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There’s Just Not Enough Quality Programming for Women

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Dear Moth Chase friends,

Well, that’s two weeks in a row that my husband and I have really learned something about ourselves from the Dunphys – so, maybe there really is real quality programming out there for women! Last week, as Claire ripped apart the kitchen in rage, and Phil puzzled over what it was he’d done, I knew each possibility wasn’t it – I knew it was that he’d finally taken Claire’s advice…from someone else…the second he did it.  Do other ladies out there deal with this with their husbands? I know it’s not just me, Claire, and the other one of my girlfriends who called me this week to rant about her husband doing the same. So this week, when the spa ladies started schooling Phil on how to handle his wife’s problems, my husband had to turn to me again and say with a panicked edge to his voice – “I’m not like Phil!!!”. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

It’s Like Riding a Bike…

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My raucous laughter at Modern Family had waned a little in the last few episodes, but this one brought it back.  This season has Gloria stepping fully into her comedic role and I’m finding her to be truly amazing!  Such a sexy woman doing physical humor is rare and, I imagine, difficult to pull off (it’s kind of like someone as sexy as Javier Bardem playing a creepy psychotic like Chigurh – so incongruous it works even more).  But the character who really captivated my attention in this episode was Claire. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

Turning Back the Clock

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I think that entire episode would be worth watching just to see Gloria’s amazing shooting skills!  Whenever she runs onscreen, I think her boobs are going to poke my eye out, and I sit 10 full feet away from the screen!  But she’s just so awesome, I pretty much end up overlooking the over-sexualization of her frame, and just enjoy this super hot lady being super amazing.  On what Colombian street did she learn to unbutton a shirt with a gun?  And who taught her to hold it sideways – the kill shot!  I’m sensing Manny’s not the only one who lost his childhood! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

I think that gay cruise has sailed…or not?

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Dear MC readers,

Well, after a few weeks off (lots of work/family/vacation travel going on in our household), I was looking forward to returning to my moth chase friends with one of my favourite tv shows…what happened?  Was it just me (and hubby), or was this episode was completely off?  The timing seemed strange, as did staging, editing, writing, pacing and even blocking.  Scenes hung without closure or real transition and the jokes didn’t quite hit it.  It was so off from its usual amazingness that we wondered if some large section of those folks responsible for it – writers, editors, etc. – were on strike.  Read the rest of this entry »

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November 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

What’s Heaven, Who’s a Mob Wife, and How Do We Get to Tolerance?

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These are important questions, so I can’t resist beginning this post by writing a little about the theology of this episode!  Watching Manny try to choose between Gloria’s wrathful, terribly-rule-bound, sort of superstitious God and Jay’s wishy washy, hunch-filled, nonsensical vision was hilarious.  It is curious to me that we’ve never seen Gloria attend church or really, significantly heard God mentioned before, and now religion is all of a sudden at the center of her life.  But I’m willing to let that one go for the sake of getting to watch two equally nutty theological schemes work themselves out.  I love seeing what happens when we begin to question our assumptions about God…and how we quickly realize how easily some of our foundational beliefs can fall apart.  Gloria’s vindictive, punishing God needs to be balanced by a vision of Heaven with clouds like trampolines, sunshine and butterflies (or not) if God is still to be seen to be good.  And Jay’s vision of everyone getting into Heaven requires an answer to where do bad people end up…quickly reproducing a vision of Hell, but with better real estate, if it is to satisfy the needs that our visions of Heaven satisfy.  But somewhere in that mess of reasoning, Gloria came up with something beautifully true Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

You Don’t Like Kissbuggy??

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After last week’s great return, I have to say that this episode didn’t fully do it for me.  In some ways it felt a little forced (I found the whole lead up to the, “kiss your son, now kiss your lover” scene quite awkward…and not in that brilliant British Office kind of way).  To me, the pacing wasn’t quite right.  That being said, the payoff from the strange build up was quite lovely.  Jay’s kiss for Mitchell was actually sweet, and the immediacy with which it allowed a sweet kiss, almost off-frame, between Cam and Mitchell was also perfect.  And in a sense, it also felt like a significant television moment, in large part because of its insignificance.  I was watching a tv show on the history of same sex kisses on television the other day and was shocked to learn Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

Like a Crotch Tourniquet

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What a great episode!  Even without the surprisingly funny Kobe cameo, the Kiss Cam, jokes about Peabo Bryson and the Spurt Locker, and a mud fight at the end, the episode would have been a home run for me with that Ave Maria/House wrecking scene.  Making a nod to another famous family – The Godfather’s Corleones – Mitchell sought out his stones in order to save his daughter from a random pigeon, destroying their kitschiest objets d’art in the process.  First, I love that black and white photo of Cam over the mantel-piece and watching it smash could have provided some powerful symbolism in any other context – but that dark, overly dramatic style is the precise kind of subtle humour I love in this show…then we had the decanter set I’ve been admiring all season – it’s funny how we become sub-consciously attached to background objects.  Finally, the fire extinguisher – I don’t even know what he hoped to accomplish with the fire extinguisher.  And all to the backdrop of Cam’s singing, which made it extra amazing because despite probably being able to do a lovely version of Tiny Dancer at the Karaoke bar, Cam just didn’t have the chops to pull off Ave Maria…even though it was sweet to watch him try. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20, 2010 at 9:35 am