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The Oscars 2013: The World’s Collective Desire to Punch Seth MacFarlane in the Face

February 27, 2013

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So, the Oscars happened y’all. And it was SUCH a to-do, I had to wait two whole days to write about it. I don’t even know how I feel about the Oscars; it’s such a spectacle, but it’s so terminally dull every year. So this year—to skew young to people like me I guess—they brought […]

Jake Robinson: Charting Success

February 26, 2013

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Last week the Billboard Hot 100—the chart that tracks the performance of music across the United States—announced that they would begin incorporating YouTube views into their chart calculations. While the Billboard Countdown differs from many other major international charts by not relying fastidiously on sales, the move marks an interesting shift in the popular music […]

Tropfest: A Small Selection By Caitlin McGrane

February 22, 2013

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Every time I go to watch a short film, I’m often puzzled why I don’t watch more of them, and particularly when Tropfest rolls around I find myself at a loss to explain this discrepancy. Hence this little foray away from the original schedule to take a look at the winner and two runner-up films […]

Tehrangeles: Persian Paradise for the “Shahs of Sunset” by Will Kay

February 20, 2013

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What separates Shahs of Sunset from other semi-scripted reality shows is that it focuses on a diaspora, the Persian diaspora of Los Angeles (aka Tehrangeles). In many ways this frames the struggles throughout the show; most of the cast are trying to reconcile their Persian heritage with living in the US. The fascinating parts are […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: Is MTV Secretly The Home of Badass Television?

February 18, 2013

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I’m as surprised as you are that MTV is producing quality scripted television. Look, I get it; it’s hard to believe. Let’s just do this thing where we close our eyes and pretend that the US Skins never happened, that no one tried to remake The Inbetweeners, that Jersey Shore doesn’t exist.  If you can forget […]

“Silver Linings Playbook”, or “LIFE RUINERS” by Caitlin McGrane

February 15, 2013

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Before I really knew what was happening, I was being swept along on the tidal wave of publicity for Silver Linings. Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo reviewed it months ago, and it came out quite recently in Australian cinemas. It’s quite poignant really, given the film’s subject matter concerns mental illness and how it can […]

Kicking off 2013 with Jake Robinson

February 12, 2013

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2013 has already kicked off with the surprise announcement of David Bowie’s first new music in ten years. On top of that, seminal shoe-gazers My Bloody Valentine have taken the time to release their third long-player after a gap of 22 years; despite their prodigious absence from the airwaves, the band’s website server still crashed under the […]