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You have your mother’s eyes? Christy (Anna Faris), the “Mom” of this new sitcom’s title, inherited an array of her mother’s traits including her quick wit, alcohol addiction, and poor parenting skills. “Mom” is about Christy’s emotional turmoil, following her through the journey of being a single parent to two alienated children while still dealing with the problems of her own mother. But is that it? After viewing the much anticipated pilot, it seems that “Mom” is just another show about an unhealthy family; a mother who is more involved with her sex life than the lives of her attention-starved... continue reading
I don't know how the rest of the blogosphere will react to the premiere of this new drama, but I, for one, loved it. Fast-paced and suspenseful, The Blacklist keeps viewers on the edge of their seat. Two important questions stick out as critical plot points as the season develops: 1) What is the relation between Elizabeth, an FBI profiler who just started her new job, and Raymond Reddington, a former naval officer who disappeared and is labeled as a mercenary for hire? 2)What is Elizabeth's husband, Tom, hiding? With any luck (or perhaps skill, but with NBC it's probably... continue reading
Hello, class. Today we are going to learn about dysfunctional relationships courtesy of the dysfunctional characters in Suits . The first messed up relationship we see is the periodic workplace/messing around whatchamacallit that Louis and his associate head hunter Sheila have. I.. I... I don't even know what to say about this. The narcissism and inappropriate behavior is off the charts. Check out the video below and tell me I'm wrong. Lesson: Don't be like Louis and miss the obvious signs that your partner wants more commitment from you. Next up, we have Mike and Rachel who can't come to... continue reading
Already marked by violence, sex, and anti-Catholicism, it was going to take real creativity for “American Horror Story” to achieve shock value this season. What would fit the bill? A witch who kills via vagina, of course. Taissa Farmiga described her new character, Zoe, in Sept. 20’s Entertainment Weekly, saying, “She’s kind of this sweet girl – except she kills people with her vagina.” “Shy” Zoe attends Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies (aka witch school) after she realizes her gift during a rendezvous with her boyfriend. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s third season of “ American Horror Story:... continue reading
It's a tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. Beauty and the Beast Forgiveness and Redemption. From the very beginning of recorded history, man has failed. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Gilgamesh oppressed his people. Hercules slew his own sons. It is in our nature. We can't help but disappoint and hurt. When we fail, we need forgiveness. That forgiveness comes in many forms. Gilgamesh and Hercules had to complete certain epic tasks in their quest for absolution. Adam and Eve's failure required One greater than themselves to gift them redemption. Sometimes, though, the... continue reading
I think the first two scenes from this week's episode some up the entire ethos of Suits . One good and one bad, we are exposed (literally in the first scene) to the yin and the yang of the show. In the first scene, Mike is getting dressed to go to work early, but lovey-dovey Rachel doesn't want him to leave. My lead words won't be able to give Rachel's sultry undressing the proper description it deserves, but basically the result is you get a full view of her from the back in nothing but her underpants (not underwear, cause... continue reading
Well, it took a while, but Mistresses has finally impressed me. I didn't think it was possible, but the show has proved me wrong. It took on a challenge and succeeded with stunning results. I'm talking, of course, about making Alyssa Milano look unattractive. Seeing her in the hospital after that car wreck, I wasn't sure if that was Alyssa Milano or a Picasso painting. Other than that impressive feat, however, there was not much impressive with the season one finale. We saw women being stereotyped as fickle, foolish, and fatally swayed by emotion. There were sequences that didn't make... continue reading
If viewers aren’t thoroughly enjoying the summer series “Under the Dome,” (which would be crazy, because it’s amazing), at least they’re getting a thorough education in the evolution of government. What started out as a lawful democracy quickly devolved into an anarchy. The citizens of Chester ’s Mill couldn’t handle that (like most civilized people), so they quickly clamored for, basically, a dictator. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The people of Chester ’s Mill get neither as Big Jim ascends to total domination,... continue reading
Liberal comedian Bill Maher recently revealed how he worked his way through college: pot dealing – according Bloomberg Businessweek. In the Sept. 9 issue, Maher admitted, “Selling pot allowed me to get through college and make enough money to start off in comedy.” Maher attended Cornell University to earn an English degree in 1978. The “ Business News, Stock Market, & Financial Advice ” magazine dedicated a bio page to Maher, now a comedian, producer and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Maher clarified his pot stance when he divulged earlier this year that not only was President... continue reading
Now ­ that is how you build dramatic tension! With only one more episode to go, I will do my best not to reveal anything too shocking in my recaps, but be warned, anything you read below could be a spoiler. Maybe it has always been this way, but recently I've noticed a trend that shows have been starting an episode (or season) with a dramatic scene only to cut back to some time later. The show then works its way to that climax. I don't know about you, but I hate it when shows do that. It seems like... continue reading