Apr 1, 2014

Inventory: March 2014

Welcome to Inventory: a monthly column in which we take a moment to look back at the past few weeks and highlight articles that I have written that may be worth a second glance. From the archives of Optigrab, The Oscar Buzz, and CinemaBeach, the following is what I feel to be the Top 10 articles that I have written in any given month and feel the need to highlight. Also covered will be any known details on what will be coming up in the month ahead. So without further ado, let's take inventory and see what I have to say.

Woody Harrelson
Article: TV Retrospective:: True Detective - Season 1
Source: Optigrab
Comments: I may only be April, but in the first three months of the year, we have managed to turn out a lot of impressive TV content, most notably the HBO series True Detective and its use of revolutionizing the TV model for American audiences. With a stellar cast and a very solid batch of episodes, this is a series likely to not be forgotten when the End of the Year collections come around.

Source: Readwave
Comments: With The Muppets Most Wanted hitting screens, I figured that I would take a look at why Jim Henson's iconic puppets just don't appeal to the kids these days. It isn't meant to be a slander against the film, but more of a reflection on how technology has unfortunately made the characters seem dated and foreign to younger audiences.

Source: The Oscar Buzz
Comments: The right people won most of the time, but Ellen Degeneres was one of the worst hosts in quite some time. Also, don't eat at Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria simply because they single handedly ruined the Oscars ceremony for the entire night, even if it was Degeneres' fault.

Russell Crowe
Source: The Oscar Buzz
Comments: Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic has hit the screen and has caused some controversy for its depiction of artistic license within the realms of scripture. However, I really enjoyed it and had a lot of great things to say about it.

Kate Winslet
Source: Readwave
Comments: This past month, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind finally passed the decade mark and it was as good of a time as any to reflect on what continues to make it one of the most unique and powerful films in the young millennium. From the acting to the script to the score, there is a lot to admire about the film and I do my best to highlight it all in an attempt to pay tribute to it.

Ralph Fiennes
Source: The Oscar Buzz
Comments: This past month also saw Wes Anderson's latest become a box office juggernaut that brought in the big bucks in the limited release and also one of his most accessible films. It may not be his best, but he definitely gives a lot of stuff to admire, including Alexandre Desplat's score, which is an early favorite for Best of 2014.

Left to right: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
Source: Optigrab
Comments: Considered the Anti-Girls, this Comedy Central freshman series managed to hit the scene and charm its way onto a weekly must-see. It may be too crass and sloppy at times, but the slapdash take on 20-somethings is something endearing and I cannot wait to see it return for a second season.

Source: Readwave
Comments: It was recently announced that South Korea's 4DX technology was coming to the United States. The only thing is that maybe it will not make movie experiences better, but more distracting.

Left to right: Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott
Source: Optigrab
Comments: One of the strangest shows of 2014 so far is this podcast that attempts to collect thoughts on U2, but instead is more about goofing around. It isn't always perfect, but there's something enduring about it that makes it an enjoyable parody of recap shows.

Source: Optigrab
Comments: After a brief hiatus, Bob's Burgers returned this past month with a string of some of the season's best episodes, including this impressive triptych. It captures some deeper understanding in the inventive cartoon styles and gives the characters plenty of memorable moments.

What To Expect: April 2014
Left to right: Alex Karpovsky, Lena Dunham, and Adam Driver
Coming Thursday-Friday, April 3-4: A two-part TV Retrospective of season three of HBO series Girls

Left to right: Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani
Coming Monday, April 7: A Channel Surfing column on the new Mike Judge TV series Silicon Valley

Coming Tuesday, April 8: A Channel Surfing column on the new AMC series Turn

Billy Bob Thornton
Coming Thursday, April 17: The latest TV Recap series following FX's take on the Coen Brothers with Fargo

Amy Poehler
Coming Friday, April 25: A TV Retrospective column on season six of Parks and Recreation

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