Mitch Blum

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Album Review: Trigger Hippy (2013)

November 22nd, 2013 · 846 Comments · Music, Pop Culture

In his cooking memoir “Heat” Bill Bruford writes about legendary late-night dinners in New York City, where accomplished chefs would cook for each other and drink, smoke and tell war stories until the break of dawn. With no customers to cater to and no critics to sway the Chefs were free to just do their [...]

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15 Deadwood Actors Who Found Work at FX

October 18th, 2013 · 125 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

David Milch’s Deadwood is one of the great TV dramas of the new Golden Age of Television. Running on HBO from 2004-2006 the show resurrected the Western genre through beautiful visuals, excellent writing, memorable characters and masterful cursing. But more than just being a classic show, Deadwood has served a far greater purpose as a [...]

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Handicapping the 2013 ALCS, Private Investigator-Style

October 11th, 2013 · 824 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture, Sports

Today the internet will be bursting with sabermetricians breaking down this year’s ALCS, where the phoenix-like Boston Red Sox will take on the comeback Tigers from Detroit.
So while others will be discussing how many starts Justin Verlander will be able to make or whether Xander Bogaerts will ever get to pinch hit for Stephen Drew*, [...]

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False Duality & the Three Endings of ‘Breaking Bad’

October 1st, 2013 · 258 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

For the last several seasons of Breaking Bad we’ve been living with a false duality: is the real Walter White the emasculated genius Walter Hartwell White or the cunning criminal mastermind Heisenberg?
With each successive immoral decision the scales tipped further in Heisenberg’s favor, culminating in the memorable scene of Walter lying on the ground in [...]

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Kibbitzing about TV: Breaking Bad “Blood Money” (S5E9)

August 12th, 2013 · 74 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has long described Breaking Bad as a show about the transformation of Mr. Chips into Scarface. The reality, however, is that Scarface was there the whole time, lurking underneath Mr. Chip’s mild-mannered exterior. The drivers of Walter White’s behavior – arrogance, bitterness and hubris – have clearly existed from the [...]

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The Cars That People Drive on “Breaking Bad” Reveal Their True Nature (Updated)

August 7th, 2013 · 85 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

With the return of Breaking Bad just one short meth binge away I thought it would be fun to revisit my classic essay from 2011 as a easy-to-digest picture. People have left a ton of great comments on the original post, so please click here to see what your fellow Badheads are saying.

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Kibbitzing About TV: Mad Men Season 6: The Death of Don Draper

June 24th, 2013 · 109 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

When I was in college I took a “Crime in American Film” class and wrote my final essay on The Godfather Part II. My thesis was simple: by ordering the death of his brother Fredo, Michael had committed spiritual suicide. He had turned his back on the path of light and was no longer the [...]

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In Defense of Next Food Network Star

June 20th, 2013 · 524 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

I’m not a huge fan of reality TV. I’m not a huge fan of Alton Brown. In my TV repertoire, Food TV has exactly one role: to watch Guy Fieri late at night when I’m literally too lazy to change the channel with a remote.
I do, however, respect Food TV as a brand. Sure, they’ve [...]

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Movie Review: Man of Steel

June 15th, 2013 · 48 Comments · Pop Culture

Our plan to see Star Trek was thwarted by technological issues so we settled on Man of Steel, a movie I had no real interest in seeing. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a hardcore comic book nerd with four long boxes of classic comics in storage, so I like superheroes just fine.
My issue was [...]

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Kibbitzing About TV: Boardwalk Empire, “Margate Sands” (S3E12)

December 7th, 2012 · 194 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture

“Now You Know What Time It Is”
After last week’s episode, I read an article about Boardwalk Empire by some hipster douchebag who claimed that he was finally being rewarded for sticking with BE through two “confusing” seasons. The hipster douchebag went on to say that Season 3 finally helped him process the things that happened [...]

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