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The Lie

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Hey Kathryn,

So this episode calmed down a little after all the new stuff they threw at us in the last one.  It reaffirmed for us that Hurley sees dead people with a lovely return of Anna-Lucia.  It reminded us of Kate’s role in Jin’s death (as well as how much I am loving this new scary Sun!).  And it did a fun Weekend at Bernie’s type escapade around LA with an unconscious Sayid.  It developed our concerns for Charlotte – yes, something terrible is happening here, even if we don’t know precisely what yet (did the forgetting of her mother’s maiden name remind you of the erasing of the kids in the photo in Back to the Future or am I just on some sort of 80’s movie kick tonight?). Read the rest of this entry »

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December 30, 2009 at 10:33 am

Sherlock Holmes

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Dear Natalie,

I have to admit, I am pretty geekily attracted to superhero and spy thrillers and the prospect of a super-sexy synthesis in the updated detective of Baker Street had me more eager for this movie than was perhaps warranted. Not to mention I love Robert Downey, Jr. and relish any chance to see his well-honed wit and well-toned abs in action. I grew up watching the British television series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with the lean, wry, arrogant Jeremy Brett as Holmes, and had long arguments with my older sister about the inappropriate physique of Downey, Jr. to play the logical mastermind (she suggested Adrian Broddy instead), not to mention the liberties taken with the action sequences and plotlines. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

Because You Left

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Hey Kathryn,

Oh my, this is going to be fun!  I was very aware while watching this episode that as we blog this season together you are going to know what happens, having already seen season 5, and I’m going to be utterly in the dark, confused and lost (ha ha) as I watch it for the first time!  This is going to be either totally fun, or totally infuriating…at least for you!! Read the rest of this entry »

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December 28, 2009 at 1:13 am

Bless the Woman, Bless the Child

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Dear Natalie,

In the midst of our various TV conversations this fall, we’ve drawn comparisons and connections between many of the women characters on these several shows. In this season, replete with womanly virtues and meta-narratives, it seems a ripe time to try our hands at our own meta-reflections on the various visions of womanhood offered to us in this present moment of televised fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Hey Kathryn,

I’m so curious to hear what you thought of this movie!  I really enjoyed it.  Sure, it’s not the most profound movie of all time, but it did make me think and, most of all, it was crazy fun to watch!  What a feast for the eyes and imagination.  And how wonderful to find myself caring about a world, a creation, because it was compellingly beautiful, not simply because of dry ethics or logic. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

The politics of forgetfulness

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Read on for more outstanding discussion of the final episodes of the Dollhouse by our guest bloggers Martin and Travis. And don’t forget to check back on Sunday afternoon to read Martin’s response to Travis’ post below.

–Kathryn and Natalie

Dollhouse: “Stop-Loss”

Martin,

What’s the old saw about the fact that knowing the hour of your death focuses your mind wonderfully? Although I never fully agreed with the worries about Dollhouse’s unevenness in the first season (I think the procedural vs. serial debate in particular was a red herring), there’s no question that the bulk of this second, and last, season of Dollhouse has been truly superb in the economy, pacing and overall quality of the episodes.

As for “Stop-Loss.” At first, it looks like it’s going to be a farewell to Victor/Tony – his contract is up, and he’s released, like a parolee from prison, into a world that no longer fits him and in which he longer has a home Read the rest of this entry »

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December 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The Road: If he is not the Word of God, then God never spoke

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Hey Kathryn,

What fun to see you this last weekend, and enjoy delving into some of our pop-culture loves together! I’m still thinking about our viewing of The Road and mulling over the imagery, Viggo Mortensen’s superb acting and apocalyptic morass of it all.  It’s worth noting off the bat that, while I’ve had a hard time getting into other novels by Cormac McCarthy, I loved The Road in a way that the descriptor ‘love’ doesn’t even quite capture.  I finished the novel on my porch one night as the sun was setting, while drinking a stiff cocktail and sobbing and sobbing and sobbing.  So I was more than a little nervous at the adaptation to film. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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