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TV Recap // October 30, 2012 "Sunday's Best" begins with Eli Thompson creeping around his front yard. With trouble on the horizon, it looks like he's prepping his home for combat.  Then, he unexpectedly lifts a basket, hides a decorated egg underneath and we discover he’s simply preparing for the annual Thompson Easter egg hunt. Slow and methodical, the opening scene is how much of this show has been lately. Episode…
TV Recap // October 24, 2012 Boardwalk Empire has been a lot of things this season – bizarre, wild, hysterical – but one thing it hasn’t been is consistent.  At the end of last week’s episode it looked like a major battle was brewing, but all we got on Sunday with “Ging Gang Goolie” was a major letdown. One of my biggest beefs with Season Three is the total misuse or…
New Music // October 22, 2012 By its nature, hip hop music is particularly tricky to take mainstream without losing its true essence (i.e., “selling out”). In any genre, really, it takes a special artist to bridge that gap of “real” and “commercial.”  But after hearing good kid, mA.A.d city--Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut--I can assure you that he’s more than up for the challenge.I must admit that I’ve been a…
TV Recap // October 17, 2012 I asked for war and I got a war – plus a whole lot of other oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened moments on the latest episode of Boardwalk Empire, “You’d Be Surprised.” While some storylines actually weren’t a surprise, like Nucky’s maddening preoccupation with Billie, there were a few genuine shockers.First, the night began with a bang --  literally, as Gyp Rosetti and the red-headed waitress he’d been eyeing…
TV Recap // October 10, 2012 If you were worried that those hallucinations Nucky had last week were a sign that he was getting soft, worry no more: this week’s episode proved that he’s still every bit of the hardened boss we met in the premiere.  While it was great to see the gangster Nucky make a comeback, unfortunately this episode was a bit redundant and... kind of boring.  I tend…
October 8, 2012 Sherlock Holmes stories have been around since the late 1800’s, and they’ve survived this long for a reason. Sherlock is, simply, a fun and intriguing character. Most recently, you may have caught an episode of the new CBS series, “Elementary,” which stars Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller in a modern adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories, set in New York. Now I love Sherlock, but I…
October 2, 2012 There was a moment in this week’s episode of Boardwalk Empire, “Bone for Tuna,” where the increasingly sensitive and quick to anger Gyp Rosetti grunts at Nucky Thompson like a monkey. It’s a fleeting and hysterical pause in an otherwise serious drama, but it was all I needed to question how this show ever survived without him.  He’s so much fun to watch.  I’m also sure he’s certifiably…
September 26, 2012Hands down, Albert “Chalky” White is my favorite character on Boardwalk Empire. Partly because he's portrayed by the brilliant Michael K. Williams, but mostly because he’s a hardened and illiterate black man living in the 1920’s, yet he’s still able to command the respect of bootleggers and politicians looking to smuggle booze in Atlantic City.  After Chalky was absent in the premiere episode I all but had a…
September 24, 2012 If you were born in the '80s, like me, chances are that No Doubt’s particular brand of “alternative” rock found its way into your heart at a very young age. Tunes like 1996’s Don’t Speak became our teenage anthems while simultaneously showing us that front women can rock out just like the boys. Through the years, Gwen Stefani herself has built a fashion empire and a pretty successful—albeit…
September 18, 2012 Caution: Spoilers ahead!Terence Winter, Boardwalk Empire’s creator, likes to kill off his most interesting characters with a shot to the head. In last year’s season finale, Nucky Thompson killed his protégé, Jimmy Darmody, this way; in this year’s premiere, it was psycho butcher Manny Horvitz’s time to go with an unexpected blast to the cranium.  But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Before Horvitz’s death (William Forsythe was…
January 3, 2011Hollywood is a notorious boy’s town. Men both in front and behind the scenes consistently out-earn women. But don’t cry for Tinseltown’s highest-earning women entertainers. According to Forbes, they collectively earned more than $700 million during the last fiscal year. Still, these women didn’t earn their millions overnight. Whether it was by pure determination, or skill, these Made Women eventually climbed their way to the top of their…
August 27, 2012When I arrived in London for the first time this July, one of the things that immediately struck me was how music-oriented UK culture seemed to be. Sure, we all know the Beatles, Queen and Adele, but British music has deep roots beyond what’s considered “popular” or mainstream music.  Many times as Americans, we think of the Brits as being overly “proper,” tea-sipping ladies and gents, who would…
August 13, 2012 Every Olympic year the media highlights the athletes and the debauchery associated with the Olympic Village. The press weaves tales of baskets overflowing with condoms, cups overflowing with liquor and athletes who are in dire need of release after dealing with stress associated with the games. But there's one thing they rarely discuss: the camaraderie. Obviously sex, drugs and partying are far more sensational, and the media…
July 30, 2012 You walk into the office Monday morning, ready to take on the world with your new outfit from the "Damn I Look Good" corporate collection... and then Here. She. Go. Little miss can't be wrong. Little miss my 'ish don't stank. You may also know her as The Office Mean Girl or as the woman who lives to make your day a living hell. But you are…
July 16, 2012 Two weeks ago, when 24-year-old Frank Ocean posted a letter on his tumblr page confessing his love for another man, the singer suddenly became more known for having the audacity to admit to such a love than for the critically acclaimed mixtape he released last year, or the dope songs he helped create with hip-hop royalty, Jay-Z and Kanye West.  In a moment, which pronoun Ocean chose…