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'30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Maradona '86 and The Opposition'
These two soccer stories, focused on the World Cups of 1974 and 1986, reveal the politics, culpability, and legacy of FIFA in broader contexts. [22.Apr.14]
'LOST' and Found: Mystery Boxes and Pleasure Domes
LOST arrived with the thunderous roar of exploding fuselage. It cut wildly through pop-culture stereotypes, and then left its fans lost and bewildered amidst the wreckage. [21.Apr.14]
Why 'The Amazing Race' Can't Lose
With rare exception CBS's Amazing Race has had a lock on the annual Emmy, but its wins are more about formula than quality. [21.Apr.14]
'30 for 30: Bad Boys' Wants to Crush 'em -- but Only Mentally
The Piston's Isiah Thomas exhorts haters to "erase the labels that you've given us and the names that you called us, all those people who said we were thugs and vicious." [17.Apr.14]
'30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Hillsborough'
Hillsborough recalls the horror of that day, the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. [16.Apr.14]
Reviews
These two soccer stories, focused on the World Cups of 1974 and 1986, reveal the politics, culpability, and legacy of FIFA in broader contexts. [22.Apr.14]
The Piston's Isiah Thomas exhorts haters to "erase the labels that you've given us and the names that you called us, all those people who said we were thugs and vicious." [17.Apr.14]
Hillsborough recalls the horror of that day, the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. [16.Apr.14]
The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted. [15.Apr.14]
While the TV version goes down its own solitary snow-swept roads, its sprawling cast of characters featuring proxies for the film’s iconic figures. [15.Apr.14]
Silicon Valley is premised on a series of often funny clashes -- between cultures, generations, and expectations. [07.Apr.14]
DVD Reviews
The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted. [15.Apr.14]
Features
By Laura Halferty
Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry. [08.Apr.14]
Azazel Jacobs’ unique worldview -- a place populated with characters that seem too strange to be real, and too sympathetic to be completely invented -- proves to be the perfect fit for Doll & Em. [31.Mar.14]
Columns
Themenastics
LOST arrived with the thunderous roar of exploding fuselage. It cut wildly through pop-culture stereotypes, and then left its fans lost and bewildered amidst the wreckage. [21.Apr.14]
Socially Mediated
There just isn't enough time in the human lifespan to see all the films one 'should'. So why not just declare the death of the cinephile? [09.Apr.14]
From The Blogs
With rare exception CBS's Amazing Race has had a lock on the annual Emmy, but its wins are more about formula than quality. [21.Apr.14]
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