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What’s On: ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ is a masterpiece

What’s On: ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ is a masterpiece
2 years ago

What’s On: ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ is a masterpiece

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Lately, the key to creating a successful television shows has been authenticity. It’s not enough for programs to show us some glitzy shots of locales we’ve never been to and throw in a couple movie stars. We need immersion, we crave authenticity. In its first year I praised the ABC sit-com Black-ish for its authentic writing. It’d have been easy to create a show with black-jokes and side-eye humor. Instead, for 30 minutes every watcher of that show gets treated to a half-hour of what we really think, but don’t say and how other cultures continue to baffle us. Authenticity is something that Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle tries to achieve and succeeds at.
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What’s On: Daredevil review
3 years ago

What’s On: Daredevil review

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It boggles the mind that there was ever time when the likes of Batman, Iron Man, Captain America and more of that elk weren’t dominating feature film releases. Each year the summer movie season begins with another Liam Neeson action thriller and a superhero movie follows it up. Watching Netflix’s new show Daredevil harkens back to the early days of superhero movies.
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What’s On: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt review
3 years ago

What’s On: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt review

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Even after lusting for another series by Tina Fey, I can’t say that we actually needed a follow to NBC’s 30 Rock. That show made Fey a star, revitalized the career of Alec Baldwin and alerted an entirely new generation to the existence of Lorne Michaels. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt comes at a strange time.
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What’s On: In ‘Black Mirror’ you’re the victim
3 years ago

What’s On: In ‘Black Mirror’ you’re the victim

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What does it take for you to be afraid of the world you live in? Maybe you have no appreciation for gore? Maybe the most frightening thing you’ve ever seen involves a chainsaw and unsuspecting teenagers who thought it’d be a good idea to spend a reckless weekend at an isolated cabin a few miles away from a prison. Black Mirror, a program that premiered on television a few years ago, has finally arrived on Netflix and if garbage ghost stories are the most frightening thing you’ve experienced, you haven’t seen scary yet.
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What’s On: ‘Black-ish’ has black jokes and the best writing
3 years ago

What’s On: ‘Black-ish’ has black jokes and the best writing

Broadcast television producers would like for you to think that they can pump out quality comedies with little effort. They want you to think that their comedy blocks are the stuff of legend, that you can start watching at 8 p.m. and stay laughing all the way to nightly news. Freshman comedy Black-ish has brought ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block to the promise land – almost.
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What’s On: Tyrant
3 years ago

What’s On: Tyrant

That someone would have an idea for a show set in a war-torn country in the Middle East with an unstable regime seemed insane. That FX, of all channels would make such a show seemed even crazier. How could the network that gave us that horrific Middle East-focused final season of Damage produce air something about the same region of actual quality? Then, Tyrant actually began airing, and what was once a crazy idea for a show blossomed into a series that might actually have some interesting character development and plots.
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What’s On: The Fall
3 years ago

What’s On: The Fall

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The British detective is a corner stone of television. Ever since the BBC defined the television detective with Morse every show since has been a retread. It wasn’t that more recent shows like Foyle’s War and Inspector Lewis weren’t good, it’s that they followed the same tried and true standard: They were all police procedurals with a slightly personal touch. Then Netflix picked up The Fall and suddenly the genre showed new signs of life.
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What’s On: Young Justice Comes to Netflix
4 years ago

What’s On: Young Justice Comes to Netflix

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What if we told you that the greatest animated super hero television show to ever take its inspiration from the characters and worlds of DC Comics was now available for users to watch if they have a Netflix subscription? Young Justice is available on the world’s largest internet-based streaming video service. Now grab your pretend cape and meet us in the living room.
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