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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 7 Recap: “The Gift”

“I imagine this is strange for you,” the High Sparrow tells Olenna, always good for drawing a monologue or two out of her enemies. “Everyone you meet has a hidden motive, and you pride yourself on seeking it out. But I’m telling you a simple truth.” And yet “The Gift” reveals the High Sparrow to be exactly like the Game of Thrones power players the Queen of Thorns is used to dealing with. For one, he delivers that line during the most Game of Thrones-y scene possible: two people, alone in a room, having an eminently quotable verbal tennis match. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 6 Recap: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

The audience doesn’t really see the event that ends “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken,” just two close-ups: the first on a terrified Sansa, the second on a man who identified himself as Theon Greyjoy just hours before. The second closeup lasts far longer, the emotion on its subject’s face rawer. That’s because, to make an already disgusting situation even more so, what happens to Sansa isn’t even about Sansa; it’s about teaching “Theon” he’s still Reek. It’s also about Game of Thrones destroying the narrative the show has constructed around her—deliberately, of course, but perhaps not wisely. … Read More

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HBO’s ‘Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop’ Questions the Legality of Gruesome Fantasies

Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop isn’t true crime in the same sense as HBO’s recent docuseries The Jinx or the immensely popular podcast Serial. It doesn’t intend to solve a crime or even, really, to depict one. It’s more of a conversation starter, or a criminal justice course essay prompt: Can the law punish someone for their vile and murderous thoughts? … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Kill the Boy”

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to judge a Game of Thrones episode by its color palette. “Kill the Boy” takes place almost entirely in the North, meaning it’s dominated by blacks, whites, greys, and blues. After scene upon scene in a dirty kennel, dark hall, or dank library somewhere in the bowels of Castle Black, it’s hard not to miss the bright reds and golds of King’s Landing or Dorne. Even Meereen, normally a dependable source of blues and yellows—come to think of it, isn’t it odd for an entire city to color-coordinate its outfits?—is comparatively drab this week to match Dany’s mindset. … Read More

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Viola Davis Is Developing and Starring in a Harriet Tubman Biopic for HBO

Viola Davis won’t just be advising students through their legal gray areas anymore on How To Get Away With Murder: … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 3 Recap: “High Sparrow”

What does Arya Stark want? Our four main story lines this week see characters making big, ambitious moves. But as Peter “Ambition Incarnate” Baelish reminds us, every ambitious move is a gamble, and it’s not clear any of our protagonists know what it is they’re gambling. That’s especially true of Arya, who’s latched onto the Faceless Men with a ferocity that belies her ignorance of what, exactly, the Faceless Men are. Jon, Cersei, and Sansa, however, don’t seem any more cognizant of the risks they’re taking by walking straight into the lion’s den (or in Jon’s case, smugly staying in it). Some of them can’t be blamed—word of Ramsay’s sadism hasn’t even reached Littlefinger, let alone Sansa. Some of them should know better, and characteristically don’t. … Read More

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How ‘True Detective’ Shot McConaughey’s Monologues and Other Revelations From Cary Fukunaga’s Tribeca Talk

It probably says something not altogether confidence-inspiring about the current state of cinema that one of the most interesting and versatile independent filmmakers on the scene had to go to television to become a marquee name. Sure, indie fans hooked in to his 2009 debut feature Sin Nombre, and lit geeks fawned over his 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, but it’s fair to guess that most of the Tribeca Film Festival-goers who flocked to Thursday afternoon’s “Tribeca Talk” with Cary Fukunaga were there because of True Detective. And the director of that show’s entire first season was more than happy to oblige… Read More

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Brooklyn Stoner Comedy ‘High Maintenance’ to Deliver Six New Episodes to HBO

On today, 4/20, some huge and oh-so-topical news has been announced: The online comedy-series High Maintenance is coming to television: HBO has… Read More

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