Horn of Plenty
James Hibberd’s cover story on Game of Thrones, Clark Collis’ article on Archer, Lynette Rice’s coverage of Jimmy Fallon and late-night TV, Stephan Lee’s roundup of e-book-only short stories and novellas, and Dalton Ross’ essay on the (over)abundance of great TV squeezing good TV off our DVRs: The GoT issue of EW (#1304) is just bursting with awesome.
It wasn’t just Dalton Ross who contributed to Raising Hope‘s demise (The Glutton). I’m also guilty. And I’m even worse, as I didn’t DVR episodes, I just thought, “Well, I’ll catch them on demand”…but then I never did. Let’s hope that creator Greg Garcia’s next series really sticks with viewers — and is never on Sundays at 9 p.m.
Silver Spring, Md.
While I never watch “live” TV anymore, Raising Hope rarely stayed in my DVR queue for very long. I anxiously awaited every episode to see what crazy stunts the Chance family would pull. I’m disappointed that this perfect sitcom was let go when so many bland others remain.
Andrew Garfield’s perception of his Amazing Spider-Man 2 character, Peter Parker, as “a scruffy dog… riddled by self-doubt” seems more interpretive than accurate (#1305). I’ve read every Amazing Spider-Man comic. Despite his bookishness and exclusion from the “in” crowd at school, Peter was always presentable, confident, and even smart-alecky. Gwen Stacy, before she became Peter’s girlfriend, reflects in issue #38: “No matter what the others say, there’s something so strong — so proud about Peter Parker!” I think previous Spider-Man Tobey Maguire got that exactly right.
Mark Harris’ piece on gore substituting for actual horror was right on (The Final Cut). It made me think of the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs. It wasn’t until my second viewing that I realized Tarantino actually panned to the wall and didn’t show the gore. I was certain I’d seen the ear cut off. A case where less was more indeed.
Correction: The title of Cloud Nothings’ new album is Here and Nowhere Else (The Must List, #1305).
Your Pop Culture Obsessions!
You wouldn’t be reading this magazine if you didn’t rhapsodize about all things entertainment. So we wanted to find out what consumes your waking hours (other than, you know, work and family).
Can I be best friends with Ilana and Abbi, please?! Their shenanigans are both hysterical and quasi-realistic. —Jordan Achs, Knoxville, Tenn.
Creepy, gory, and smart with a bit of a cheesy factor. It keeps me questioning the characters’ motives. —Amanda Heffernan, Watervliet, N.Y.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a straight-up rock star who makes me proud to spell my name N-E-R-D. —Antoinette M. Powell, Atlanta
One More Thing
B.J. Novak’s stories are a perfect blend of hilarious and touching, with the right amount of dark mixed in. —Neva Winkle, Lincoln, Neb.
2048 for iPhone
This game is so simple, addictive, and fun, and it successfully got me off Candy Crush. —Dana Wilson, Brooklyn
Fitz and the Tantrums
Their album More Than Just a Dream is full of catchy hooks and awesome beats. —Rebecca VanAcker, Lansing, Mich.
With a plethora of characters introduced this season, the plot is definitely not slowing down. —Valerie Hsieh, Lexington, Mass.
Fun Home album
A seemingly unadaptable graphic memoir became one of the most intelligent and emotional musicals ever. —Anthony Methvin, San Diego