Monthly Archives: February 2012

David Berkman, Self-Portrait Review

AKIE BERMISS: My first admission has to be simply that I am not some huge David Berkman fan.  I’ve known of him for quite some time and I’m always really pleased to hear him, but in the crush of trying…

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Oscars Liveblog: Highlights

JOCELYN HOPPA: Alright, kids. It’s the 84th Academy Awards. I’ve got a bag of bold party Chex Mix and a sharpened tongue… let’s do this. Who will win? What will they say? What pills will they have ingested beforehand? It’s thrilling. Please feel free to pontificate on the finer (and not so finer points) of this annual film celebration in the comments section below, as it’s really all just commentary. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Virgin Territory

KIP MOONEY: With so many plates juggling this episode, you’d think a few would fall down just like Cam did. But everything was handled so beautifully, I’m still in a little bit of awe.

Do I wish Phil would have…

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Downton Abbey: Season 2 Finale

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: “Downton Abbey,” you have successfully ripped my heart out, put it back in, ripped it out again, put a cute little bow on it, spritzed it with glitter spray, and put it back in again. It may be over until Season Three, but the Yuletide finale of Season Two of “Downton Abbey” made the tearjerking episodes of the past look like “I Love Lucy” in comparison. Whew! Between Anna’s shriek upon hearing Bates’s death sentence and Matthew’s climactic proposal to Mary, my heart strings tugged and bound me to every second of this final episode.

MICHAEL CUMMINGS: For me, five moments from the Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey have stood the test of time from Sunday to, um, the middle of this week.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s official: the normally-astute Jason Diamond could not be more wrong about Downton Abbey as the least-Jewish show in television history. Mr. Bates is a Jewish mother nonpareil, regardless of his actual ethnic background.

ZOË RICE: The season 2 finale of Downton Abbey was destined to touch its viewers – whether with Anna and Bates, Mary and Matthew, poor William’s dad and guileless Daisy, or even Mary’s genuinely good-natured farewell to Sir Richard. Wherever the characters went during these 90 minutes, I was game to follow raptly. Continue reading

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SNL

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ZOË RICE: Even having followed the Jeremy Lin craze only peripherally, this hit really well. A spoof on sportscasting, news puns, and even racial issues. Well done.

HOWARD MEGDAL:
Can’t think…

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State of Chris Brown

Jocelyn Hoppa: During the Grammy’s, as Chris Brown accepted his first award, a flood of Twitter comments came from various people I follow, most with the hash tag “#neverforget” following various jokes and/or outright dismay that he would be granted an award after being in the public eye for beating Rihanna’s face to a black-and-blue pulp.

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The Future of Netflix: Secure?

AKIE BERMISS: Netflix getting knocked off the throne of online streaming? I don’t think so. Take it from a guy who knows! I haven’t had a television for over a year. Any kind of home-viewing of movies or television shows is done from my computers. As such, I have Netflix *and* Amazon Prime. I rent movies from iTunes at least once a week. And recently, I’ve even begun thinking about getting a HULU+ membership. From all that, I can tell you one thing for certain: when it comes to streaming Netflix does it best, makes it the most available, and has the best potential for growth.

HOWARD MEGDAL But Blockbuster is precisely the comparison here. Netflix was first; that won’t give it a permanent stranglehold on the market. The question, at a certain point, will become: who do you trust to do it in a more customer-friendly way? The company that gave us the Quikster debacle? Or the company that has already laid waste to traditional publishing? Continue reading

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Modern Family: Aunt Mommy Review

KIP MOONEY: Watching the latest episode of Modern Family – yet another winner in my book – I couldn’t help but be reminded of one its all-time greats, “Our Children, Ourselves.” That’s for two reasons: both revolved around Cam and…

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Smash: First Two Episodes

ZOË RICE: I came to Smash with mixed expectations. On the one hand, I’m a sucker for a musical number, and before Glee became unbearable I was an early fan. A new TV show with the promise of awesome – dare we hope Fame-like? – musical numbers meant at least a tingle of excitement. On the other hand…theater people. Don’t get me wrong; to use the cliche, some of my best friends are theater people. But man, some of them can be pretentious. And inauthentic. And so “on” all the time. Would the Smash characters be just like that?

JESSICA BADER: I’ve been excited about Smash ever since that day last year when I decided to sit down and watch the trailer videos for all of the new network TV shows. A show about the making of a Broadway musical? With original songs from Marc Shaiman? What’s not to like (other than the whole not-premiering-until-February-sweeps thing)? Yet, I can’t help but feel like both the show and what’s expected of it are a bit too much. Continue reading

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Manning vs. Manning

MIKE SILVA: You want a great quarterback? Give me Peyton. You want a championship quarterback? Give me Eli.

CHRIS PUMMER: Football being a team sport, I don’t think Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl titles puts him in the same class as his older brother. Continue reading

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