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The Week in TV: Sept. 8th–14th, 2013

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This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough.  Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a new weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds.

I’m already off to a semi-bad start considering this was meant to go up Sunday. But I’ll try my best in the future to post these when I intend them to be posted.

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Trailer Tuesday: The Spectacular Now (2013)

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Release Date: August 2nd, 2013 (limited)

Director: James Ponsoldt

Writers: Scott NeustadterMichael H. WeberTim Tharp (novel)

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Streaming Saturday: The Avengers (2012)

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Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Joss Whedon

Stars: Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansChris HemsworthMark RuffaloScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerSamuel L. JacksonClark Gregg Continue reading

Double Feature: Recount (2008) & Game Change (2012)

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I’m not a political person at all. I feel like politics are the world’s most successful reality show, wherein the media distributes ultimately meaningless drama to a mass audience that willfully accepts the bastardization of important issues. Political debates have devolved into competitions where the goal is to discredit your opponent rather than espouse your own ideals and solutions. The nature of political discourse is so off-putting to me that it’s easy to see why I stick to television and movies.

But given the sheer importance of politics in our society, the toxic wasteland of vitriolic rhetoric often yields truly compelling stories. The 2000 presidential election left the entire nation in rapt suspense as we spent weeks unsure of who our next president would be. Likewise, the 2008 presidential campaign was as deeply historic as it was fiercely fought. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: World War Z (2013)

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Release Date: June 21st, 2013

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: Matthew Michael CarnahanDrew GoddardDamon LindelofJ. Michael Straczynski (screen story)

Stars: Brad PittMireille EnosEric WestJames Badge DaleMatthew FoxDavid Morse Continue reading

The Month in Movies: May 2013

May was a disappointment for me in terms of the amount of movies I watched. It was the first month of 2013 that wasn’t a “record breaker.” My 20 viewings last month barely beat my 19 viewings in May 2012. But the month fell short of 2011’s 22 viewings. I didn’t even get a chance to watch a director’s work this month. In my defense, however, my month was dominated by television thanks to Netflix and the various season (and some series) finales that aired. I anticipate a better month in June. Hopefully. Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we? Continue reading

The Netflix Model – House of Cards Season 1 in Review

Disclaimer: I clearly mark which sections contain spoilers but, just for peace of mind, Chapter 3 contains massive spoilers for season 1 of House of Cards. Chapter 4 includes some vague character spoilers but nothing too severe. The rest is spoiler-free. Enjoy.

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Introduction

It seems like every other piece I write for this blog includes something about the plunge Netflix has taken into original programming. It’s something that really fascinates me. I believe we are standing at the precipice of a revolution in the television industry and Netflix is preparing to give us a much needed nudge.

The reason I started this blog was to voice my excitement for Netflix as an original content provider. I made bold statements that were fueled by an intense interest and high hopes. But I had no idea if Netflix’s content was going to be up to snuff. I had my ideas but, ultimately, they were worthless without premium content deserving of my $7.99 every month.

I finally burned through Netflix’s highly acclaimed and extremely hyped flagship series House of Cards over the course of a handful of days. This happened a couple weeks ago. Now that I’ve finally found the time to stop obsessing over what I watched, I can share it with you. Continue reading

The Office – My Top Ten Favorite Episodes

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In honor of tonight’s series finale (and inspired by The Cinema Monster’s post last week) I figured it would be a good idea to countdown my top 10 favorite episodes of The Office.

Like a majority of viewers, I’ve had my problems with the series in its post-Carell years. Sometimes it feels like I’m watching the show out of an obligation. But there’s something to be said for never having given up on it. I picked up the show between seasons 2 and 3 and, tonight, I’m watching the final episode. It’s a bittersweet moment.

For a long time I feel like the show should have ended a couple seasons ago. Now that it’s finally going off the air, I don’t know that I’m ready for it. But it’s time to say goodbye to Scranton. And what better way to say goodbye to The Office than by remembering its finest moments? Continue reading

How Facebook Ruined Your HIMYM Finale…

I’m hastily writing this at 2am after having just watched the How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale. I wrote about HIMYM not too long ago, so I wasn’t really planning on writing a postseason wrap up of it. But some interesting things happened tonight, both on and off the screen, and I feel like commenting on it. (SPOILERS AHEAD)… Continue reading