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Archive for September, 2010

Some Thoughts on “Clue”

Posted by therebelprince on September 30, 2010

I’ve always held that Nashville is my favourite film of all time. But when it comes to my favourite cult quote-every-line movie? It’s gotta be Clue. Yes, perhaps there are more truly classic comedies – Harold and Maude, Some Like it Hot, Manhattan spring to mind – but none have me hysterical on every. single. viewing.

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Lone Star: “One in Every Family”

Posted by therebelprince on September 29, 2010

Episode two, episode two. To FOX’s surprise, the ratings for this character-based drama didn’t match those of Dancing With The Stars so, in the last week, Lone Star has built up a sense of expectation throughout the media. The show needed viewers to tune in to keep it going. The viewers didn’t tune in, but I think they would’ve liked what they got – more so than me perhaps.

[Well, the word on the street is that FOX has sent Lone Star to live on a nice farm with so many of its brothers and sisters. Hopefully, we’ll at least get time for an abrupt storyline tie-up if nothing else…]

“One in Every Family” was a very solid hour of television, and deftly managed to complicate the plot several times over, without locking the show in to any one direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mad Men: “Hands and Knees”

Posted by therebelprince on September 29, 2010

Lies, lies, lies. I wasn’t a huge fan of Don’s “secret life” back when it served as the foundation for season one, but by now it is surely representative of the series as a whole. Everyone’s leading double lives these days at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but some are better at hiding them than others.

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Eastbound & Down: “Chapter 7”

Posted by therebelprince on September 29, 2010

“I can’t believe you would look at me, and the word ‘gringo’ would even come to mind.”

— Kenny Powers

HBO has really pulled out all the stops with the unconventional comedy this last few years. I’m a massive Flight of the Conchords fan, and Bored to Death is great fun if still uncertain in its moves. Eastbound & Down is a very funny show, even if sometimes I’m not sure whether I should really be laughing or not.

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Rubicon: “In Whom We Trust”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

Not much to say this week on Rubicon. Things are moving along at a good pace, but I’m yet to figure out what this series plans to do if it gets a second season.

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My Generation: “Pilot”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

I tuned in to My Generation, and I’m sad to say it isn’t as excrutiatingly bad as I thought it would be. Nope, it’s just the regular sort of bad.

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Bored to Death: “Escape from the Dungeon”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

It’s nice to have Bored to Death back in my life. This show really got me last season, in spite of a few growing pains, and it seems with this episode that they’ve refined some of the kinks, while proving that others are just the nature of the show.

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Dexter: “My Bad”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

(This review contains spoilers for the Dexter premiere. Read on.)

As with Weeds (and, indeed, all of Showtime’s current output), I run hot and cold on Dexter. And lately, the temperature fluctuations in my house during each episode are starting to give me a headache.

The first season of the show was fascinating, allowing us to have a genuine antihero – not just a Jack Bauer whose ends were always justified, but a cold-minded man whose arrest and capture at series’ end we almost hope for. This was followed by the tense-if-contrived second season, the ill-conceived third, and last season’s bi-polar attempt, which combined a terrifying serial killer storyline with the culmination of four seasons of terribly uninteresting subplots for the terribly uninteresting secondary chraacters. And here we go again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lone Star: “Pilot”

Posted by therebelprince on September 25, 2010

I was going to wait a few episodes to review Lonestar, but apparently the show may not have that much time up its sleeve, so I thought I’d get in now and ¬†ask, why didn’t you watch the pilot?

Lonestar is definitely the best new show of the season, at least on merit of pilot alone. Going in to it with no knowledge beyond the network plot description, this show was endlessly more complicated, and more genuine, than I’d expected. The soundbite premise of “con artist juggles two wives in Texas” struck me as being a bit trite, and more likely to appeal to the Big Love set. But watching it: wow. Just wow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weeds: Season Six Review, Episodes 1 – 5

Posted by therebelprince on September 25, 2010

The news broke this week that Showtime’s Weeds has been renewed for a seventh season. Seven. I’m sure I wasn’t the only longtime viewer to just put my head in my hands, even if this season has been a welcome return to something-resembling-form.

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