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[FILM] Posted November 25, 2015 (Wednesday) -Jeremy G.

"No touchy! Noooo touchy!" – Kuzco

The story behind the creation of The Emperor's New Groove is as tragic and devastating as the film itself is vibrant and funny. The film was originally conceived during the height of the Disney Renaissance, as a dramatic film called Kingdom of the Sun. After four years of slow, tr... read more

[WEST WING] Posted November 1, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Defend your queen." - Bartlet

"Hartsfield's Landing" is one of those episodes that's very easy for a viewer to watch, nod approvingly at, and move on. But this, I assert, would be a mistake. "Hartsfield's Landing" may not appear to be all that different from many of the show's other well-crafted and satisfying episodes, but I wou... read more

[WEST WING] Posted October 18, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Stop trying to take the fun out of my day." – Ainsley

Characters and their worlds must coexist. The two factors need to blend together if the viewer is to be fully immersed in the story. Too many shows (particularly in the case of multi-cam sitcoms) fail to grasp this: Characters talk, they joke, they fight, they make up… but... read more

[WEST WING] Posted October 11, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"He kind of inherited the family business." – Sam

There's nothing particularly revolutionary about the underlying theme of "The Two Bartlets" – in fact, it may well be one of the most straightforward themes the series ever scrutinized. To wit, the episode examines and explores the often difficult task of separating one's perso... read more

[BLOG] Posted October 1, 2015 (Thursday) -Jeremy G.
"We're at war for the hearts and minds of the jury." – Theodore Hoffman

No matter how busy the television industry gets, churning out hundreds of shows each year in order to capitalize on every possible appeal factor, patterns still pop up. In the last couple of years, for example, we've had a craze for season-long mysteries. Look... read more

[WEST WING] Posted September 13, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Everybody cares about motive, Mr. President." – Joey

To call The West Wing a descriptively written series would be not merely an honest observation, but a near-criminal understatement. Aaron Sorkin loves descriptive writing, and whether it's a character firing off his own lengthy résumé or reciting the history of an ob... read more

[WEST WING] Posted September 6, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"There's got to be some way we're screwing them over." – Josh

The higher you climb, the harder you fall. That was the thought that kept popping into my mind as I sat down once again with "H. Con-172". And as a story-encompassing sentiment, it's not too far off from an actual line Bartlet invokes midway through the episode... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 30, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Too high, and it'll chip when you drop it. Chip the ice, and it'll melt too fast in the scotch." – Leo

The face of The West Wing – the bedrock on which its foundation is built, and through which many of its themes are most tellingly executed – is Jed Bartlet. The veritable dream President, Bartlet is the literary ins... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 23, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"You wanna get hit over the head?" – Amy

It's with no small amount of displeasure that I sit down to write about "The Women of Qumar". Not every West Wing episode up to this point has been great, to be sure, but even the weaker ones have managed to work on at least a few substantial levels. Not so in this case. "The Women... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 16, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

"There's absolutely nothing I can do for you." – CJ

Straw-men. Mustache-twirlers. One-dimensional. These words and more can be justifiably used to describe many of the antagonists Bartlet and company face on a regular basis. I'm not even singling out the Republican characters here – even the battles between the left and the fa... read more

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