TRAINING DAY

‘Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets’ -Queen, David Bowie 1981 When Queen and David Bowie collaborated on their hit Under Pressure, they had to be aware that their collaboration was bound for […]

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SEX AND THE SUBURBS

After three season, HBO has pulled the plug on its uneven, but entertaining series Divorce. Revolving around divorced parents Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert Dufresne  (Thomas Hayden Church), Divorce is a study in suburban, mid life crisis and what those pressures can do to a family when the ‘D’ word becomes reality. In a nutshell, suburban […]

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Fleabag, Amy Winehouse, and The Most Unique Cafe in Columbus

*Editor’s Note: It’s been a long time since we have done a traditional Netflix & Grill and the writer of the piece has an unhealthy obsession with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. You’ve been warned. Recently, I was introduced to Amazon Prime, Fleabag, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and my television watching world was turned upside down. In a really, really good way. We […]

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GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK WEST

The Boss is back and back in a big way. In between his Grammy winning Broadway show (which I would have traded YOUR first born child for tickets) and writing new music for The E Street Band, Springsteen released his first solo album featuring all new tracks since Working On A Dream (2009). Western Stars […]

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SENIORITIS COMES TO WESTEROS

Making the public happy while ending a television series is a no cakewalk, just ask David Chase (The Sopranos), Matt Weiner (Mad Men) and and David Simon (The Wire). The American viewing public is needy, demands things be spelled out for them and prefers their television programs to be wrapped up in neat little bows. In this sense, […]

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THROWING IT ALL AWAY

Well, THAT happened. It seems that after 70 episodes of Game of Thrones, show runners David Benioff and DB Weiss have decided that character arcs are not important. The same goes for logic. Pacing can probably go to hell too. Tropes are cool though. Let’s start with the most glaringly awful development in the 80 minutes that […]

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Gender and Class in Westeros

Season 8 Episode 4 is in the books (well, not literally) and even though the Night King has been vanquished, gender and class still play a role in Game of Thrones. GoT has always been about class struggle and if prolific author Charles Dickens, whose works almost always centered around class, was born when Star Trek was on […]

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What’s Past is Prologue

The most interesting and substantial conflict in Game of Thrones is over. That’s right, the Night King is no more and the army of the dead has been defeated. We all assumed this day would happen and now that it has, the most interesting part of the story is over. With wrapping up the central […]

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