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    Discovering The Wire

    Dedicated television viewers know that there will always be shows that everyone wants you to watch, either it’s a cult show, a show that ended way before it’s time, or seems to grab everyone’s attention but yours. However many viewers find themselves stumbling upon these shows either years later or late into a shows run. […] More

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    ‘Pacific Rim’ a sometimes thrilling fever-dream mishmash of summer movie tropes

    If Calvin and Hobbes, those most delightful and beloved comic-strip characters, made a monster movie out of one of their fever-dream playtime japes, it would probably look a great deal like Pacific Rim. The sweaty, breathless determination with which the film’s main concept plays out, as well as how frequently it aims to top itself, is both charming and a mild hindrance. (Cartoonist Bill Watterson was able to get away with such boyhood tomfoolery because he was working with a much shorter amount of space and time.) Co-writer and director Guillermo del Toro has broken free of his almost quaint, homemade style in Pacific Rim, delivering, in many ways, the ultimate summer movie, for good and ill. 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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    The Groundbreaking Brilliance of Homicide: Life on the Street

    When Homicide: Life on the Street premiered in January 1993 after the Super Bowl, it leaped into a different world than the standard hour-long dramas. There were a few exceptions like Hill Street Blues that provided an inspiration, but Creators Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana were entering uncharted territory. The cast lacks the typical pretty […] More

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    ‘Dredd 3D’ a bloody good time

    Dredd 3D Directed by Pete Travis Written by Alex Garland United Kingdom, 2012 For any filmmaker, extending as far back to the 1920s, there may be no potential future that isn’t steeped in grim imagery. Directors and writers like to expand on the way the world operates today, or concoct wild fantasy environments, but their […] More

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    Boss Season 2, Episode 3: “Ablution” has Kane choosing whose villain he wants to be

    Boss Season 2, Episode 3: “Ablution” Written by Angelina Burnett Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter Airs Fridays at 9pm (ET) on Starz Having ironed out some of its stylistic creases already this season, Boss returns, thematically focused and strong, this week, and the moves “Ablution” makes serve its equally focused title well. Spring is here […] More

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    ‘The Awakening’ is delightfully old-fashioned

    The Awakening Directed by Nick Murphy Written by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy United Kingdom, 2011 The horror genre goes through phases, often flooding the marketplace with outrageous rip-offs of a good concept. In the 21st century, horror has been mostly found-footage or torture porn, all the time. It’s not often that something without excessive […] More

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