Breaking Bad: A Beautiful, Violent, Satisfying Ending

breakbadMe writing about Breaking Bad is like a five year old trying to find meaning in the collected works of Kurt Vonnegut.  I can’t do much better than to fart on the intensely powerful narrative that Breaking Bad created over five years, so I mostly declined to write about it.  But this show deserves a goodbye from someone who loves it, so here is a brief one. Continue reading

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The Newsroom Finale: Something Missing

The amount of emo in this photo is representative of what is wrong with The Newsroom.  Photo via Cinemablend

The amount of emo in this photo is representative of what is wrong with The Newsroom. Photo via Cinemablend

The reason why I love The Newsroom is the scathing critical analysis of news media.  Plain and simple.  This might be a personal preference because media literacy and criticism is important to me as a teacher and as someone with a degree in communications.  But it is an irrevocable fact that The Newsroom is only a good show when it is smartly criticizing media, and that’s why tonight’s finale was lacking.

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The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco

James Franco, Bitches - Via Washington Post

James Franco, Bitches – Via Washington Post

It’s pretty well established that James Franco is one of the coolest dudes ever in Hollywood.  Not only has he shown his range in comedies like Pineapple Express and thrillers like 127 hours, James Franco had the guts to make a move perceived as regressive in the world of acting by getting a job on General Hospital.  He’s also been historically weird by living his life and molding his persona in a way that is half art and half troll; were I a woman of means, I would also appear on magazine covers in sickeningly gorge drag and star in a movie where I play myself.  If only he could appear as such on his Comedy Central roast tonight.
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