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  •  Spring Break! WOOOO! (8+ / 0-)

    From the A.V. Club:

    March has arrived, and with it, the migration of the nation’s college students to warm coastal destinations for the weeklong bacchanal known as spring break. That’s an awfully cerebral description of two words that are meant to be shouted while topless and drunk—“SPPPPPRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNG BREEEEEAKKKKKKKKKK!”—or so say a lot of movies made about the phenomenon. Because Hollywood helped establish and ritualize spring break, The A.V. Club’s periodic I Learned It At The Movies feature looks to it for lessons to help our readers enjoy their spring break properly.
      •  "Her?" (6+ / 0-)

        "Mae Whitman on TMNT, blending into Arrested Development, and acting with Coach Taylor"

        AVC: We won’t press for any specific details about the Netflix season [of "Arrested Development"]—because those are being so closely guarded—but what has it been like to step back into that role and that world? How would you describe the vibe on-set?

        Mae Whitman: Man, it was amazing. It really was a trip, too, because some of the people I’ve kept in touch with and some of them I haven’t. You love everybody so much, so it was so exciting to see everybody, but it was really weird being back in the penthouse that was completely rebuilt. I’m looking around and seeing everybody sitting there in their same wardrobe and being back with those same characters. I’m such a huge fan of the show. I’ve seen every episode a jillion times, so it’s also simultaneously exciting to be sitting there with all those characters again and watching them do their genius thing. Watching Tony Hale turn into Buster is just—who comes up with that stuff? The mannerisms of each of the characters are just so funny and specific and nuanced that I was just totally nerding out with excitement, so it was a weird Twilight Zone thing. As somebody who’s a huge fan of the show, you get nervous that they’re going to try new stuff, “What’s it going to be like?” I saw some of the funniest stuff that I have ever seen working on this new incarnation of it. It’s really, really good.

    •  OT... (6+ / 0-)

      I finally watched the latest episode of "Justified." I think it was definitely one of the better episodes this season.

      One thing I'm a little confused about is who really sent the fake cop (that Raylan killed) to go looking for Drew Thompson? Was it the Dixie Mafia?

      •  Detroit (5+ / 0-)
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        From what I can gather, the Dixie Mafia (i.e. Wynn Duffy) is acting as middle-man for Theo Tonin's (Alan Arkin) Detroit crew.

        Boyd gave his enemies list to Wynn Duffy, who passed it along to Detroit, who sent the fake cop.

        If I remember right, I believe that Mike O'Malley's character mentioned that Theo Tonin had a personal score to settle with Drew Thompson, which means he knows what Thompson looks like. So that's what I took the fake cop sending photos to mean, that Theo Tonin was on the other end of the line to confirm whether or not any of the individuals were actually Thompson.

        •  I was pretty surprised Arlo was killed off... (3+ / 0-)
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          Even after Raylan said that he was dead, I didn't really believe it until the morgue scene at the end.

          •  "Get Some" (3+ / 0-)
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            From the A.V. Club:

            Raylan is preparing for his father to die, while he tries to go about his business, nonchalantly. He has some small hope that Arlo will make a dying declaration about Drew Thompson, and will thus make Raylan’s case for him and leave a legacy for his future grandchild. Instead, Arlo whispers, “Kiss my ass.” Think about that for a second. Think about how that must feel, to grow up raised by a complete son-of-a-bitch, and for his last words to be, basically, “Fuck you.” The show handles Raylan’s reaction well, showing him hearing the news about the shivving at a distance, and then later having him casually mention to his stunned co-workers that Arlo died earlier that day. And as he’s leaving the office to take care of the funeral arrangements—ordered to do so by Art, in fact—Raylan chokes up just a little while waiting for the elevator. Powerful stuff from Olyphant.
            Even though the actor was good & the character was always interesting in how he played off of Raylan, it was time. Earlier in the season, I had a hard time believing that anyone would give Arlo a deal that would allow him to walk, no matter what kind of info he had, since Arlo is a convicted cop-killer.

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