Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Jodie Foster: “I make movies to figure out who I am”

2017/12/11

(Guardian Film) – Tim Adams:

Directing a new Black Mirror film gives Jodie Foster the chance to look back at her own upbringing. …

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Black Mirror Arkangel

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Deconstructing Trumpspeak

2017/11/14

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

On his last show for the year, John Oliver looks at the obfuscatory rhetorical techniques that Donald Trump uses and the danger of them spreading more widely. He also looks at the slight glimmers of hope that have emerged. …

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John Oliver on Trump Presidency

Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad

2017/11/07

(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

There’s been one question that’s bothered me in every episode since Star Trek: Discovery began: why would anyone want to be on this ship? Everyone is thoroughly expendable; nobody has fun; people have to fight with higher-ups all the time just to do their jobs. Yet right from the outset, we see a side of Star Trek that we rarely see, as the crew has an after-hours party. Burnham, Tilly, Tyler and more show us a personal, non-professional side of themselves that’s charming and disarming, and we learn that Burnham and Tyler like each other. Stamets has completely transformed since he’s begun using himself to power the spore drive, as his mind has truly been expanded. And it’s the crew’s ability to work together as a team while working according to their individual strengths that allows them to overcome Mudd, a time loop, and their own fears. If you haven’t been watching Star Trek: Discovery, this episode alone may be worth the journey so far. …

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Star Trek: Discovery

Happy Little Trees And Clouds

2017/11/02

(Vintage News) – Martin Chalakoski:

A few years back, a couple of high profile streamers at Twitch.tv, the Amazon-owned video game streaming site, began a Bob Ross streaming marathon for their viewers with a clear intention of making a joke out of the beloved painter from the 1980s television show The Joy of Painting. By a happy little accident, they made him famous instead. …

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Bob Ross

Broadchurch: Season 3

2017/10/30

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

I just watched the eight-episode third series of the British detective drama Broadchurch and it is excellent, maintaining and even exceeding the standard set by the first two seasons. The third series takes place three years after the second one and features the return of detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) to investigate a new crime of the rape of a woman after a party, but it also weaves in some storylines and characters from the previous seasons. …

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Broadchurch

Star Trek: Discovery

2017/10/03

(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

From the very first scenes, it’s clear that Star Trek: Discovery isn’t so much about exploring strange, new worlds or seeking out new life and new civilizations as it is about emphasizing the resourcefulness and cleverness of humans in dire situations. And as Discovery develops, it becomes very clear that the element of human ingenuity, combined with the strongly ingrained idea of rule-and-protocol-following and poor crisis training, is going to be a disaster. …

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Star Trek: Discovery

Jimmy Kimmel’s Rise as a Reluctant Health-Care Crusader

2017/09/23

(NewYorker Culture) – Ian Crouch:

A public quarrel with a Republican sponsor of the Senate’s Graham-Cassidy bill has put Jimmy Kimmel at the center of a national debate over health-care legislation. …

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Jimmy Kimmel in health care debate

Janeane Garofalo

2017/07/16

(Guardian Film) – Bim Adewunmi:

One of my favourite romantic comedies was released all the way back in 1996, and while it rarely makes it on to the best-of lists, trust me, The Truth About Cats & Dogs is up there with the greatest. It’s a very loose play on Cyrano De Bergerac, except in this version a man falls in love with the face and body of one woman and the voice of another. That “other woman” is Janeane Garofalo. …

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Janeane Garofalo

Samira Wiley

2017/07/05

(Guardian::TV) – Jane Mulkerrins:

The star of The Handmaid’s Tale and Orange Is the New Black discusses bonding on Instagram with Margaret Atwood and making era-defining TV. …

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Samira Wiley

Rachel Maddow

2017/06/18

(Rolling Stone Politics) – Janet Reitman:

How America’s wonkiest anchor cut through the chaos of the Trump administration and became the most trusted name in news …

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Rolling Stone: Rachel Maddow