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    Eastbound and Down, Ep 4.06, “Chapter 27” another surprisingly powerful, hilarious episode

    Few shows have mastered the contradiction of feeling empathy for terrible individuals: The Sopranos, Breaking Bad – these shows reveled in their ability to make us relate to monsters in human skin. It takes a careful balance of the admirable and the grotesque, a balance Eastbound and Down made its bread and butter over the first three seasons. In what’s turning out to be a final season that stands head and shoulders above the rest, “Chapter 27” gives us the absolute worst of Kenny Powers – and still manages to make us feel for him as he continues losing the two “wars” he’s spent most of the season fighting. More

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    Eastbound and Down Ep. 4.05 “Chapter 26” is the beginning of the end for Kenny Powers

    As season four carries on, the parallels between Eastbound and Down and Breaking Bad could not be more obvious: two white men doing what they do best for the sake of cash and glory, resisting the middle-class suburban life they feel is holding them back. Both men seek infamy that can’t be measured by cash or possessions (even though they quite enjoy having those) – and ultimately, that id is what undoes them, their ignorance towards the importance of family playing a huge role in their downfall (what’s the old cliche? “you can’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone”?). More

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    Eastbound and Down Ep. 4.04 “Chapter 25” sets the stage for season four’s big showdown

    As it often does, “Chapter 25” hides its message in between the dick jokes and the obnoxious voice overs, bouncing between workplace and suburban unrest to quietly explore the existential angst that’s defined the first half of Eastbound and Down’s final season. Although it sees Kenny “win” in just about every realm of his life, “Chapter 25” is more interested in the moments in between, when he’s running over other families and adversaries in pursuit of immortality – deep down, there’s a part of Kenny just waiting for it to all fall apart: and in few scenes, a Kenny that almost wants it to all go to shit one last time. More

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    Eastbound and Down Ep. 4.03 “Chapter 24” looks behind the facade of Kenny’s new “fame”

    Eastbound and Down Season 4, Episode 3 “Chapter 24” Written by John Carcieri, Jody Hill & Danny McBride Directed by David Gordon Green Airs Sunday nights at 10pm ET on HBO   We’ve seen many different versions of Kenny Powers on Eastbound and Down: resigned, hopeful, arrogant, happy, poor… we’ve spent a lot of time with the […] More

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    Eastbound and Down Ep 4.02 “Chapter 23” quietly examines the importance of April as Kenny’s Iris

    Eastbound and Down Season 4, Episode 2 “Chapter 23” Written by Jody Hill, Danny McBride & Carson Mell Directed by Jody Hill Airs Sunday nights at 10pm ET on HBO   At its core, Eastbound and Down is nothing but an aggressively vulgar version of The Natural. A talented baseball player, undone by his ego and lack of relationship […] More

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    Faux-provocative ‘Wrong’ only serves to aggravate its audience

    Wrong Directed by Quentin Dupieux Written by Quentin Dupieux USA, 2012 The new film Wrong, from writer-director Quentin Dupieux, is less a movie and more a feature-length experiment in provocative trolling. If you find the film deliberately, obnoxiously unpleasant, well, you’re just a fuddy-duddy. You can’t accept the intentionally odd tone as being a charming […] More

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    Best TV Pilots

    The Shield ‘Pilot’ (aired 3/12/2002) “Good cop and bad cop left for the day. I’m a different kind of cop.” – Vic Mackey The Shield‘s first episode is essentially an hour-long mislead, setting up a character (Terry) and a story that appeared to be the main arc of the first season. It spends an hour […] More

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    Video Of The Day: Kenny Powers Is The K-Swiss CEO

    If you are not familiar with Kenny Powers, then you haven’t seen the hilarious HBO television series Eastbound and Down. The character, played by actor Danny McBride, is known for his poor work ethic and short temper, which jeopardized his professional career. In season one, Powers becomes a substitute physical education teacher who is attempting […] More