Hypable Movie Review: ‘Broken City’

11:15 am EDT, January 18, 2013

Broken City is a political thriller full of lies, adultery, and many very surprising plot twists. Despite the stellar cast, the writing and acting doesn’t live up to its full potential, but is still slightly better than anticipated.

At the start, Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), a N.Y.P.D. cop, is acquitted of murdering a 16-year-old boy who was charged with rape. However, despite media protests, Taggart wins the court case pleading self-defense, as the boy had a gun. Immediately after the trial, New York Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) and Police Commissioner Carl Fairbanks (Jeffrey Wright) quietly dismiss Taggart. Seven years later, Taggart is an almost-broke independent Private Investigator, and Mayor Hostetler contacts him for a personal investigation: he suspects his wife, Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. Hostetler requests that Taggart finds all of the necessary information prior to the next mayoral election, which is only in a few days’ time. Taggart accepts the deal, mainly because the mayor also offers $50,000 for his service. After Taggart is hired, he discovers layers of lies, adultery, and twisted and misconstrued relationships and learns who he can truly trust.

Overall, the film has high and low points. Crowe redeemed himself from his lackluster performance in Les Miserables (it helps that there’s no singing in Broken City) and had an overly superb New York accent, considering he’s a New Zealander. Zeta-Jones is completely mesmerizing and her role in the story is extremely pivotal, but the script doesn’t warrant her enough screen time so it’s unfortunately difficult for her character to develop depth. Wahlberg shows many different emotional sides to his character, but again, the writing doesn’t allow enough time and pacing to really dig into the many emotions Taggart experiences. Surprisingly, Wright steals the show as the police commissioner, which left me wishing he had more time and a bigger role overall.

The writing, specifically the lack of character depth, is the downfall of the film. The overarching plot line is suspenseful, exciting, and has a “who done it” 1930s mystery feel, but the story is a little too fast-paced before the characters can develop themselves. A tad bit of romance is thrown into the story, and makes no difference and is completely insignificant at the end of the film. The plot twists are the most intriguing aspects of the script – next to the occasional perfectly-timed one-lined zingers – and are what kept my interest throughout the film. Broken City was set in New York but filmed in New Orleans, and director Allen Hughes did a fantastic job of creating the corrupt-New York-slum feel, but as previously stated, the overall feel of the film would have been more realistic if it was set in the 1930s, rather than present day.

Despite the stigma of having a January release date, Broken City was overall better than I expected. The plot twists and humor propelled the film, despite the disappointing characters and unnecessary romance. Yes, the actors have previously performed in much higher quality films and they will do so again in the future, but in the end, Broken City is slightly better than your average January movie.

Grade: C+

Rated: R (for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence)

Broken City opens in theaters on January 18, 2013.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.

Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.