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John Luther and the New Face of Evil

Those with only a passing interest in the BBC detective drama "Luther," or who've watched the program only half-heartedly, will wrongly say that this is a show about a dirty cop. In fact, what it is is a program about a man trying to be heroic in all the wrong ways.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • August 22, 2013 8:35 AM
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Is Reggie Watts the Most Important Artist of the Century So Far?

Reggie Watts, a New York City-based musician, comedian, and slam poet whose routine is heavy on improvisation and stream-of-consciousness association, is just the sort of multidimensional artist you need to be watching if you want to know what experimentation in the literary and performance arts looks like right now.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • July 23, 2013 8:35 AM
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Are the Belchers of BOB'S BURGERS the New All-American Family?

At the level of metaphor, and with an eye towards an entire nation rather than just one nuclear family, the Belchers are as representative an American family as we've seen on TV in a very, very long time.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • July 5, 2013 8:35 AM
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An Open Letter to Richard Linklater: Let Jesse and Celine Separate. Preserve Cinéma Vérité.

If you want to make a movie that reflects the times we live in, Mr. Linklater, make a movie in which no one is forced to spend a lifetime with someone they see as an obstacle or an albatross rather than a partner. One wonderful day in Vienna, and another wonderful day in Paris, do not a lifetime make.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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You Are What You Play With: How SESAME STREET and Legos Generated a Generation

For a man or woman of a certain age, it's hard to imagine a single commercial or non-profit venture having had more of an impact on one's psychological maturation than Legos or "Sesame Street." Yet even today's youth might say the same thing.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 18, 2013 8:35 AM
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Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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The Dangers of An Empty Suit: Marvel Comics’ War on War Continues

The Iron Man films have always been conspicuously anti-war—Stark removes his privately-funded R&D enterprise from U.S. Defense Department involvement in the first entry in the now-trilogy—but "Iron Man 3" is a uniquely instructive exemplar of Marvel’s war on war by way of Hollywood.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 4, 2013 8:45 AM
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The Fuzzy Logic of WILFRED: How FX Turned a Dog Suit Inside Out

While as viewers we tend to focus on the exceptions rather than the rule, many television programs do, in fact, get precisely the level of attention and admiration they deserve.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • February 27, 2013 8:45 AM
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  • 6 Comments

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