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    The Killing, Ep. 4.01, “Blood in the Water” kicks off a new whodunit

    A fourth season of The Killing seemed unlikely, to say the least, after the show was canceled. Fortunately for fans, Netflix stepped in and the series’ change in venue will likely shape the final season (it should, for example, allow Joel Kinnaman to drop an f-bomb, which I’ve been waiting for Holder to do since he was introduced back in the first season). What hasn’t changed is the series’ murder-mystery core. The premiere introduces two intertwining plots: the massacre of the Stansbury family (save for one survivor, son Kyle Stansbury, who does not remember the night of the murder), and whether Linden and Holder will be able to successfully cover up Linden’s shooting of Lt. Skinner from last season’s finale. The whodunit of who killed the family looks like the most interesting central mystery in the show’s history, or at least one of the better plotted. It takes less time to find a plausible prime suspect for the murder than it has in past seasons, so maybe Sud has taken to heart some of the harsh reviews of the show’s meandering pace, or maybe that’s just the reality of having a shortened season. Plus, most cop shows would be unconcerned with continuity and the series deserves plaudits for continuing the cover up plot, which is one of The Killing’s best arguments for existing; the other, of course, is the partnership of Linden and Holder. More

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    Ranking the Films of Stanley Kubrick

    There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost as much derision as hosannas. There is no easy consensus on Kubrick’s films–though you may not be terribly surprised by our writers’ […] More

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    Greatest TV Pilots: Forbrydelsen and The Killing

    While most current television viewers will probably have at least heard of AMC’s The Killing (which has been cancelled twice only to be renewed twice and will have a final, shortened season on Netflix), few Americans will have encountered Forbrydelsen, the Danish series The Killing is based on. More

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    Stanley Kubrick and The Major Malfunction

    “Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities?” – Jack Torrance, before telling his wife that he’s going to bash her brains in.   Jack Torrance has responsibilities that were given given to him in good faith by the manager […] More

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    ‘RoboCop’ remake merely forgettable, instead of being an outright misfire

    RoboCop Written by Joshua Zetumer & Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner Directed by José Padilha USA, 2014 Paul Verhoeven’s science-fiction films RoboCop and Total Recall take place in different environments and eras, but share a similarly raucous, ramshackle, satiric attitude. These films are products of their time, filled with garishly practical effects and grimy, tactile […] More

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    Best TV Episodes of 2013, Part Three: July – December

    The first half of the year may have had more standout episodes, but those that came in the second half were just as memorable, if not more so. Kate Kulzick, Simon Howell, Ricky D, and Randy Dankievitch finish their list of 2013’s best TV episodes with their picks for July through December. More

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    The Televerse #100- Informed Opinions: Chemistry on TV

    There’s plenty of TV to discuss this week on the podcast, with comedy and reality premieres galore. First we go through the week in comedy, including the premieres of Web Therapy, Childrens Hospital, and NTSF:SD:SUV::. Then we move on to reality, including the premieres of Top Chef Masters and The Writers’ Room and the recent […] More

  • Breaking Bad screencap, chemistry
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    The Televerse #100- Informed Opinions: Chemistry on TV

    There’s plenty of TV to discuss this week on the podcast, with comedy and reality premieres galore. First we go through the week in comedy, including the premieres of Web Therapy, Childrens Hospital, and NTSF:SD:SUV::. Then we move on to reality, including the premieres of Top Chef Masters and The Writers’ Room and the recent […] More

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    The Killing, Ep. 3.08: “Try” – Rinse and repeat

    The Killing, Season 3: Episode 8 – “Try” Directed by Lodge Kerrigan Written by Nic Sheff and Aaron Slavik Airs Sunday nights at 9 on AMC For viewers who don’t mind – or even like – how The Killing introduces a new red herring at the end of every episode, there is a lot of rewarding material […] More

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