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Streaming Picks: August 2022

FILMSTop PickLicorice Pizza – Prime 8/5One of 2021’s best and most prickly films is now widely available, for good and for ill. Paul Thomas Anderson’s sunny coming-of-age comedy is a joy to watch, though outrage-minded viewers will find plenty to … Continue reading

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TV Recap: July 24-30, 2022

BINGEINGThe Staircase (A- average)During this mostly excellent limited series, I was reminded of Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune, another true crime story in which the defendant is such a duplicitous snake that it’s mostly clear that he isn’t responsible for … Continue reading

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TV Recap: July 17-21, 2022

BINGEINGReno 911! – Season 8 (A- average)The team hasn’t really missed a beat. I, of course, skipped their Quibi season, because nobody watched Quibi. But this return to 22-minute episodes has made me laugh harder than just about anything else … Continue reading

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TV Recap: July 10-16, 2022

NEW SHOWSBetter Call Saul – “Point and Shoot” (A) / mid-season premiereI wasn’t among the group that considered themselves slightly bewildered by the previous episode, which ended with a shocking death. The writing staff has perfect crafted every moment, so … Continue reading

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2022 Emmy Picks: Drama

DRAMA SERIESBetter Call Saul (AMC)Euphoria (HBO)Ozark (Netflix)Severance (AppleTV+)Squid Game (Netflix)Stranger Things (Netflix)Succession (HBO)Yellowjackets (Showtime) Potential surprises:Bridgerton (Netflix) – 1 nominationThe Gilded Age (HBO) – new showPachinko (AppleTV+) – new showThis Is Us (NBC) – 4 nominationsYellowstone (Paramount Network) – never … Continue reading

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2022 Emmy Picks: Comedy and Variety

COMEDY SERIESAbbott Elementary (ABC)Atlanta (FX)Barry (HBO)Hacks (HBO Max)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime)Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)Ted Lasso (AppleTV+)What We Do in the Shadows (FX) Potential surprises:The Afterparty (AppleTV+) – new showblack-ish (ABC) – 4 nominationsCobra Kai (Netflix) – 1 … Continue reading

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2022 Emmy Picks: Limited/Anthology Series and Movies

LIMITED/ANTHOLOGY SERIESDopesick (Hulu)The Dropout (Hulu)Maid (Netflix)Station Eleven (HBO Max)The White Lotus (HBO) Potential surprises:Gaslit (Starz)The Girl from Plainville (Hulu)Impeachment: American Crime Story (FX)Inventing Anna (Netflix)The Offer (Paramount+)Pam & Tommy (Hulu)The Staircase (HBO Max)Under the Banner of Heaven (FX)We Own This … Continue reading

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TV Recap: July 3-9, 2022

NEW SHOWSThe Boys – “The Instant White-Hot Wild” (A) / season finaleBasically everything you could want from this crazy-ass, maximalist season. My only quibble are the codas, which sort of backtrack on the climax a little bit. Still, this show … Continue reading

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TV Recap: June 26-July 2, 2022

NEW SHOWSOnly Murders in the Building“Persons of Interest” (B+) / season premiere“Framed” (A)The season premiere makes its mark as the most meta episode of television since It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s “The Gang Recycles Their Trash.” The addition of Michael … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: July 2022

FILMSTop PicksBringing Out the Dead – HBO Max 7/1Dark Waters – Prime 7/1Dead Ringers – Prime and Paramount+ 7/1Se7en – Netflix 7/1Sorry to Bother You – Hulu 7/1I thought things were bad last month, but they’ve actually gotten so much … Continue reading

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