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J.M. Suarez

J.M. Suarez holds a BA and MA in History and works as an archivist by day.


Monday, September 26 2011

Pearl Jam's 'Ten', 20 Years On

Released alongside Nirvana’s Nevermind, the importance of Pearl Jam's Ten has been somewhat overshadowed by that record. Here is a young band, barely together for a year, yet confident enough in it style and aware of its strengths to release a cohesive debut album that would serve as a fine indicator of its potential.

Tuesday, November 17 2009

Woman or Object: Selected Female Roles in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar

What many of the women in Almodóvar’s films do have in common, despite their characterization as victim or martyr or heroine, is that they are survivors.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Women with Rare Intellectual Authority Form 'The Bletchley Circle'

The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted.

Monday, March 10 2014

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Is That Rare Sequel That Surpasses the Original

Satisfyingly faithful to the book and in turn, exciting and disturbing all at once, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy manages to pick up where the terrific first movie left off and run full steam ahead with the larger story.

Wednesday, October 16 2013

Latino Americans

This documentary’s largest focus, cultural identity, is examined from perspectives as varied as Mexicans in Texas, Central Americans in California, Cubans in Miami, and Puerto Ricans in New York.

Monday, September 30 2013

The Complexity of Finding Balance in 'Luther 3'

The intensity of a character like Luther could easily wear thin if played by the wrong actor, but Idris Elba is a consistently terrific, making Luther as watchable as always.

Wednesday, August 14 2013

'Enlightened' Was Smartly Written and Often Beautifully Executed

Enlightened was the kind of series that took time to fully invest in, partly because Amy could be such a difficult character.

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Rhoda: Season 1 [20.Apr.09]
Twilight [22.Mar.09]
Frozen River [9.Feb.09]
Skins: Vol. 1 [3.Feb.09]
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The Independent [5.Mar.08]
The Amateurs [4.Mar.08]


Tuesday, February 25 2014

Chalk It Up to Bad 'Luck': The Demise of Seven One-Season TV Wonders

Unfortunately, some shows seem destined for cancellation right away, regardless of critical acclaim or the support of small, fanatical groups of fans.

Monday, October 14 2013

Nine Great TV Opening Themes

The opening themes to some TV shows are as artful as the shows themselves.

Tuesday, August 2 2011

100 Essential Directors - Pedro Almodóvar

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Thursday, December 16 2010

Life on Mars: The Complete UK Collection

Life on Mars: The Complete UK Collection - Acorn Media [$79.99]

The Walking Dead (trailer) (Mixed Media) [29.Aug.10]
Tegan and Sara - "Northshore" (video) (Mixed Media) [13.Aug.10]
Fran Healy Streams New Song (Mixed Media) [30.Jul.10]
Pearl Jam Premieres Two Videos (Mixed Media) [21.Jul.10]
Rogue Wave - Live at Moog (video) (Mixed Media) [15.Jul.10]
The Pipettes - "Stop the Music" (video) (Mixed Media) [19.Apr.10]
Why We Need "Chuck" (Channel Surfing) [3.May.09]
Bea Arthur R.I.P (1922-2009) (Channel Surfing) [27.Apr.09]
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.08]
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