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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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Commentary, TV

American Horror Story: A Spectral Look @ Season 1

January 31, 2012


Review of American Horror Story, Season 1

As far as I can recall, the last pair of instances in TV history where spookfiends snacked on weekly treats of sexy macabre, putrefaction and horror kitsch were thanks to the erstwhile Tales From the Crypt and (perhaps) my personal cult fave, Twin Peaks.  The former a HBO production; the latter being the murder-mystery-slash-psychodrama-series on ABC, created by nightmare-cinema auteur David Lynch.  Sure, there have been other attempts at serial horror and creep since then.  But nothing quite like the two aforementioned bits of TV chimeras ever quite measured up, now did they?

Last year,  that all changed.  Horror fans around the country cozied up against the pilot episode of American Horror Story, a refreshingly risqué horror-drama FX series that pushes the boundaries on what TV-MA really means.

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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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Religion, TV

Kentucky Fried Christianity

January 12, 2012

Last month, when I stumbled across a race-bating news item — concerning a backwoods Baptist church in eastern Kentucky that had banned mixed-race couples from joining its congregation — I knew I had something to write about.  I just thought I’d be more effusive when I actually got to writing it. I mean, I like thinking about race and religion, but I was underwhelmed by the story for a few reasons. Expect some generalizations and no apologies.

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