Film & TV, Review, Television

Review: Three Little Birds Is a Poignant Series About Acclimation, Prejudice, and Overcoming It

It could be argued that the best period pieces are the ones that feel relevant at any point in time. It’s one thing to make art that replicates the past. […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: Fargo (S5, Ep5) — Staggered but Entertaining Episode Further Proves Dot’s Capability

Is this season of Fargo running in place a little? The show has a history of doing this sometimes—not every season of television can be this show’s second and third, […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: The Curse (S1, Ep5) — Whitney Cracks Under Pressure in Tense, Excellent Episode

Just as I thought the first season of The Curse was meandering a little, it sucks me right back in. Things have been looser after the pilot episode, as the […]

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Recap: True Detective (S4, Ep1) — Mystery Series Returns as Night Country in Solid Premiere After Five-Year Hiatus

If you ignore the murder, tormented police, and general unpleasantness, True Detective is a show about the mystery of its protagonists. Whether they are good or bad, nihilistic or hedonistic, […]

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Review: The Power of Film Is an Engaging, Easygoing Miniseries About the Cycles of American Cinema

It’s easy to forget that we all start somewhere. When I was 13, I discovered Yorgos Lanthimos’s horrific fantasy-comedy The Lobster on Netflix and became, for better or for worse, […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: Fargo (S5, Ep4) — Two Tense Home Invasions Frame Another Great Episode

The truth is undoubtedly Fargo‘s largest overarching theme. The original movie and now every episode of the show opens with text that declares that we are watching something that actually […]

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Recap: The Curse (S1, Ep4) — Dougie Gets Some Time in the Light in Character-Defining Episode

By the time “Under the Big Tree” is over, we have a greater understanding of the Siegels. Whitney (Emma Stone) is a parasite. We see it in episodes two and […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: The Curse (S1, Ep3) — Explosive Fight Reveals More Holes in the Siegel Marriage

The Siegel marriage has seemed off from the beginning. Ignoring the weird sex and the utterly repellant people, when you look at Whitney’s (Emma Stone) and Asher’s (Nathan Fielder) vacant […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

2023 in Review: The Ten Best Television Shows of the Year

This was a big year for finality in television. A lot of amazing shows ended, and most of them stuck the landing perfectly. Similar to how packed 2023 was for […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: Fargo (S5, Ep3) — Series’ Third Episode Takes Its Time Setting Up Conflicts

Oh, I missed this show so much. I don’t think I can properly articulate how much I missed it, but if I could interpret the feeling that the claustrophobic, nightmarish […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: Invincible (S2, Ep4) — Mark and Nolan Fight Their Toughest Battle in a Brutal Mid-Season Finale

Where do we really come from? Invincible has been asking this question since its beginning. At first, Earth’s superpowered defender Nolan Grayson (J.K. Simmons) told his family he came from […]

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Film & TV, Review, Television

Recap: Fargo (S5, Eps1&2) — Acclaimed Crime Series Returns in Strong Form After Extended Hiatus

I can’t properly articulate how badly I wanted Fargo to come back—and be good. After a disappointing, narratively messy fourth season and a subsequent three-year hiatus, I was itching for […]

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