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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cinebanter - 8th ANNUAL TELEBANTER

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula take their criticism to the small screen in the 8th ANNUAL TELEBANTER episode, where they share their best television shows of 2013. The pair rated two shows exactly the same on their lists. Can you guess which ones? The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 TOP 10 - 5 of 2013
• Break
• 26:42 TOP 4 - 1 of 2013
• 1:13:24 Credits and Outtakes

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Special thanks to Brad Daane, Mark Cummins and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Kube Studios said...

Great Stuff.. Thanks for Sharing it..

5:28 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Thanks for giving me some great ideas on what to catch up on!

I wanted to leave a comment about binge watching vs. watching one episode a week (normal TV schedule). Caveat: I watch way less TV than you guys do -- I probably wouldn't have enough to fill a top 10 for the year.

I think in a weird way, releasing all the episodes of a season at once caters to how a lot of us consume TV and other media these days already -- in huge gulps, always with more to catch up on. Practically everyone I know has DVR _and_ the problem of shows piling up on said DVR, faster than can be watched. I have this same problem with podcasts -- I can't just delete them unlistened to, for some reason! Netflix itself is designed to indulge that tendency with a "queue" of movies you may never get around to, because there are so many to catch up on! But I'm happier to have things to catch up on, and be able to do so, than to try and keep up with everything in the moment.

Of the three Netflix shows you talked about, I have only gotten around to one (the fourth season of "Arrested Development," which unlike Michael I thought was awesome). I want to get around to "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black," and I will eventually, but I know that I'm missing out on some discussion by not binge-watching it... and I'm okay with that. I can always go back and read recaps and comments. But with "Arrested Development" it was important enough to me to watch it in 3 days so I could be part of the conversation RIGHT AWAY, so I made the time. (Yes, I was one of those nutjobs who set my alarm for the time it was released. No regrets.)

Still, there are shows I know I look to as "event shows" and wouldn't want to wait to binge watch -- "Mad Men" being my foremost example. I think Netflix ought to try week-to-week releasing with one of their shows, but one reason they might not have so far is because of bandwidth concerns. I can picture the site completely tanking at whatever time they pick to "schedule" the show. I think it would be expressly suited to a procedural or something with a very strong plot through-line, so "House of Cards" might fit the bill.

1:35 PM  

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