Category Archives: Essays

Patience, Time, And Television Storytelling

The demands of television – what viewers expect and don’t expect out of it – warps narrative storytelling in weird ways. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because what else am I do to without 30 Rock,? Short … Continue reading

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All That Montage Allows: Spartacus Is Better Than You Think, I Swear

So I finally got around to the season premiere of Spartacus, “Enemies of Rome,” and although I had no fears of the show’s quality dipping, the climax in particular reminded me why I love this series and have vigorously defended it … Continue reading

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In Which I Talk About Girls And Expose My White Hollywood Film Bias

So. I avoided watching Girls for the same reason that I avoided Sex and the City bonding sessions with my mother back when I was home every weekend of high school. I didn’t find that much to relate to. Part … Continue reading

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Oscarology: Or, How To Win An Office Pool

Like any respectable American institution involving winners and losers, betting on the results of the Academy Awards is part of the fun. Keeping abreast of Hollywood film industry news or, you know, watching all the nominated movies are both undoubtedly … Continue reading

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What Downton Abbey And James Bond Have In Common, Besides, You Know, Britain

Very very low on the list of bizarre things that happened at the Golden Globes last night – or as I like to call them, the Drinky Oscars – watching Daniel Craig and Adele high-five (from now on I am … Continue reading

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Django Unchained and Awkward Southern Feelings

Regionalism, like a mythic beast stirring from the Ocean’s restless depths, pops up sometimes in unexpected places. Django Unchained owes far more to the Spaghetti Western than any representation of the Antebellum South in any respect you’d care to name. … Continue reading

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Ten Things About Film

10. Film is a purposeful manipulation of space and time. At least a part of its appeal is that film allows us to see a world in a way that need not be bounded by the constraints of human vision or earth physics. … Continue reading

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