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The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘The Golden Girl’ (Season 5, Episode 8)

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April 25th, 2013

Back at Casa Del Zoe, RZ is posing for her book photos. Lots of options and all the dresses are 2 sizes too big, but she looks BANANAS. Everyone wants her to rock a colored frock, but RZ is in a constant 3-way with black and neutrals.

Mad Men Recap: “To Have and To Hold” (Season 6, Episode 4)

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April 23rd, 2013

Don asks Sylvia to remove her cross. She tells him she won’t, and he turns it around so he can’t see it. She tells him she prays for him to find peace. What she doesn’t yet realize (or maybe she does; Sylvia is an interesting character, beautifully played by Cardellini) is that Don Draper will never find peace.

Revolution Recap: ‘The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia’ (Season 1, Episode 14)

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April 23rd, 2013

There are two ways to view tonight’s episode of Revolution, both equally valid. One involves completely shutting off one’s brain to an extent that very few television shows or movies require you to do and enjoying the ride. The other involves taking it with a modicum of seriousness, which means going after ridiculous plotholes and developments.

Head to Head: A Haunted House v. Scary Movie V

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April 22nd, 2013

Every year, similar seeming movies will be released shortly after one another. For the first installment of Head to Head, I will compare this year’s horror spoofs A Haunted House and Scary Movie V. There will be spoilers, but for these movies, I can’t imagine anyone caring.

Movie Review: Oblivion

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April 19th, 2013

Director Joseph Kosinski, who helmed the vapid and cartoonish TRON: Legacy, uses every frame of Oblivion as a canvas on which he can project the massive adventure he wants audiences to experience. Kosinski, who made a sizable impression on the industry with his commercial work, has a background as an architect and his eye for details and contrasting imagery is front and center in this film.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Knots’ (Season 4, Episode 10)

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April 19th, 2013

I wish someone could Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind me so all memory of this terrible season could be wiped from my brain. Ignorance is bliss and it would be wonderful to live in a world where Season Four of Community doesn’t exist.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Untouchables, #28

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April 18th, 2013

In the midst of a dinner party in his honor, Capone (Robert De Niro) takes out a Louisville Slugger and delivers a tribute to baseball as the All-American sport. As his underlings smoke cigars and chuckle in agreement, Capone circles a huge round table—finally stopping behind one nodding toadie. He briefly speaks of betrayal and then applies a few Ruthian swings to the employee’s skull.

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘A Sister for Sky?’ (Season 5, Episode 7)

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April 18th, 2013

The episode opens at RZ’s home and she is hanging with her hair stylist/Bestie Joey Maalouf. He is the Marcie to her Peppermint Patty. Joey starts in on RZ about having a second child. RZ is hesitant because she is already so busy and has such a good thing going with Skyscraper.

Mad Men Recap: “The Collaborators” (Season 6, Episode 3)

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April 15th, 2013

All the main characters are tangled in complex collaborations, whether willingly or unwillingly, sexual or chaste. Everyone’s wrestling with guilt in this episode, handling and mishandling situations as a result. Don Draper is, as ever, standing at the center of the tempest, acting as though he’s a port in a storm when really he’s rocking harder than anyone else.

Movie Review: Upstream Color

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April 15th, 2013

The problem with writing this review of Upstream Color is that I’ve only seen it once. This isn’t to say that the movie will make complete sense upon subsequent viewings, but it definitely requires multiple watches (plus access to Wikipedia, fan theories, and frame-by-frame analysis) in order to begin to appreciate what writer-director-actor-composer-fundraiser-distributor Shane Carruth accomplished with his second feature about the “subjective experience of life,” relationships, and several other intangibles.

Movie Review: Trance

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April 13th, 2013

In its brief run time of an hour and 40 minutes, Trance includes a heist to steal a priceless piece of art, a love story, a revenge story, double crosses, a triple cross, amnesia, the power of the mind and a pretty shameless plug for a British carmaker.

The Office Recap: ‘Stairmaggedon’ (Season 9, Episode 19)

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April 12th, 2013

How many episodes of The Office: An American Workplace did they release to the press? Assuming that each “night” corresponds with a “season,” Senator Lipton did not appear until Season 7 and he was not officially outed until Season 9. Does each episode focus on a different character instead? Also, the poor documentarians had one thing of public interest in all their footage, and the news had to go and spoil it.

Community Recap: ‘Intro to Felt Surrogacy’ (Season 4, Episode 9)

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April 12th, 2013

In puppet world, we learn that the group grew tired of the monotony of Greendale, left campus, hopped in a hot air balloon, took off without the pilot (played by Sara Bareilles), crash landed in the woods (unharmed), met a former Greendale student turned wood-dweller (Jason Alexander), ate some trippy berries and then shared their most intimate secrets with each other resulting in the awkward silence that opened the episode.

The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: ‘Godzilla Rachel!’ (Season 5, Episode 6)

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April 12th, 2013

The episode opens with RZ showing Rodg and her intern, Co, some new duds she picked up for their son Sky Mall (who’s velcro booties are worth more on the black market than my unfertilized eggs).

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Eastern Promises, #29

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April 12th, 2013

The diary of Tatiana (Tatiana Maslany), a 14-year-old, drug-addicted prostitute who dies while giving birth to a daughter in a London hospital, sets the film in motion. Her account of how and why she came to London—provided by periodic voice-overs as the diary is translated from Russian—offers a back story of the mob’s involvement in white slavery and English brothels.

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