Archive for July, 2010

Look Around You: Season One

Look Around You: Season One

| July 19, 2010

This first season of BBC’s Look Around You is one of the most uniquely brilliant comedy series ever produced for television. Irreverent, nonsensical and utterly hysterical, Look Around You teaches us science and mathematics through the eyes of creators/writers/stars Robert Popper (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) and Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced). The episodes […]

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The Closer, The Complete Fifth Season

The Closer, The Complete Fifth Season

| July 19, 2010

It kept occurring to me while watching The Closer: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD that Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) struggles just like any other woman. She’s struggling to have it all, a career, a personal life, and a family, as unique as her family may be. Even though she’s known for being […]

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Sutures

Sutures

| July 16, 2010

Violence has been an integral quality of film since its inception. From the wild antics of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp to modern day meditations such as Irreversible, Fight Club, or Eastern Promises, violence has nearly always been present. Used sparsely and responsibly on-screen movie violence can carry enormous power. It has the ability to launch […]

Covert Affairs, Series Premiere July 13 On USA

Covert Affairs, Series Premiere July 13 On USA

| July 13, 2010

For a detective show, Covert Affairs on USA doesn’t exactly offer anything new, but it does offer some great new characters. Star Piper Perabo’s character might not be different either, but she’s just interesting, and Christopher Gorham’s character as a blind agent is definitely new and interesting. The premiere episode offers enough that I want […]

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Fagbug

Fagbug

| July 12, 2010

Fagbug came to me via different means. Instead of coming through PR, it came from my family via the filmmaker/subject herself. Some of my family and friends had been at Gay Pride in Chicago a few weeks back. My sister bought the movie from the filmmaker at Pride, then after watching it, was telling me […]

The Closer, Season Premiere On TNT July 12

The Closer, Season Premiere On TNT July 12

| July 12, 2010

The Closer is back for another season, and once again it’s filled with the usual humor. That’s always a trademark of The Closer and Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson’s investigating. No matter how much she wants to stay to task, there’s always enough things going wrong around her, and her Southern humor just can’t do enough […]

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Rizzoli and Isles, Season Premiere On TNT July 12

Rizzoli and Isles, Season Premiere On TNT July 12

| July 12, 2010

From the early description of Rizzoli and Isles, I was seeing a comparison to the Jerry O’Connell years of Crossing Jordan, yet what I wasn’t seeing is that these two leads are both female. Interestingly enough, looking into the background of the show, it was originally just supposed to be about the homicide detective, and […]

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Joy and Joy and Joan  – US Release

Joy and Joy and Joan – US Release

| July 11, 2010

For the first time in the U.S. – the original uncut and uncensored French versions of the erotic classics JOY and its sequel JOY AND JOAN are available on DVD. Adapted for the screen from Joy Laurey’s popular erotic novels, JOY (1983) and JOY AND JOAN (1985) became international sensations in the early ’80s thanks […]

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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World

| July 11, 2010

The PBS film “Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World” examines the history of whaling and the role it played in American life. Before the advent of petrochemicals, the oil that fueled everything from lamps to lubricants to cosmetics came from the blubber and skin of whales, making the whaling trade an extremely high […]

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Please Remove Your Shoes

Please Remove Your Shoes

| July 10, 2010

Whenever I think back to the air travel that I embarked on pre-9/11, I can’t even remember any true security screenings. Yes, I remember that there was a metal detector of sorts, but there wasn’t anything significant to the process. Now we are inundated with ominous signs and placards stating what we can and cannot […]

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