Category Archives: Television

What I Watched This Week: 16 July 2017

NEW SHOWS Twin Peaks “The Return, Part 9” (A-) “The Return, Part 10” (B+) Both of these episodes are much more plot-heavy than anything else we’ve seen so far, which is great for me, especially after the mostly wordless eighth … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 2 July 2017

CURRENT SHOWS Twin Peaks – “The Return, Part 8” (A-) I won’t even begin to say that I understood any of it, but I was mesmerized, which might just be the point. BINGEING Big Little Lies (A- average) The most scathing indictment … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 25 June 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Groundbreaking” (B+) / season finale The first time the show has incorporated flashbacks, and they’re pretty effective, including a non-awful Jonah Ryan. It draws a clear line to show that Selina was always craven, which makes her … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 18 June 2017

NEW SHOWS Twin Peaks – “The Return, Part 7” (B+) The most straightforward the show has been thus far, but no less intriguing. Laura Dern as Diane more than earns her fabulous entrance last week, and MacLachlan continues to give the … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 11 June 2017

NEW SHOWS Twin Peaks – “The Return, Part 6” (B+) Poor innocent Dougie may end up being the year’s best character. We spend almost the entire episode here, and Naomi Watts gets an acting showcase, while Laura Dern gets an entrance … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 4 June 2017

NEW SHOWS Twin Peaks – “The Return, Part 5” (A-) Dale Cooper’s turn as Dougie feels a bit tragic, even though he avoided a much bigger tragedy back at the Rancho Rosa estates. I’m sure the little drips of info – … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 28 May 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Blurb” (A) Also known as Timothy Simons’ Emmy submission episode. Jonah shuts down the government over not getting invited to Selina’s portrait unveiling, which in turn she shuts down since it’s no longer a glitzy affair, and … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: June 2017

BEST BET – FILM Okja – 6/28 God bless Netflix. No, really. Who else would bankroll an environmental satire/kid-creature buddy movie from Bong Joon Ho? While booed at Cannes – mostly for its “They’re killing the theatrical experience!” B.S. – … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 21 May 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Qatar” (B+) A darker, more cynical, geopolitical episode, with Selina trying to score points by going to war-torn Sudan, then going straight to a conference on human rights where she all but endorses female genital mutilation, just … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 14 May 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Chicklet” (A) A rare emotional episode as Selina learns her dad died boning his secretary, not of a heart attack on a business trip to Cuba. A relentlessly funny episode from start to finish, with high points … Continue reading

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