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Matt has been watching and critiquing movies since he was three years old (hopefully his writing skills have improved in that time). His favorite filmmakers are Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Charlie Kaufman, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky. He is currently lobbying to become United States Film Czar, pending Congressional approval.

'House' Recap: Dead & Buried

11/23/2011 9:53am EST
This week’s episode of “House” was a bit of an oddity for the series. For starters, the episode did not open with the typical prologue involving the medical mystery House and his team would have to solve. Instead, it gets right to the crux of the story or, more precisely, stories.

House tells his team that their new case involves the death of a four-year-old boy due to kidney failure, something that should never happen to a child that young. At the same time, Foreman informs House that he and his team have a new case of a teenage girl, Iris (Madison Davenport), who is having inexplicable ...

'Community' Recap: Documentary Filmmaking: Redux

11/18/2011 10:47am EST
There is a very real chance that last night’s episode of “Community” will be one of the last episodes ever. NBC announced this week that it is putting “Community” on hiatus until spring 2012. The decision came as a result of wanting to inject mid-season programming into Thursday nights. For fans of the show, this decision was a punch to the stomach. The loyal Greendale followers who tune in every week are diehard supporters of “Community,” but their number is too small to ensure the show will have a future. “Community” has struggled from the beginning to find a large audience and this strug...

'House' Recap: The Confession

11/8/2011 4:10pm EST
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They’re back! Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Taub (Peter Jacobson) return to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital on this week’s episode of “House” and they are a welcome addition to the anemic team of Park and Adams. And, just as before, House continues to relentlessly harass/torment Taub about his romantic past through trickery and mind games.

“The Confession” focuses on a man named Bob (Jamie Bamber) who is the pillar of his one gas station community. At a fair, he is being honored for his philanthropic efforts, all around good natured personality and personification of dedicated ...

'Community' Recap: Advanced Gay

11/4/2011 11:08am EDT
This week, “Community” returned to the standard sitcom narrative style after the strange (but brilliant) digressions of “Remedial Chaos Theory” and “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps.” In “Advanced Gay,” a terrifically tongue-in-cheek title, the “Community” crew somehow finds a way to jam several different storylines into one 22-minute episode.

The episode opens in the cafeteria with a continuation of the Troy-as-a-“Good-Will-Hunting”-like-plumbing-genius story that has been brewing since early last season. After helping one of the janitors with a problem pipe, he is told that he has a...

‘House’ Recap: Risky Business

11/2/2011 9:52am EDT
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Because of the nature of television and the tradition of filming episodes sometimes months before they air, shows are rarely able to comment on events that are happening in the present. This week’s episode of “House,” though, echoes many of the protests that are happening with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Even though the country’s economy wasn’t doing well when the episode was filmed in the spring or summer, it is surprising how timely “Risky Business” really is.

The episode opens with a very wealthy middle-aged man, Thad (Michael Nouri), coming out of his mansion to find his trees cov...

'Community' Recap: Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps

10/28/2011 11:35am EDT
This year’s Halloween episode of “Community” was slightly schizophrenic but not completely without entertainment value. This episode was especially fun for Alison Brie as Annie was able to get a little dark and disturbed while still teasing/flaunting her sexuality. Troy and Abed continue to grow closer and at one point (albeit in a fantasy) they reach a point a true happiness.

The episode opens with everyone gathered in the library “pre-partying” before that night’s actual campus Halloween party. Jeff comes dressed as a generic “The Fast and the Furious” character because he thinks girls ...

'House' Recap: Charity Case

10/19/2011 10:55am EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” brings the show’s formula back to center stage, starting with the mystery medical condition/prologue. “Charity Case” opens up with Benjamin (Wentworth Miller) being given a tour of an urban career center by a young social worker named Amy (Jaclyn Jonet). After answering all of Benjamin’s questions about job placement, tutoring, childcare, etc., he tells her he’ll be back in a few days. On his way out, he drops an envelope that contains a check for $1 million made out to the career center. When Amy chases after him for an explanation, Benjamin collapses for no ...

‘House’ Recap: 'Transplant'

10/12/2011 10:50am EDT
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“Transplant,” the second episode of the new season of “House,” is definitely less exciting than the season opener. The main reason for this sudden shift is that in this episode the stakes for House are so much lower than when he was in prison and trying to survive the last five days of his sentence. In “Transplant,” the games aren’t nearly as thrilling because there is really nothing to lose.

The episode opens with House still in prison. He has a surprise visitor: the Dean of Medicine from his hospital. No, it’s not Cuddy. She left Princeton-Plainsboro after House ran a car through her din...

'Community' Recap: Competitive Ecology

10/10/2011 7:55am EDT
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The most recent episode of NBC’s “Community” is, in some ways, one of its most meta and self-referential outings. Greendale Community College’s motley study group always seems to be spending more time arguing and screwing off then actually studying (a serious complaint from the show’s critics). In “Competitive Ecology,” the writers, in their unique way, address those who take issue with that aspect of the show.

The team’s Biology professor, Dr. Kane, tells the class that they’ll be partnering up to build a terrarium which will be due the next day. Instead of letting the students choose the...

'The Office' Q&A With Ed Helms And Paul Lieberstein

10/7/2011 1:44pm EDT
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“Ed Helms is just an unbridled genius and it was important to us to capitalize on that.” This is the answer given when the question is raised as to why the producers of NBC’s “The Office” decided to promote from within to fill the Branch Manager position when Steve Carrell left the show at the end of last season. The answer was given by Ed Helms himself, joking of course, but his fake bravado isn’t far off.

Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on NBC’s hit show, has launched to superstardom in the past few years thanks to his addition to “The Office.” So why has Helms become so popular as of late...