You Should Be Watching Arrow

arrow_season_2_posterThis is the inaugural post in our You Should Be… series. We’ll be using it to make occasional recommendations on pop culture properties that we think you should be reading, watching, or listening to.

You should be watching Arrow. This CW adaptation of the DC Comics’s Green Arrow has become a captivating action show with a well-developed ensemble cast that entertains from week to week.

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This Week in the Box: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

willywonkaNote: This Week in the Box is a year-long series where Sam works through the entire Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection box set. To find reviews of the other films in the series and see the complete list, click here.

Throughout the course of this project, there has been the occasional film that I remembered fondly from my childhood. I wasn’t nervous at the prospect of watching any of them again; while many things I liked as a kid turned out to be terrible, it stands to reason that it’s probably pretty good if it got included in this fancy box set. But of the films I’d seen before, there were none I was more curious to see than Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Continue reading

The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

EmmyAward (2)I am bad at predicting things. I correctly predicted 12 out of 26 awards that were given out tonight, bringing me to an accuracy of 46%. I did successfully predict that I would be a wreck during the Robin Williams tribute. Of course, the rest of the In Memoriam reel already had me in a weak emotional state because they included Don Pardo saying “It’s Saturday Night Live!” paired with reminding me of just how many people died this past year.

The voters really chose to latch onto a show in each genre and give it as many awards as it could possibly give. My optimism led me astray in comedy and instead of the Orange is the New Black sweep that I had hoped for, most of the honors went to Modern Family again. Also, Emmy voters, why didn’t you like FargoFargo was excellent. And it’s not even like your weird FX aversion kept you from recognizing it because you totally gave Allison Tolman’s award to Kathy Bates for another, worse FX show.

A breakdown of the categories accompanied by my predictions from last week follows after the jump.
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2014 Emmy Predictions: Comedy

ORANGEComedy! Finally a genre with multiple shows and categories that I care about. Will Orange is the New Black take down Modern Family? Or any other show? Seriously, the Emmy voters heard that Modern Family was edge during its first season and haven’t gotten over that since. Julia Louis-Dreyfus did win best actress in a comedy last year and the show has gotten far fewer nominations this year than it did in years past so maybe they’ve finally clued in and have started to take notice of other shows.
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