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[WEST WING] Posted April 19, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

"He did everything you do if your intent is to perpetuate a fraud." – Babish

They're all slaves to it.

Oh sure, they can put on their sunniest smiles. Sure, they can strut through the halls with their most confident swaggers and deliver their most rousing speeches and snag the last crab puff at every reception. And they can do it... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted April 16, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help." - Jean-Michel Basquiat

This was tough.

But then again, perhaps it should be.

In undoubtedly the most famous (read: notorious) episode of the Dekalog (not least because of its theatrical expansion, A Short Film About Killing), Kieslowski seemed to want t... read more

[WEST WING] Posted April 12, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"We weren't counting you." – Toby

Aaron Sorkin's television career has its roots in film: He likely never would have conceptualized The West Wing without his prior success with the similarly-themed The American President. (Yes, I'm aware that The West Wing was not his first show, but he initially pitched it t... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted April 2, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"We can never get close to the truth except through lying." - Abbas Kiarostami

Who are we?

Which is to say: what makes us who we are? Are we identified merely by our names? Are we known by our deeds? Do we exist insofar as our social roles, our 'functions'? Are we identified by our differences from others, or perhaps our similarit... read more

[TWIN PEAKS] Posted March 30, 2015 (Monday) -Jay

There's something about the return to creator's guidance after a layoff of a couple episodes. Not to degrade "Rest in Pain" or "The One-Armed Man" any, they're fine episodes of the series if not television generally, but "Cooper's Dreams" has a different feel watching it than other recent entries. The narrative is more taut and springy, the show... read more

[BLOG] Posted March 24, 2015 (Tuesday) -Jeremy G.

Greetings, lower individual. My name is Bertrand, and I grant you permission to address me as such. I further grant you permission to prove me wrong (although I assure you that's not even a remotely possible occurrence) in my saying that I am intellectually superior to you. Don't have an argument in response? I though as much.

Let's dispense with ... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted March 19, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason." - TS Eliot

One of the things that impresses me most about Dekalog is how the elliptical format of the show allows the audience to spend time questioning which directive is in play. When I first watched "III", and without the benefit of ... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted March 5, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all." - William Wilberforce

Having established his MO with ["1x01"], Kieslowski immediately set out to widen the frontiers of his project with a story that's less about tangible Biblical punishment for breaking one of the Commandments, and more about people... read more

[WEST WING] Posted March 1, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"He's a curmudgeon. A grouchy old crank." – Bartlet

"The Stackhouse Filibuster" is an episode so sly and savvy that one may not latch onto the sheer extent of its craftiness until a third or fourth viewing. And repeated viewings of this episode are well worth it – not merely to further enjoy the general content, but to realize... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted February 19, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"Scepticism is the beginning of Faith." - Oscar Wilde

Many film directors are somewhat contemptuous of television as a medium and are accordingly loathe to operate within its confines, or perhaps merely use it as a career springboard to attain recognition in order to reach the Silver Screen.

In 1989, and perhaps even now, it was e... read more

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