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Apparently “ Erwin Penland, the marketing firm behind @dennys, has quite a few poor reviews from ex-employees on GlassDoor.com with many employees complaining that there’s no work-life balance, employees are laid off every fall, and the company has no interest in diversity, with one ex-employee calling it a “boys only mentality” while another warned job seekers “If you are a male caucasian account executive with no heart you might succeed. If not… keep your resume up to date and your eyes wide open.”” is the new anti dennys meme

Dan’s Revival and Why it’s good For Ex-Aid Writing Wise (Episode 30 and 31 Spoilers)

Episode 30 marked the return of Kuroto Dan, aka Kamen Rider Genm. In a story, it’s usually seen as a bad move to permanently revive a character who was killed off, especially when the character is as popular as Dan is. However, in my opinion, the revival of Kuroto Dan was the smartest move to make going forward. Here I’ll try to explain why.

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Max Winter’s bleak, powerful debut novel, Exes, is haunted by missing people, and those who feel their absence. It centers around a man trying to piece together his estranged brother’s last years. 

Critic Heller McAlpin says it’s “an amazing feat of plotting and engineering, an elaborate puzzle of a book that brings to mind Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests for the intricacy of its carefully calibrated interlocking connections.”

In ‘Exes,’ The Losses Pile Up Like New England Snowdrifts

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: Erwin Penland, the marketing firm behind @dennys, has quite a few poor reviews from ex-employees on GlassDoor.com with many employees complaining that there’s no work-life balance, employees are laid off every fall, and the company has no interest in diversity, with one ex-employee calling it a “boys only mentality” while another warned job seekers “If you are a male caucasian account executive with no heart you might succeed. If not… keep your resume up to date and your eyes wide open.”
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: A Take on the Relationship Between Corporate, Creators, and their Creations

With only two episodes to be fully dedicated to the newest villain in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Masamune Dan, we can see some scarily accurate connections to the real-life game industry. In this short analysis, I will be comparing Masamune Dan, Kuroto Dan, and Lovelica to that of real life relations between relations of corporations and their creators. This is not something I’ve seen talked about, but I noticed it in the previous episode, Company Restructuring.

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Person Of Interest “.EXE” Review

I adored this ep! It moved forward the plot to take down SAM via the Ice 9 virus, but most of all, it was a character ep with some amazing moments between Harold and TM. In fact, this ep was dedicated to Harold and TM. It focused almost entirely on them and showed us how brilliantly the two of them worked together. It showed us a world where Harold decided not to build TM. It showed us the beginning of the end with TM being destroyed along with SAM. It showed Harold having to make that choice and how much he struggled with it. 

It showed us Harold and TM talking. After communicating via words on a screen for such a long time, watching Harold and TM in action interspersed by discussion about AUs, loss, choices, regrets and sacrifices was mesmerizing. Special shoutout to ME for absolutely blowing me away in this entire ep, but especially during the last 10 mins. He was amazing! 

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Kamen Rider EX-Aid episode 38 Review. AKA Ex-Aid punches the feels again

riya This episode once again shows just how fucking good a kamen rider show can be if they give it the right writer and the right cast, the emotional impact of this episode alone was fucking good. Hiiro having to sacrifice his girlfriends life or more accurately really he let her rest in peace and refused to do Cronus’ dirty work even if it meant he had to lose her forever. Hiiro couldnt let Taiga die to bring her back, in the end the man known as Brave showed more determination and honour than he thought. Hiiro truly is a knight in shining armour.
Cronus on the other hand is a fucking scumbag and its always nice to see him get his shit wrecked even when he gets a brand new power up it still cant match Muteki and Legacy together. Cronus is gonna get a lot more desperate now that he basically has to do his own dirty work.

Taiga spent most of this episode barely clinging on to life.

Nico poor girl was absolutely broken that her husband doctor was in such dire straights through out the episode and her screaming sounded legit. Perfect acting.

Poppy did……well nothing again.

Parad finally found out why Cronus seems to be targeting him and Graphite seems to be…….not doing so well. Hopefully the bugster get a bit more focus in the coming episodes. (Next episode preview though….)

Kiriya and Shin Kuroto have apparently found common ground and created a dynamic duo determined to stop Cronus from killing Parad and in the process costing Emu his ability to henshin. Also Dan lost 28 lives while fighting Cronus.

Emu finally catches a break and his faith in Hiiro was utterly rewarded when Hiiro finally turned back to the side of good after realising he couldnt deal with Cronus’ shit anymore. God Hyper Muteki is fucking great to look at.

Hiiro found his heart again and then subsequently had to break it to save his friends. Turns out he couldnt live with himself if he let Taiga die and for his trouble he probably lost Saki forever, his whole reason for fighting is now gone but Hiiro soldiers on to prove he is the worlds best doctor and he will help save the world but he will never save his own soul in the end. I really love Hiiro’s character just how far he has come is beyond brilliant and how he fully embraces his rider motif of a knight.

Ex-Aid is fucking top quality with the only drag is the lack of Poppy and Nico getting a spot light.

Next week Parad is hunted by Emu?! Goodbye me? what is going on?! But Parad is getting a massive spotlight! Could it be his last?

If you have any praise, complaints or want me to talk about something a little more please feel free to message!

See you next game!

I came up with this quote just a few minutes ago. I thought tumblr would appreciate

Just to be clear, I’m not a professional ‘quote maker’. I’m just an anti-capitalist teenager who greatly values intersectionality and socioeconomic fact over any silly system forming from the mercantilism practiced 3,500 years ago. This being said, I am open to any and all criticism.

“In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god’s blessing. But because Erwin Penland, the marketing firm behind @dennys, has quite a few poor reviews from ex-employees on GlassDoor.com with many employees complaining that there’s no work-life balance, employees are laid off every fall, and the company has no interest in diversity, with one ex-employee calling it a 'boys only mentality' while another warned job seekers ‘If you are a male caucasian account executive with no heart you might succeed. If not… keep your resume up to date and your eyes wide open.’”

Ex-Aid review: Heisei Generations

Time to review Ex-Aid’s first movie: “Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pac-Man VS Ex-Aid & Ghost With Legend Riders”. Long, long title. Since I’ve not done a review for a movie yet, how do I format this…

Well, for starters, some preliminary timeline placement: The movie came out when Kuroto Dan was still pretending to be sane, and there was still a bike among us. The Kamen Rider Genm spinoffs would tip you off to that since those take place after this movie. It’s a nice early “In case you’re new to Ex-Aid” timeline placement.

Also, since this is post-finale Ghost, Drive, Gaim and Wizard… I won’t hold back on spoilers for those shows!

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Incredible films from 2015. A list that will surely grow as the awards season continues. Will repost with updates. (Inspired my good bud @anotsaint.)

In no particular order:

The Revenant
Ex Machina
Macbeth
Steve Jobs
Tangerine
Sicario
The Martian
Trainwreck
Amy
The Visit

Watched Heisei Generations with @replica-the-rice-cooker

Good shit for people who like early Ex-Aid and the characters of Ghost, as well as Drive and Wizard (Gaim is there but it’s only as a fight cameo)

Good shit includes

  • The soundtrack, which includes little nods to each character in the movie’s individual themes
  • The action is top notch, especially towards the middle when Ex-Aid and Ghost fight Pac Man (yeah, you read that right) and the end when each rider gets their theme played and beats the hell out of a bunch of people
  • As with every Kamen Rider Movie, there’s a lot of amazing stunts and fight scenes without transforming. Emu’s actor does a backflip, which startled the hell out of me, but all of the actors do get some great fight scenes. Special props to the female villain with the sword, who’s martial arts form was incredible
  • This movie probably has the most movie exclusive forms and all of them are amazing (it also includes a look at the then-new form Mighty Brothers XX)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi is in it as a major villain and does a Sling Blade on Kamen Rider Drive. And it’s awesome.

Not as good shit tho

  • For people who actually liked Ghost, the movie isn’t gonna give you too much more wholesome content. All of the characters on that side of the crossover are mostly positioned to make the Ex-Aid characters look better, with all of the Ghost riders getting seriously hurt in their fights with minimal injuries to the Ex-Aid ones (also, an important female character in Ghost is sidelined basically for motivation).
  • Gaim is there, but only suited up. While it does mean that we get the best parts of Gaim (the fighting and music) without needing to dance around its ending, this does mean we have an awkward scene of Gaim stepping off to the side while everyone else transforms at the same time.
  • Pretty much all the plot stuff related to Ex-Aid in this movie is counteracted by the show itself. The aforementioned Mighty XX cameo isn’t used as a reference in its later appearance and all the plot stuff with Emu’s ability to be Ex-Aid is counteracted by later plot elements. So that basically removes a lot of the impact behind some of those things.

The movie is fun as hell tho and a really good time, especially if you enjoy Ex-Aid and have a love for the riders of the past.

MOVIES YOU SHOULD WATCH IF YOU LOVE THE NEW CAST OF “STAR WARS”

Originally posted by singfromthehair

“Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013)

“Inside Llewyn Davis” was my pick for the best movie of 2013.  Written and directed by the Coen Brothers, the film about a folk singer struggling in 1961 New York has all the hallmarks of their greatest films: it’s melancholy, quirky, and as it reaches its finale, utterly gutting at as the viewer realizes just what is happening.  Oscar Isaac (who plays the daring Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in “The Force Awakens”), plays Llewyn Davis, a character who is rather despicable, but so talented and down-on-his-luck you just can’t help but root for him. This is the movie that cemented me as an Oscar fan; his performance is as breath-taking as the film itself, and he gets to show off his considerable musical talents with the help of a brilliant soundtrack.

Unfortunately, despite many other critics declaring their love for the film, “Inside Llewyn Davis” went virtually unnoticed during the 2013 awards season; it didn’t even receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor—none of it.  The big award that year went instead to “12 Years a Slave” (more on that later).  So if you haven’t seen this stunning movie before, see it now.  A scene to look for: Isaac teams up with Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver (the baddie Kylo Ren in “The Force Awakens”) to sing an overly-poppy tune called “Please Mr. Kennedy.”  It’s hilarious and brilliant and even a bit sad.  Not to be missed.

“Ex Machina” (2015)

While a film like “Star Wars” leans toward the more fantasized end of science fiction, “Ex Machina" portrays a form of technology that very well could exist in the real world.  Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson (who plays the snooty First Order General Hux in “The Force Awakens”) as Caleb, an employee for an internet search engine company who wins a week-long stay at his boss’s estate. What initially seems like a relaxing getaway quickly turns into an experiment, as Caleb’s boss Nathan (Oscar Isaac/Poe Dameron) reveals that he has created an A.I. (called Ava, and played by the wonderful Alicia Vikander) and wants Caleb to administer a Turing Test to determine its effectiveness.  A bond soon develops between Ava and Caleb as Caleb realizes just how humanlike she is, and just how poorly Nathan has been treating her. Shocking discoveries lead to a startling, but inspired, conclusion.  The movie truly belongs to Vikander, but Gleeson is perfectly cast as the average guy who gets in way over his head.  Isaac is even more brilliant.  His character walks a fine line between being charming and creepy, and he walks it well. The highlight: a choreographed dance sequence between Nathan and his servant Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno).  It’s one of the most unforgettable scenes of any movie this year.

“The Seventh Seal” (1957)

Little is known about Max von Sydow’s character in “The Force Awakens,” but much is known about the talents of this actor, who has been working steadily in movies since 1949. In fact, one of his earliest roles was in one of the most iconic films of all time, the 1957 Ingmar Bergman classic “The Seventh Seal.”  In the film, von Sydow plays Antonius Block, a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find his country being destroyed by the plague.  He encounters the personification of Death (Bengt Ekerot) and engages him in a chess game in an attempt to stall his death.  Life and death are portrayed as a hopeless game in this film that draws many of its themes and inspiration from the Book of Revelation, and von Sydow is appropriately stoic in a memorable performance.  The film’s success at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival catapulted Bergman and von Sydow to fame.  A gorgeously shot and haunting movie, “The Seventh Seal” is a movie that everyone needs to see, and for those who have seen it, should be watched again.

“Brooklyn” (2015)

“Brooklyn” is another movie that features Mr. Domhnall Gleeson (who is having quite the year) in a supporting role.  One of the best movies of 2015, “Brooklyn” follows a young Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) who immigrates to 1950s New York City, falls in love with an Italian boy, but soon finds herself pulled back home—and to local boy Jim Farrell (Gleeson). The film is a simple, nostalgic journey that perfectly conveys the hardness of being homesick, but also yearning to try new things.  Gleeson has very little dialogue as Farrell, but he doesn’t need it.  Farrell is a quiet character, but the way the looks at Ronan’s Eilis tells you all you need to know.  No spoilers here, but I’m still a little upset at how that whole love triangle ended up.

“Attack the Block” (2011)

This little sci-fi movie has become a cult favorite since its release a few years ago.  Written and directed by Joe Cornish, the film is set in a South London neighborhood and follows a street gang who have to deal with a sudden alien attack.  The innovative film is funny, action-packed, and just scary enough, and for added authenticity, most of the cast were relative unknowns local to the film’s setting. One of those locals is John Boyega (who plays disillusioned Stormtrooper Finn in “The Force Awakens”).  Boyega plays Moses, the gang’s leader who ultimately saves the day.  The character development in this film is well done, epecially with Moses, who we see helping mug a young lady in the film’s opening, but is soon revealed to be a brave and honorable person.  Boyega’s performance in this movie serves as a sign of great things to come in his career.

“12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Chances are, you’ve seen this drama based on the true story of Solomon Northup, which won the Best Picture Academy Award (the one that “Inside Llewyn Davis” wasn’t even nominated for.  Anyway).  It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching drama brimming with fantastic, nuanced performances—which is why a second viewing is required to fully appreciate Lupita Nyong’o’s portrayal of the slave Patsey, for which she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  Nyong’o—who gives a lovely motion capture performance as the wise pirate Maz Kanata in “The Force Awakens”—is electrifying, as she gives Patsey all the layers needed to make her a well-rounded character, despite not being the main part of the action. Patsey is light-hearted and carefree, the best cotton-picker on the plantation.  She is also raped by her owner (Michael Fassbender) and abused by his wife (Sarah Paulson) as a result, and yearns for her freedom as she endures everything from private beatings to public whippings.  In a movie filled with noteworthy performances, Nyong’o stands out.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014)

Another actor who is more heard than seen in “The Force Awakens” is Andy Serkis, who gives a motion capture performance as the evil Supreme Leader Snoke.  Serkis is widely regarded for his motion capture work, particularly playing Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.  But he truly takes his craft to a whole new level in the recent “Planet of the Apes” reboots playing the intelligent ape Caesar.  He played Caesar as a developing mind in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” but it’s playing adult Caesar, who has a family and is the leader of his clan, in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” that he really shows his range as an actor.  The audience cares for Caesar as they would any human character thanks to the believable human emotions Serkis imbues him with.  The whole films is a brilliant look at the relationship between apes and humans, but Serkis’ Caesar brings it to a whole other level.

“The Adventures of Tintin” (2011)

“The Adventures of Tintin” is a computer-animated film based on the comic series of the same name.  It’s a rollicking adventure and a visual treat, which is no surprise considering the talent behind the camera.  The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Kathleen Kennedy (current president of Lucasfilm and producer of “The Force Awakens”), and features a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish. The story follows a young boy (Tintin) and his dog snowy as they embark on a quest started when they find a message in a model ship.  Andy Serkis plays the rarely sober Captain Haddock—who they encounter on their journey—in a fun and funny performance that is a refreshing break from his normally more dramatic/tortured characters.  The film also features Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the comedic, bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson.  Pegg—though you may not recognize him, as he plays an alien—appears in “The Force Awakens” as Unkar Plutt, a junk dealer on Jakku.  "Tintin” gets bonus “Star Wars” points for also featuring Daniel Craig as the villain.  Craig, as we now know, had a cameo in “The Force Awakens” as a very special Stormtrooper.

E.L.F. Essential EX-tra Lip Gloss

These claim to be a rich colored gloss that will moisturize and condition.

These things are great. They are a almost fully opaque lip gloss that feels creamy on the lips. The darker colors also stain my lips slightly. I don’t find them to moisturize so make sure to wear a balm underneith.

As for lasting power they last a little longer than a typical gloss, but the darker ones do stain a bit. I had to touch up about twice thoughout the day, usually after eating and drinking.

The lighter colors can go on a bit streaky but that isn’t really a problem for me since they are easy enough to smooth out. All of these do have shimmer to them. It is very finely milled and feels smooth on the lips until the gloss has worn off and you need to reapply. A little lip balm and more gloss and it is perfect again.

They do have a bit of a plasticy smell but it is quite hard to detect of me at least.

The applicator of these is a bit different from most glosses, but is easy enough to get use to. It is flat instead of angled like most glosses.

These are swatched in the same order as shown above. They are brighter in person.

Michael is a berry with gold shimmer.

Brett is a bright red with a duo chrome type shimmer. It looks siver with a bit of pink.

Marc is a neutral pink with golden shimmer.

Brian is a lighter pink with lighter gold shimmer.

Scott is a peachy nude with golden shimmer. This one is darker than it appears in the tube.

Joe is a bright coral with golden shimmer.

Overall I give these a 4.5 out of 5 since they are not moisturizing and nourishing like they claim but are still a great gloss.