Mad Men “Lost Horizon” Review: Let’s Hear it for the Girls

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To crib a totally sexist line from The West Wing, “those women”. I couldn’t help it. This is the line that ran through my head. I pictured Leo and Barlett and Sam and Josh standing by the door admiring the amazing women they work with. But this is me, in my living room, watching the women of Mad Men, seeing how far they’ve come, all showcased beautifully in “Lost Horizon”.

While Joan ultimately doesn’t follow through on her threats telegraphed in an earlier episode to burn the place to the ground. She is miles away from the woman she was when we met her. She was raised to be looked at, to be admired but not necessarily to be respected. The goal was a husband, that would equal financial security and a happily ever after, or some version of that. Now respect is the thing Joan craves the most, but is mostly left without the tools to really win it in this world, especially at McCann.  Continue reading

Mad Men “Time & Life”: Moving On

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This (half) season of Mad Men has been a strange one. The first two episodes felt like a strange game of withholding, as if Weiner wanted to see what we would sit through before getting to the good stuff. Fortunately for all of us, “Time & Life” delivered on that “good stuff” then inverted the pattern giving a strange feeling of relief and resignation. He’s telling us that no, it’s never going to be the same again, move on.

Everything old is new again, but this time it’s broken and it all falls apart. The questions “Time & Life” poses to our characters is appropriate on the cusp of a new decade, can they adapt to this brave new world or will they be left alone?

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On “The Force Awakens” and Rational/Irrational Excitement

Let’s mark this day,  April 16, 2015, as the day we lost of collective cool. We made it through the first teaser able to reserve some level of composure through our excitement when the falcon flew up into our screens as the memories of prequels past still haunt our Star Wars love …BUT DAMN.

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Amanda Schull on Action & Adaptation in the new 12 Monkeys

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We sat down with Amanda Schull back in December for an awesome talk about her work in the new series adaptation of Terry Gillian’s cult classic, 12 Monkeys. Even at the end of a long day, Amanda was bright and shiny and ready to tell us all about what makes 12 Monkeys distinct from the film, moving between action and comedy/drama, and how her dance background lends itself to action scenes.

On watching the movie “12 Monkeys” and comparing to the source material

I didn’t rewatch before I shot the pilot. I did not want to allow that determine my character, the choices I made, or anything because it’s its own thing and we’re our own entity. As much as we are an adaptation and we’re taking certain ideas and storylines we’re definitely expanding on things and starting new storylines and she’s a very different character from the character that was initiated by Madeleine Stowe. And so I didn’t rewatch it but after we shot the pilot I rewatched it and remembered how great it was.  Continue reading

The Best of “You’re The Worst” …Pt. One

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After an impromptu “You’re the Worst” binge in which we rewatched the first 5 episodes over tea and brownies we could not stop laughing. If you need a hilarious, fast paced, edgy comedy with heart to binge over the holidays, this is it.

Check out some of our favourite moments from the first half of the season, provided with minimal context (you really have to watch the show) and stay tuned for pt. 2 coming after our next binge session. Continue reading

City, Netflix, and shomi Collaborate on Original, Canadian Thriller, “Between”

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In Canadian TV news, shomi, Netflix, and City are partnering on a new, Canadian 6-part thriller series starring Jeanette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat).

The premise of the show feels equal parts “The 100″ and “Under the Dome”, although we don’t have too much to go on at this point. An entire town’s population is hit with a mysterious disease that wipes out all inhabitants under 21, quarantined, the population must learn to survive.

This announcement marks a further addition to shomi‘s growing catalogue, and demonstrates Netflix playing nice with the Canadian streaming service set to launch in beta next month Roger and Shaw customers. “Between” will premiere on City and shomi in Canada, and Netflix in outside markets, then will come to Netflix Canada a year later.

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Summer Rewatch: Gossip Girl Season One

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The dog days of summer call for lazy days of rewatching old series, avoiding the hot hot heat … or in the case of this strange August, avoiding the annoyingly autumnal weather.

Gossip Girl’s first season  is top notch summery froth filled with drama, scandal and fashion. All this, plus being available on Netflix, made it a prime contender for a summer binge-watch.  Continue reading

“Under the Dome”: Watch Out, Ladies

***This post contains spoilers for Under the Dome up to and including the season 2 premiere. You know the drill, process with caution.**

under the dome sheriff linda esquivel natalie martinezWe enjoyed Under the Dome when it premiered last summer. The premise seemed just goofy enough to pique our interest and the mystery set up in episode one kept our interest through the fairly well paced 13-episode season.

We also noticed an unfortunate trend. In a show like this we expect there to be a death toll, that’s the nature of the beast and that’s not really the problem. But with the exception of Duke, all major character deaths have been women. Continue reading

Defiance Season 2 Premiere “The Opposite of Hallelujah”

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in Defiance. Season 2 premieres Thursday, June 19 at 10pm ET/PT on Showcase.

Defiance returns with its second season tonight (June 19th).  Nothing says summer like a solid sci-fi series with interesting drama, conflict and cool effects weeks to week, right?

I generally find myself on the line with sci-fi series that contain actual aliens (this is coming from a Farscape fan, mind you), it’s an extra hurdle of suspension of disbelief that the sincerity of the story needs to clear.  If you’re coming into this without having seen the first season (well, go watch that), know that this isn’t a problem with Defiance, a series that sets up conflicts and relationships that feel real from the get-go, something that is certainly present in the second season premiere.

Minor but not really spoilers below. If you’re truly concerned, come back after you watch “The Opposite of Hallelujah” tonight at 10pm and let us know what you think.  Continue reading

I Want to Get in this “Lust for Love” Trailer

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Jumping out of a blogging hiatus (life you guys!) to post about the newly released trailer for “Lust for Love”. This two minute trailer is like a wonderful Whedonverse buffet featuring all my fave dishes (actor-wise) whipped up into rom com packaging by writer/director, Anton King.

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