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Dear TV, Stop Postponing Shows

April 10, 2017, 3:43 pm

Hit TV shows and great TV shows used to be predictable in at least one way: you knew when they would be on. Not anymore. I don’t mean their time slots; I mean the month they get aired. To be clear, I’m not talking about reviving the 20th century network model, where shows would start a new season in September or October, and then run weekly, with occasional reruns, until roughly May. A few shows still do this, like Scandal and
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Trump-Russia Drum-Beaters: SLOW YOUR ROLL

April 4, 2017, 7:43 am

He avoids the “conflict” part by caring *solely* about his own interests. – brilliant quote by my friend Chris Kuhi The world consists of two kinds of people: those who are paid to apologize for and justify the Trump administration, and those who are not. Like almost every single person in the latter group, I believe there is something fishy about the connections between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia’s proven attempts to subvert our democracy. I also believe that
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The 40 Biggest Moves of “Big Little Lies”

March 28, 2017, 11:04 am

I love Big Little Lies, both book and show. All praise goes to Reese Witherspoon for adapting this into a mini-series and for bringing it to HBO instead of Netflix or Amazon, where people would have binged it and promptly lost the feeling of being in these women’s shoes as they sweat out the weeks trying to solve the mystery. And all praise to HBO for not insisting that the episode count be an artificially imposed 8 or 10; if the story works
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Donny and Libby Hit the Two-Month Mark

March 21, 2017, 3:23 pm

“The last woman I was in was the Statue of Liberty.” – Woody Allen “Libby, we’ve been dating for two months now.” “It’s no exaggeration to say that they’ve been two of the most astonishing months of my life.” “Right, well, two months is when I usually start noticing flaws. And I’m gonna need you to change a little bit.” “You want…me to change? Then why did you want to be with me in the first place?” “I guess every
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To Facebook On Our Ten-Year Anniversary

March 13, 2017, 9:02 am

Dear Facebook, Holy cats, it’s our ten-year anniversary. And, uh, I didn’t get you any diamonds. Instead I got you one of those rants that you sometimes like. See how it shines like your white face, though? Ten years together Facebook, can you believe it? I admit that when we met, I was a little skeptical. People kept telling me to try you, but I was like, uh, no. I’d been hurt in the past. I really don’t want to
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“Get Out”: The Truth Behind The Lie Behind The Truth

March 6, 2017, 2:49 pm

Get Out is the first great movie of the Trump Era. I’m sure it didn’t mean to be. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, Get Out still would have been a great film. Perhaps critics living under President Hillary might have taken deeper dives into the film’s apparent challenging of “well meaning liberals” as represented by – well, most of the film’s white people. MAJOR SPOILERS Actually, most critics don’t connect the film to Clinton or Trump. However, I’m
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An Oscar Night Review

February 28, 2017, 10:53 am

Yesterday, all the talk was about that CRAZY sequel to Bonnie and Clyde. Today I want to talk about the rest of the 89th Oscars: what worked, what didn’t, what most commentators have ignored. If you don’t like a drill down, then keep on driving. I thought Justin Timberlake’s opening was excellent. Why hadn’t anyone ever turned the show into a dance party (however awkward and white)? It’s a shame that the segue to the host, Jimmy Kimmel, didn’t really play:
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Oscar Night Preview, 2017

February 20, 2017, 5:54 pm

I don’t offer a lot of advantages over the Oscar coverage at places like The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, and The New York Times, but one asset of my decidedly less comprehensive coverage is that I’m less likely to convey the impression that the Oscars are a Very Big Deal This Year. As it happens, they’re not. Blame the president or blame the films, but America has mostly ignored the race this year. As it also happens, this may be something
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Trumpism /= Conservatism. Trumpism = Short-Term-Ism

February 13, 2017, 11:28 am

And ye shall know them by their words and deeds. Ye shall not know them by their empty, forgotten promises. And that means that we need to dispense with the illusion that Trumpism has anything to do with conservatism. There’s a much better term for it, or at least there ought to be: short-term-ism. The word “conservatism” implies, well, conserving. It implies preservation or at least rehabilitation of old ways, traditions, institutions. In our country, conservatism generally at least genuflects
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Obama Bombed, But You Don’t Have To

February 6, 2017, 2:52 pm

I’m going to leave this right here. Ever since the #Muslimban Executive Order, Trump supporters repeat a refrain on social media and news site comment threads that goes something like this: “To all these liberals outraged at Trump banning refugees: Where were you when Obama was dropping bombs on their homelands?” The comment/tweet is meant to confuse and demoralize well-meaning liberals, to paint them as hypocrites, to stop their support of Muslim refugees in its tracks, and to make them question their
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