As in past years, we have a different writer judging a different round each day, with the contest progressing until Vulture’s Margaret Lyons makes the final call on Tuesday, March 25. And we will pay tribute to each day’s fallen combatant with a special post that looks at that show in a surprising, fun way that will remind you just why you spent so many hours watching its weekend marathons. We don’t expect you to agree with all the calls – that’s what the comments section is for. And while normally we would hope the comments would be an exemplar of decorum, this is reality TV; if there is anything short of virtual hair-pulling, then something has gone horribly wrong. … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?
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The other important part of these shows is the judging, and the more obscure the skill set, the more direct and fascinating the judging seems to be. Ink Master and Face Off are probably the best in that arena: The judges are incredibly hard on contestants, pointing out tiny details and making constructive suggestions. That tattoo should face towards his chest, not towards his armpit, they say. Mustache hair does not grow like that; you’ll have to apply that fake wizard beard all over again. For all the professional experiences of the panel on American Idol, they have never given any musical advice that isn’t something novices at home wouldn’t notice themselves. (You were not singing the right notes, for example.) But on these other, better shows, the judging is largely guidance-based, and not just for the contestants. Thanks to Top Design, I turn my nose up at rooms that are under-accessorized. (Get a plant in there for a pop of green, sheesh.) After Shear Genius, I … [Read more...] about Skill-Based Contests Are the Best Kind of Reality TV
Two of Hollywood's biggest names in comedy - Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish - team up for this dumb-but-fun laugher about adults in evening class that’s new to Netflix. The jokes are hardly high-brow but those leads sure know how to grab your attention - especially hyperactive Hart, who also co-wrote and co-produced. And if you like the film then look out for a spin-off TV show, coming soon. … [Read more...] about Netflix: best movies to watch this week – September 2020
Was there anything in my life — my actual life, the part not lived on the carpet in front of a TV set — to contradict this? Not yet, but my world was changing. The great cratering of New York City was now at its most dire — it was the era of overflowing trash cans, of sidewalks full of dog turds, of garbage men on strike and blaring horns and headlines about financial default (“New York City Is Now Dead” stories are not an invention of 2020), of graffiti-covered subway cars and mimeographed notes sent home from school about how to teach your children to protect themselves against muggers. I was still too young for some of the movies — The French Connection, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — that reinforced the national image of New York as an ill-tempered hell where everyone was sweating just to get through the day. But my father took me to a couple of long-forgotten cut-rate versions of those films — Cops and Robbers and Law & … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me
Ramona is really a human mood ring, just vacillating between emotions like changing from deep blue to cobalt to a frosty mint. She sways this way and that; her feelings are as changeable as a cloud bank rolling across the heavens. But for now, Ramona is having fun. She and Aviva toss a few more back together and stare into each other’s eyes, thinking about the possibilities of the year, the uncertainty of their contractually obligated future. They toast and smile. Eventually they get up and totter out of the restaurant together to hail cabs. They stumble back and forth on the sidewalk before reaching out for their respective chariots. What Ramona doesn’t realize is that in the all the fun, she seems to have lost a shoe. She’s like Cinderella or just some careless sorority girl who doesn’t know better. But there it is, a pump, sitting in the gutter telling some indistinct story that will definitely confuse a middle-aged man when he picks it up and tosses it in … [Read more...] about Season-Six Premiere Recap: New Girl, Same As the Old