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Obligation

Obligation

Am I outgrowing television? Perhaps more pointedly, am I outgrowing my feeling of obligation toward television? It feels strange to think about my obligation to television, as if an electronic device on its own can force a person to do [...]

June 17, 2013 Blog, Film and Television, Inside My Head
Critics

Critics

I used to love watching TV. That is becoming less and less true. And the only thing I loved more than watching television was reading television criticism. So it should come as no surprise that as my sense of obligation [...]

June 13, 2013 Blog, Film and Television
Lazytown

Lazytown

One of my favorite takedowns of all-time appeared in GQ in early 2012. Every year, they compile a list of “The 25 Least Influential People Alive,” and in this particular year, cable TV gasbag Ed Schultz appeared as #3. Here’s [...]

May 7, 2013 Blog, Film and Television, Goofiness
Reality

Reality

In this, the second golden age of television, there exists a remarkable dichotomy. On one side is some of the greatest television ever produced in the history of the medium. Shows subvert expectations, push boundaries and elevate the medium that [...]

April 1, 2013 Blog, Film and Television, Goofiness
Bundle

Bundle

I pay Xfinity something like $200 per month for home phone service, digital cable television, and high speed internet. And this is ri-goddamn-diculous. If you’re not a telemarketer or working for a political campaign of some sort and have called [...]

March 14, 2013 Blog, Film and Television
Whitmore

Whitmore

So this show “1600 Penn” is starting and is billed as “NBC’s answer to Modern Family!” First, anytime a show is billed as “whoever’s answer to whatever,” that show invariably is going to suck. “Modern Family” was successful because it [...]

January 10, 2013 Blog, Film and Television, Goofiness
Tarantino

Tarantino

When it was released in 1994, my parents forbid me from seeing Pulp Fiction. I’m sure the reasons provided included the rampant drug use, gratuitous violence, and extensive profanity. But thinking back on it now, I’m pretty sure the sole [...]

December 10, 2012 Blog, Film and Television
Batchin’

Batchin’

I have learned that not only am I boring as shit when my wife is out of town, I was likely always this boring. She’s been gone all this week on business, and inevitably whenever I tell people that, I [...]

December 7, 2012 Blog, Film and Television, Goofiness, Inside My Head