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Thicker than water

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Dear Natalie,

I am not sure if you’ve seen The Fighter yet, but in the luxury of grandparental babysitters, we saw it this week. On the list of films I desperately wanted to see this holiday season, the Ward boxing biopic was not at the very top of my list. But in retrospect that was a mistake. I loved it. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm

‘Tis the Season

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Hello Moth Chasers,

As you are probably experiencing on your own TV, there is a real dearth of fun new stuff to watch right now. Big Love will start in mid-January, Vampire Diaries will be back on January 27, and we may find some other new show to start in the meantime. But for now we are on a bit of a hiatus, visiting family, watching old seasons of Buffy, working on new cocktail recipes. We hope to blog about a few holiday movies – Black Swan, True Grit and maybe The Fighter – so check back often to join the conversation. Or if you have suggestions share them in a comment.

Thanks for reading and happy Christmas (if you are celebrating)!
Natalie and Kathryn

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December 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

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Vigilantes in Love

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Dear Kathryn,

I have the feeling that folks are going to be upset today – too many loose ends tied up, too neat an ending.  But as I noted last week, if they tied it all up using Deb’s acting skills, I thought it would probably work – and I think it did.  In the end, what we learned was that the central love story of the season was never Dex and Lumen.  It was always Deb and Quinn.  And while Lumen couldn’t redeem Dexter, the love she momentarily shared with him, in effect, did redeem Debra.  That Lumen survived was a miracle.  And that Dex could love her in that survival mode was too a gift.  A miracle and gift that promised Deb her own healing from Ice-Truck Killer Rudy’s assault of her, and the ability to put her trust in with and take the plunge with Quinn.  And seeing as I’ve never been a Deb or Quinn hater, I’m pretty psyched about that move! Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve Been Marked

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Dear Kathryn,

Man oh man, I guess it was too much to hope ol’ Rose was going to be fine…the possibility not only of a sexy “friends with benefits” storyline, but also for Damon to find a genuine friend and a more grown up form of lover – I guess we had to know it was too good to be true.  I, however, am holding out hope (especially based on the previews for the next episode – January 27th! wtf!) that we’ll find some magic healing for what ails her (I’m tempted to cue the Marvin Gaye, but am thinking this might be more Bonnie’s forte).  I guess I’m not entirely convinced that the biter was Jules, though. I realize that’s the more obvious option – especially seeing as it seems almost certain not to be Tyler – but I wasn’t completely convinced that Jules even was a werewolf.  Something isn’t adding up – did you catch any clues I missed?  I’m loving the mystery! Read the rest of this entry »

We all have to decide how much sin we can live with…

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“If you don’t believe in heaven, how can you believe in hell?”

— Van Alden

These last two episodes sure were something. I think we see many of the themes I’ve been discussing over the last several weeks coming to the fore again. I want to focus my concluding discussion on several related points: the idea of America, the limits of forgiveness in response to sin, and the relationship between these two topics. One thing that finally struck me was the extent to which something like the law was about to trump Rothstein’s massive empire. What’s interesting about it is it’s not the “rule of law” per se, but rather the enforcement of law in light of something like the public or the “American” valorization of baseball. The problem is not so much baseball, but rather the un-American idea of fixing this great American past-time. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Kind of beautiful too

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Dear Natalie,

Argh! Who is supposed to wait a whole week to see Dexter, hunter, avenger, wild man track down his prey?! This episode ran at the breakneck speed one might expect for a finale, but something tells me next week will match it. Perhaps the thing that was most striking to me is how far Lumen has come. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

Boardwalk Empire…

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Dear all,

I will be doing a write-up of the final two episodes of Boardwalk Empire in the next several days–it is the end of the semester here, so things are a bit hectic right now!

Until soon,


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December 6, 2010 at 12:22 am

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