Ahh, the August stretch of TV season—aka the dregs. Still, this month for Bustle, I...
...ranked all of the OK Go videos I could find to honor the anniversary of their album, Oh No, which gave us the famous treadmill video.
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This month on Bustle, I...
...read way too much into the (possible) symbolic meaning behind Felicia, the waitress with the scars, on True Detective.
...speculated about some of the (many, many) cameos in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and (fewer) returning castmembers for the last Teen Nick episodes of Degrassi.
...explained how non-Stewart, non-Hamilton Dean Geistlinger fits into Stewarts & Hamiltons, and what his (surprisingly big) claim to fame is.
...researched who plays Jim Gaffigan's wife on The Jim Gaffigan Show (and how she compares to her real-life counterpart),who plays Fin's (replacement) daughter on Sharknado 3 (since you never know—the last daughter is now the star of the Jem and the Holograms movie), and who is the host of VH1's Twinning (spoiler alert: she's not a twin).
...told fans of the brothers Winchester that they'll have to wait for a while still before Supernatural season 10 comes to Netflix, but there are other movies they can stream in the meantime if they need a fix.
Recently on Bustle, I...
...praised Orange Is the New Black for forcing its actresses to use different creative muscles, like taking singer Annie Golden and making her character near-mute.
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I've been behind in posting my Bustle articles—very behind—but here are some of my favorite posts I've done in the meantime:
Here are the rest of the TV shows I've covered since I last posted:
AD: The Bible Continues (2); Agent Carter (2, 3); American Odyssey; The Americans; Aquarius (2, 3); Battle Creek; Between; Black-ish; The Blacklist; Blood, Sweat, and Heels; Brides Gone Styled; Catfish; The Casual Vacancy; Cleveland Abduction; The Critics' Choice Awards; The 87th Academy Awards (2); Dancing with the Stars; Empire (2, 3, 4); Gotham; 500 Questions; Forever; Halt and Catch Fire; Hindsight; The Josh Wolf Show; Lake Placid vs. Anaconda; Labor Games; The Last Man on Earth (2); Little Women: NY (2); The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2); Mad Men; The Making of the Mob: New York (2); The Messengers; MTV's Scream; New Girl (2, 3); Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards; Orange Is the New Black; Parks and Recreation; The Prancing Elites; Proof; The Returned (2); Saturday Night Live (2, 3); Seeds of Yesterday; Sense8; Shark Tank; Stitchers; Sons of Winter; Swab Stories; Texas Rising; 'Til Death Do Us Part; The Tony Awards; 12 Monkeys; Turn: Washington's Spies (2); Undateable; Weird Loners; The Willis Family
I also got to spoil Fifty Shades of Grey for people who didn't want to watch the movie and just wanted to know if the ending deviated from the book.
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For its 1995-themed week, The A.V. Club let me write about one of my favorite film subgenres: mid-'90s internet paranoia movies.
"...The internet and virtual-reality films of 1995 also show the emergence of a problem that filmmakers are still struggling with today: how to represent a digital world on screen. You can see early attempts to create some sort of cohesive visual language to stand in for the internet. Status bars, for example, are used in more than one of these movies as a quick way to ratchet up tension; the heroes have to wait until the bar reaches 100 percent before they can flee to safety. It’s a cheap thrill, and one we sadly haven’t outgrown yet.
Mostly, though, attempts to create a new look for the internet are hideous, trafficking in cheesy, psychedelic swirls of numbers and symbols and environments that look like video games circa Nintendo 64. Hackers andVirtuosity both fall victim to the allure of pop-art colors: Virtuosity makes is virtual exit quickly, bringing SID 6.7 into the real world, but Hackers often goes into the “architecture” of circuitry, with skyscrapers of squares and rectangles standing in for the systems they’re trying to break into, and dreamy-looking equations standing in for the data they want to collect. Today, it looks dated..."
Click through to read the full essay at The A.V. Club, or download the PDF.
...With a period setting and a story centered on family, it seems like Annabelle is attempting to replicate some of the The Conjuring‘s strengths; it also duplicates the first film’s eerie moods and tense setpieces. In some places, it succeeds; Leonetti makes great use of deep focus, with threatening figures crossing the way, way back of the frame. These moments are startling without resorting to the typical, easy jump scares.
Leonetti doesn’t have Wan’s way with imagery, however, and these moments fail to build on one another. It seems at times like Annabelle is trying to imply that domesticity itself is under attack: sewing machines start by themselves, a bedroom television can’t get reception, and baby dolls are tampered with. But then it finds itself dabbling in pretty much any kind of horror-movie elements it can get its hands on, throwing in all different kinds of religious symbolism, other creepy children who have barely anything to do with the story, and an all-knowing bookstore owner (a thankless role for Alfre Woodard), so that its message, such as it is, becomes diluted....
...researched the music behind some of the biggest Super Bowl ads, figuring out what band does the "500 Miles (I'm Gonna Be)" cover in the Budweiser ad, the "Pretty Woman" cover in the Nationwide ad, and the song in the BMW i3 commercial.
...found out when Better Call Saul takes place in relation to Breaking Bad.
...explained why I want to be Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran when I grow up.
...detangled the Dr. Crane/Scarecrow connections in Gotham.
...put a few things on the wedding registry for Donna Meagle on Parks and Recreation.
...figured out where I might have seen Allegiance's Gavin Stenhouse before (opposite Kevin Spacey).
...distinguished Paz Vega from Paz de la Huerta, Alexa Panvega, and other actresses with sound-alike names.
...investigated what Little Women: LA's Briana Manson does for a living (apart from being on a reality show).
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The Imitation Game
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) kept lots of secrets during his time at the United Kingdom's Bletchley Park, where he and other MI6 agents and mathematicians worked to break German codes during World War II. If he were alive today, he might be shocked to find out that now the whole complex is open to the public. The site may look more like a Victorian weekend retreat than an army base—but that was exactly the point. Today, the area has been restored with exhibits dedicated to the secret codebreaking operations that went on at the site. There, you can find examples of the "unbreakable" German Enigma machines, as well as a fully operational reproduction of the machine Turing help build to break the Enigma codes. Hut 8, where Turing worked, features a re-creation of his own office, and the park also hosts an exhibition dedicated to The Imitation Game, with props and costumes from the movie.
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