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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.

'The Middle' Recap: "Steaming Pile of Guilt'

February 26th, 2015 11:49am EST
The Middle
The funny thing about how forgetful Frankie and Mike are with Brick (and with everything in general) is how much they expect themselves to not remember. That is just the nature of forgetfulness: you might recognize this trait in yourself, but that might only make you powerless to stop the inevitable. The extent of their neglect of their youngest child has become so thorough that they have a set of tricks for covering their tracks, like delaying his birthday to the following year. But it has gotten to the point that the usefulness of these tricks has been exhausted (they delayed his birth...
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'New Girl' Recap: 'Spiderhunt'

February 25th, 2015 11:16am EST
New Girl - Spiderhunt
Season 4 of “New Girl” has dropped a lot of hints that some of the show’s ex-lovers may be getting back together, but it has been resolutely non-committal thus far. With Cece’s feelings for Schmidt stated and acknowledged, it would seem like the perfect time for the show to tip its hat. But instead it opted to say, “Nope, we’re fine with the way things are.” (At least for now.) Could this possibly be a show that would admit two main characters have feelings for each other, imply that they could have a healthy relationship, but then purposely decline to put them together?

That was the ...
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Why Did Alejandro G. Iñárritu Deserve To Win Best Director?

February 23rd, 2015 8:30pm EST
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
In his second career Oscar nomination for Best Director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu took home the gold for “Birdman” (as well as two more wins, for Best Picture and Original Screenplay). Here is how he pulled it off:

1. The “One Shot” Trick
Coverage of “Birdman” has already discussed this feature to death, but it bears repeating: the entire film was shot and edited in such a way that it appeared to be one long continuous take. There actually were several cuts throughout, but most of the shots lasted about ten minutes, which is still an intensely long duration, considering that a one-minute sh...
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A Short History Of EGOT Winners

February 22nd, 2015 3:00pm EST
EGOT
February is both Oscar and Grammy time, which has us thinking about EGOT winners, i.e., entertainers who have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony in their careers. The term was coined by actor Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs from “Miami Vice”) in an interview in “Vanity Fair,” when he stated his goal of winning all four awards (he has yet to be nominated for any of them). The concept was further popularized in recent years on “30 Rock,” in a storyline that saw Tracy Jordan achieve EGOT status over the course of Seasons 4 and 5.

The following is a handy guide to actual ’s are perh...
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Oscars Predictions 2015: Who Will Win, Who Should Win?

February 19th, 2015 8:31pm EST
Oscars Predictions 2015: Who Will Win, Who Should Win
The 87th Academy Awards are finally set to happen this Sunday, February 22. And with Oscar time it is also Oscar pool time, so here is a rundown of predictions of the winners in all 24 categories. Some categories (both Supporting acting fields) are easy to call, but otherwise, this looks like one of the most unpredictable Oscars in years, with a tight two-film race for Best Picture leading the way. Along with the predictions are selections of which nominees truly deserve to win and which films should have been nominated in the first place.

Best Picture

Will Win: Up until about a month ...
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How Does ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ Compare To Other Erotic Romances?

February 19th, 2015 6:04pm EST
How Does ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ Compare To Other Erotic Romances
The French got it right. In the U.S., “Fifty Shades of Grey” has an unsurprising R rating, while the Gallic country went with a 12, its second most lenient certification. Despite plenty of nudity from its two stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades” is relatively tame when it comes to R-rated sexuality. In fact, there is not one orgasm, real or fake, portrayed throughout the entire running time.

Whether or not “Fifty Shades of Grey” appeals to audience’s fantasies surely depends on personal preference. The book’s popularity can be explained to a great degree by the highly...
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'The Middle' Recap: 'Obviously, Mermaids Are Awesome'

February 19th, 2015 11:03am EST
The Middle - The Answer
Picking up right where “Valentine’s Day VI” left off, “The Answer” found Sue Heck looking for an answer to a crisis that she had never faced before. Normally she finds some way to spin gold out of crap, saying yes to something that seemed awful by making it great by virtue of her optimism. But this time, she had to deal with something that was ostensibly great by bringing it down to something that she could say no to. Saying no is not something she is designed for. But she is also not a quitter, so somehow, some way, this was going to get sorted out.

It would seem appropriate to say th...
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'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 16 Recap: 'Oregon'

February 18th, 2015 9:34am EST
New Girl
“New Girl” can get a little wacky when it gets out of L.A. It is a weirdly specific form of wackiness usually, a kind that involves Jessica Christopher Day filling time with a musical performance. In Season 2’s “Chicago,” Nick’s dad’s funeral saw an impromptu appearance from Elvis. This time around, “Oregon” saw Jess stalling for time at her dad’s wedding with a tepid rendition of “Ave Maria” followed by a much more amusing reprise of the same by Jess-as-Cookie Monster. This moment was prompted by a strain of sitcom wackiness, with Nick and Coach attempting to retrieve the wedding rings...
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'Bob's Burgers' Recap: 'The Millie-Churian Candidate'

February 16th, 2015 11:33am EST
'Bob's Burgers' Season 5, Episode 12 Recap: 'The Millie-Churian
“Bob’s Burgers” was a pretty great show in its first season, but it quickly matured into one of the best shows on television in its second through fourth years. The fact that it is still improving in its fifth season is testament to its writing staff understanding what works so well and building upon the show’s established universe with interesting new developments. New characters are introduced and defined by such wild quirks that would seem to confine them to one episode. But then they are given depth in ways that avoid sanding off their craziest edges, as they become regular parts of ...
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'Mulaney' Season 1 Finale Recap

February 16th, 2015 11:00am EST
Mulaney
With little fanfare from FOX, we come to “Life is a Series of Different Apartments,” the Season 1 finale of “Mulaney.” Barring a bizarre renewal decision, this will also be the de facto series finale. Despite starring a well-liked stand-up comic/”SNL” writer, a fellow “SNL” alum, and a couple of comedy legends, “Mulaney” made an ignominious first impression and never quite recovered, albeit with a few occasional sparks of inspiration.

“Mulaney” was quickly and roundly pegged as a “Seinfeld” clone, a criticism that was at times overstated but at other times embarrassingly true. Ultimatel...
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