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Revolution Recap: ‘The Love Boat’ (Season 1, Episode 16)

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May 7th, 2013

If there’s one thing Revolution has done wrong, and it’s done so, so many things wrong, it’s been the sidelining of Captain Tom Neville. Thankfully, “The Love Boat” at least attempts to remedy this problem by putting Neville close to the forefront as he joins Miles as a representative from the Georgia Federation.

Mad Men Recap: “For Immediate Release” (Season 6, Episode 6)

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May 7th, 2013

Pete Campbell, a vindictive child, tells his wife about her father. He sits Trudy down at the kitchen table and tells her he saw Tom “with a 200 pound Negro prostitute.”

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Gangs of New York, #22

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May 7th, 2013

Before there was John Gotti, before Carlo Gambino, before Lucky Luciano, there was Bill “the Butcher” Poole. The 19th-century boxer, fixer and, yes, actual butcher, was a forerunner of the mobsters who later controlled New York City.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Public Enemy, #23

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May 6th, 2013

Cagney, along with Edward G. Robinson, Paul Muni and, later, Humphrey Bogart, invented the film gangster. Each brought a sense of the street and gritty realism. For Cagney, that came naturally. He grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and had to drop out of college after one semester when his father died. He knew how to be tough, in an argument or in a rumble.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Sexy Beast, #24

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May 5th, 2013

Sir Ben Kingsley becomes the ruthless Logan in Sexy Beast, and he’s 90 percent of the reason to watch the movie. The plotline here is straightforward, nothing special really. The action is sporadic. The supporting cast is strong—led by British veteran Ray Winstone, who’s actually the film’s lead, and Ian McShane, who can always dial up ominous. But it’s Kingsley—throwing off Gandhi’s loincloth and round spectacles—who becomes the savage bully you’ll remember long after viewing Sexy Beast.

Community Recap: ‘Heroic Origins’ (Season 4, Episode 12)

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May 3rd, 2013

According to Abed’s Crazy Quilt of Destiny, the study group members have all crossed paths before, sometimes multiple times.

The Office Recap: ‘Livin’ The Dream’ (Season 9, Episode 21)

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May 3rd, 2013

One of my favorite aspects of The Office (both incarnations) is that we are watching sad people. Not damaged in the way the gang from Community are/were, but normal and pathetic. Painfully average. When the show started obtaining some popularity around the second or third season, this aspect kind of floundered. But “Livin’ The Dream” brings it back and moves forward many long-running story lines.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Road to Perdition, #25

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May 3rd, 2013

Road to Perdition, a period piece about one branch of the Chicago crime family in the 1930s, is really a story about fathers and sons.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Get Shorty, #26

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May 2nd, 2013

One year after reviving his career in Pulp Fiction, John Travolta gracefully slipped back into the role of a mobster. Like Vincent Vega, Get Shorty’s Chili Palmer is ultracool, sharp-witted and drawn to dressing in black. He can shatter your nose with a punch or fire his Colt Detective Special accurately enough to add a part to your hairline.

Mad Men Recap: “The Flood” (Season 6, Episode 5)

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April 30th, 2013

A tragedy truly does cause one to reach out – but the stupidity of this move is very un-Don-Draper. Trying to contact his mistress by calling her husband with no real reason for it? What’s happening in his head? Did he fall in love when he shouldn’t have?

Revolution Recap: ‘Home’ (Season 1, Episode 15)

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April 30th, 2013

Since the start of this show, Aaron has always been the most problematic character. While Tracy Spiridakos is probably Revolution‘s worst actor (though she has been improving), Charlie serves an important function both within the story and as a trope of the genre. But after more than half the season, the show still hasn’t figured out Aaron’s place.

Community Recap: ‘Basic Human Anatomy’ (Season 4, Episode 11)

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April 26th, 2013

Trying to recapture the “outside the box” antics that made Community so beloved in the earlier seasons, “Human Anatomy” focuses on Abed and Troy doing a Freaky Friday-style body switch for most of the episode. While no one believes they have actually switched bodies, the rest of the group goes along with it so that they can complete the History project that is conveniently due very soon.

The Office Recap: ‘Paper Airplane’ (Season 9, Episode 20)

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April 26th, 2013

Overall, “Paper Airplane” was one of those middle of the road episodes. Not particularly memorable, but not terrible. The humor is toned down so it’s not cartoony/goofy and has the feeling of classic era Office, but it lacks many comedic moments of note, though it has a decent share.

Movie Review: Mud

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April 25th, 2013

With just three feature films to his name, writer and director Jeff Nichols has already set himself a high standard. Both of his previous works, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, are strong dramas with compelling characters, dark intrigue and impressive economy of style. With Mud, Nichols has progressed from making a good film to making a great film.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Rififi, #27

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April 25th, 2013

That these guys are, as the French say, sympathique, is evident from the beginning of the robbery when Tony tucks a pillow behind the head of the elderly woman to make her more comfortable after she and her husband have been gagged and tied up. A clock ticking on a mantel provides a time line for the heist, which begins shortly before midnight and doesn’t end until six the next morning. In film time, the robbery takes about 30 minutes. And during those minutes, not a word—NOT ONE WORD—is spoken.

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