Thursday , 14 December 2017

Emily Garrison

After moving to McKinney thirteen years ago, Emily has always found McKinney to be exciting and interesting. As a writer for TownSquare Buzz, she is able to review films as well as report on topics surrounding the community. In addition to working for TBS, she is the owner of Pretty.Disgusting. FX, a special effects make-up company specializing in film and concept artistry.

TSB’s Weekly Movie Review: Divergent is an Exciting and Action-Packed Film

Divergent is a heart-pounding and unique blockbuster that is sure to set the bar high for this summer. Great casting, superior visual effects and political themes earn this film the rightful title as the next Hunger Games. In a futuristic Chicago divided by factions, Beatrice Prior learns she’s Divergent and that means she doesn’t fit into any faction. When she ...

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TSB’s Weekly Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel is Another Wes Anderson Hit

grand budapest hotel

Wes Anderson has done it again with the star-studded film about a hotel manager who ,beloved by all, is suddenly a suspect in a murder. Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson help make up the wonderful ensemble that is The Grand Budapest Hotel. The storytelling is remarkably achieved through the use of color, reintroducing the ...

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TSB Movie Special: St. Patrick’s Day Films to Enjoy

St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday so that means parties, lots of green and all other things Irish. So here are my recommendations for films that will help you get in the festive mood: For the Men: The Boondock Saints : Cult classic about two Irish Brothers who become “Saints” and get even with bad guys. Gangs of New York: ...

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TSB’s Weekly Movie Review: Don’t Expect Too Much From`300: Rise of An Empire’

 Imagine watching a really violent and strange video game on a giant screen. Gratuitous violence, very little clothing and cliched lines….this is 300: Rise of an Empire! It’s a giant prologue that references the original 300, and in the last five minutes of the film it reaches a new plot point. The film felt slow, even though lots of people were ...

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TSB’s Movie Talk: Blanchett Is Right, Actresses Are Starting to Get Proper Due

“For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film … and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The ...

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Welcoming a Hero Home: Byers’ House to Be Ready in March

Brandon Byers and family

On Oct. 16, 2006, Senior Airman Brandon Byers’ life was changed forever. At that time, he was a member of the United States Air Force. His journey has taken him from American hero to new homeowner, thanks to Helping A Hero and Smiles Charity right here in McKinney. In the midst of the Iraq War, Byers was stationed at Camp ...

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TSB’s Weekly Movie Review: Pompeii is a Volcanic Disaster

 Volcanic Eruptions, doomed love and … Keifer Sutherland? Pompeii, a film chronicling a young gladiator fighting for freedom and love, is set against the back drop of a historic weather event. This film serves as a poor man’s Gladiator mixed with Titanic. Poor cinematography, a bad cast and a cliché script make this film unforgettable in an embarrassing way. Keifer ...

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TSB’s Oscar Watch: Here’s What to Look For Sunday Evening

The box office toppers from 2013 will receive the biggest accolades in American film Sunday night. Heavyweights American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and Gravity will battle for Best Motion Picture, while Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams will compete for Best Performance by an Actress in A Leading Role. As the Oscars approach, here are my predictions regarding the biggest ...

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TSB’s Weekly Movie Review: RoboCop Is Different Than That ’80s Version You Remember

In the year 2028, when Detective Alex Murphy is seriously injured in the line of duty, global conglomerate OmniCorp seizes their chance to put a man in a machine. RoboCop is the shiny remodel based on the 1987 original, however it isn’t as graphic. And that’s fine. Before I go any further, I have a confession. I love terrible ’80’s ...

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Opinion: I’m Going to Shoot Straight About `Concealed Guns’ After Taking CHL Class

Being raised in Texas, there are some things you will most certainly come across. They include delicious home cooking, loud cicadas in summer, traffic on Sundays due to church and…..guns. Starting from an early age my father began educating me about guns. For instance, they are not a toy. And he demonstrated how to safely handle a firearm. He also ...

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