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    Best of the Week: Television

    iZombie: “Pilot” works on developing the main character Rob Thomas has been known to television fans for a number of shows over the years, from Veronica Mars toParty Down. His newest series, developed in conjunction with Diane Ruggiero-Wright, brings the iZombiecomics to the small screen in a show of the same name. The show is […] More

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    Broad City, Ep. 2.10, “St. Mark’s” ends the season strong

    It has been an extremely strong season of Broad City, and though this is a somewhat strange episode to use as a finale, it ultimately feels like an inspired choice. We have no sense of closure with Ilana and Lincoln’s relationship, which I had been anticipating. No arc is particularly remarked upon or addressed. It is essentially just an episode of Abbi and Ilana walking down the street in New York City as they decide what to do for Ilana’s 23rd birthday. It feels as defiant as the beautiful moment before the title card when a man walks by and tells them to smile, so they turn around and force a fake smile with their middle fingers. More

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    Best of the Week: Television

    Ready For Their Close-Up: Six TV Characters Worthy of a Spin-Off Television history is littered with the bodies of ill-advised spin-offs. Their corpses, copies of reviews and overnights crumpled in their clawed little hands, defile the memories of the successful shows that spawned them and serve as cautionary tales for every writer tempted to go […] More

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    Broad City, Ep. 2.09: “Coat Check” thinks you wore it best

    As practically every one of these reviews mentions, the power of Broad City comes from the power of the bond between Abbi and Ilana. Their friendship is closer than most, stronger and more understanding and affectionate. It’s the kind of thing we should strive to achieve in our own lives. It’s strange, then, that one of the series’ best episodes is one where they replace each other with equally glorious guest stars. More

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    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 […] More

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    Broad City, Ep. 2.08, “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 at these moments when it becomes that and more. Wearing her dazzling Froot Loop pants, Ilana is responsible for a child this week. Abbi is trying to sell her artist’s rendering of Whoopi Goldberg’s favourite food (spaghetti). And Trey is a former pornstar. As wonderful guest star Amy Ryan says, “How very funky. More

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    Obsessed with TV and Film: Best of the Week

    ‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015 The dark unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the St. Lawrence river provide the backdrop to Les Loups, a beautifully crafted melodrama. Set in a small island Quebec town during the spring thaw, a stranger arrives during the height of the […] More

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    Broad City, Ep. 2.07, “Citizen Ship” jazzes all over

    Broad City has never been overly concerned with plot serialization. Most of the time, you can jump in on any episode and be able to understand everything that’s going on. There are certain constants – the undying love between Abbi and Ilana, the amicable relationship between Ilana and Lincoln. The problem with this, even within an absurdist comedy such as this, is that the result can become stasis. If nothing really changes, it can be difficult to find new stories to tell, and your audience will get bored. Broad City is learning this deep into its second season, a place many shows in the past have felt the same growing pains. There have been hints at certain elements that are presented here, but “Citizen Ship” feels like a momentous episode for Ilana and Lincoln in particular. More

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    Broad City, Ep. 2.06, “The Matrix”: Pull the plug

    It is a common worry that we have become too dependant on the Internet and on our phones. We spend so much time plugged into the Matrix, as Ilana puts it, that we can’t handle any time separated from it. We can forcibly remove ourselves from its hold over us, but we inevitably begin to crave it and, in some ways, require it. We are helpless without it, and if this episode proves anything, it’s the the truth of that statement, at least for Abbi and Ilana. More

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    The Televerse #181- The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sarah Rodman

    January’s ridiculous string of TV comedy excellence continues this week, making for another long podcast. First Kate talks a little reality, with some praise for the finale of Top Chef: Boston, then there’s comedy discussion galore, including an emotional Jane the Virgin, a baffling Adventure Time, and more great episodes from Broad City, Parks and […] More

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    The Televerse #181- The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sarah Rodman

    January’s ridiculous string of TV comedy excellence continues this week, making for another long podcast. First Kate talks a little reality, with some praise for the finale of Top Chef: Boston, then there’s comedy discussion galore, including an emotional Jane the Virgin, a baffling Adventure Time, and more great episodes from Broad City, Parks and […] More

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    Obsessed with TV and Film: Best of the Week

    8 Actors Who Can Be The Next Spider-Man We’re not even a year removed from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and already Sony and Marvel are exploring new options on who could be the next webslinger. And we already have some insight that the next Spider-Man is going back to high school, and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze […] More

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