1. To commemorate the winter season, we’ll be suggesting a different Netflix streaming recommendation set in the snow each week in the month of January. This week’s snowy movie: Fargo, the Cohen Brothers dark, yet funny, crime drama. 

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  2. Sorry, but this is Velveeta-grade cheese. Her is full of these treacly moments, such as when poor Joaquin Phoenix is forced to frolic in public as Theodore’s relationship with Samantha blooms, an emo-adolescent vision of happiness that in no way resembles what being in love looks or feels like. Even the humor — a foul-mouthed video game avatar, a joke about data that is too silly to repeat here — is of the cutesy variety. At one point, a ukulele makes an appearance.

    None of this would be even worth mentioning were it not for the glowing reception Her has received in the mainstream press, which could very well land this mawkish mess an Oscar for writing, of all things. But perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised, since mawkishness is having something of a moment in American culture, popping up most egregiously in the more recent films of Wes Anderson, but also in fashionable literature and broad swathes of indie rock music.

    This is the art of the hipster, which is to say that there is a lot of style, but the substance is missing

    Ryu Spaeth, in Spike Jonze’s Her is actually a terrible movie



  4. Even as Girls disappoints by implicitly endorsing the utterly toxic relationships of Hannah/Adam and Marnie/Charlie, it does something even more disappointing by putting so much emphasis on romantic relationships at all. Remember when Girls was about more than boys? What this episode lacks — and, on reflection, this season has lacked — is an emphasis on the relationships between the central four women. The episode doesn’t come close to passing the Bechdel Test, because the women don’t talk to each other at all, and it’s frustrating to watch Girls push the characters’ romantic entanglements to the forefront while it pushes the rest of their lives aside.

    Hannah’s crippling O.C.D. made it impossible for her to finish the book that would represent the culmination of her personal and professional dreams — but that’s okay, because Adam is there to scoop her into his arms! Marnie and Charlie have reached their “endpoint,” even though neither of them mentions her budding singing career — but that’s okay, because Charlie’s making enough money for both of them! And Shoshanna… what does Shoshanna do again? College student? Maybe we should actually find out what she’s studying sometime.”

    Scott Meslow really, really hated last night’s Girls finale


  5. When Hannah leaves the brownstone — and, presumably, Joshua’s life — for good, she takes her trash out with her. Maybe there’s hope for her yet.”

    Last night’s episode of Girls was a weird one, but “also a brief (but major) step forward” for Hannah and the show, says Scott Meslow. Here’s his review.


  6. Girls recap: Hannah the antihero — This week’s episode takes the series’ self-absorbed protagonist to a new low. 

    Girls has been laser-focused on Hannah this season, at the expense of characters like Jessa, Shoshanna, and even Adam, whose failure to show up in “Bad Friend” is particularly conspicuous after his arrest in last week’s episode. Hannah is a legitimately fascinating character — and certainly the most groundbreaking to emerge from Girlsbut the show can sometimes feel as obsessed with Hannah as Hannah is obsessed with Hannah — and that’s not a good thing.

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