Girls: A Season in Review

HBO recently finished airing the first season of breakout series Girls, written and directed by Lena Dunham of Tiny Furniture and produced by Judd Apatow, film funnyman known for such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Apatow’s influence is unmistakable in the raunchy, blunt nature of the late-night series. Dunham debuted in her television career as a plain-Jane leading lady with an influx of sarcasm and self-deprecating humor. After completing its ten episode season, how has Girls done compared to its fellow HBO companions such as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex and the City?

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Graduating with The Graduate: the Future and the 1967 Film

The Graduate tells the story of the seduction of one recently graduated Benjamin Braddock by his neighbor, the proto-cougar Mrs. Robinson. Now, upon its 45th anniversary and well-timed re-release to coincide with graduations nationwide, it’s poised to be re-examined—analyzed not as a story of an affair but the story of the life of its main character.

The film begins with 20 ‘soon-to-be-21’-year-old, athlete and scholar Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returning home from college upon graduation. Despite an utterly ridiculous list of college accomplishments—captain of the cross country team, head of debating club, editor-in-chief of the college paper—he is without spirit, instantly coming off as a mumbling mush-of-a-man. And he is a little worried about his future. The poster makes it seem like the affair has got him worried, but the film imbues a different sense in the viewer: that he is worried because his future is not his.

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Valar Morghulis: The Game of Thrones Season Finale

The battle is over and the dust has settled, and now in the finale of the second season of Game of Thrones the Lannisters and Baratheons are left to pick up the pieces while the other significant characters are moved into place for their roles in the third season.

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The Battle of Blackwater

The first two seasons of Game of Thrones have been full of scheming, backstabbing, and every sort of morally bankrupt political manipulation imaginable, and it has all been leading up to this. The Battle of Blackwater is the titular Clash of Kings, and the episode depicting it is the most climactic and exciting installment of the series to date.

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Failing Fall Line-ups Offer Depressing Vision For Network Television’s Future

The fall line-ups for the Big Four networks are out, and if they’re any indication, the future of network television looks bleak. Networks have abandoned edgy, envelope-pushing programming—never their strong suit to begin with—in favor of mindless, focus-group tested easy-viewing. Stale, formulaic procedural dramas, conspiracy thrillers, and wacky-suburban-family sitcoms now dominate the schedules. Network executives rightly fear dropping viewership, yet they sacrifice dynamism and originality in their ultimately futile quest for ratings. The traditional ad-dependent model of television is nearing obsolescence, as even number-one CBS continues to lose viewers and the gap between network and cable programming widens.

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The Prince of Winterfell

The eighth episode of the second season of Game of Thrones is slower than the past few, yet pieces in the game are clearly being moved into position for the titanic finale.

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A Man Without Honor

When someone refers to a man without honor in Westeros, chances are its Jaime Lannister. The Kingslayer is back in the spotlight in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, and he is as villainous and interesting as ever.

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The Ghost of Harrenhal

True to the title, this episode of Game of Thrones is full of cryptic magic and creatures that stalk in the darkness.

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Watching The Thrones 04: Episode 4 ‘Garden of Bones’

Blake Graham and Eric Harsh briefly discuss the major events of “What is Dead May Never Die” before tackling the nuance of “Garden of Bones.” This episode is full of non sequitur laughs and hate for the child-king Joffrey. We touch on Robb Stark‘s poor exit strategy, the struggles of the small people, Melisandre’s demon child born in a cave, Tyrion’s ability to maintain the better hand, and Dany’s attempts at strength.

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Garden of Bones

The night is dark and full of terrors, and this installment of Game of Thrones has no shortage of terrors.

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