TV

Are ‘The Hunger Games’ Films Radical Social Critique — or Just More Evidence of Hollywood’s Cynicism?

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There’s a certain conceptual irony to The Hunger Games franchise. This is a story, after all, that is at its essence about the perniciously oppressive power of entertainment — and yet, here it is, rendered as that most modern of entertainments, a Hollywood blockbuster. This contradiction is at the heart of what makes the film adaptations, in particular, such an interesting cultural phenomenon. The movies’ story arc essentially concerns the overthrow of an oppressive state wherein wealth is confined to an elite at the expense of an exploited majority, and what looks remarkably like a socialist revolution based around the redistribution of wealth.
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The 25 Most Memorable Moments in TV History

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It’s not an oft-celebrated anniversary, but 62 years ago this week, television as we know it was launched. It was 1951, and President Harry Truman was speaking before a conference in San Francisco about the treaty that officially ended the country’s post-WWII occupation of Japan. That’s not what was noteworthy — it was how he did it. The speech was broadcast across the nation, with 87 stations in 47 cities picking up Truman’s remarks via microwave technology. So for the first time, people all over the country could watch the same thing, at the same time. And thus was born television’s greatest purpose: as a uniting force, on which we all saw the same things, and came together to react to them with laughter, shock, joy, and tears. In honor of the occasion, we’ve selected the 25 most memorable television moments from the ensuing …Read More

10 Classic Undercover Movies

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Over the last few years, USA has become known for producing some of the finest drama on television — cable or otherwise — and summer is the network’s season to shine. Their newest offering is Graceland, a provocative drama about the undercover lives of federal agents. The pilot, which premieres June 6, kicks off with an undercover agent being shot in a drug deal gone wrong, and doesn’t let up from there. It follows a group of DEA, FBI, and Customs (ICE) agents who live together in a Southern California beach house. This may sound more Real World than Miami Vice, but Graceland was inspired by real events, and features enough gritty, drug war action to back up its premise.
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