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    Siddharth | Review

    Friday, June 27th, 2014

    Director: Richie Mehta Writer: Richie Mehta (writer, dialogue), Maureen Dorey (story editor), Rajesh Tailang (dialogue) Starring: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Shobha Sharma Jassi Mahendra (Rajesh Tailang) is a father who, for the need of money, sends his only 12-year-old son, Siddharth (Irfan Khan), out into the great wide world to work in a […]

    Burning Love | Review

    Monday, August 6th, 2012

    Director: Ken Marino Writer: Erica Oyama Starring: Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Ken Jeong, Abigail Spencer, Janet Varney, Malin Akerman, Noureen DeWulf, Erin Muroski, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Leggero, Kristen Bell, Deanna Russo, Beth Dover, Jennifer Aniston, Helen Slayton-Hughes, Carla Gallo, Morgan Walsh, Adam Scott, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Paul Scheer, Matt Besser, Ryan Hansen, […]

    Rob Thomas (Party Down) | Interview

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

    Admittedly, I caught onto the Party Down craze after the show had already been cancelled; but the benefit of being late to the ball was that I could plow through the two seasons via Netflix Instant (back when Starz productions were available on Netflix Instant). Party Down was addictive as crack — not that I have ever done crack — and I was crushed when there were no more new episodes to feed my cravings. When friends first started recommending Party Down to me, no one ever mentioned Rob Thomas’ name in connection with it. If they had told me that the man behind Veronica Mars was co-creator and executive producer on Party Down, I would have paid attention. The thing is, most of my friends never understood my fascination with Veronica Mars (good thing I never admitted to watching the first couple of seasons of Dawson’s Creek!); they thought Veronica Mars was a television series about a teenage detective written for teenagers. Uh, wrong! Veronica Mars was a television series about a teenage detective written for an audience who was twenty-some years older than the titular character. In other words…ME.

    Girls | Review

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

    Director: Lena Dunham

    Writer: Lena Dunham

    Starring: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Christopher Abbott, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet

    Though I like Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, I totally understand why some people find her onscreen persona to be incredibly infuriating. I suspect some viewers will have the same problem with her character in the new HBO television series, Girls; but, then again, a lot of people are going to love Girls too.

    When Girls begins, Dunham’s character (Hannah) is not much different than Aura from Tiny Furniture. Hannah is a spoiled young woman who has never held a paying job. She seems proud of the fact that her parents have supported her thus far in life and expects their funding to continue ad nauseum. That is not to say Hannah does not work. Hannah is writing a book — an anthology of memoirs — and has held an unpaid internship ever since she graduated college two years ago. But then, only a few minutes into the first episode, Hannah’s parents tell her that they are cutting the proverbial cord, no more money as of…right…NOW! Oh no! Poor Hannah! What about her book?! And her unpaid internship?! And rent?! And…

    Luckily, Girls is not just about Hannah; because even as a fan of Dunham’s, it might be difficult to maintain interest in a sitcom in which she whines incessantly about her over-privileged “problems” for 30 minutes every week. So, the principal cast is nicely rounded out by Hannah’s roommate Marnie (Allison Williams); Marnie’s “too-nice” boyfriend, Charlie (Christopher Abbott); Hannah’s pot smoking, hard drinking, world travelling friend, Jessa (Jemima Kirke); and Jessa’s Sex & the City-loving cousin (Zosia Mamet).

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