Movie Review: A small-time swindler loses his mind in the darkly funny Buzzard

The classic American underground film may seem extinct, but every year or two, as though through some fluke of recessive creative genes, one pops up in the indie landscape. Buzzard is one of these freaks of nature. Aggressively lower-middle-class, Joel Potrykus’ black comedy tackles loserdom as though it were an existential condition. It’s a movie of nervous cringes and subterranean […]

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TV Club: Man Seeking Woman: “Branzino”

After the entertaining and eventually joyful “Stain,” the latest entry from Man Seeking Woman is disappointing, failing to capitalize on the energy of the previous episode’s closing scene. In “Branzino,” Josh casts a wide net looking for a new relationship and eventually settles for Rachel, who while not his first choice, at least lives in-state. Josh is determined to make […]

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TV Club: The Americans: “Born Again”

For 37 minutes, “Born Again” feels like The Americans stubbornly eating its vegetables. For most of season three, the show’s been wolfing down the good stuff like Nina at the interrogation-room dinner table: the emotional tug-of-war between Philip and Elizabeth, Paige’s coming of age and Gabriel’s stirring debut, the sugary rush of the Yaz episode. But for its first 37 […]

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TV Club: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: “The Gang Goes On Family Fight”

In a great episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (and there have been a few of those this season), the show’s assorted crude shenanigans coalesce into something bigger, and darker. A really good Sunny sees the Gang’s adventures, mishaps, and petty cruelties reveal something about the way that such behavior illuminates not only the five main characters themselves, but […]

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TV Club: Workaholics: “Blood Drive”

Workaholics dabbles in darkness, but it doesn’t live there. This season has seen the show delve deeper than ever before into the essential decency beneath the bluster and weed and juvenile bro vulgarity of its protagonists, to surprisingly successful effect. Without changing who Adam, Blake, and Ders are fundamentally (or at all, really), the show has allowed them opportunities to […]

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