Monthly Archives: April 2011

Review: Sports Show

AKIE BERMISS: For years now, I’ve been an unabashed fan of Norm Macdonald.  Back when he was anchoring weekend update for SNL, I came to know him as the guy who couldn’t stop squinting and never met a dead-pan joke…

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ZOË RICE: First-off, there’s the mis-billing. Tuesday’s 90-minute Glee episode wasn’t really “Glee Does Gaga!” as much as it was “Glee Does A Lesson About Self-Love In Its Glee Way With Maybe A Bit Too Much Schmaltz But Also Some Funny Moments And With A Touch Of Refreshing Characterization. Oh And Here’s A Gaga Song At The End.” So there’s that.

JESSICA BADER: To be totally honest, when I first saw the promo for this week’s episode, with Kurt announcing his return to McKinley, I was a little bit nervous. I was afraid that Glee was going for the sugar rush of reuniting Kurt with his New Directions family and would be so eager to make it happen that it would shove aside the storyline of why he left for Dalton in the first place and what issues he might have with coming back. My fears could not have been more misguided. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Texting During Dinner

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: This rebuttal to the texting at the dinner table debate, entitled, “I will check my phone at dinner and you will deal with it” really only reaffirmed my anti-phones at dinner stance:

HOWARD MEGDAL: This seems strange to me. He conflates two things: while engaged in a conversation, using technology to inform it, and checking one’s phone as an escape from that conversation. Very different in terms of social implications, no? Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Reaction

HOWARD MEGDAL: So wait, who is getting married? Actually, don’t tell me. I don’t care.

I have a vague awareness that someone royal is getting married. Prince Will? Not sure. And you know why I don’t know? Because it is my right as an American not to be sure.

ZOË RICE: A couple nights ago, I dreamed I was at Prince William’s wedding. In my dream we had grown up together; I had known him in the old days, before he was Prince, and though we’d lost touch, my childhood chum still invited me to his wedding. But of course in real life, Wills was never not a prince. He didn’t win fame later in life – he was born into it. Born into royalty, a vestige of a thousand years of inter-marrying and family crests and political alliances and crazy nobles and jewels and dungeons and every single thing your life is not. And now he’s marrying! Creating more royalty! I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t want to peek?

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Modern Family: Season 2, Episode 20

KIP MOONEY: Lots of laughs, lots of heart. That’s a formula that seems to work for Modern Family and tonight’s episode was no exception. Still, several moments felt like characters hitting set-ups rather than the natural comedy and emotion we’ve come to expect. The who-will-take-care-of-our-kids-if-something-happens-to-us storyline is another well-worn plot, but the show was able to pull plenty of rich moments out of it.

HOWARD MEGDAL: No disagreement here, though I see Modern Family less in terms of re-using well-worn plots, and more about using them effectively with sharper writing and more significant characters. Continue reading

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The Federal Budget

CHRIS PUMMER: It’s fair to ask if Democrats will ever have a serious plan for balancing the federal budget. Lacking the spine to even let tax cuts for the super-rich expire, they are also quick to point to Republicans as side that wants to cut entitlements that comprise the bulk of government spending.

That said, raising taxes and cutting spending are both necessary to balance the budget. And if you are looking for seriousness on that issue, don’t bother casting a glance at the GOP. Continue reading

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Michele Bachmann, Planned Parenthood and LensCrafters

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m not sure that Bachmann’s analogy is really successful here. She’s trying to imply that Planned Parenthood is this terrible Abortion Factory, but the comparison with LensCrafters really does not serve that agenda.

ALLISON REILLY: It’s a dumb analogy because it pulls a major corporation into a fight of which it doesn’t want to be a part. LensCrafters didn’t have any comment for Bachmann’s comment. Well, of course not!
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Donald Trump

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: My high-school friends and I shared a love of bad movies. We spent many a Friday and Saturday night curled up in front of the kinds of movies that other people only rent by accident. (After turning down several invitations to attend hip, raging parties of course). Our tastes were more particular than you might think, though. For us to become completely obsessed with a bad movie, it had to a very specific type of bad movie: the type where you can’t tell if it maybe thinks it might actually be a good movie.

AKIE BERMISS: Like Molly and her childhood girlfriend, I love camp. I enjoy satire and satire’s ugly cousin: Parody. To me, no matter what the impetus behind the Trump campaigning, its all about parody. The question is a) whether it is parody of elections and politicians in general, GOP politics, or just Trump parodying himself; and, b) is this deliberate?

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Baby Slaves: Useless or Space-Savers?

London Pair Guilty of Baby Slave Plot

ZOË RICE: Let’s get one thing straight. I am not, nor do I intend to be, in the market for a slave. Though I’m no fan of housework or physical labor, I’m probably less a…

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Modern Family: Season 2, Episode 19

KIP MOONEY: I’m going to admit something: Watching Modern Family and reviewing it each week has become like a relationship. And with it seemingly gone every other week, it’s like a long-distance relationship. Even though the honeymoon phase (pretty much…

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