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Jan
2015
22
Dec
2014
Jordan's Television Awards Ballot
Jordan
As most of you probably know, earlier this year, I was asked to become Television Editor for Next Projection (for those of you who didn’t, that might explain why things have been…quiet around here of late). One of the things I started as part of my duties there is the Next Projection Television Awards, a year-end group list that celebrates some of the things we loved in television in 2014. Submitting my ballot for that forced me to dig deeper than usual into the things I loved over the past year...
17
Jun
2014
21
Apr
2014
Game of Thrones, Season Four, Episode 3
Adam O'Brien
It seems to be the case that every season of Game of Thrones, there is one episode where a script supervisor shits the bed and switches a joke email chain for the actual script. I just hope this gets it out of the way for this season. I won’t say tonight’s episode was without merit, but there were a couple of scenes that made me question how nobody involved in the production spoke up to say maybe this wasn’t a great idea.

I am impressed by how measured Charles Dance’s depiction of Tywin is. I...
12
Mar
2014
10
Mar
2014
Graveyard Shift
Megan Peters


Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (A Symphony of Horror) 1922, Directed by F. W. Murnau

We’re going way back this week, all the way to the 1920s and the heart of the Silent Film era. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu isn’t only one of the first adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and it isn’t just one of the first horror films, it is also one of the most influential films of all time. But one of the things that makes it hold a lot of its creep factor, even almost one hundred years later, is ...
5
Jan
2015
Sam's Top Ten Films of 2014
Sam
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

The Imitation Game

Guardians of the Galaxy

XMen: Days of Future Past

The Lego Movie

Interstellar

Birdman

Foxcatcher

Under the Skin

The Raid 2

The One I Love

Nightcrawler

10. Selma

This last spot, as one would imagine, had a lot of contenders. In fact, the films that came closest to this spot — Nightcrawler and Birdman — both shared the positive of having one main performance outshine the film. The reason Selma lands this top spot ...
7
Jul
2014
Instant Gratification
Megan Peters


The films that I have picked out for this month’s Instant Gratification both surprised me—I honestly did not go into them thinking that they would be movies that I would want to recommend, at least not based on their directorial pedigrees. I have an appreciation for a few of Quentin Tarantino’s films, but (especially lately) haven’t been able to say that I love his work, and well, Michael Bay? I have some latent affection for Bad Boys and The Rock, but there isn’t really anything else on his l...
23
Jun
2014
Graveyard Shift
Megan Peters


Repulsion (1965, dir. Roman Polanski)

I find it difficult to talk about Roman Polanski as a director without first prefacing some of my personal feelings about his life and crimes and how those things play into my appreciation of his work. I wholeheartedly endorse those people who avoid his films in an effort to refuse supporting someone who has done some incredibly despicable things and then hidden from the consequences—this is America, after all, and a capitalist society to boot: we vote ...
15
Jun
2014
Game of Thrones: Season 4, Episode 10
Adam O'Brien


I have mixed feelings about tonight’s episode. I’m just going to lay it out on the table: To me, the show isn’t just the best show on television; it’s the best show on television that also happens to be based on a book series that’s very dear to me. Sometimes the show runners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, make decisions that really irritate me, when they take a wonderfully woven story and chop it up and make changes wherever they feel like it might make a cool scene. Still and all, I will tr...