Basket of News, Jan. 3-9, 2015

Jan 9, 2015

Downton Abbey returned for its fifth-season debut Sunday on par with its premiere numbers a year ago. Downton Abbey showrunner Julian Fellowes joined The Hollywood Reporter for a (spoiler-free) reflection on what he and his Downton team have accomplished over the season. Alan Sepinwall, the HuffPost, The Independent and the BBC are among those (like […]

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Movie Review: Ida

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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Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Basket of News, Dec. 27, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

Jan 2, 2015

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I wore a fine cut of meat like a big ol’ Texas belt buckle. Jon Hamm is one of the featured sources in a New York Times piece on Black Mirror, social media, and the post-Mad Men TV environment. BuzzFeed‘s list of the most badass women […]

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Walking Dead Marathon

Walking Dead Marathon

Dec 29, 2014

Starting tomorrow, December 30, at 9am Eastern, AMC is showing the entire series of The Walking Dead. The marathon runs until 5am on January 3rd, with the most recent episode, Coda.

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Discussion: What are you watching?

Discussion: What are you watching?

Dec 29, 2014

We haven’t done this in a while, but hey, this is the first Monday in I don’t know how long that we haven’t had a Sunday show to discuss. Homeland is done for the season, Mad Men‘s not back yet, Walking Dead is on hiatus…I hear crickets. I fully intend to start a Mad Men […]

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Basket of News, Dec. 20-26, 2014

Dec 26, 2014

Jon Hamm won the People Magazine Award for TV Performance of the Year (Actor), which he accepted from Elisabeth Moss: …and he talked to People afterward. Jon also talked to The Guardian about the Black Mirror Christmas special; He tells The Independent there has been nothing like it since The Twilight Zone.  Both Slate and TV Overmind […]

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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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Homeland Season 4 Finale: 4.12 - Long Time Coming

Homeland Season 4 Finale: 4.12 – Long Time Coming

Dec 21, 2014

What the hell was that? The Homeland season 4 finale, Long Time Coming, was a sharp left turn into deep dissatisfaction. It had excellent character moments, but after a season full of action and espionage, an episode of virtually nothing but character moments was, in my view, a big mistake.

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Basket of News, Dec. 13-19, 2014

Dec 19, 2014

Christina Hendricks has signed on to star opposite Luke Wilson in the Showtime comedy pilot Roadies from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. (via Polly Draper) Jon Hamm shows how it would feel to block people in real life. THR is compiling everything it knows about Cobalt, the companion show to The Walking Dead. Is TWD‘s […]

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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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60s Style

60s Style

Dec 17, 2014

Missing Mad Men? Me too. Here’s a visual delight: Vintage Fashion and Beauty is a Tumblr dedicated to fashions of the 1920s through 1970s. The Mad Men 1960s is right here. Pure browsing pleasure.

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Homeland 4.11: Krieg Nicht Lieb

Homeland 4.11: Krieg Nicht Lieb

Dec 15, 2014

Homeland Title Watch has not always been a rewarding game, but this week it’s Krieg Nicht Lieb: War, Not Love. Previously On has Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) saying that “It’s a sentimental idea… that our people come before the mission.” That’s from the Season 3 finale, and is pure foreshadowing for a devastating final […]

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