NBC's Awake: Putting Viewers to Sleep

May 5, 2012
Jason Isaacs as Detective Britten

NBC’s Awake would have to do a lot more to keep me up. I generally like watching smart television shows, and Awake did very well with its pilot episode to show a pretty clever premise well executed, with promise of good things to come. Hook was firmly in cheek. But after 10 episodes of tugging and pulling, I’m close to cutting and running.

And I’m not the only one.

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Culture, Religion

Fundamentalist Christians and Atheists: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

May 1, 2012
Atheism symbol

One thing that has sometimes bothered me about atheists is just how fundamentalist they can be. That’s not to excuse all the saints on the other side of the fence who are just as rigid. But to me, they often seem like two sides of the same coin.

There is a piece on NPR about a minister who recently lost her faith and subsequently converts to atheism. There was a bit of time where she would go about her duties as a minister, while inwardly, she had lost her Christian belief.

Here’s how she describes her conversion:

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House of Lies Season Finale… Apocalypse How?

April 3, 2012
Jeannie and Marty - The Mayan Apocalypse

House of Lies ended without the bang promised by its finale’s title, “The Mayan Apocalypse,” although it did hit harder than I would have envisioned earlier in the season.

Originally, I started writing about this show in conjunction with Californication (which also ended on Sunday), contrasting the thematic overtones overlapping in the two shows. Thankfully, the show stood its ground with enough uniqueness to warrant its own, albeit scatterbrained article by this here writer.

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Californication and House of Lies: Recap of "Boys & Girls" and "Microphallus"

January 24, 2012

I didn’t initially think I’d want to do this, since television show reviews seem to be a quick hit grab in many a site, and they offer content that seems to be just a rehash of something I probably have already seen myself.

Notwithstanding, after watching the third episodes of both Californication and House of Lies, I couldn’t help thinking about the article I initially wrote after watching the respective season premieres.

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House of Lies, Californication, and the Tragic Flaw of the Alpha-Male

January 16, 2012

Last week, I saw the season premiere of Californication, along with the very popular premiere of Showtime’s new House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle. I’ve been a “Hank Moody” fan for the past four seasons, so I was already looking forward toward the new season, but I caught on to House of Lies out of mere curiosity, not knowing too much about it beforehand.

I suppose I’ll leave a full-on review on either of these two series till their respective finales, but as I watched the second episodes of each of these shows, it got me to thinking.

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Commentary, Film, Film News

Whimsy's Ahoy In Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

January 13, 2012

What a perfect amount of whimsy in the trailer to Wes Anderson’s latest creation, Moonrise Kingdom. Not to say that whimsy is something to be lauded at by the gods.

Whimsy can be bad sometimes. Like, you wouldn’t want to find “whimsy” in a church service dedicated to worshiping the Almighty God. You wouldn’t want to find it beleaguered in a heated discussion during a committee meeting aimed at balancing a budget. Or what would be the point of whimsy during passionate lovemaking. Okay, maybe sometimes it might prove interesting.

But what would a Wes Anderson movie be without whimsy?

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Commentary, Culture

2012 – Old Year's Resolutions

January 1, 2012

Sometimes something new isn’t necessarily good. It’s like that old t-shirt that you’ve had for many years that fits just right, or the memento that you’ve held on to for so long because it reminds you of a time gone by. There’s nothing that could replace it.

It’s nearly inevitable to think about these things at the turn of a year. Not that I’m much of a sentimentalist when it comes to these things. The midnight countdown came and went while I occupied myself with an online computer game. I was never one for tradition.

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