FILM

5 tropes known to trigger movie and TV watching fatigue

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Whether it’s '70s polyester, plastic surgery, or steroids, America always goes overboard. And when it comes to movies and TV, these five overdone Hollywood tropes are no exception.

Watching a sweaty, red-faced actor on her back screaming, surrounded by blood-soaked towels and other trails of carnage, does nothing to advance the plot. But yet we see it again and again, ranging from gross-out comedies like Knocked Up (the baby crowning scene at the hospital) or the worst perpetrator, the period drama Call the Midwife, which includes at least one birth scene per episode.

Dramatic birth scenes are gratuitous, making them…


TV

Why the Sex and the City reboot doesn’t work without Samantha Jones

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And just like that, the Sex and the City cast have dusted off their Louboutins for another paycheck. The reboot no one asked for, the one without Samantha Jones, is happening whether we like it or not.

A SATC reboot without Samantha is a crime. It’s peanut butter without jelly, The Golden Girls without Blanche. Destiny’s Child with no Beyonce.

Critics might call Samantha an over-the-top caricature of the female cougar, a drag queen trapped in a woman’s body. …


HUMOR

Practical travel tips for Capitol Hill protesters

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After five years of Trump rallies and doomscrolling far-right headlines, you are ready to make a stand for freedom and justice. From the Washington D.C. travel experts, here’s everything you need to know for making the most of your patriotic crusade to the U.S. capital:

After a full day of protesting, you’re going to need things from the local service industry — a place to stay, takeout orders, drivers shuttling you to and from airports and protest sites. Those might seem like basic needs for any tourist, but you’re not just anybody. You’re special, which is why traveling gets especially…

Jesse Whitman

Founder of the Dinner and Movie Night blog

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