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My name is Jeffrey Malone, and I like liking things. I view reality through the lens of pop culture. I can also be found at jmunney.wordpress.com, jeffmalonesdreamblog.wordpress.com, Twitter, and YouTube.

Original Movie Vs. The Remake: Which Was Better?

July 5th, 2015 3:35pm EDT
10 Remakes That Will Redefine Your Appreciation Of Cinema
A few days ago, we posted a list of great sequels in recognition of the typically franchise-heavy summer movie season. This year is also seeing its fair share of the ostensibly even less original piece of the Established Property Pie: the Remake. Most movies of this ilk have no reason for existing beyond turning an easy profit, but every once in a while, this imitation game proves its worth. So if the latest “Poltergeist” or “Point Break” has got you down, just remind yourself that these classic remakes exist. But how many of them match or even exceed the original?

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Your Netflix July Guide!

June 28th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
What's New On Netflix In July
It will be another busy month of arrivals and departures for the streaming giant in July 2015, with over 50 new titles, and over 50 expiring.

The clear highlight among the new releases is the 8-episode prequel series to cult favorite “Wet Hot American Summer” – “First Day of Camp" (7/31). Also on the original series front is season 2 of “Bojack Horseman,” debuting on the 24th, with Will Arnett as the voice of a washed-up equine former sitcom star. It may not have generated quite the level of buzz as other Netflix originals, but it is worth a viewing. There is also season 2 of the animated ...
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These Present Day Movie Sequels Were Worth Watching

June 20th, 2015 11:03am EDT
10 Great Latter-Day Sequels That Kicked Ass
The summer movie season is in full swing, with the usual glut of sequels, prequels, remakes, and other no-risk productions. Franchises keep being extended primarily because this business model is easy and familiar, but also because every once in a while, a worthwhile extension of the brand comes out. Conventional wisdom suggests that once a franchise extends beyond a trilogy, it has become at best a parody of itself. But some have managed to become reinvigorated or even reach their creative high points with their 4th, 5th, or even 21st entry. So here are some classic latter-day sequels to o...
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'Community' Season 6 Finale Recap: 'Emotional Consequences Of Broadcast Television'

June 3rd, 2015 11:50am EDT
CommunityS6Finale
“You saved my life, and changed it forever.”

Just as Jeff Winger was irrevocably changed by his friends forcing their way into his life, so too have “Community” fans been profoundly affected by this deeply personal show. This program and its lead character have always been marked by a push-pull between cynicism and sincerity. The guy who made a fake study group just to sleep with someone now cares so much that he cannot let go of the people he met through it. The sitcom that was so distrustful of institutions and deconstructive of all conventions ended the season (and possibly series) with...
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'Community' Gang Attends A Wedding

May 26th, 2015 3:29pm EDT
Community
“Homer’s Enemy,” a classic episode of “The Simpsons” featured the story of Frank Grimes, a mild-mannered new hire at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, driven insane while forced to work alongside incompetent buffoon Homer. Since that episode aired, “Frank Grimes” has become shorthand in certain TV nerd circles for a one-off guest character who is a sort of audience surrogate who demonstrates just how maddening it would be to actually live alongside crazy TV people.

“Community” first explored this trope in Season 3’s “Competitive Ecology,” with Todd, who declared that the study group lov...
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'Community' Recap: 'Modern Espionage'

May 20th, 2015 9:11am EDT
Community
“Do you try to evolve, or do you try to know who you are?” Season 1 ended with Jeff facing this dilemma. As the years have gone on, this issue has come to define his show as a whole. Season 6 has brought this conflict to a head. Do you try to evolve beyond paintball, or do you try to know who you are and recapture your original homage episode glory?

By beginning “Modern Espionage” with a thrilling cold opening that captured the foreboding vibe of spy cinema, the value of continuing with old tricks appeared to be quite high. With acrobatic car stunts and mysterious off-camera dialogue, Rob ...
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'Bob's Burgers' Fifth Season Is A Wrap

May 18th, 2015 10:40am EDT
Bob's Burgers
With little fanfare, or more fanfare than expected, depending on how you look at it, “Bob’s Burgers” wrapped up its fifth season on May 17, 2015, making for another winning entry in the canon of classic animated sitcoms. It was a wacky year, with a wacky 7:30 timeslot resulting in conflicts with football for much of the fall. A cancellation of one show and the premiere of another had “Bob’s” bouncing to the 9:30 spot and then back to 7:30. So perhaps the odd scheduling choice of two new episodes two hours apart was the most appropriate decision to end this season. It certainly fit the ethos...
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'SNL' Season 40 Finale – We Grade The Sketches

May 17th, 2015 9:25am EDT
SNL Season 40 Finale
In recent “SNL” history, the season finale has been reserved for familiar faces. Year 40 was no different, with Louis C.K. hosting for the third time in as many seasons and Rihanna making her fifth appearance as musical guest. Finales often have a celebratory air, with an overabundance of cameos, or an ode to the upcoming summer, or a farewell to departing talent, but there was not much of that this time. Instead, this was a fairly standard Season 40 episode, with a focus on original material that was best when it got weird. Unfortunately, it did not go weird often enough, and what resulted...
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'The Middle' Wraps Up 6th Season

May 14th, 2015 9:20am EDT
The Middle - The Graduate
Sometimes in life, you just have to have faith that things are going to work out. That has not usually been the message of “The Middle,” (at least, not without any caveats), but Heck family life has been a little different throughout Season 6. So many episodes of this show have ended by making the best of a less-than-ideal situation. A few wins would be thrown in here and there. But the wins of the season 6 finale were of a different tenor. Viewed in just the context of this episode, they may have appeared unearned, but they were in fact part of a pattern of winning behavior.

Axl fell into...
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'Community' Recap: 'Basic RV Repair and Palmistry'

May 13th, 2015 8:49am EDT
Community
It is quite the challenge to make a good sitcom episode based around boredom. But that was what Abed – and by extension, “Community” – was attempting to create for this road trip gone awry. He knows the difference between real life and TV, and when he has blended the two, he has done so in a way that felt natural, that is, as natural for someone as odd as him. But imposing explanatory flashbacks onto his actual reality is in physically impossible territory.

Abed did not come across as regressing or having a psychotic break, because the inherent boredom of a long road trip can lead people t...
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