These questions regard last night’s episode of HBO’s GIRLS. Please answer the prompts with specific examples from LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE, though supplementary material will be accepted as a secondary source. Please write legibly. No. 2 pencils only. You have an hour to finish this test. See below for questions and sample responses.
1. Throughout this episode, Hannah is the most levelheaded and mature person onscreen. She is kinder to her family members than any of them are to her or one another, and she calmly tells them how she feels when they are not being nice. Why does she act this way here, when in other environments she is self-centered, careless and avoidant? It can’t simply be her response to being around awful people, or she’d be like this around Marnie and Jessa too. What is it about their screwed-up family dynamic that makes Hannah come out looking like the sane one? Read More
By Drew Grant 3/03 12:33pm
James Franco, he of the Shia LaBeouf sympathy camp, will be showing a bunch of his art school films that didn’t get wide release as part of IFC’s Francofest from March 5th – March 13. Catch him during one of his eight personal appearances and ask him the secret of life: Legend has it that he’ll be forced to answer you, or pay you off in marijuana. Read More
By Drew Grant 2/25 5:14pm
How do we feel about this, you guys? A little weird? I definitely feel a little weird about this. Like, I love Fargo, and FX has great programming, and the cast is all-star. (Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt and Colin Hanks are all very good actors!) Read More
By Drew Grant 2/25 2:10pm
Safe for work, if you’re interested in this sort of thing. Though we happen to find it a little shady that a Fox 5 News team just “happened to be driving by” 63rd and 3rd Avenue yesterday evening while a woman tried to hail a taxi, and, failing that, just gave birth on the middle of the sidewalk. How often does THAT happen? #OnlyInNewYork Read More
By Drew Grant 2/25 12:46pm
“Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of seven more women would be discovered around the swamps and canals that ring Jennings, a staggering body count for a tiny sliver of a town of about 10,000. Along with Lewis, the victims were Ernestine Marie Daniels Patterson, 30; Kristen Gary Lopez, 21; Whitnei Dubois, 26; Laconia “Muggy” Brown, 23; Crystal Shay Benoit Zeno, 24; Brittney Gary, 17; and Necole Guillory, 26.”So writes Ethan Brown, an investigative reporter who spent two years studying the case of the Jefferson Davis Parish, where eight dead prostitutes washed ashore around a small Louisiana community called Jennings. Mr. Brown, who gave his exhaustive report on Medium, was able to uncover that the supposed serial killings–which in 2008 required a multi-agency investigative team of FBI, sheriff, and local law enforcement–although left unsolved, actually linked the prostitutes to high-level police officers. Multiple pieces of evidence tied police to the murders, the most important being that several members of the Jeff Davis 8 witnessed the 2005 shooting of a drug-dealing pill-doctor by an officer. Others had been on the verge of speaking out about police corruption. Read More
By Drew Grant 2/24 4:09pm
Forget an Emmy. Someone should give True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolatto a Pulitzer.
This is what I thought/tweeted (is there a difference anymore?) on Saturday, way back when we were all still high on the discovery of the meta-textual references in HBO’s new killer crime series. After an interview in The Wall Street Journal where Pizzolatto, a Read More
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By Drew Grant 2/24 1:00pm
Mike Judge might be one of the most prolific pop culture creator of our lifetime. Think about it: Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space, that one with Luke Wilson in the future where everyone says “But it’s got electrolytes!” And now Silicon Valley, a new HBO show about a bunch of skinny geeks in San Fran who write code and try to hit the tech jackpot.
Already from the trailer we can tell that this is going to be GIRLS for dudes who bitch about their start-ups on Secret. Oh, you threw up because someone offered you $10 million??? Try getting a real job, Mr. Hannah Horvath. Read More
By Drew Grant 2/24 9:32am
Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only reason to keep your TV tuned to NBC while nodding off after a long day: Starting tonight, Saturday Night Live and Weekend Update star Seth Meyers will be taking over Late Night at 12:35. (So technically, it’s Tuesday morning, but who’s keeping track?) The newly minted host took a moment from the frenzy of his weekday debut to talk to The Observer about diversity in the writers’ room, Fred Armisen’s music curation, and a potential True Detective parody.