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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.

'Mulaney' Recap: 'He Has An Achilles Body'

January 26th, 2015 10:31am EST
Mulaney
What type of TV universe does “Mulaney” exist in? Is it the kind in which psychopaths can thrive in their own little pocket like in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? Is it the show business exaggeration of “30 Rock”? Is it the mostly realistic world populated by main characters who act like they are at a slight remove from everything, a la “Seinfeld”? Or is it the touchy-feel sort of so many sitcoms that try to teach real-world lessons so didactically?

Because of this state of uncertainty, it is hard to know what conclusions to make about Lou teaching John about power moves. The op...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'Late Afternoon In The Garden Of Bob And Louise'

January 26th, 2015 9:44am EST
Bob's Burgers
Bob Belcher’s passion comes out when he gets into activities that are not typically known for inspiring passion. This could be a recipe for annoying others, but for the most part, he does not indulge his interests at the expense of the people in his life who do not share them. This is partly because he has not very often had the opportunity to fully indulge his passions. Acceptance into the community garden changed all that.

Bob insisted that this opportunity was for the sake of the restaurant, and thus the family. He certainly seemed to believe this. Not that this was a particularly ...
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What Oscar Winners Have Also Won Razzies?

January 25th, 2015 3:17pm EST
Oscar Winners Who Have Also Won Razzies
For over 30 years, the Golden Raspberry Awards have been “honoring” the worst in cinema the night before the Academy Awards honor the best in cinema. The film industry is notoriously unforgiving, with a strong attitude of “What have you done for me lately?” Thus, it is not too shocking that there are several Oscar winners who have also received Razzie statues. This year, the likes of Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon could join that list. Here are the award winners who have already experienced this bipolar career trajectory.

Ben Affleck – Most Oscar winners who have als...
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'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 12 Recap: Blake Shelton

January 25th, 2015 11:20am EST
Saturday Night Live
The last time a male country music star hosted “SNL,” the results were a lot more interesting. The thing is, Tim McGraw has much more acting experience than Blake Shelton, and thus he was a lot more comfortable branching out from his country persona than Shelton was in this episode. “The Voice” judge mostly stuck to variations of himself or generic roles. This was fine for ensuring a show that ran smoothly, but it also prevented his appearance from being a truly memorable one.

Inside the NFL – This take on the New England Patriots deflated ball scandal made the weird decision of focus...
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'Mulaney' Recap: 'I May Be A Hot Dog, But I'm Still A Young Hot Dog'

January 19th, 2015 10:53am EST
Mulaney
Last week’s episode provided the latest, and strongest, evidence of how the veteran presence of Elliott Gould has been one of the most reliable elements of the otherwise unreliable “Mulaney.” It does not always work when supporting characters are given a more prominent role, but it was such a delight watching Oscar be delighted that more of him seemed impossible to disappoint. Besides, regular cast members of a TV show, no matter how tangential, need to be able to handle plots of their own. So what a disappointment that Oscar’s most prominent storyline to date was missing so much of that...
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'Saturday Night Live': Kevin Hart Does Not Disappoint With Musical Guest Sia

January 18th, 2015 8:58am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Kevin Hart Does Not Disappoint With
The recurring sketch-lite Season 40 had its most original episode yet for the first show of 2015, with not a single repeat bit or character, save for Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber impression. The best seasons tend to have a decent mix of recurring and original material, so while it is nice to see the “SNL” team coming up with plenty of fresh ideas, they might be wearing themselves too much. Luckily, Kevin Hart was on hand to host for the second time, and there are not too many other comedians who can keep the energy level up like he can, and he did not disappoint in that department. Mean...
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'The Middle' Recap: 'A Quarry Story'

January 15th, 2015 12:16pm EST
The Middle
Whoa, that was a lot of plot. Almost every Heck had their own storyline, with only Mike and Sue paired up. While most shows would buckle under the weight of that much narrative, all this chaos bumping up against each other is what “The Middle” is built for. Also, most of the happenings in “A Quarry Story” had fairly easy resolutions, and thus it benefited from all the stuffing.

The crux of the plot was so hard to pin down that the part of this episode that the program description described – Frankie has to work a day at Ehlert Motors in order to collect on an expired check – was not eve...
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2015 Oscar Nominations Predictions

January 14th, 2015 4:00pm EST
2015 Oscar Nominations Predictions
The nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards will be announced early this Thursday morning, January 15. Takigng stock of all the critics’ awards and industry guild nominations that have been presented thus far makes it fairly clear who most of the favorites are. The trick here, as usual, is figuring out who will sneak into those last few spots. With all that in mind, here are the films and filmmakers who will likely be waking up to good news in the Big 8 categories:

Best Picture
Current Academy rules dictate that the Best Picture field can have anywhere between 5 and 10 nominati...
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'New Girl' Recap: 'Coming Out'

January 14th, 2015 10:18am EST
New Girl
People like Jessica Day just care what other people think about them, and there is no point in telling them not to. Too bad she works with a bunch of insatiably horny and absurdly irrational people. “New Girl” is one of the best shows right now at exploring those forces that make young adults tick, with sex drive as one of those biggest forces. So it should be expected that another group on this show besides the loftmates would have wild freak outs over hookup-related frustration.

What is not expected is just how unreasonable Jess’ colleagues are. This season has excelled at the develo...
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'Mulaney' Recap: Paul Shaffer, Kevin Eubanks, And Now You

January 12th, 2015 9:45am EST
Mulaney
“Mulaney” has struggled to come up with a dynamic among John and his roommates that makes much sense or is reliably amusing to the point that it would be wise to just jettison that part of the show completely. The next best thing to do would be to actually integrate John’s personal life with his professional life, which “Worlds Collide” actually managed to do, and fairly successfully. It was not enough to suddenly declare “Mulaney” appointment viewing in the first of what is likely its final batch of episodes, but it was entertaining enough to not be depressing.

“Mulaney” actually took o...
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