Category Archives: Television

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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What I Watched This Week: 7 May 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Justice” (B+) A classic show misunderstand, with Mike panicking to the press and saying Selina’s being considered to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, which would be an interesting direction but I’m glad the show squashed that … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 30 Apr 2017

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Moo Moo” (A) The first time I can remember this show tackling the “very special episode,” and it pulled it off in the best possible way, as Terry suffers racial discrimination at the hands of a … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: May 2017

BEST BET – FILM War Machine – 5/26 Netflix’s biggest acquisition to date: A $60 million satire about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan starring Brad Pitt from the director of Animal Kingdom. It’s going to be really tricky to pull off, … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 23 Apr 2017

NEW SHOWS Veep – “Library” (A-) Selina at her best/worst, constantly flip-flopping on issues to get what she wants, even resorting to using her sexuality to keep her name on people’s lips. But even funnier are Gary and Richard reacting to … Continue reading

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