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VINYL: “Yesterday Once Again”

VINYL: “Yesterday Once Again”

It’s hard to top the opening scene of Vinyl‘s pilot episode. It captured the reason the show exists: the visceral love people can feel for music. If you don’t open yourself to being moved by music, you can’t really “get” a series like Vinyl. One can look down on art as a calling because it is a luxury: we do not NEED art to survive…yet, for many of us, art makes life worth living. This is the crossroads where protagonist Richie Finestra finds himself. He LOVES music; he built a career on the thing he loves most. But it is a career, and people depend on his ability to sell art. After his epiphany in...

What Comic Books Would You Like to See Adapted by HBO?

What Comic Books Would You Like to See Adapted by HBO?

For years, we at HBOWatch have speculated on the possibility of seeing our favorite channel adapt a comic book property (remember Watchmen is in, Monster is out). As other networks have added comic series from the Big Two, we began to wonder if there were any smaller, lesser-known series that would be a good fit for HBO’s brand. For the purposes of this post, we have decided to stay away from DC and Marvel (Sorry, Fables and Swamp Thing, we love ya; we really do!), and focus on that oft-ignored 3rd (or 4th, depending on the month) publisher, Image Comics. Title: SEX Author: Joe Casey Premise: Simon Cooke is a billionaire playboy, who...

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: a Look Back at 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: a Look Back at 2015

I’ve been a fan of John Oliver since his days at The Bugle podcast, in which he discussed political topics with partner Andy Zaltzman. I am also a Late Night and political junkie. This year has seen seismic changes in the Late Night landscape: Stephen Colbert replaced David Letterman, James Corden replaced Craig Ferguson, Trevor Noah replaced Jon Stewart, and Oliver’s former colleague Larry Wilmore debuted his own show. Amidst all this change, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver saw increased viewership and influence during its second season, which aired through February to November of 2015. It became a social media phenomenon,...

Movie Review: Get Hard

Movie Review: Get Hard

Though Get Hard represents the directorial debut of director Etan Cohen, it reflects the sensibilities of producer Adam McKay, who directed previous Will Ferrell films, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Following up on the theme of The Other Guys, Get Hard sets its sights on Hedge Funds, and the out-of-touch types who manage them. Will Ferrell stars are James, a successful hedge fund manager, who enjoys life in a lavish home, staffed by servants who resent his lack of consideration for them as people. James is not mean-spirited; he’s simply not involved in other people’s problems or their plight. It...

Movie Review: Taken 3

Movie Review: Taken 3

Note: Spoilers ahead. When the first Taken film arrived on the scene, it presented a curious and interesting premise: what if an action movie could be led by an Academy Award-nominated actor with the gravitas of Liam Neeson? Taken presented us with a more weathered type of hero, one with close familial ties, and a soft spot for his beloved daughter, whom he couldn’t quite understand. Was the premise perfect? No, far from it. For starters, it infantilized said daughter, who was the focal point of Bryan’s search. It also presented some improbable circumstances surrounding the rescue. Nevertheless, Taken got by on charm, and on the...

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