Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 2.3, “Amarillo”

“What’d I miss? Anything blow up yet?” With most works of fiction, the narrative tension comes from not knowing what’s going to happen. The unique tension of Better Call Saul comes from knowing exactly what’s going to happen, just not when or how. If there had never been a Breaking Bad, if we did not…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 2.2, “Cobbler”

The symbolism of Kim’s gift to Jimmy in the week’s Better Call Saul – a “World’s Best Lawyer” travel cup, cheekily modified by Kim to read “World’s 2nd Best Lawyer” – was pretty hard to miss. Though it fit snugly in the cup holder of his trusty Suzuki Esteem, it does not quite fit in…

Recap Digest: Better Call Saul 2.1, “Switch”

Before I saw last night’s second-season premiere of Better Call Saul, I previewed the new season by asking five questions that I figured would be answered over the course of the season. Imagine my surprise when four of them were answered over the course of this first episode: Jimmy and Kim did get together, he…

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Five Questions for Season 2 of ‘Better Call Saul’

“Happy Monday” is seldom said unironically, but I for one am looking forward to tonight’s season 2 premiere of my favorite new show of last season, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Breaking Bad prequel/spinoff Better Call Saul. What’s interesting about this show, which follows luckless attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) on a journey that Breaking…

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Drop the Needle on HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

When Eric Clapton formed a band with Steve Winwood, or when Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young got together, or when half of Soundgarden and half of Pearl Jam teamed up to form Temple of the Dog, or when Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones and the guy from Queens of the Stone Age formed Them…

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‘War & Peace’ Full of Love & Lies

If you’re a lover of drama, great acting, and fabulous costuming, you’re going to love this screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Brought to the small screen by the Weinstein Company and BBC, War & Peace stars Paul Dano (Love and Mercy, Prisoners), Lily James (Cinderella), and James Norton (Rush) alongside an excellent…

Hope and Heartache on HBO’s The Leftovers

 A lot of viewers, myself included, didn’t give The Leftovers much of a chance as the first season aired. To be honest, it was filled to the brim with darkness, despair and too many unanswered questions for me to feel connected. But, after I heard they were picked up for season 2 (premiering this Sunday…

Review: ‘Silicon Valley’ on HBO

We may not have flying cars or be taking our meals in pill form, but the world has changed pretty dramatically since I was a kid. For instance, the biggest industry in the world, and by far the best field for young people to go into, didn’t even exist 40 years ago, and wasn’t on…

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