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GREY MATTERS: The Decline and Fall of April Ludgate

I guess it was inevitable, but the worst has come to pass, and April Ludgate, the beyond-deadpan carrier of careless anarchic energies, the one-woman friction element who’s kept "Parks and Recreation" from being an "Office" clone from the unsteady git-go, has been muffled into a millennial-generation version of a wacky neighbor on a sitcom.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • May 4, 2012 9:17 AM
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GREY MATTERS: Cabin in the Woods, Horror in the Dumps

If we’re lucky, "The Cabin in the Woods" will shut down the debased American horror movie machine for a good long while.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • April 20, 2012 12:21 PM
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GREY MATTERS: Here are the top 10 beautiful ideas, people and events that defined 2011

This is my theory and I’m sticking to it: if more things were more beautiful, everything else would be way better. Even in this age of fiscal cholera, beauty for the sake of it is it’s own sacred reward. But as Americans, we’re saddled with the Protestant curse and the attendant pathologies of fetishizing plainness, respecting the mediocre and being in thrall to outright ugliness, whether that manifests in strip malls, lip-warping Restylane or mind-rotting Rush. We could all use a bit of Stendhal syndrome, that most wonderfully strange of psychosomatic ailments that causes the individual to experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness and even hallucinations when exposed to beautiful things. And so: a list, where I don’t worry on a genre or platform and instead celebrate ten people, events or ideas whose beauty shook me of the uglies in 2011.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • December 12, 2011 2:55 PM
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