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Portlandia At Cartlandia

Fred and Carrie go to 82nd Avenue.


DVD & TV
Only the most devious real-estate agent would classify the tract of land occupied by Cartlandia as “prime Portland.” Splayed across a parking lot on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just a few hundred f   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Last Season, On The Real World

The deadliest sins of seven strangers who stopped being polite long, long ago.


DVD & TV
Portland, The Real World is over. On Wednesday, June 12, MTV will air the final hour of the Stumptown season, as well as the customary reunion. As you may have seen over the past 11 weeks—thou   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 JAY HORTON

Ghosts in the Darkness

A Portland paranormal detective searches for gold on SyFy’s Ghost Mine.


DVD & TV
We believe what we want to believe, especially in the world of the paranormal. Some will argue that something that goes bump in the night is a restless spirit. Others, like your carpenter, insist    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

Red Riding Hoodie

Grimm goes into the woods to catch a predator.


DVD & TV
What can you divine about a television series from its pilot? Probably about as much as you can learn by looking at footprints in a muddy crime scene and determining the killer wore Timberlands. But   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AARON MESH

Down The Tube

They say it’s the Golden Age of TV. It will be if you stop watching crap.


DVD & TV
I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I should. I say “should” because when someone is being paid to write about television, there’s an expect ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Daniel Carlson

The 2008 Olympics

The Chinese have certainly learned marketing.


DVD & TV
An entertainment-industry trade paper recently ran a story with maybe the most depressing lead you could hope to find: “Sure, Michael Phelps has racked up more medals than any other Olympian in ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Shooting The Messenger

The Marines of Generation Kill don’t need no stinking sermons.


DVD & TV
Generation Kill only makes sense if you’ve seen The Wire, but not quite for the reasons you’d expect. The Wire has now joined that short list of television shows whose titles are shorthand ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Turning Japanese

Game show imports are a study in orientalism.


DVD & TV
The premise for ABC’s Wipeout is pretty simple: Hearty Americans of slightly above-average looks and strength compete in an escalatingly dumb series of physical competitions designed to make the ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Band Of Fathers

Why is John Adams next in the hearts of his countrymen? He’s on TV.


DVD & TV
John Adams, which stars Paul Giamatti as a very grumpy Founding Father, is the kind of miniseries HBO excels at making, a sweeping historical epic that boasts an all-star cast, solid credentials on th ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Daniel Carlson

Drawn and Quartered

The predictable failure of Quarterlife.


DVD & TV
NBC’s Quarterlife, a sitcom about those crazy kids and their blogs, has been booted from the network after just one episode and relegated to sister network Bravo. The explanation is a pretty sim ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Dan Carlson
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