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Book Review: The Intimates

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

In his debut novel The Intimates, Ralph Sassone has deftly sidestepped the multiple pitfalls inherent in his story. Recounting the friendship between Maize and Robbie at three pivotal points in their lives (high school, college and post-college in New York City), Sassone writes about the absurdities of liberal arts colleges, the bond between straight women and [&hellip
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TV Review: Mad Love

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Poor Judy Greer. After the failure of her underrated ABC sitcom Miss Guided, she’s now back to a supporting role on CBS’s Mad Love. And as if her return to co-starring status wasn’t insult enough, she’s also looking rough around the edges with an unflattering red hair color and punishing bangs. The hairstyle simply adds insult to [&hellip
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TV Review: Retired at 35 & Working Class

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Part of the appeal of traditional sitcoms is their predictability. Some absurd premise is set up, wacky events ensue and we all learn a little life lesson by episode’s end. Shows like Hot in Cleveland aren’t changing the face of television or adding to pop culture’s cache of catchphrases, but when d one right, they’re the equivalent [&hellip
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TV Review: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Created as a six-part stopgap while Andy Whitfield, the actor playing Spartacus, underwent cancer treatment, Starz’s Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a prequel to the events that precipitated the gory season one finale of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. As a result, there’s so little angst that the results are even trashier than in the first season. Here, [&hellip
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TV Review: Fairly Legal

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

The formula for USA dramas seems to be “Adjective noun solves crime – bad weather = Hit!” And the network’s track record seems to prove the point: Burn Notice, White Collar and Covert Affairs are all smashes; Royal Pains and In Plain Sight still bring in audiences. But things may be turning, because Fairly Legal, USA’s take on lawyer dramas, is the first of those [&hellip
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TV Review: Being Human

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

As someone who watched the original British version of Being Human, SyFy’s American remake is almost unbearable. Not because of anything they’ve left out, but because of the producers’ obsessive need to recreate the original, with the addition of some good old American self-pity. Even the costumes seem second-hand for vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally [&hellip
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