Best of the Week: Tv and Film


‘It Follows’ is fun and gorgeously moody

Is David Robert Mitchell’s atmospheric horror film It Follows parody? Its ambiguous decade could be the heyday of ‘80s American horror, replete with tube TVs, a very retro-looking aboveground pool, and costuming that’s very Blue Velvet. But then there’s a reading device that looks like a rather chic Kindle… read the full article.


‘Chappie’ is gloriously bonkers

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp pushes all his chips onto the table with this fascinating sci-fi gamble that dares you not to be entertained. Derivative, ultra-violent, and completely baffling, Chappie also manages to be insightful and sweet at times. This technically-accomplished and thematically-suspect robot melodrama has something for everyone to love (and hate). Mostly, it offers the giddy exhilaration of a movie that’s determined to tell its story, no matter how bat-shit crazy it is… click here to read the full article.

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John Osborne on Film: Look Back in Anger

In August 1955, George Devine, director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, ventured to meet a promising writer, living on a Thames houseboat. “I had to borrow a dinghy… wade out to it and row myself to my new playwright,” he recalled. Thus began a partnership between Devine, who sought to rescue the English stage from stale commercialism, and the 26 year old tyro, John Osborne. Together, they’d revolutionize modern theater… click here to read the full article.


Tv and Film: Merging Mediums

True Detective and The Hunger Games are the same thing. This claim may seem bold, and of course it is in large part reductive and untrue.  When looking at the way the two stories function, however, it becomes easier to see the common ground that exists between them. True Detective is essentially an episodic movie. It tells one story over eight hours, and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, two bona fide movie stars. The Hunger Games is telling a narrative of roughly the same length, and has a cast that includes House of Cards’ Mahershala Ali and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. So, what exactly is the difference?… read the full article.


How Louie Embraces its Medium Through Episodic and Elliptical Narrative

The contemporary culture around TV viewership is one that favors binge-watching over moderate consumption. Whether you’re catching up on an older show or checking out the latest series from a streaming service, binge viewership has become thought of by many as the default mode (when possible) for enjoying TV. The verb form of the phrase (i.e. “to binge-watch”) was shortlisted for the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year… read the full article.

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Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.08, “Drive with a Dead Girl”: The devil is free

Have you ever begged a secret out of someone? They let a tiny piece slip, and suddenly finding out the whole truth is the only thing that matters. You plead that they just tell you. You pick away at them, breaking them down, again and again, until it goes on too long for either of you and you can’t take it anymore, you just need to know and they need to tell you, right now. They sigh, dramatically. They pause. They tell you the truth. It isn’t at all what you expected, but now you know, you finally know… click here to read the full article.

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Fortitude: transition from intrigue and mystery to horror

Holy crap, what the hell just happened?!? After weeks toying with the audience, teasing then backing away from genre elements and using the visual language of horror, sci-fi, and creature features, Fortitude commits in a big way with the viscerally disturbing climax of “Episode Seven”. Shirley’s attack of her mother is telegraphed somewhat, but that does nothing to prepare audiences for the intensity and transfixing horror of her actions, or her lack of remorse afterwards. It would seem Shirley doesn’t live there any more, hollowed out to make room for whatever spewed what looks to this critic like a clutch of eggs into Shirley’s mother’s (still living, let us not forget) body… click here to read the full article.



Broad City: “Kirk Steele” rides the whale

Sometimes Broad City doesn’t try to do anything more than be the funniest show on television, and it is in these episodes that it becomes that and more. This week, wearing her dazzling Froot Loop pants, Ilana is responsible for a child, Abbi tries to sell her artist’s rendering of Whoopi Goldberg’s favourite food (spaghetti), and Trey is a former pornstar… read the full article.


Justified: “The Hunt” hones in on the series’ tortured gender politics

The precise midpoint of the final season, “The Hunt” is a slightly odd episode of Justified, one that sends the rest of the season into a slightly different (and slightly confusing) direction from what came before. For starters, it brings the surprise return of Natalie Zea, if only for one episode, when so many of us had come to expect that she’d only pop in for, say, the series finale. That means that for the entirety of the hour, Raylan completely ducks out of doing any kind of Marshal-y business or any other kind of dangerous tomfoolery, which might be a series first. That’s doubly strange given that there’s a Marshal manhunt underway for Ty Walker. Yes, you read that right: there’s a manhunt afoot and Raylan has no role in it… read the full article.



The Americans, Ep. 3.06: “Born Again” turns its attention to Paige

More and more, this season of The Americans feels like it’s centered around Paige. Although the myriad subplots weave together to paint a broad portrait of Cold War life, she’s become important enough to feel like as good a candidate as any for the show’s emotional core. Paige serves a dual function in the narrative: her embrace of Christianity is interesting in its own right and is also an ideal lens for the viewer to understand the complicated relationship between Elizabeth and Phillip. This week’s episode takes its title from Paige’s baptism, so “Born Again” naturally focuses on her, and she continues to be a perfect anchoring point for the show’s broader concerns… read the full article.


Better Call Saul dives headfirst into a world of delusion

After last week’s hilariously contrived scam, Saul/Jimmy is all set to reap the benefits of his newfound desirability. Unfortunately, his little stunt may have done him more harm than good… read the full article.

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Gotham, Episode 1.18, “Everyone Has A Cobblepot” pits Gordon against the corrupt GCPD

This week’s episode of Gotham follows up “Red Hood” just after Alfred’s wounding, which brings a reunion between Gordon and Bruce. But instead of progressing Bruce’s story, this episode prolongs their separation again for another week so that Gordon can make some genuine headway in establishing some order within the GCPD. This has been an ongoing process for Gordon in making a change to the corrupt system, and his effect on it has been gradual, as every time Gordon thinks he has made a significant achievement, he finds that he has only cured a symptom and not the cause… read the full article.

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks Origins

Welcome to the very first episode of A Damn Good Podcast about Twin Peaks. Cooper, Miko, and Ophilia, hosts of Swingset.FM‘s Hannibal podcast Eat The Rudecast, partnered with Sound On Sight to crawl through the archives and watch Twin Peaks from the very beginning. This first episode introduces the show and the crew, through a discussion of our first encounters with Twin Peaks and David Lynch, a discussion of spoilers and how they’ll be handled, and a promise of goofy shenanigans to come… click here to listen to the show.


The Walking Dead, Ep. 5.12, “Remember” takes a closer look at Rick’s face

Rick and his group are accepted into Alexandria and they wonder when the last shoe will drop, as leader Deanna seems at odds with her people. Meanwhile, Carl and Rick observe odd rituals happening outside the village… read the full article

The Televerse #183- Charmed with Whitney McIntosh

Despite a few shows taking the week off, there are finales and premieres galore this week, plus the regular batch of discussion-worthy series, making for one of the longest regular podcast episodes in quite a while. First we dive in with the comedies, including the Parks and Rec series finale, The Last Man on Earth’s pilot, and a fantastic Doris-centric Looking. Next up are reality and genre, including the premiere of the new dating-centric season ofThe Amazing Race and the season finale of Agent Carter, and we wrap up the week with the dramas, including the pilot of Battle Creek, the return of The Good Wife, and much more. Afterward, SoS’s own Whitney McIntoshreturns to the DVD Shelf to break down TV’s longest running female-driven series and genre favorite, Charmed.The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 65: “Remember”

Twin Peaks: Still powerful 25 years later

Looking, Ep. 2.07: “Looking for a Plot” is a showcase for Lauren Weedman

Girls, “Close-Up” and “Ask Me My Name” 

Togetherness, Ep. 1.07, “Party Time”: A horse is a horse – divorce, divorce?

The Good Wife, Ep. 6.13: “Dark Money” plays it safe, familiar, and broad

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