8 items from 2014
That night, my brain conjured up not one but two separate imaginary season finales in dream form. In one, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart tracked the killer conspiracy to an oily Louisiana politician (played, in the dream, by Deadwood veteran Zach Grenier, proving that my brain and True Detective's casting director have a similar attitude about raiding past great HBO dramas for talent). Content they'd gotten their man at last, they didn't notice the hulking, »
Like its lead characters, True Detective does a certain number of things really, really well—and other things really, really poorly. And like them, it can have a hard time knowing which is which.
In tonight's episode, "Haunted Houses," this struggle got the spotlight, and the results weren't pretty. Gone was last week's latticework of complex and compelling narratives regarding the pivotal moment in Rust Cohle and Marty Hart's supposed takedown of a serial killer, the one where it looked like it all went right but in reality it all went horribly wrong. »
This is the curse of a great story, as well as its blessing: You can always tell it over again. "The Secret Fate of All Life," True Detective's fifth episode and its best thus far, is preoccupied with storytelling and with repetition. Conspiracies, confessions, cover-ups, heroic archetypes that can be slipped into like a costume, occult prophecies that lock you into your life like a cell – each of these narratives helps turn the story of Marty Hart and Rust Cohle's finest hour into a labyrinth neither of them seems capable of escaping. »
Doctor Who has some of the most iconic villains in the history of television. The likes of the Daleks and the Cybermen have been terrorising audiences for nigh on fifty years. But what of those villains who’ve had far less time to make an impact on us, yet are still remembered long after they were last seen?
When various episodes are broken-down, dissected or reviewed the quality of said episodes is often closely connected to the quality of their villains. Villains can make or break episodes – just look at ‘Aliens of London,’ an episode that was ruined by its horrible villains, in the form of the Slitheen family. While ‘Aliens of London’ may have been the first episode of the rebooted series to feature a lacklustre villain it certainly wasn’t the last, as ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’ and ‘Partners In Crime” prove. Because these episodes do not »
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While it’s cool to be by oneself, it’s always better to do things with someone that you trust. If that person happens to be a good friend, heck, even better. After coming across the History channel’s Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive and watching the two-part series this weekend, we went ahead and thought to [&hellip
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- Nick Dimengo
Wow, that was a tour de fucking force.
Shot as a single uninterrupted six-minute take and spanning an entire neighborhood, True Detective's climactic gunfight was the best TV action sequence since the Blackwater episode of Game of Thrones.
'True Detective' and 60 More Reasons to Love 2014
It showed us something about Matthew McConaughey's Emmy-bait undercover cop Rust Cohle, how for all his fatalism, his first instinct when breaking into houses while armed to the teeth and coked to the gills is to get any innocent bystanders into bathtubs for stray-bullet protection. »
Review Anastasia Klimchynskaya 7 Feb 2014 - 06:39
The Winchesters tackle a fat-sucking monster in this week's episode. Here's Anastasia's review...
This review contains spoilers.
9.13 The Purge
What’s perhaps the most remarkable thing about The Purge is the way that it feels like it continues the previous episodes. With television continuity being an iffy thing in general (what with its variety of writers and the network’s demands), and with Supernatural having so many seasons of material to work with, it’s continuity is more often than not lacklustre. But this episode works because it really, truly feels like it follows the previous ones, with the characterization and character development making so much sense in relation to what we’ve seen so far that it’s easy to overlook whatever flaws the episode does have and enjoy it as a whole.
The episode begins (after the obligatory opener of murder) with Dean, »
No need to dig up the old casefiles: If you've watched virtually any hour-long TV dramas in the past half-decade, True Detective's M.O. definitely fits a pattern. Southern Gothic atmosphere. Recession economics. Middle-aged white male antiheroes who smoke, drink, talk, and fuck inappropriately. Murders involving antlers, the on-trend accessory for today's discerning serial killer. Even its relatively novel format – it's an eight-episode story written and directed in its entirety by Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Joji Fukunaga respectively – is only relatively novel: It shares its new-story-every-season anthology format with American Horror Story. »
8 items from 2014
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