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by Anthony Merino

19 Jul 2016

The A Word is a family drama centered around Joe Hughes (Max Vento), a five-year-old child with autism. The show opens with Joe’s uncle, Eddie Scott (Greg McHugh)—who’s coming home with his adulterous wife Dr. Nicola Daniels (Vinette Robinson) to live with his brother—trying to navigate a car with a small trailer up a driveway. The visual is a great, if unintended, metaphor for the episode as a whole. Writer Peter Bowker seems to be trying to combine a social realism drama with an absurdist farce. Director Peter Cattaneo’s lingering shots and documentary feel add to the weirdness of it all.

It’s an utter shame because the best parts of the show depict the family dealing with coming to terms with Joe’s condition. The other melodramatic stories at best distract and at worst undermine the believability of the family’s central crisis.

by Sachyn Mital

11 Jul 2016

It’s a few years since Comedy Central had their last event at Summerstage (Stars Under the Stars), which featured then rising talent Amy Schumer. This year, Comedy Central hosted a show with talent from their flagship show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ronny Chieng, Jordan Klepper, Adam Lowitt, Desi Lydic, Hasan Minhaj, Michelle Wolf, and Roy Wood Jr. on Sunday, June 26. The free event was an “extra night of work”, joked Klepper, who quickly realized the audience hadn’t paid to get in either. He was probably “disappointed” that he and co-emcee Lydic were decked out for the night—chumps fawning for a crowd. Nonetheless, Klepper and Lydic proved gracious hosts, and introduced all the performers with baby pictures of that individual.

I find it difficult to translate comedy into a review, given I’d essentially spoil some excellent punch lines, but I can mention a couple of highlights. There was Wolf’s hilarious bit where she read texts from a person she dated, including the fake idiom “chipping away at the ham”. Noah himself offered great commentary on Rihanna being strong enough to withstand the rap artists guesting on her tracks, as he deftly imitated the body motions of a singer. There were many, many other laughs earned during the nearly two hour show; the audience responded heartily to each talent, even staying after the show was over to try and meet the comedians. Photos from the event are below.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Jul 2016

Last year Mr. Robot was the monster hit of summer, thrilling audiences with its torn-from-the-headlines plots. The series wound up scoring massive critical acclaim winning both the 2015 Peabody Award and Critics’ Choice Award, as well as earning numerous acting nominations and awards. Now our hero Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is back to light up this summer with more nail-biting, edge of your seat stories.

by Jessy Krupa

1 Jun 2016

Crowley: This is desperate, and stupid.
Dean: Well, desperate and stupid is pretty much all we got right now.

Carry on, wayward sons! It’s nice to see that no matter how much Supernatural changes throughout the years, one thing doesn’t, and that’s the spectacularly edited end-of-season montage set to the Kansas classic, “Carry on Wayward Son”. Perhaps this year, the song’s especially appropriate, considering that’s exactly what this week’s episode dealt with: carrying on.

by Jessy Krupa

24 May 2016

For a show on the lowliest broadcast network with next to no coverage in the mainstream entertainment press, Supernatural has attained its status of an epic cult hit because of its exceedingly memorable characters. Looking beyond the core cast of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester, Castiel (Misha Collins), and Crowley (Mark Sheppard), the show built an universe full of lovable helpers (hunters, angels, prophets, etc.) and distinctive, occasionally likable villains (demons, monsters, gods, and witches). It’s an actor’s dream, where even guest stars that appear in a handful of episodes end up with their own fanbase and Funko Pop figurines.

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