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I have never done this before, but I feel it necessary to take this development and broadcast it to the world.

THE FLASH, TV’s best superhero show and an absolute joy, has arrived on Netflix, a platform you all have access to in some capacity. Read more…


TALKING BACK TO THE MOVIES: The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Another TBttM series successfully brought to completion!*

*Don’t laugh

Almost double the length of our previous record-holding series, The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made for a fun summer sojourn into franchise land. My co-host Gabe Levy and I (TV’s Kevin Lanigan) are ecstatic to bring you these twelve episodes that we are very proud of–or “of which you are very proud” if you gotta be that way. Each one comes with a lively discussion of blockbuster filmmaking, and many have accompanying segments about Marvel Television, in case that wasn’t enough for you. If you’ve been waiting for the series to be done to jump on board, now’s the prime time to do it.

And don’t worry: we’ll be back every few months with another episode in this series each time Marvel gets up off its butt and decides to spit out another one of these. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and I’ll link to each of the episodes on SoundCloud below. Read more…


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On Being Jewish, Mel Brooks, and The Producers

A great piece by my friend (and podcast partner) Gabe Levy. He’s a real mensch.

The Chutzpah Kid

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Let me preface this by saying that I am not a profoundly religious man. Like so many others of my generation, I have some gripes with organized religion as a whole. I detest fundamentalism, both here in the US and abroad, and I think that Judaism is no exception.

Despite this, I identify as a Jew. A proud Jew. A Jew who may not go to temple, wear a yarmulke, or keep Kosher, but loves the sense of cultural brotherhood achieved by his heritage. We call ourselves Members of the Tribe for a reason. Picking and guessing which celebrities and pop culture figures are my brethren is something that has transcended a hobby and become almost… a compulsion for me.

Mel Brooks is a man who nearly negates all of that guessing. Just looking at him, his mannerisms, and his life’s work tells you that he embodies the spirit of…

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“Brienne and Jamie Forever!”- Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 Review- ‘Dark Wings, Dark Words’

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This review is conducted by someone who has not read the books, so if I don’t get something please don’t complain to me about how it’s all there in the books. I WILL hit you.

If Game of Thrones suffers from one problem, it’s an over-abundance of characters. I understand that this is something that the show can’t help as it is merely an adaptation of a consistently-prolonged franchise, but it all gets rather muddled.

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“Together Her Cats Can Do Anything”- Community Season 4 Episode 8 Review- ‘Herstory of Dance’

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The following is a review that contains lots of spoilers, so you best check yoself, foo’.

Awwwwwwww, Britta…

My secret love for Gillian Jacobs and Britta are far from hidden and she really has been the MVP this year, so when I read on Wikipedia that this episode was coming, I was absolutely ecstatic. Britta has never been the best proponent of plot (many of the show’s best episodes eschew her almost entirely), but she brings with her an incredible amount of heart and the absolute joy of watching Gillian Jacobs do weird physical comedy.

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“Big Damn Heroes, Sir”- Top Ten Heroic Sacrifices- A Mexican Standoff

Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of awesome movies and television and several subpar G.I. Joe sequels. This is a Mexican Standoff, a categorical list of things having to do with movies and television- the essentials of life.

Big Damn Heroes. It’s what everyone wants to be. If you’ve ever played any kind of role play game, you know that everyone thinks they’re the fire hose swinging, yippie-kay-aying hero man John McClane. But in reality, most of us are Ellis, doing cocaine and poorly pronouncing German until we meet our inevitable and unceremonial demise.

But fortunately for the peeps on the following list, they did get to be Big Damn Heroes. For clarification’s sake, these people didn’t necessarily have to die from these sacrifices, but if they didn’t then they totally got off easy. More like Medium Damn Heroes.

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“You Had One Job, Tarly!!!”- Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1 Review- ‘Valar Dohearis’

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Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog written by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of great TV and movies and pretty subpar Homeland-themed cookbooks. Below is a review of the first episode of the third season of Game of Thrones with lots and lots and lots of spoilers. There has been a small amount of negative feedback regarding the fact that I am not a scholar on this show. Those who read this review may wonder who is taking it super seriously.

This show is conducted by someone who hasn’t read the books. Yell at me if you want.

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Top Ten Underrated Acting Performances- A Mexican Standoff

Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, future writer of movies and TV and current writer of Walking Dead/ Arrested Development slash fiction. God, I hope that’s not a real thing…

It’s easy to reward Meryl Streep over and over again. That’s easy. What’s difficult is sifting past the easy choice and looking at those who are doing great stuff that we forget about come time to hand out naked golden people holding things.

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#6- “It’s Like Frolicking in a Surly, Many-Boobed Field”- We Are in the Television Golden Age and Game of Thrones is Back!

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Chekhov’s Gunman is a film and television blog moderated by Kevin Lanigan, a future writer of movies and TV and a struggling sculpture artist in a time when marble is scarce. There’s probably some spoilers somewhere in here, so don’t blame me because I warned you, sonnyjack.

I am ready to welcome the sins of Westeros back into my life again. The boobs, and the midgets, and the incest… I want all of it. It’s like welcoming a dirty, crusty friend back into your life after his long HBO-fueled absence. Our noble dwarf Tyrion Lannister, the ever-slappable Joffrey Baratheon, and their entire gamut of back-stabbing winter-fearers are going to waltz back into our living rooms (or out of your computer screen if you’re one of those naughty children who pirates things) and we couldn’t be more glad.

The fervor and fan art that Game of Thrones inspires is daunting. It’s also the perfect encapsulation of where television is at right now. Read more…

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