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Television
Every (Not So) Secret Thing: Post-Trauma Witness Interviews
Why is it that broader culture doesn't give victims of disaster and trauma the choice to say "No?" [28.Jul.14]
The Elemental Appeal of 'The Choking Game'
By Mike Ward
A paean to the virtue of arrested development lurks at the core, here, which may be predictable. After all, we’re talking about a Lifetime original movie. [27.Jul.14]
Tatiana Maslany Continues to Astound in 'Orphan Black: Season Two'
The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television. [24.Jul.14]
The Caging of an American Revolutionary
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved. [22.Jul.14]
'30 for 30: Slaying the Badger': Shenanigans at the 1986 Tour de France
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France. [22.Jul.14]
Reviews
By Mike Ward
A paean to the virtue of arrested development lurks at the core, here, which may be predictable. After all, we’re talking about a Lifetime original movie. [27.Jul.14]
The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television. [23.Jul.14]
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France. [22.Jul.14]
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, points out, "People who do things that have racial implications always say that race has nothing to do with it." [15.Jul.14]
People must make choices, dire, resonant, tragic, repeatedly in The Strain. [13.Jul.14]
While vengeance is surely a reliable dramatic device, its use here is also potentially more far-reaching. [09.Jul.14]
DVD Reviews
The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television. [23.Jul.14]
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry. [07.Jul.14]
Mixed Media
News
By Greg Braxton
LOS ANGELES — For at least an hour, one of the biggest stars on the planet was the center of attention at… [08.Jul.14]
Features
Too often fan service, not inspiration, becomes the end goal of creative work. [16.Jun.14]
When not working on Portlandia or leading the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers, SNL album Fred Armisen is releasing his "Hometown Heroes" series of singles under the guises of fake bands. [05.Jun.14]
Columns
Channel Surfing
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved. [21.Jul.14]
In Defense Of…
A couple years after its demise, it's time to look back at how brilliant and confusing Mike White and Laura Dern's series really was. [15.Jul.14]
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