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    Looking, Ep. 1.04, “Looking for $220/Hour” at the Folsom Street Fair

    “Looking for $220/Hour”, the fourth in Looking’s eight episode run, takes place during the Folsom Street Fair, an annual San Francisco BDSM and leather party. Patrick, Agustín, and Dom aren’t really part of that scene, but like much of the city, they use the fair as an excuse for some good old-fashioned Sunday day drinking. Aside from a few skimpy leather outfits, Looking doesn’t show much of the debaucherous celebration. Instead, the episode is structured around a trio of dates, even though the characters would never classify them as such More

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    Looking, Ep. 1.03, “Looking at Your Browser History” follows the boys to work

    Well, “Looking at Your Browser History” sure gives more ammo to those who find this show boring. There are absolutely no crazy orgies, and even a bathhouse sex scene happens completely off screen. In fact, this episode veers almost completely away from sex and dating, concerning itself with the career and job anxieties of its main characters. Patrick is mortified (yet again) when the cute British guy he clumsily flirts with at a work party might become his new boss. Agustín unwisely insults his boss, a middle-aged artist who makes chair sculptures, and gets fired. Dom wants to poach a chef at Zuni Café for his not yet existent Portuguese chicken-centric restaurant, but has no money or investors to actually get his dream off the ground. More

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    Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘Behind the Candelabra’ a glitzy and disquieting deconstruction of a hidden relationship in Hollywood

    Behind the Candelabra Written by Richard LaGravenese Directed by Steven Soderbergh USA, 2013 Steven Soderbergh thoughtfully details the purported destructive indulgence of Liberace’s most intimate relationship in Behind the Candelabra. A film replete with the salacious dirt and glamorous high living of a legendary celebrity, this project is perfectly tailored to Soderbergh’s nuanced flair for […] More

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    Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘The Informant!’ has a healthy blend of comedy and biopic

    Slammed by populous opinion, 2009’s The Informant! has been ridiculed for being “dull,” with “laughs far and few between.” Although critically acclaimed with an IMDB rating of 6.5/10 and Metacritic score of 66, a staggering 42% user approval lingers over the film at Rotten Tomatoes, without any signs of it becoming a cult classic. Yet […] More

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    Greatest Series Finales: Quantum Leap’s “Mirror Image” a beautiful, metaphysical swan song

    For a few years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Quantum Leap was the rarest of genre series- a sci-fi procedural with good ratings that was well received by critics, and actually got nominated for (and won) Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Crazy. It’s overlooked by many younger genre fans today, but Quantum Leap was a fun, interesting, and influential show – and it also has one of the most controversial final moments of genre television. What often gets lost when discussing those memorable words, “Dr. Sam Becket never returned home.” is just how great of a finale “Mirror Image” really is. More

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    ‘Behind the Candelabra’, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, gets its first trailer

    Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been a respected director for several years, successfully making both commercial blockbusters and small arthouse projects with equal ease. Following last year’s announcement that the auteur would be retiring, many looked forward to his final projects to see how he’d go out. His last theatrical effort, Side Effects, released earlier this […] More

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    The Televerse #5- Quantum Leap with Rich Smith

    The Televerse is back with its latest episode. This week, Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell talk through our week in TV from Tuesday to Monday with a few more pilot reviews and looks at Ringer, New Girl, Glee, Up All Night, Free Agents, Modern Family, Top Chef: Just Desserts, The Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks […] More