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July 30, 2017

So, this... in a show about death and a funeral home, where we watched someone die in the opening moments of every episode, it's only fitting that it ends with, well, everyone dying. (If I've somehow just spoiled a show that's been done for over ten years, please don't...

July 30, 2017

The undisputed heavyweight champion of my favorite films. I always thought it broke some kind of mold in terms of screenplay structure, but it really doesn't. It follows all the rules of how you lay out in a tragic love story... only backwards. 

I try not to get into th...

July 30, 2017

Days 1-27 were in no-particular order, but as I close this out, I wanted to end with the best of the best. So here's the first of my top-3 favorite scenes of all-time. 

I'm not going to hold back spoilers here. Breaking Bad ended in 2013. It's always been available on N...

July 30, 2017

I don't think I've made it a secret that Louis CK has had a huge impact on me over the years. Seasons 1-3 broke every mold I thought I knew about comedy. And while it's certainly not the first show ever to walk a tight-rope between two genres, the absurdity and heighte...

July 30, 2017

My first exposure to this film was during the Oscars in 2007, where a grand-old spectacle was made out of Enchanted, whose songs owned 4 out of the 5 nominations for Best Original Song. Amy Adams and the rest of the cast rolled out like it was the fucking Tony Awards,...

July 30, 2017

Every time I watch this film, it creeps higher and higher on my list of favorite of all-time. I love the insanity of it, I love how the tone changes at the drop of the hat -- how it goes from a high-energy, then into quiet and wallowing, then abruptly into explosive an...

July 30, 2017

If you've watched enough movies, if you've read enough books, if you've heard enough stories, there's an instinct you didn't know you had that can kind of predict where things are going. Getting slapped in the face with a twist (i.e. The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects...

July 30, 2017

(I almost wrote about the sequence where Hannah and Marnie dance to “Dancing on My Own”, but realized that was more about my love for Robyn than anything.)

Girls premiered right around the time when I started taking writing seriously, so I owe a lot of how I've honed th...

July 30, 2017

This is obviously a delicate subject, and people will have varying opinions on whether or not this actually happened. Putting all conspiracy theories aside, I'll never forget what this did to me the first time I saw it. 

I saw this in a Staten Island movie theater in th...

July 30, 2017

I had the privilege of hearing Mitchell Hurwitz speak when Doorman was at the New York Television Festival in 2013 (plug: chrisrussellactor.com/doorman). He's every bit as charming and hilarious as you would imagine (and does an incredible impression of Bea Arthur). Wh...

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August 4, 2017