Nearer, my Grisham, to thee, nearer to thee. With The Judge, ’90s nostalgia—a force that will not stop until the rivers run sickly green with Surge—finally breaches the best-fortified stronghold of middlebrow culture: the mid-budget ensemble flick. Styled as a throwback to the leather-upholstered courtroom thrillers of the Clinton era, the movie casts Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a slick Chicago lawyer who returns to his Indiana hometown for his mother’s funeral and then finds himself trying to defend his semi-estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), against a murder charge. Trying is the operative word here, because Judge Palmer makes no secret of the fact that he’d rather Hank hop on back to the big city, and foregoes his son’s pro bono counsel in favor of hiring an inexperienced local attorney, C.P. (Dax Shepard), who practices out of the back of an antiques store. Advertisement In essence, The Judge is a combination of two … [Read more...] about Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall carry the generic legal drama
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Though it got overshadowed by the more attention-grabbing hook of a Practical Magic adaptation, HBO Max announced earlier this year that it was developing a TV show called Generation from executive producers Lena Dunham and Zelda Barnz. Now, Deadline says the streaming service has given Generation a full series order, the first of its pilots to do so. Barnz, who is a teenager, created the show with her father (Daniel Barnz, who will direct), and it’s a “dark-yet-playful” dramedy about “a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love, and the nature of family in their conservative community.” So, based on that, we’re going to say it’s like a less-sci-fi Black Mirror crossed with Euphoria, but with a conservative community and Lena Dunham thrown in (though Dunham is only producing it, as far as we know). In a statement, Zelda Barnz said, “I wanted to … [Read more...] about HBO Max wants more of Lena Dunham and Zelda Barnz’s teen drama
The death of a minor supporting character on a tiny CW show set of a huge discussion about the representation of the LBGTQ community on TV, and this caught most people by surprise. Yet here we are, a month after The 100 aired the inciting incident, still talking about it. What’s keeping this discussion going? In part, it’s thanks to a little-noticed fandom that has become a major player online. The story of the Lexa protest is in part the coming to prominence of “femslash” fandom. Femslash was, for the longest time, one of the most isolated corners of fandom. If you were looking for two attractive guys finding solace in one another, there was a wealth of male/male “slash” content. And if you were looking for a man and a woman solving crimes and pursuing love, then hetero fanfic was there for you. Advertisement But if you wanted to see two women in a romantic, consensual relationship? There was just a handful of sites available, and just a handful … [Read more...] about The History of Femslash, the Tiny Fandom That’s Taking Over the Universe
Veloce is Italian for fast, and while it’s a bit of an aspirational title when it comes to today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Alfa Spider, it’s still a nice name to have. Let’s see if its price means it will at least be selling fast. Along with herpes, our current political climate, and salad frogs, I guess we can add diesel VW Beetle convertibles to the communal list of things entitled “I didn’t ask for that.” Advertisement Yesterday’s 2014 VW Beetle drop top not only had a fuel-sipping if not exactly clean-living diesel, but also a rare standard six-speed stick as compliment. Very few of you complimented the combination however, and at $19,991 even fewer of you lauded its cost of entry, giving the car a sizable 76 percent Crack Pipe loss. Okay, so today I think we need to hone in on what elements of that VW proved to be most egregious. Was it the convertible roof? Not likely. The manual transmission? Probably not. The price? Hmmm, … [Read more...] about At $3,500, Is This Kinda Rough 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Still A Pretty Slick Deal?
Putting aside the jokes about how the title characters in Marvel’s Runaways didn’t actually run away from home until the end of the first season, it felt from the beginning like the show had all of the pieces it needed to make something truly special—pieces that never quite cohered. The cast is great, fleshing out some compelling teen characters. The dinosaur is a lot of fun. Even the parents are interesting. So why does watching Runaways feel, to put it poorly, like running in place? Part of the trouble is that the show shouldn’t move as quickly as it does, or at least not in the same way. Creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are known for frothy, rapid plotting on shows like Gossip Girl and The O.C., and Runaways follows that blueprint—plots that you think will take a whole season are wrapped up by episode four, while an entirely new arc kicks off. But Runaways has been at its best, and remains at its best, when it’s able to slow down and … [Read more...] about Runaways’