25 Love Stories 22/25
Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes (Nashville)

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Nashville is drama-ville, but I’ve always loved the way they show that love comes back around if it’s true. It doesn’t matter how many roadblocks are in their path, they’ll pull through it. It doesn’t matter how many years pass or how many mistakes are made, true love forgives. Sometimes first love isn’t true love, but for Deacon Claybourne and Rayna Jaymes, that idea doesn’t apply. They are each other’s first love and last love. And for three seasons we watched them continuously go back and forth denying the feelings within. This is the story of a solid partnership weaved in beautifully with music — a love of mine I’ve yet to find the proper words for. In other words, I was sold from the day one.

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