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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]
In Defense Of ... HBO's 'Enlightened'
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. [16.Jul.14]
'Frontline: Separate and Unequal': The Case Against Resegregation
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]
Guillermo del Toro's Vampires Are Let Loose in 'The Strain'
People must make choices, dire, resonant, tragic, repeatedly in The Strain. [13.Jul.14]
Reality TV's Enduring Racism (and Other Proclivities)
Sometimes, reality TV lives up to its name and casts "by the numbers". Most of the time, however, it casts according to race and sexual orientation. [11.Jul.14]
Reviews
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]
Flashbacks appear first as if in her mind (via circular mirrors and quaint iris transitions) and then as if on digital recording (on a tablet), neither obviously accurate. [08.Jul.14]
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry. [07.Jul.14]
DVD Reviews
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry. [07.Jul.14]
The mysteries are consistently smart and well done, but it's the relationships between the characters that really make the show. [25.Jun.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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