Ah, the early days of a relationship, when everything is nice and fresh and fun until that awkward moment when someone slips up and refers to the other one as his boyfriend, and then things get weird and awkward and The Conversation has to happen. I remember the first — and only — time this happened to me: I was seeing the first guy I had ever dated, and I casually mentioned that I called him my boyfriend when talking about him to a friend. “Oh, what?” he asked, and then I was successfully shamed into acknowledging that it wasn’t that serious even though I thought it was, and I had to retract it until he came around weeks later and admitted, yes, we were in a relationship. Of course, I was 23 at the time, not realizing that it was an early sign that this guy was probably not going to be a good bet. … Read More
Maybe that beach house blowup wasn’t a breaking point after all. Maybe it was a much-needed airing of grievances, dragging this friend group’s tensions up to the surface before they could break it apart. And now that everyone’s aware just what everyone else thinks of them, the Girls are free to have civil, uneventful parties like the one Hannah and Adam throw at the Gramercy Hotel. There may be a few uninvited guests—denim-on-denim wearing actor Desi, the anxieties Patti LuPone implants in Hannah’s already anxious head—but “Incidentals” is largely a happy, quiet episode. Which Girls is more than entitled to after last week’s drunken meltdown. … Read More
Possibly you’ve noticed, but a lot of people on the internet are obsessing over True Detective, hanging out all day every day on Reddit or the True Detective Facebook page, offering frankly incredible levels of detail in their analyses of the show. The amount of intricacy involved in their interpretive work would impress some biblical scholars, I think. Here’s a survey and my own take on these theories, starting with the most… Read More
Have you ever wanted to tag along on a date and watch a pair of individuals get to know each other in real time as they do things like eat brunch, visit a planetarium, and sit on a cliff? Me neither. But that’s what we get on this week’s Looking, and I’m all for it if only for the fact that we got thirty minutes to focus entirely on Patrick who, at this point in the series, we know so very little about. And aren’t we glad that we don’t have to listen to whatever stupid shit Agustín is up to? (Not making art, probably.) … Read More
In True Detective, time is a flat circle. Reggie Ledoux tells this to Rust Cohle as he’s being apprehended and Cohle initially shrugs it off. Later, however, he expands on the idea in his 2012 interview: “Everything we’ve ever done or will do we’re gonna do over and over and over again.” That’s been something of a theme for the last five episodes. Detectives Hart and Cohle may have solved one murder in 1995 but there is always going to be another one. In this case, it’s a near identical murder 17 years later, too similar for it to be a coincidence. … Read More
God bless Shoshanna Shapiro.
Girls has kept its sometime MVP on the sidelines for so long, I forgot how good it feels when the show puts her in her rightful place as the foursome’s resident Cassandra. She’s deployed to spectacular effect in “Beach House,” an episode’s that co-written by all three of the show’s heavy hitters. The idea of a vacation that strikes a friend group’s killing blow by ripping the group’s tensions out into the open has been done before, obviously. But Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Judd Apatow combine their talents to render a chick-flick cliché in nightmarish detail. “Beach House” pulls this off by showing the way this particular group would implode, demonstrating such a perfect understanding of its characters and the dynamic between them that it’s easy to forget that Girls has been keeping its protagonists separated for so long. … Read More
Cue the fisting jokes and the self-satisfied observations that “assless chaps” is a redundant phrase: this week on Looking, we’re going to the Folsom Street Fair! This will come as a blessing and a curse to the straight men who forgot to change the channel after Girls and assumed this has something to do with Johnny Cash. Folsom Street Fair is an annual celebration of leather and bondage and all of that kinky shit that has been associated with gay men, so naturally this gives our pals Patrick and Company a perfect opportunity to try to immerse themselves into the sexual culture that gained visibility at the height of the gay sexual revolution of the ‘70s while still tittering about because they just don’t fit in with these gay guys and, gosh, can’t we see more normal gay guys who don’t stretch the assholes of other men while wearing leather straps because they like playing video games and wearing hoodies and normal things? (Disclosure: I’m proudly of the anti-fisting variety of gay men because Crisco is for Southern cooking, but I’m fully prepared to write a think-piece on how sex-negative this episode is if you need me to. I’m doing this for you, kids.) … Read More