Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kardashian Wedding And Royal Wedding

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: As Tolstoy liked to say, “All happy families are alike, but unhappy families are much better for ratings.” Following this principle, I can’t imagine the Kardashian Klan ever reaching a point of tranquility, since they appear to favor publicity more than anything else.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ll take a Kardashian wedding over a royal wedding any day of the week. And if you disagree, maybe you don’t deserve America.

AKIE BERMISS: Give me liberty and give me neither! At the end of the day, who really gives a damn about these people? I certainly don’t.

I agree with Molly AND Howard — and also disagree with them both. So some wealthy royalty got married in England. So the wedding was a big deal. So it had a sort of rags to riches component and a bunch of little weird historical significances and minutae by which to be distracted. Do we really care? And so Kim Kardashian got married. So she married some dude whose name — though I read it not two minutes ago — I’ve already forgotten. Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 92 Comments

Pam Am: Week 5 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A better episode than last week’s debacle, but “Pan Am” doesn’t really seem to be taking advantage of the sights and sounds it represents, especially in this past week’s Episode 5. Other than a few exterior shots of hotels that could very well be Hyatts and glamorous interiors that could use some more elaboration, I don’t really get the sense of “Pan Am”‘s visuals beyond the blue uniforms. London and Monte Carlo: Two cities that define mid-century aesthetics and luxury that leave much to be desired in terms of its spaces on the show. Every set looks matted and stream-lined, and I’m not talking about the aircraft. The costumes, however, were nothing less than magnificent, and Kate’s confidence was a very welcome addition to the cast. Laura, Maggie, Collette, and Kate flew with Dean and Ted across another ocean, into another flashback, onto another continent that just looked like another avenue in California.

JESSICA BADER: There was much less of a focus on the destination than in previous episodes, and it felt like a conscious effort to pull back on that to make room for character development. Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

Pan Am: Week 4 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: Though ABC’s “Pan Am” has proven to be so visually superb and ambitious, I have this gut-wrenching sense that it might slowly become more of a sorority drama than a show about the people involved in the glamour of air-travel. Episode Four took place mostly in Burma, where sibling rivalry subplots butt heads with Kate’s increasingly imprecise job as a CIA agent which gets tangled in the power struggle between Ted and Dean. It would be unfair of me to say that I’m getting increasingly bored by the show, because that is absolutely far from true. I guess I’m just tired of Kate and Laura’s bickering. I guess the script didn’t hold up as well during this episode as it did in the past three. I guess I just really want to punch Maggie in the face.

JESSICA BADER: This episode wasn’t as weighty as the previous installment in Berlin, and I think that fits the show just fine. One of the challenges that a period piece faces is that references to actual historical events often come across as heavy-handed, and the Kennedy-speech aspect of the Berlin episode definitely tilted in that direction. (Don’t even get me started on Christina Ricci’s uncomfortably manic portrayal of Maggie’s quest to meet Kennedy.) This time, the historical allusions were less specific, leaving more breathing room for character development. Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Best Athletic of the Moneyball Era

CHRIS PUMMER: Now that the Moneyball movie is moving to second-run theaters, and some of the better players for the A’s of a decade ago slowly fading into retirement, it might not be premature to consider who defined that era of baseball for Oakland. Continue reading

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Modern Family: Week 4 in Review

KIP MOONEY: I don’t know if I’d go on the record as saying this was one of Modern Family’s best episodes. I will go on the record as saying this had the most laughs per minute for me since “Good…

Posted in Arts & Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Quikster Reversal

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Hats off to you, Reed Hastings, for allowing me a glimpse into a future world where CEOs make bizarre decisions without really thinking ahead—including blasting poorly thought-out “I’m Sowwy” email to a million subscribers at once.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Unlike Molly, I applaud Netflix’s CEO for adding himself to a long line of those famous for drawing a line in the sand, and quickly erasing that line. Continue reading

Posted in Humor | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Toxic Red Sox

CHRIS PUMMER: Despite the frenzy created by the Boston Globe’s report that Red Sox pitchers were drinking beer, playing video games and ordering fried chicken during games, those extra-curricular activities likely had nothing to do with the team’s stunning September collapse. Continue reading

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This Week in 2012

CHRIS PUMMER: Despite being dislodged atop recent polls by Herman Cain, Rick Perry still poses the most likely danger to Mitt Romney’s chances of garnering the GOP nomination for president. Continue reading

Posted in News & Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Whitney Hate

JESSICA BADER: I’ve been thoroughly annoyed by the new NBC sitcom Whitney ever since the posters advertising it were plastered all over bus stops and pay phones this summer, one-liners of retrograde sexism allegedly rendered “edgy” by being spoken by a woman. Then came the TV ads for the show, which were grating to the point that they made my teeth hurt every time I saw one. Yet, for as many reasons as I had to be annoyed by the show, I began to feel uncomfortable about hating something I had never actually watched.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I for one am tired of television’s ‘sexy girl but oh she’s a tomboy and she doesn’t even know she’s hot so she sometimes pretends to ape sexy behavior but she doesn’t realize that it actually IS sexy because SHE is sexy even when she’s not trying to be but especially when she is fake-trying’ trope.
Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Going With Grady?

CHRIS PUMMER: The Cleveland Indians look like they’re poised to go for it in 2012, especially after trading for Ubaldo Jimenez last summer. That all-in spirit probably means picking up Grady Sizemore’s option for next season to see if the diminished star can return with some of his former luster.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Here’s what would concern me about Grady Sizemore. Not so much the injuries. Rather, the way he played when he was on the field. Continue reading

Posted in Sports | Tagged , , , | Comments Off