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My Criterion Top 10: Ryan McNeil


A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained a few new contributions. This is the last one I have (for now). Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from Ryan McNeil, proud Torontoan (Torontite?) and proprietor of The Matinee. Ryan’s site is loaded with passionate and profound reviews about a wide array of genres, from blockbusters to festival films to indie cinema to classics (foreign and otherwise). In particular, I admire Ryan’s dedication to indie cinema and his continuing “Blind Spot Series” in which he tries to fill in the cracks in his movie-viewing history. He always has something thought-provoking to say, and he does so respectfully and without vitriol. That’s my kind of writer.  In addition to The Matinee, you can find Ryan on Twitter @matinee_ca. Continue reading


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Return Dates for 2012 Cable TV Dramas

The next few weeks will be big if you’re a fan of cable and premium cable drama. Two of the heavyweights of cable TV drama will start their next seasons on the heels of the season 2 finale of The Walking Dead. It can be maddening if you’re a fan of these shows, waiting for the networks to wrap up production and air the next season. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve done a google search for this information the last few years, I’d… well, I’d probably have $50. But you get the idea. To help, I’ve compiled some updates (as of March 19) for the return of your favorite cable TV dramas. Continue reading


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Knowing When to Say “When” with a TV Series

There are an absurd amount of options to watch on TV. HBO, Showtime, and AMC all offer a plethora of high-quality shows. The major networks have their share of options. There’s seemingly a reality show for every single profession out there, including “useless human being from New Jersey”. That being the case, it’s sometimes difficult to keep your DVR clean. After all, you need to save time, DVR space and emotional investment for the shows that really appeal to you. There’s no time to waste with dreck. That being the case, I find myself becoming much more willing to cut the proverbial cord with a series mid-stream, opting to not ride it out until the series finale. Continue reading


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