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A roundtable discussion on the Girls finale

HBO’s Girls aired for the last time on April 16. The series finale, titled “Latching” which garnered a wide array of reactions from film and TV critics, featured main character Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) in the early stages of motherhood, assisted by her best friend Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams). In what many have considered to… Keep Reading

Best Film and Television of 2016

Compiled by our staff editors and writers, here is the best film and television of 2016. Best Films of 2016 1. Moonlight Barry Jenkins pieces together a deeply moving investigation of masculinity, class, and race in this fictional biopic.  Compelling visuals, and tense dialogue come together in heartbreaking performances to give this film our #1 spot. 2.… Keep Reading

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Pop Rhetoric: The small screen reaches a wider audience

Television has long been regarded as film’s more annoying, less accomplished younger sibling. Sound bytes like 'made for T.V. movie' and 'multi-camera sitcom' continue to haunt audiences’ psyches, evoking nightmares of outrageous laugh tracks and over-dramatic soap opera acting.  For decades, critics considered film the real art form—a medium that actually allowed its stories and characters nuance… Keep Reading

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Stranger Things and The Americans: The Cold War on TV

With its 1980s pop culture nostalgia, Netflix’s Stranger Things feels comforting and familiar, yet unlike anything else on television. Stranger Things is based on a simple premise: One night after riding his bike home a kid named Will Byers goes missing from Hawkins, Indiana, a small midwestern town.  Strongly influenced by Steven Spielberg’s films such… Keep Reading

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Has “How to Get Away with Murder” lost its pizazz?

How to Get Away with Murder just finished its second season, and so far it is not at all impressive. What started as a ground-breaking and provocative television series is rapidly becoming mundane and vapid. This was expected, however, seeing as Shonda Rhimes is the executive producer of the show. Though Rhimes is deserving of… Keep Reading

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The case for Canadian content on Netflix

Netflix’s recent decision to crack down on the use of virtual private networks (VPN)—location maskers that permit international subscribers to access content reserved for other countries—should ultimately result in greater viewership of Canadian productions. While VPN providers—including Faraz Ali, the digital marketing manager for PureVPN—have expressed their skepticism towards Netflix’s ability to cut off their… Keep Reading

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Pop Rhetoric: How TV can improve in 2016

2015 was arguably the best year for television in the history of the medium, both in terms of quality and quantity. Last summer, John Landgraf, president of FX network and de facto ‘mayor of television,’ stated that people have reached an age of “peak TV in America,” pointing out that over 400 scripted television series… Keep Reading

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Pop Dialectic: Modern Family

Modern Family just finished its long run of consecutive victories at the Emmy Awards earlier this year. Two writers take a look at the show and its legacy. Click each perspective to read more Modern Family was always stuck in the past Arielle Garmaise When Modern Family premiered in 2009, it joined network television at… Keep Reading

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