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April 15, 2017
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TV Clearance

“If You See It on Your Screen, That Means It Was Legally Cleared to Be There
 
“Clearance might be a great word to hear when shopping, but it’s the biggest annoyance the design team has to deal with. That’s because everything that appears on the show, no matter how small or ubiquitous, has to get clearance from the legal department. Even a cheap tiny statue purchased at Walmart, something mass produced a million times, was designed by someone, and without a release by that person the network could face a lawsuit. Which is why if you see it on Fargo, a bunch of people had to okay it to be there.
 
“Either that or it slipped by.”
 
HOW FARGO CREATES ITS SINGULAR (AND SNOWY) LOOK

March 24, 2016
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Seriously, too soon

Trying to watch the Larry Sanders show on BBC television in the 90’s was a pain; maybe it’d be on at 11 pm, maybe it’d be mid-night, maybe they wouldn’t show it at all for a couple of weeks, maybe they would skip an episode.

 

But Garry Shandling was great as the bitter vain narcissistic, shallow, paranoid Larry Sanders in a send up of the late night TV we might not have had in the U.K, but could still appreciate. Larry Sanders and Duckman, two great shows that paved the way for so much of what we take for granted now. And Garry Shandling was only 66, damnit. Too soon.

 

June 7, 2014
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  • "True Detective" Finale
     
    An interesting read on the finale of True Detective viewed against the Detection Club’s rules for stories, that doesn’t quite make the case for the arguement it presents, but has a good go. Much like True Detective.
     

    “The trouble is that monsters have a lineage too, and our monsters have changed … Monster, as every English professor likes to remind us, comes from the same root as demonstrate: a monster is supposed to mean, to signify, to instruct.”

     

    Another great Lili Loofbourow article with a comparison of True Detective and Louie, and the way in which Louie uncovers a monster. Louie is as horrifying as True Detective – and it’s a comedy(?).

     

    “Louie is sketching out the psychology of an abuser by making us recognize abuse in someone we love. Someone thoughtful and shy, raising daughters of his own, doing his best. Someone totally cognizant of the issues that make him susceptible to the misogyny monster. Someone who thinks hard about women and men and still gets it badly wrong.”

  • Skinny Kale & Tomato Quiche
    Quiche
    Great looking quiche

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ratings

March 15, 2014
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Recently watched

True Detective

Friday Night Lights – ★★★☆☆
– poignant with some tense Football action

The Lego Movie (3D) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable (despite Cineworld screwing up the 3D, again)

True Detective (tv) – ★★★★☆
– TV gets better and better. Journey better than destination, but what a journey

À l’intérieur – ★★☆☆☆
– brutal French horror. Incredibly inept cops and unsympathetic heroine

Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★☆☆☆
– U.K as imagined by someone who has never been, little of the books charm

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable mildly comedic modern crime noir

House of Cards (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– more of the same, so depends if you enjoyed season 1 (or Boss)

 

ratings

July 13, 2013
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Recently watched

Cassandra's Dream

Cassandra's Dream

The Book of Mormon (theatre) – ★★★☆☆
– irreverent song and dance about the Mormons

Before Sunrise – ★★★☆☆
– talking love

Crossing Lines (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– euro women in peril. Nope

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

Cassandra's Dream – ☆☆☆☆☆
– the lecherous camera as offensive as the accents and dialogue

Odd Thomas – ★★☆☆☆
– dark horror that doesn’t fit the dodgy CGI and TV movie look and feel

Trance – ★★★☆☆
– twisting art heist hypnotic fun

Being Mary Jane (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– why did I watch this? Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but not for me

Hatfields & McCoys (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how not to settle a dispute

 

ratings

June 30, 2013
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Recently watched

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean – ★★★☆☆
– before The Blues Brothers, Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. 30 years since I first saw

Unstoppable – ★★★★☆
– unashamedly edge of the seat action, as good on small screen as big

Family Tree – (tv) ☆☆☆☆☆
– not my cup of tea

The Expatriate – ★★☆☆☆
– enjoyable Bourne/Taken lite Euro thriller

13 – ★★☆☆☆
13 Tzameti was a nail-biting headfuck. This isn’t a bad remake

Hummingbird – ★★☆☆☆
– thoughtful Jason Statham

Olympus Has Fallen – ★★☆☆☆
– a Die Hard in the Whitehouse