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    The Cost of Lies in HBO’s Chernobyl

    Charkov: Why worry about something that isn’t going to happen? Legasov: “Why worry about something that isn’t going to happen.” That’s perfect. They should put that on our money. Chernobyl, “Vichnaya Pamyat” There is nothing subtle about Chernobyl‘s interest in truth and lies. The question “What is the cost of lies?” echoes throughout the show, […] More

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    Looking At Part 1 of HBO’s Chernobyl

    This week, HBO’s highly anticipated five part miniseries, Chernobyl, premiered. Based on the actual events surrounding the accident in the Soviet Union in 1986, the miniseries delivered a powerful first hour, chalked full of human terror, carnage and powerful men making decisions affecting the lives of millions behind closed doors. This first hour was certainly […] More

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    The Romanovs: A Look at the Historical Family

    On October 12, 2018, Amazon will release The Romanoffs: a new show from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. I am fairly excited about that, as I imagine many are, insofar as Mad Men was one of the best TV shows to ever grace our screens. It was also, though, a show that paid exceptional attention […] More

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    Negative Space: Truth and Shadows in The X-Files

    Twin streams of light cross in a shadowed hallway, illuminating little. Smoke unfurls from a Marlboro cigarette, and hands seek each other out in a dim hospital room. The iconography of The X-Files is minimal to the extreme and steeped in ambiguity: empty spaces, creeping shadows, and answers hidden beyond the next corner, always out […] More