I’ve been sitting on this review for a while. Allow me to explain. Like you, I am a complex person. I have certain mission statements, philosophies, operating systems—whatever names you want to give to whatever it is in my brain that governs what I do, think and write. On one hand, I’ve always considered myself […]
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Television series that air on the CW network sometimes get a bad rap. I get it. The Berlantiverse shows—our foray into DC Comics on the CW—have, honestly, been an uneven offering. Some of the more solid series, such as Arrow and The Flash, demonstrated a downturn in quality during later seasons. Some, such as Black […]
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From a story perspective, it feels like it is, but the following statement probably isn’t a true one. If you look deep enough into history, any super-wealthy family has a criminal past. By most accounts, John D. Rockerfeller’s dad was a con artist and all around cad. Joseph Kennedy may or may not have been […]
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I’ve written two reviews of this series without talking about its theme music. Let’s remedy this omission, shall we? The title track in the musical score of Peaky Blinders is always the song “Red Right Hand,” by Australian band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The song itself is dark and bluesy, with cryptic lyrics. […]
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Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “The One-Armed Man.” On this date in history, Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” was #1 on the R&B charts. I recently heard it on one of those television […]
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Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “Rest in Pain.” On this date in history, if this is your birthday, you are a Milennial, and you recently turned 30 years old. So, Happy Birthday! […]
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True confession time. As I’m writing this review, I’m already four episodes into the third season of Peaky Blinders. It’s not my fault: These seasons are too damned short. Yes, I said it. Too short. I realize the irony of this. I often complain that American television series have too many episodes in a season. […]
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You’ve already heard about Ozark. In this time of social distancing and self-quarantines, you’ve seen interviews with celebrities who, when asked what they’re binge-watching during these trying times, invariably reply, “Well, of course Ozark.” Usually in the same breath as Tiger King, which has already had its fifteen minutes of fame, thank you very much. […]
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Before we get into the review of Season 5 of Better Call Saul, I want to get a couple of other things off my chest. Watching this series has made me want to watch Breaking Bad again. Maybe not right away, but soon. Every so often, I forget how much I loved that wicked-smart series […]
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I decided I was going to watch Peaky Blinders, eventually, more than a year ago. Maybe a couple of years. Time passes so quickly these days. I know a married couple, maybe ten years younger than me (which you would call middle-aged, I’m sure, although I prefer “ten years younger than me”), who are among […]
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