Category Archives: Television

What I Watched This Week: 6 May 2018

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Donald Glover/Childish Gambino” (B) I was greatly anticipating this episode, not only because Glover is such a creative force on Atlanta, but also because he has improv experience with Derrick Comedy (featuring SNL alumnus … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 29 Apr 2018

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Bachelor/ette Party” (A) One of the most joyous episodes of the season, with a Die Hard-themed scavenger hunt for Jake and a drunken encounter with an old one-night stand for Amy. Plus, Drunk Holt in … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: May 2018

FILMS Top Picks Thief – Hulu and Amazon 5/1 Coco – Netflix 5/29 (Academy Award winner) I, Tonya – Hulu 5/31 (Academy Award winner) Thief is Michael Mann’s searing debut, featuring one of the all-time great villain performances, and impressive … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 22 Apr 2018

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Gray Star Mutual” (B+) Even if I wouldn’t mark this episode as one of the best of the season, the fact that all three subplots hum along AND advance the plot is an example of … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 15 Apr 2018

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “John Mulaney/Jack White” (A-) Former writer John Mulaney (creator of some of my favorite characters and sketches) returns to the show as host, and lets his freak flag fly, with hilarious sketches about revenge … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 8 Apr 2018

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “The Puzzle Master” (B+) A solid “normal” episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with Jake and Amy collaborating on their last case before she gets promoted to sergeant. We also get a rare Holt-Gina pairing, which leads … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 1 Apr 2018

NEW SHOWS Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “The Box” (A+) The best episode the show has ever done. Masterfully stages an interrogation of a murder suspect (Sterling K. Brown, who has locked up this year’s Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy) … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 25 Mar 2018

NEW SHOWS The Simpsons – “Three Scenes (Plus a Tag) from a Marriage” (B+) Another relationship ret-con episode, but one that isn’t trying to go for dramatics or pathos. It’s just a well-executed, very funny exercise in keeping things semi-fresh. Bonus … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: April 2018

FILMS Top Picks 50/50 – Hulu 4/1 Mystery Team – Amazon 4/1 The Florida Project – Amazon 4/1 (Academy Award nominee) Call me indecisive, but I just couldn’t pick between all these films, which I adore for different reasons. 50/50 … Continue reading

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What I Watched This Week: 18 Mar 2018

NEW SHOWS Saturday Night Live – “Bill Hader/Arcade Fire” (B+) A couple sketches whiffed on the promise of their premise, but Hader is so good in all of them. Like much of the cast, I was in stitches pretty much … Continue reading

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