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The Sins of the Father Will be Borne by His Sons…and Daughters

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Again Dexter is playing around with this father theme, developing a very Old Testament type of idea that the sons will pay for the sins of the father…that sin is passed down generationally.  But as we saw last night, it’s not Arthur’s son who pays for his sins, but rather it’s his daughter.  Dexter convinces Jonah to help put an end to Trinity’s sins, whereas Christine can’t avoid carrying her father’s torch as she seeks so desperately to secure his love.  She’s right – Arthur’s kids who have to live with him aren’t nearly so loyal to him as she, but I had to wonder last night what it was that made her so loyal to a man who manipulates her so? Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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It’s Time to Answer Becca’s Questions

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What could have happened if Karen and Marcie had answered Becca’s question seriously?  What is so great about being married?  Is it more than a guy making you laugh and fixing things around the house?  Perhaps if either of them had taken her question seriously, we would have gotten somewhere in last night’s episode.  But once again, we eschewed digging a little deeper into these characters and really developing their relationships by ignoring Becca’s questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30, 2009 at 9:59 am

Don’t Get Distracted

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Hey Kathryn,

Ok, so they did kind of hit us over the head with the fact that this episode was all about distraction.  But in stabilizing that theme so overtly, the writers of Glee were able to play with it a little.  What distraction might mean and how it might function in the life of each character shifts and changes through the course of the episode.  Quinn tries to distract Finn with Rachel so she can get time away from him with Puck… Read the rest of this entry »

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November 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

New Moon: playing the parody card

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Dear N,

Thanks for your getting the conversation started. I finally saw New Moon – at one of 15 showings at a theater near Lincoln Square, each of which was sold out. Interestingly, I went to a matinee too (4:30 p.m.), but my theater was full of neither middle-aged women nor teenage girls (though there were representatives of both groups in attendance), but mostly couples our age. I thought this was really intriguing, since despite the whole romance angle, I would never bill this movie as a date movie. But there they were, all these people on dates. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2009 at 7:41 am

That Nymphomaniacal Psychopath I’ve Grown to Love and Loathe

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And no, I’m not talking about Rick Springfield or even Sue Collini, although I’ve certainly expressed my appreciation for the latter here before.  No, the nymphomaniacal psychopath I’ve grown to love and loathe is actually Hank and, by extension, the show Californication itself.  It used to be that they managed to – or at least sought to – balance the circus madness of the show’s ADD driven flitting around from one outrageous moment to the next over-the-top one with good plot and character development…but last night it felt like the circus madness took the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

Dexter’s Thanksgiving Special

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Dear N,

What an amazing episode last night! This season is turning into one of my favorite yet. What with all the holiday hoopla to come, you don’t get that many Thanksgiving themed shows, and I loved that Dexter took on Turkey Day with a further exploration of family togetherness, and all the dysfunction and trauma that it can breed. Trinity/Arthur has creeped me out plenty in this season so far, but the intimate violence within his own home scared me almost more than anything else this season. The slight lingering shot of the locks on Rebecca’s doors and windows, Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

New Moon: Making Sense of Bella’s Inner Life

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Hey Kathryn,

Well, I’m hoping by now you’ve managed to see New Moon – I can’t wait to hear what you thought!

So let me preface all of this by saying that I really do love the Twilight series.  They’re fun and dumb and just a good laugh; escapism at its best.  And as we’ve noted in previous conversations, they’re doing something pretty interesting with teen sexuality that goes beyond a simple message of ‘true love waits’.  In fact, they’re even doing something more interesting with gender roles than some of the ranting against Bella’s pathetic neediness indicates at first glance.  But we can come back to those over-discussed topics later perhaps?  Because I’ve got some other thoughts to get out first. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm