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Doctor Who Recap: ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ (Season 33/Series 7, Episode 5)

September 30, 2012 – 11:54 am | 2 Comments
Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan

Our gumshoe comes face to face with his older self and then runs for the roof pursued by the Weeping Angels. There he finds… well, let’s just say I felt like somebody should have called the Ghostbusters.

Game of the Week: Penn State vs Illinois — The View from England

September 30, 2012 – 11:30 am | 6 Comments

Sanctions are appropriate because there is a potential worry that the culture of Penn State football may be toxic in some sense. In other words, that the way the game is regarded, coached and played at a particular institution may have indirectly contributed to the years which elapsed before the abuse was stopped.

The Thick of It Recap – Series 4, Episode 4

September 30, 2012 – 8:59 am |
The Thick of It: Rebecca Front as Nicola Murray

This is a special day for Malcolm, a sort of homecoming. He’s preparing a coup against Nicola Murray, leader of the Opposition.

Movie Review: Looper

September 28, 2012 – 11:08 am |

With Looper, Johnson takes on science-fiction, but in his own signature approach that comes at the genre from an obtuse angle. He doesn’t waste time explaining the time travel technology (Who cares? It works.) or the inherent paradoxes that are unavoidable. (At one point, Abe says, “This time travel crap just fries your brain like an egg.” Johnson is telling audiences not to worry about the details, just enjoy the ride.)

The Office Recap: Roy’s Wedding (Season 9, Episode 2)

September 28, 2012 – 12:51 am |
THE OFFICE -- Roy's Wedding Episode 902

A review/recap of The Office: Roy’s Wedding (Season 9, Episode 2)

Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries — Jewish Museum of New York

September 27, 2012 – 5:01 am |
Michael Mahzor

To look at one of the treasures on display in this wonderful exhibit, the Kennicott Bible, is to view an example of the shared heritage of Jews, Christians and Muslims. This is the key note of Crossing Borders. The Kennicott Bible and the other stunning, hand-written works on display show the “cross-pollination” of art and ideas among the cultured elites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam during the Middle Ages. More to the point, it is a testament to the shared devotion of these three faiths to the same God.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Kill the Irishman, #57

September 27, 2012 – 4:01 am |
Movie still: Kill the Irishman

Greene’s story is told in the excellent 2011 biopic, Kill the Irishman, which covers his rise from lugging boxes as a stevedore to running a corrupt union to working as a mob enforcer to standing up to the new Mafia boss—Scalish’s replacement—looking to grab a percentage of Greene’s operation. There’s a lot packed into two hours.

Vegas Recap: Pilot Episode

September 26, 2012 – 9:23 am |
Vegas: CBS Pilot Episode, Dennis Quaid

And…I’ll be honest. Of the two new shows I’m recapping, at this point I actually like The Mob Doctor better. Maybe that’s because I went into it half-expecting to howl with derision, and was pleasantly surprised, while I was kind of hoping Vegas would be awesome. It isn‘t.

The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Family Secrets’ (Season 1, Episode 2)

September 25, 2012 – 9:28 am |
The Mob Doctor: Family Secrets

William Forsythe as Constantine is by far the best thing about this show, a mix of slow-burning paternal concern and understated menace; he could, and maybe should, be his own show.

Revolution Recap: Chained Heat (Season 1, Episode 2)

September 25, 2012 – 4:28 am | One Comment

A recap/review of Revolution: Chained Heat (Season 1, Episode 2)

Broadway Review: Chaplin

September 24, 2012 – 5:01 am |

All in all, the show is most remarkable for its performances, especially the lead. McClure nimbly captures both Chaplin’s physicality and the contradictory aspects of his personality. He is as cantankerous as he is vulnerable, uncompromising in his pursuit of his own vision even as he aches for approval.

The Thick of It Recap – Series 4, Episode 3

September 23, 2012 – 12:36 pm | 2 Comments
The Thick of It , Series 4, Episode 3

The Thick of It neatly sidesteps the continual temptation to set off squibs about thought-space and getting in touch with one’s inner child, and concentrates on suggesting how much aggression and bullying lies behind the hang-loose, blue-sky ethos.

Game of the Week: Florida State vs Clemson — The View from England

September 23, 2012 – 11:14 am |

The structure of the college game provides terrific narratives because it squashes the entire career of a virtuoso into a handful of years. They pass from their fresh unproven hopes, to their doughty veteran mid-career, to their sepia-tinted last-game late style, within a matter of seasons.

Doctor Who Recap: ‘The Power of Three’ (Season 33/Series 7, Episode 4)

September 23, 2012 – 10:04 am |
Doctor Who: The Power of Three

The idea of the cube invasion was interesting, and the picture of the Doctor moving in with the Ponds was entertaining. Overall, however, the whole episode fell a bit flat.

Movie Review: Dredd 3D

September 22, 2012 – 2:52 pm | 2 Comments

Please forgive the crassness because there is no more eloquent way to say it: Dredd 3D is just badass. In an era of cinema when every comic book adaptation or Hollywood blockbuster is practically indistinguishable from one another, Dredd sets itself apart from the deluge of mediocrity by gambling on the unique vision of director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland. Thankfully, that gamble pays off.

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