Jan 222015
 

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Oh, we can beat them, forever and ever
Then we could be heroes just for one day.

In many ways I enjoyed this season more than the others. It was visually stunning; a general topic I didn’t think I’d enjoy but did, and it was more cohesive than most.
But it was light on the horror. The funny thing is, I’m not a fan of the genre, but I can respect it when it’s well done. I think they substituted horror with violence, and it cheapened things. Now no doubt, that’s not an easy line to draw, but there you go.
It was an especially manipulative season. It really seemed like no matter what, we love those freaks. It is ordained. Not that nearly all of them didn’t get theirs, but the narrative dictated that we be loyal to those lovable freaks. Forget that (nearly) every one of them was a cold-blooded killer, starting with the twins. Forget (you kind of have, haven’t you?) that they drugged and kidnapped people for their orgies. I’m not suggesting we should be devoid of compassion, but we shouldn’t have been pushed to such a 1-sided view. Elsa Mars in particular, while yes, I saw her as sympathetic, for the most part she used and abused people and was still complaining when she’d gotten everything she ever wanted, and she never looked back on her “monsters.” Continue reading »

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Jan 212015
 

Downton Abbey, the Dowager Countess meets her Russian Prince

Sympathy butters no parsnips.
–Mrs. Patmore

Action packed, my Basketcases, action packed! Every transition was practically racing from upstairs to downstairs and back again. Everyone had PLOT! Everyone had SNAPPY BANTER! Everyone had COSTUMES!

I can’t bear vulgar jokes.
–Lady Mary

…and not for nothing, but Lord Grantham remains an ass. What a snotty little temper tantrum he displayed! It’s not clear to me if Cora is simply unaware of how much Bricker is attracted to her, or if she finds it fundamentally innocent since she knows herself and knows she will do nothing more than walk and talk. I think the latter. Cora is clearly enjoying herself, and reminiscing about being beautiful and having a full dance card indicates her pleasure in the chase. But she is a grandmother and a loyal wife and she is most assuredly not doing the fucking around that the generations on either side of her indulge in. Because there’s not-vulgar Mary in her undies, and there’s the Dowager Countess, denuded in front of the entire family by a sexy encounter with a sexy Russian Prince and his sexy, sexy fan. Continue reading »

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Review: Agent Carter

Review: Agent Carter

Jan 19, 2015

Television is glutted with comic book shows these days. From Agents of SHIELD to Arrow to The Flash to the host of supernatural-themed ones, it’s “this year’s candy pink refrigerator.” Into this mix steps Agent Carter. Boasting an excellent cast that includes Hayley Atwell in the title role she created in the first Captain America […]

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Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Fan Art Thursday: Downton Abbey

Jan 15, 2015

Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley: A wonderfully romantic piece by justelanore.

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Movie Review: Ida

Jan 6, 2015

Ida, a Polish film with English subtitles, has quietly been gaining attention as one of the must-see movies of the year, and has recently made the shortlist for Foreign Language Oscar. The film takes place in the early 1960s in Poland. We meet a young novitiate nun, Anna, an orphan, raised in the convent. The […]

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Gloria and Betty ... Silly Women

Gloria and Betty … Silly Women

Jan 5, 2015

Watching The Inheritance … Betty calls Gloria a silly woman, which is exactly what Henry’s mother calls Betty two seasons later.

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Peggy versus the world

Peggy versus the world

Dec 23, 2014

This is what Peggy said to Stan in Mad Men episode 7.01, Time Zones: Well, I’m tired of fighting for everything to be better. You’re all a bunch of hacks who are perfectly happy with shit. Nobody cares about anything. No one wants things to be better? I got it. I’ll just stand out here, […]

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James Bond, Women, and Age

James Bond, Women, and Age

Dec 18, 2014

I have an article on The Film Experience that 007 fans might like. With the announcement earlier this month that Monica Bellucci had been cast in the forthcoming Bond film, Spectre, the media has recently been replete with headlines like “James Bond finally falls for a woman his own age” It was the oft-repeated “finally” […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: Good Cop

The Walking Dead Recap: Good Cop

Dec 2, 2014

In the winter finale of The Walking Dead, Coda, Rick shows security-guard Bob what community policing is all about. He pursues the suspect, issues a warning, apprehends him, explains the law, and then arrests him. Forever. 

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