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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: 7x20 Episode 199

All the episodes have been good and timely, this is really Emmy award winning stuff now. Outstanding and should be mandatory viewing.

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Community: 6x08 Intro to Recycled Cinema

I certainly see where they were going with the extreme low budget vibe, and it works, even on the obvious meta level, but I think that they aimed a bit too low.

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Rick and Morty: 4x08 The Vat of Acid Episode

I think that there's one thing that we can all agree on. The Prestige was a really fucked up movie.

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What We Do in the Shadows: 2x05 Colin's Promotion

The whole episode was aces (Lazslo is leaking into me apparently), but it was "Persian Frank Zappa" that put me over the top. Really superb season so far.

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Before Midnight

After being enchanted by the first two movies in the trilogy, I can't help but being disappointed by the decision to pair up the two lovers. It changes the series from two lovers catching up and taking a break from real life, and changes it to the same two experiencing real life, bringing the series from an extraordinary and unique story to one that's been told countless times before. Still an excellent movie, but I'd love to have seen a continuation of the wish fulfillment and fantasy from the first two.

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Westworld: 3x06 Decoherence

I love Ed Harris, but I was really hoping that we were finally done with the dull Man in Black. At least we got to see Chekov's ED-209 in action.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: 1x20 In the Hands of the Prophets

This is where DS9 really picked up a gear, introducing Winn Adami, who was not just a great villain in the Trek universe, but perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time.

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Marvel's Jessica Jones: 3x13 A.K.A Everything

Seriously, Trish? Who pays $3.50 for a slice of New York pizza? Didn't even look that good. Girl, even if you are on the lam, you can do better.

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Black Mirror: Season 5

This show has become so frustrating to watch, not just because it's a shadow of the excellent show that it was, but because the show still gets so much right. Charlie Booker's grasp of technology is really unparalleled and he can show the future so much better than anyone else. When they do make a VR version of Street Fighter (aka Striking Vipers), it's tough not to imagine the few minutes of in show footage with the two fighters hitting one another in the beautiful vistas of the computer generated backgrounds. Or, when Ashley Too shows it processing her response by spinning colors in it's eyes, it's not hard to see that in a real life toy.

Everyone else can show their poor grades for the show, and there's no doubt it's warranted.And, I'll still watch this show over the new Twilight Zone. Hopefully they can get the easy stuff done with the same skill that they get the tough stuff.

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What We Do in the Shadows: 1x06 Baron's Night Out

The show has really been rolling the last few episodes. It's starting to feel like the US version of The Office where it gradually pulls away from the original.

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Southland Tales

When I watched this movie, it was in an arthouse theater. We walked in twenty minutes late, and were totally lost. I thought that watching the bit that I'd missed would make the movie make sense. I was wrong.

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The Twilight Zone: 1x02 Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

Good, not great, episode. While it looks amazing, and it offers a slightly fresher retelling on a story that's been told (at least) twice before, it never really cashes in on the main character's "dark memories." And, what was with that ending?

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You're the Worst: 5x01 The Intransigence of Love

As an evil and thoughtless man who downloads all of his content rather than doing the responsible thing and paying for it, I am not afraid to admit that I really thought that I had grabbed a mislabelled copy of another FX show. By the time I realized that I was watching Gretchen and Jimmy telling made-up stories about themselves, the stories got perfectly sillier. Truly, a great start to the season.

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Crashing: 3x06 The Viewing Party

Great job of bringing out the darker side of Pete's new girlfriend. Felt very organic, as it should. Although, is "deaf talking" really that offensive that you cannot even do it in the back of a comedy club?

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Broadchurch: Season 1

Taken on it's face value, the show seems loaded with cliche. A murder in a small scenic town will expose secrets from the seemingly idyllic populace, the dogged detectives will chase down leads and point fingers to suspects until they find that the killer was amongst them the whole time! And yet, the show succeeds wildly thanks to it's fine plotting and stacked cast (two doctors and an Oscar winner!). I'm not sure if the other two seasons will be able to live up to the first, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

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They Shall Not Grow Old

An outstanding effort from legendary director Peter Jackson, the only disappointment that I had was finding out that the restoration process was still very expensive; a big part of me was hoping that he would invent some modern technology could somehow democratize it and bring it to a PBS style multi hour documentary.

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Anna and the Apocalypse

On the face of it, a movie described as Sean of the Dead set in the Whedonverse should be a home run. In reality, a so-so soundtrack and trope ignorance make this movie forgettable. Which is a shame because the movie crackles with youthful energy and it's too fun to truly be bad.

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You're the Worst: 1x10 Fists and Feet and Stuff

GREAT Howard Stern shoutout (https://imgur.com/coZ5wAj) on tonight's episode. Bonus points for working it into the script! "shitting myself was the second most embarrassing thing that happened to me today."

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You're the Worst: 1x08 Finish Your Milk

After watching the collateral damage of Jimmy and Gretchen in PTSD, this episode made me love Lindsey more and more, first getting pressured by her older sister Becca to come clean to her poor husband, then just showing what an easygoing person she is and how she could be just as content and happy nerding out with Paul as she was doing blow with Gretchen.

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You're the Worst: Season 1

I am really impressed by the depths this show can reach, giving wonderful arcs to an amazing supporting cast and having them earn any success they may find along the way. The tightrope that the showrunners have to walk is really impressive too, making the leads selfish without being unlikeable and giving their actions real consequences to others along the way. Every success they have feels earned, and every failure feels painful. Looking forward to continuing the show.

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The League: 4x09 Bro-Lo El Cordero

I'll admit, I was ready to bail on this episode because of the stupid b-plot with Pete's grandpa. I had stopped the episode JUST before Rafi got involved, and only picked it up again by accident. Glad I didn't, while the hard turn into the wrestling ring made didn't save the episode, it made it a bit less forgettable.

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The Orville: 2x02 Primal Urges

This episode's plot points were stretched a bit too thin and took some of the air out of the otherwise excellent dramatic moments. As with the first season, I still appreciate when The Orville subverts your expectations and doesn't take the easy road. Glad to have this show around.

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American Vandal: 2x06 All Backed Up

This got dark! So curious to see how they get this across another two episodes.

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Community: 3x13 Digital Exploration of Interior Design (1)

This episode had so much going on, from the start of the Troy/Abed feud to the return of the Air Conditioning Repair school, that the Subway subplot, which was truly inventive, got the shaft.

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Terminal

A real disappointment, it's as pointless as it is stylish, which is unfortunate, because it's one of the most beautiful movies of the year.

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Community: 1x23 Modern Warfare

This is, and always will be, the greatest half hour of television ever produced.

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Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

It's not so much a stand up comedy special as much as it is a mediocre TED talk, complete with fancy graphics and adoring crowd. Unfortunately, it's about as funny as one too.

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Love: 3x08 Stunt Show

Is it wrong that before Bertie and Chris kissed, I was crawling out of my seat like I was watching a thriller?

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The Handmaid's Tale: 2x09 Smart Power

I know I've said before that this show is unique because it's been told from a woman's point of view, but I'd have appreciated a bit more realism in the diplomatic mission to Canada. I mean, the whole trip was accomplished with just the two of them and Nick? And, for a police state, they really allowed their diplomats some long leashes. I enjoyed the secret agent stuff, but I was hoping it would be, you know, a bit more secret.

Also, on their return, a well meaning anonymous sound editor left in a dog barking in their neighborhood. This means that in the canon, Gilead has dogs.

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American Crime Story: Season 1

A very ambitious effort to retell a major story that is so recent in so many people's minds, it's torpedoed by some of the worst stunt casting in recent memory. I also made the mistake of watching the outstanding ESPN 30 for 30 documentary first- do yourself a favor and watch the fictional version first, and then watch the real thing. You'll enjoy it much more than way.

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