Archive for October 2013

Scandal review: More Cattle, Less Bull

Scandal review: More Cattle, Less Bull
Tonight’s Scandal episode, “More Cattle, Less Bull” felt like a setup hour to springboard us into November sweeps. Did things happen? Sure. But the big fallout will come next week when Olivia and friends deal with some new revelations and old wounds. Plus, Quinn’s got a gun! Let’s check in with everybody to see what’s... Read more »

In Defense of…America's Next Top Model

In Defense of…America's Next Top Model
“In Defense Of…” is a series of posts spotlighting the overlooked, underappreciated, and unfairly maligned movies (or, in this case, TV shows) of our time. Films given the “In Defense Of” treatment so far include The Next Three Days, Multiplicity, Speed Racer, Meet Joe Black, Alfie (2004), MacGruber, The Island, The Cable Guy, and The Last... Read more »

Movie Revue: The Counselor, Carrie, Escape Plan, Much Ado

Movie Revue: The Counselor, Carrie, Escape Plan, Much Ado
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. THE COUNSELOR.  Few things seem as sure a bet as a new movie starring Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender & Brad Pitt, directed by Ridley Scott, and written by No Country for Old Men’s Cormac... Read more »
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Who Wants to Answer My Questions About 'The Good Wife?'

Who Wants to Answer My Questions About 'The Good Wife?'
Last night while I was watching The Walking Dead, I noticed there was a whole lot of conversation centered around The Good Wife and the BIG CHANGES happening on that show. I’ve never seen an episode of The Good Wife, and I decided the best episode of the show ever might be a good place... Read more »

The Walking Dead review, "Isolation"

The Walking Dead review, "Isolation"
“You breathe and you risk your life. No choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.” — Hershel This week’s episode of The Walking Dead (“Isolation”) was all about choices — choosing between life and death, between freedom and duty, between what’s safe and what’s necessary. The lives of our... Read more »

Scandal review, "Say Hello to My Little Friend"

Scandal review, "Say Hello to My Little Friend"
Oh, Scandal. So much slut shaming. So much concern trolling. So many actresses previously seen on Your Favorite Comedies. Let’s get to it. Slut Shame the Dead Girl: It’s everyone’s favorite party game. This week’s case of the week was a “ripped from the headlines,” Anthony Wiener-esque story about a (Republican) senator from Washington, who... Read more »
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'90s Trends I'm Happy to Have Back

Look at Felicity. What a dork. But I love her leather backpack. I’ll even take one in an itsy-bitsy size, because you know tiny backpacks will return someday like the plague. I welcome our miniature overlords.
To put you in the mood… I’ve spent the last year writing about the ’90s. Last year Emma Fraser and I covered My So-Called Life for This Was Television, and we recently dove into the world of Felicity. I am a ’90s gal. I was in high school at the same time as Angela Chase,... Read more »

Wednesday Cheer-Up: Cute Actors With Cute Puppies

Matt Bomer and puppy
It’s Wednesday, Hump Day, and we could all use a little cheering up. Here’s my tale of woe and Alanis-style irony. (Or you can skip right to the guys and puppies; you won’t hurt my feelings.) After almost two months of waiting, our new couch arrived yesterday. Our previous couch was my parents’ old La-Z-Boy,... Read more »

Hammering Out...12 Years a Slave

Hammering Out...12 Years a Slave
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: 12 Years a Slave. JOHN: Coming out of film festivals like Toronto, the response to 12 Years has been rapturous.  I was eagerly anticipating this one.  I wanted it to wreck me.  I wanted... Read more »
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The Walking Dead review, "Infected"

The Walking Dead review, "Infected"
I guess they’re not farmers anymore. The folks at Old New Otherton were living a pretty happy, secure existence during the Walking Dead hiatus, but now that the show is back, zombie threat level is blood red. In tonight’s episode, “Infected,” our zeroes are forced to deal with an infection within their walls, a sickness... Read more »