Things Are Just Better With "Andy Griffith"

I'm mighty glad how things worked out.

Things always seem to work out at the end of the day in Mayberry. Along with Andy Taylor's (Andy Griffith) uncanny ability to manage his son Opie (Ron Howard) and his officious deputy Barney (Don Knotts), the clean, moral endings are what makes The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) what it is. Can you even read the name of this show without whistling? I Love Lucy is perhaps the only theme tune that comes close to being as instantly recognizable as Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer's opening whistle. The first thing about this new Blu-Ray edition of season one of The Andy Griffith Show is that it seemed to spring out, fully formed with its first episode as strong as all the others. And it is a strong show, simple and warm-hearted. Of all the old 'classics' I've revisited in reviews like this,
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John F Kennedy assassination: 50 years of conspiracy in fiction and film

The assassination of JFK and the conspiracy theories that followed have proved irresistible to writers and artists, from Oliver Stone to Stephen King

Mark Lawson on the 10 best books inspired by JFK

The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.

Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus.
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Darwin – The Review

For many, mention the name Darwin and images of evolution are conjured. While Charles Darwin Herbert Spencer is the origin of the term “survival of the fittest,” which carries a coincidental resonance, he has nothing to do with director Nick Brandestini’s film Darwin, a film about a small, isolated town that sits at the end of a worn out road in the middle of Death Valley.

Population 35, no children, no true government of any form, Darwin is the decaying remnants of a town more than 150 years old. Once inhabited by miners, prostitutes and outlaws at varying staged of its turbulent past, Darwin now is the unlikely home for a handful of intriguing characters, all of them real, each of them with their own story. Together, the lives captured on film create one of the most compelling documentaries I’ve seen in years.

The residents of Darwin somehow find ways to coexist and survive,
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Sons of Anarchy Season 3 Finale: Ns - Natural Selection Takes Charming to Season 4

Retribution. While “Ns” may stand for many things, as befits Kurt Sutter’s love of symbolism and hidden meanings, the Sons of Anarchy Season 3 finale came down to one principal – Natural Selection. ‘Survival of the fittest.’ Yes, the two letters have obvious story implications as they relate to Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) ring and John Teller’s (Nicholas Guest) grave, but we’ll get back to that. For now, the philosophies of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer are king. In one major play, Samcro killed two prominant players in the Sons of Anarchy story. Agent Stahl (Ally Walker) and Jimmy O. (Titus Welliver) were murdered at the hands of Opie (Ryan Hurst) and Chibs (Tommy Flanagan). Clay (Ron Perlman) knew about it. Gemma (Katey Sagal) didn’t. Perhaps you could say you saw it coming. With Hale (Jeff Kober) moving into a mayoral position, it was time for Charming to evolve.
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