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Review: Pan Am

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: The first episode of ABC’s “Pan Am” took off in technicolor splendor. The first five minutes of the jet-age drama had me almost in tears with the stylistic glory of early 1960s architecture and fashion. As shows like “Pan Am” and “The Playboy Club” attempt to give us “Mad Men” fans our 60s fix until March 2012, it’s important to try to not compare these shows with its Updikean counterpart. We will be disappointed, we will want more grit, we will be furious with these shows who are at least thinking outside of the box compared to the myriads of less interesting shows that swamp prime time. That being said, I’m not going to even begin to compare this show to “Mad Men” because it is an entirely different entity, being on ABC instead of AMC, having a solid enough moral compass, and its play on the unreal and fantastical that surrounds the freedom to fly.

ZOË RICE: This will sound condescending, but it’s not meant to be: Pan Am is so cute! While lacking the scope of Mad Men or the depth of BBC America’s The Hour, Pan Am’s panorama and cast manage something rather different; they exude utter charm. In their hands, the intrigue of espionage comes across as harmlessly retro. With the Cold War now decades in the back mirror, even Russian spies are pretty much adorable. Continue reading

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The Hour Reviewed

ZOË RICE: BBC America’s The Hour packs a lot into its hour and fifteen minutes: The birth of a news program, developing relationships between characters, themes of news gatekeeping, democracy in the Cold War, the final throes of the British Empire, tensions between socioeconomic classes, and on top of all that a conspiracy involving spies, murder, a creepy villain in a fedora, and crossword puzzles. It’s all very tantalizing. Continue reading

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The Time Afghanistan Cover

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: Time magazine goes for the stunning, heartbreaking cover image of a brutalized Afghan woman and presents her a symbol of a clear moral choice. It’s a slick journalism move but an inaccurate portrayal of the consequences of choices in Afghanistan.

AKIE BERMISS: The last time I read Time Magazine and thought of it as a critical and probing source for news and news commentary, I’m pretty sure I was in 8th grade and doing a project on the Arab-Israeli conflict. I thought it was just awesome how Time could whittle the complexities of the situation down to a few crucial pillars of disagreement. How they singled out the key players (Arafat, Rabin, and Clinton) who would resolve it. I’d had a Time subscription for a couple of year at the point and I pretty much felt I had a complete grasp of what was going on in the world.

Trouble is, convenient as that was for a 14 year-old boy in Brooklyn, it was pretty much a fairy-tale.

ALLISON REILLY: The only problem that I have with this magazine cover is the implication that the horrific treatment of women only happens in Afghanistan and only is performed by members of the Taliban. Absolutely not true. Women are gang raped and children are kidnapped from their homes in the Darfur region and the United States has done nothing about it. Our country supports Israel, whose army destroys Palestinian homes and families, preventing these people from living a normal life. Native American and Alaskan Native women never see their rape cases brought to justice, and these people are American citizens, living within our own borders. Continue reading

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Watchmen: A Critical Appraisal AND A Fanboy’s Attempt at Redemption

AKIE BERMISS: Who Watches The Watchmen?

JEFF MORROW: In which a Watchmen fanboy asks Hollywood to justify his teen years, and Hollywood whispers, “No.” Continue reading

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