Kathleen Hanna discusses her new musical venture, Lena Dunham gets political, Matt Fraction is interviewed about his new comics, Bill Callahan plus dub, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Cinematic Sportscasters, Kevin Sampsell, Digable Planets Reissued, Lena Dunham on Criterion, and More
Books about polar bear obsessives (kind of), Lena Dunham’s favorite Criterion Collection films, a new Kevin Sampsell essay, cinematic sportscasters, and more.
A Guy on Girls: Shoshanna Ensnared, Haircutters Despaired, and the Return of Laird! (S2/E10, “Together”)
On hearing that this week’s episode was titled “Together”, I assumed a Hannah-Marnie reunion was in order. Hannah’s MSWord declaration that “A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance…” is as close as we got, and perhaps I would have more enjoyed last night’s hit-and-miss season two finale if we’d seen a little more of this drama, and a little more of this sentiment carried into action.
In Girls‘ last season’s finale, “She Did,” Jessa included the following prophetic statement in her wedding vows: “Your dreams are not what you thought they’d be.” It made sense then, because in the context of her wedding to Thomas John, we saw a bohemian malcontent settling for a 401K and high-rise apartment. Having spent the past few months taking in the second season, Jessa’s proclamation seems truer than ever. As a finale, “Together” shows us that finding love (or sex, […]
In the year 2525, when they’re still running “TV’s 33 and ½ Craziest Moments, Part 2” on VH1 Jupiter, will the conclusion of last night’s Girls rank as The Ejaculation Heard Round the World? The Semen That Changed It All? Or will the legacy of this historic puddle end with a whimper, as Adam himself seemed to last night, faced with a partner who will either challenge his conventions or bore him to death?
This week’s episode of Girls could have easily been titled “Left Turn” instead of “It’s Back,” considering all the curve balls that get thrown at the audience. I don’t want to be a sour Sally, but I may or may not have said that this episode seemed to include a potentially jumping shark. All I’m saying is that if you’re going to make Marnie a singer, Charlie a successful startup guy (which felt like wish fulfillment and a revenge fantasy […]
“It’s Back” is an episode about the internalized manifesting itself, and feeling a loss of control in the wake of others’ actions. Shoshanna runs into the arms of a man whose job isn’t much better than Ray’s, but who seems to be enjoying it more. Marnie yearns to sing Norah Jones style smooth jazz and ends up belting it out with abandon, a dream so buried that it’s been unknown to us to this point. Adam hasn’t had a drop […]
Another week, another bottle episode of Girls. “Video Games” takes place outside the show’s chronology (except for including Jessa’s split with Thomas John) and only features Hannah and Jessa from the main cast. We get to meet Jessa’s dad (Ben Mendelsohn, playing an absent father with anger issues), his girlfriend Petula (Rosanna Arquette) and Petula’s oddball son Frank. It’s nice getting a peek into Jessa’s emotional and historical life world, but I’m not convinced it was worth leaving Brooklyn.