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Real, Actual Notes On The Pilot Of Six Feet Under

I’ve heard incredible things about both the pilot and the finale of Six Feet Under and at least the first has delivered. This is a super polished, arch, stylized look into the most crushing, unfair, devastating abyss that is death AND IT WAS … Continue reading

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Special Bloody Snowflakes: Cinematic Combat On TV

A television series’ identity, in this age spreading dawn’s rosy rays on the demands of niche audiences, is often a matter of differentiation. You have to make choices based on the resources you have, of course, and with a view … Continue reading

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Genre BOOM

Word has reached my ear by raven that the venerable Beard himself, George R.R. Martin, has signed a development deal with HBO independent from all those thrones and their games. Let’s get the knee-jerk reactions out of the way: AAAAAAAH.  NOOOO … Continue reading

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I Have A Film History Problem

The first step is admitting it. The next step is never, ever letting any grad school know that this is kind of how I process silent cinema. Kind of. A little bit. Okay, a lot.   To be fair, it’s … 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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It’s All About Color

Substitute ‘her’ for ‘him,’ but you get it.

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Hollywood Film + Taylor Swift: What’s Sacrilegious About That?

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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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Directors And Their Drinks

Here’s a new game to play with the magnates of Hollywood film, the sultans of cinematography, and the tzars of story: JJ. Abrams: Vodka Martini. It’s clean, classic, refreshing, a workhorse cocktail influenced by other older ones who maybe were … Continue reading

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Mad Men And What Foul Dust Facebooks In The Wake Of Dreams

Mad Men is an TV show that goes for the gut in your mind. It’s intellectually pleasurable to digest and discuss, even as it jerks you around like the worst kind of asshole, the one who looks so damn good in … Continue reading

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