Tag Archives : TV Shows

The Leftovers


The Leftovers TV series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. “The Rapture” is a well established religious idea: the diligent faithful will suddenly, in a single moment, be physically transported to heaven while the unfaithful, in full knowledge of their faithlessness, will be left behind to struggle along without them. What if something Rapture-like happened and it didn’t take…

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Glitch


Glitch. TV Series. 2015. Australia. What if the dead came back and they weren’t zombies? In 2004, The Revenants mystically brought thousands of people back to life in small town France. They tried to integrate with their families, but seemed to find more in common with each other. It was a strange, but compelling film that failed to connect with…

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American Horror Story: Hotel


American Horror Story: Hotel. Created by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy. FX. 2015. The glamorous Hotel Cortez is almost a century old. It collects things, like those who die there, those who are drawn to murder, vampires, film stars, designers, models, tourists, hipsters, addicts. The running joke seems to be that no matter how many guests are killed the police…

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Psycho Pass


The psycho-pass is a number, a measurement of one’s mental state, particularly with regard to whether one is considered a danger to society. A low number means you’re healthy and safe. A high number means you’ve broken with the flock and have begun to think and feel harmfully about society. Regardless of your actions, you are a latent criminal in…

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War and Peace


War and Peace, BBC, 2016. Some years ago I determined that War and Peace was my favourite novel. It could easily be called Love and Cruelty, Joy and Despair, or Failure and Forgiveness. More than any other single work I know, it walks us through the many feelings we know from our own lives. It maps the hills and valleys and…

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Occupied


Occupied is a Norwegian political thriller that imagines what might happen if devastating climate disasters worsen, opening a door for a Green party to sweep to power on a platform of ending all oil production and moving fully to Thorium reactor power. While Norwegian president Jesper Berg sees himself as a visionary making the hard, necessary step toward a sustainable,…

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Stranger Things


In hindsight TV kind of sucked in the 80s. But there were some pretty great movies and books. Spielberg and Carpenter were at the height of their powers. Stephen King was the ferryman of our fears. It was a little golden age of genre blended fantasy adventures like Goonies and E.T., The Thing, Village of the Damned, It, Firestarter, and…

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