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CNN’s The Hunting Ground Is a Cognitive Necessity

One of the final scenes in CNN Films’ The Hunting Ground (2015), a 103-minute documentary film about the nationwide epidemic of campus sexual assault in universities and colleges that is now streaming on Netflix, consists of a single line on an otherwise blank screen. The line seems innocuous—almost an afterthought—but in actuality, it is one of the most affecting comments in the entire film. The line is: “We can stop this epidemic.” The five words in that sentence are...

Hey Netflix, Where Are You Hiding My Shows?

My good readers, I have mentioned at least once before that I’m a ’90s kid: born in 1988 and raised mostly on television from the 1990s and the early 2000s. What you are about to read is very similar to the many “Great TV Shows of the ’90s” articles you have read before, except that my intent is not to simply reminisce. No, my intent is to actually question—possibly plead with—the great entity known as Netflix on the whereabouts...

Lucious and Luke, Tom and Nick: Comparing Empire and Luke Cage by Way of Gatsby

An odd realization came to me that Netflix’s Luke Cage series—the series, not the man—is a sort of Nick Carraway to Empire’s Tom Buchanan. (This caught me as much off-guard as the somewhat less recent but equally surprising realization that the titular, secondary protagonist of Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, was a Black man engaged in the infrequently discussed but historically relevant act or art of passing . . . but that’s a topic for another entry.) I’d...

Stranger Things Is More Good Than Bad

Last month we—by which I mean the nerds of this world, although an argument for a more general audience could be made—were gifted the new Netflix original series Stranger Things. If I may, I’d like go on a tangent before I dive into my thoughts on this show. The lateness of this review is due to two reasons. One, I was late to seeing the show. Two, I discovered something I have never really come across while reviewing TV...

Fuller House Is Full of Headaches

I was born in 1988, so needless to say, I grew up watching Full House. I remember loving it as a youngster. It had some comedy and a lot of heart, everything that may appeal to a child . . . and then it ended, and I eventually outgrew it. As of today, I probably haven’t seen more than five minutes of an episode in 15 years. However, it remained a show I held in positive regard due, if...

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Is the Late Sequel Nobody Asked For

Sixteen years ago, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the most iconic of martial-arts epics. With thrilling wire-work sequences and powerful direction by Ang Lee, it was a rare breed of Chinese picture that pleased mainstream audiences and critics alike. Thanks to its cultural influence, many more martial-arts pictures followed in wider releases, from the likes of Iron Monkey to Ong-Bak. But having seen so many such films since Crouching Tiger, both good and bad, I never had much of a...

The Netflix Battle of Daredevil and Jessica Jones

Like many others, I binge-watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix when it premiered on November 20. To be honest, I knew relatively little about Jessica Jones the character, but I fell in love with show so much I have watched the whole season twice now. However, what about Daredevil? Daredevil was the first series to attempt to make a dark drama for a Marvel character and to truly succeed at it. So the question becomes: which is better, Daredevil or Jessica...

Mourning for the Saturday TV Matinee

My daughter doesn’t really like to watch live-action movies. This is a problem, clearly. If she won’t watch live-action movies, how do I get her to sit down and watch Harry Potter, or The Adventures of Robin Hood, or the absolute necessity of Star Wars? Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had some successes.  She loves The Wizard of Oz, Superman: The Movie, and the Night at the Museum movies. (Plus many many more!) But these days it’s a struggle to get her to...
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