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August 2015 Viewing Diary

Smell of Camphor, Scent of Jasmine (2000; d. Bahman Farmanara). A profound and touching (and very funny) film from Iran, written and directed by and starring Farmanara. It tells the story of a death-obsessed film director who hasn’t made a … Continue reading

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Survivor’s Remorse Season 2 Premiere

… cheers from the O’Malley clan spread out across the country erupted when this credit came up on the screen. Congratulations to my brother Brendan! So proud of you!

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Survivor’s Remorse, Season 2

Season 2 of my cousin Mike’s show Survivor’s Remorse fast approaches. If you haven’t checked the show out yet, I highly recommend it. The first six episodes are available for free if you want to do some catch-up. Here are … Continue reading

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Powerful Claws Threaten Us: Elvis Presley, 1968

One of my favorite Elvis performances. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 comeback special. There’s a rough raw-ness to these sessions that are not … Continue reading

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The Mainstreaming of the Crazy: American Bandstand

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand premiered on this day in 1957. Rock ‘n’ roll had exploded into the mainstream the year before, with the stratospheric rise of Elvis Presley, culminating in three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the fall … Continue reading

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July 2015 viewing diary

Faith of Our Fathers (2015; d. Carey Scott). A poorly done Christian movie. My review at Rogerebert.com. In Stereo (2015; d. Mel Rodriguez III). The second terrible movie I’ve had to see and review in June. My review at Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 17: “Heart”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Sera Gamble “Heart” has an insistent rhythm, like a heartbeat: The moon rises, sets. The sun rises, sets. The cycle repeats. Despite the urban setting, the rhythm of the natural world is explicit. The … Continue reading

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Transparent: 11 Emmy Nominations

My friend Alex, who is on the show, filmed this video of the Transparent cast and crew partying after the nominations were announced. Transparent got 11 nominations. Major. Congratulations to all!

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June 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 7, “Emily” (1997; d. Kim Manners) Very intense. Good Lord. The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 8, “Kitsunegari” (1998; d. Daniel Sackheim) Ty Olsson as the green security guard. Hi, Benny from Supernatural! And Diana Scarwid! … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 16: “Roadkill”

Directed by Charles Beeson Written by Raelle Tucker I’m going into the hospital this week, and then will have to go in again in the weeks after that. It’s going to be super-fun, but I did want to get this … Continue reading

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