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    Sugar S1E4 Recap: “Starry-Eyed” — What’s the Reality?

    The following recap contains spoilers for Sugar S1E4, “Starry-Eyed” (written by Mark Protosevich & Donald Joh and directed by Adam Arkin) “Starry-Eyed” is punctuated by videos from Olivia’s (Sydney Chandler) Instagram account, and I appreciate how Sugar is working to flesh out her character, even as she remains missing. In the videos, she laments the […] More

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    Sugar S1E3 Recap: “Shibuya Crossing” Is a Busy Intersection

    The following recap contains spoilers for Sugar S1E3, “Shibuya Crossing” (written by Mark Protosevich & David Rosen and directed by Adam Arkin) Sugar S1E3 more or less picks up where Episode 2 left off. Melanie (Amy Ryan) gets a call from Teresa (Cher Alvarez), who says she was ambushed in her apartment by scary men […] More

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    On the Curb Your Enthusiasm Finale: What Did You Expect?

    I’ve always had a certain trouble with the idea of writing on Curb Your Enthusiasm, because the show has always so effectively brought itself home with its music. You know what I mean. The walls close in, and the episode ends, as the music rolls in with the credits. You know the song. And, the […] More

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    Sugar Is a 21st Century Noir: A Recap & Review of Its Premiere on Apple TV+

    The following recap contains spoilers for the premiere of Sugar on Apple TV+: S1E1, “Olivia,” and S1E2, “These People, These Places” (written by Mark Protosevich and directed by Fernando Meirelles) The first thing you notice about Sugar is its style. There’s no way around that. The opening scene is in black and white. The credits […] More

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    Constellation S1E8 Recap: O Lord Thou Pluckest Me Out (Season 1 Finale)

    The following recap contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of Constellation, S1E8, “These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruin” (written by Peter Harness and directed by Joseph Cedar) I sat upon the shore Fishing, with the arid plain behind me Shall I at least set my lands in order? London Bridge is falling […] More

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    Constellation S1E7 Recap: What the Name of the Song Is Called

    The following recap contains spoilers for Constellation S1E7, “Through the Looking Glass” (written by Peter Harness and directed by Joseph Cedar) With apologies, I must begin with a correction. Last week I was operating under the thought that, in Episode 1, we’d seen a world where Alice (Rosie Coleman/Davina Coleman) spoke Swedish and the CAL device […] More

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    Constellation S1E6 Recap: “Paul Is Dead” or Maybe Not

    The following recap contains spoilers for Constellation S1E6, “Paul Is Dead” (written by Peter Harness and directed by Joseph Cedar) Rumors of Paul’s death have been greatly exaggerated. At least, Constellation Episode 6 presents us with a world where Paul (William Catlett) lives while Jo (Noomi Rapace) dies on the ISS. But things are a […] More

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    Some Thoughts on the Hugo Simberg Paintings in Constellation

    The fourth episode of Constellation ends with a close-up of the painting on the wall of the family cabin, where we saw Jo take Alice in the show’s premiere and where we saw Magnus take Alice in Episode 4. It’s not entirely clear which cabin, or which timeline, the shot at the end of Episode 4 […] More

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    Constellation S1E5 Recap: Put on the Ghost Tapes

    The following recap contains spoilers for Constellation S1E5, “Five Miles Out, the Sound Is Clearest” (written by Peter Harness and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel) Episode 5 of Constellation picks up with Magnus (James D’Arcy) unconscious on the floor and Jo (Noomi Rapace) checking to see if he’s alright. He isn’t, really, but he also isn’t dead. […] More

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    Constellation S1E4 Recap: Curiosity Killed Schrödinger’s Cat

    The following recap contains spoilers for Constellation S1E4, “The Left Hand of God” (written by Peter Harness and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel) Constellation S1E4 begins with Magnus (James D’Arcy) and Alice (Rosie Coleman/Davina Coleman) trudging through the snow before they arrive to the same cabin where we’ve seen Jo (Noomi Rapace) and Alice in previous […] More

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    Sexy Beast (2024) Is Enjoyable Enough as Fan Fiction

    The following review contains spoilers for Sexy Beast (2024) Episodes 1–3 (written and directed by Michael Caleo) I saw Sexy Beast (2000) when it came out, in an arthouse theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, while I was visiting a friend. I knew almost nothing about the film going in, but was immediately struck by how […] More

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