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Game of Thrones – Episode 3.05 – "Kissed by Fire"

HBO      After 24 intricately constructed episodes, “Kissed by Fire” may be Game of Thrones’ best edited episode yet.  With significant advancements in plot from each storyline, this felt like a real turning point in the series, allowing it to move forward to the second half of the season.  Many things are revealed in this episode, […]

Mad Men – Episode 6.04 – "To Have and to Hold"

Michael Yarish/AMC      For those who don’t completely loathe the behavior of Don Draper yet, this episode presents more evidence as to why you should.  The hypocrisy he shows in this episode is both astonishing and delusional.  Don wishes to hold on to his philandering as long as he can, as if it has […]

Game of Thrones – Episode 3.04 – "And Now His Watch Is Ended"

courtesy of HBO  Let’s face it, there’s no other shot in “And Now His Watch Is Ended” that compares to the one pictured above.  It is an epic summation of the true power of “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen”, as she proudly states at the end of the episode.  After two and a half seasons […]

The Place Beyond the Pines (Cianfrance, 2013)

       What is the cost of doing whatever it takes to protect and honor your family?  This is the primary question at the heart of The Place Beyond the Pines, the latest film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.  Like Blue Valentine, the film makes the most of Ryan Gosling, whose very presence as […]

Game of Thrones – Episode 3.03 – "Walk of Punishment"

courtesy of HBO      This third episode was a fun one that featured exciting bow-and-arrow action sequences, a comedic sexual encounter and a hand chopped off an owner who prides himself in his ability to wield a sword.  There have been times that the series has taken itself so seriously, wrapped up in its […]

Mad Men – Episode 6.03 – "Collaborators"

Michael Yarish/AMC      Upon glancing at the fan comments on Mad Men’s Facebook page last week, it became clear that many hated the premiere.  They used words like “BORING.” and “Way too dull for a premiere,” while failing to articulate what it was they were unsatisfied about.  Much of the two-hour premiere’s conflict was […]

Game of Thrones – Episode 3.02 – "Dark Wings, Dark Words"

courtesy of HBO Much of the problem with reviewing certain cable shows on an episode by episode basis is in the very nature of their structure.  Episodes do not necessarily have a beginning, middle and end in the traditional standalone television episode sense so much as their seasons as a whole tell one huge beginning, […]