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Tuesday, July 22 2014

The Caging of an American Revolutionary

American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved.


Wednesday, December 4 2013

There Are Eight Million Stories in the ‘Naked City’, Here Are 138 of Them

In Naked City there are rarely clear instances of heroism or cowardice. Guilt and innocence are always subjective, and early impressions are more often than not reversed by the final reel.


Wednesday, June 5 2013

Aaron Sorkin’s Millennial Problem in ‘The Newsroom’

The Newsroom isn’t just Sorkin’s follow-up to the hyped-then-failed Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; it’s his argument that the current generation has almost irrevocably maligned public discourse, and as a result America needs a savior. Enter: Will McAvoy.


Wednesday, March 20 2013

Once More Unto the Beach: The Final Season of Jersey Shore

Post-Hurricane Sandy, the questions the final season of Jersey Shore raise are disturbing: Can we ever go back to the shore? Can we ever rebuild what was broken?


Tuesday, February 26 2013

‘Southland’ Offers a Fresh Take on Police Procedurals

Southland is both the epitome of a cop show and a substantial departure from traditional police procedurals.


Friday, January 18 2013

Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It, Is to Watch ‘Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series’

As a window into the Cold War-era pop-culture past, Mission: Impossible is as entertaining as anything you're likely to find. If you can manage to suspend your disbelief, it's a worthy entry into the pantheon of espionage thrillers.


Thursday, November 1 2012

Archie Bunker and America’s Argument Around the Dinner Table

With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.


Tuesday, February 21 2012

Twilight of the Toffs: ‘Brideshead Revisited’

Like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited can be considered a requiem for the days of Empire and the unyielding class structure that governed British life pre-World War II.


Wednesday, June 8 2011

Characters, Compounds, & the Study of Change in ‘Breaking Bad: Season 3’

Walter White didn't just wake up one morning and decide he'd spice up his life by cooking methamphetamine and muscling his way into a business with life-or-death stakes. It was a chain of events.


Sunday, April 3 2011

Richard Whitman Shrugged: The Merging of Identities in ‘Mad Men: Season 4’

Military deserter, super-confident ad man, or attentive fiancé. Is there a real Don Draper or is he destined for instability?


Monday, January 17 2011

Jack Bauer, The Last of the Secret Agents, Finally Escapes… Or Does He?

The following takes place between 2:00 am and 3:00 am, seven months after the failed peace treaty sponsored by the US, the Islamic Republic of Kamistan, and Russia. Critiques occur in real time.


Tuesday, September 14 2010

This Is a (Wo)Man’s World—Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection

The best thing about Prime Suspect is the density of it all, how we get beneath Tennison's skin to experience her desperation, her despair, and her desires.


Sunday, August 1 2010

House of the Rising Sun Lamp: Jersey Shore UNCENSORED: Season One

The youth whom I was concerned for regarding this program are not the network’s audience, as I thought, but its stars. Most seem aware that there is a direct relationship between outrageous behavior and screen time.


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