Welcome back to Killing Eve, source of TV’s most beautiful love story. In its third episode back, the show dials up the strength of its core relationship while simultaneously reminding us of how utterly dysfunctional it is. In a nutshell, the things that make this show the creepy, compelling delight that it is. It’s something of a relief to see Villanelle and Eve back to circling each other. After two episodes where Villanelle was very much out of commission and Eve was trying to grapple with her own emotions about her fascination with a killer, the two are both offered very good reasons why their relationship is harming them. And by the end of the episode, they’ve both decided to completely ignore this sound reasoning and refocus on each other. Advertisement There will undoubtedly come a point when the people who are depending on Eve and Villanelle for their skills and abilities will get very tired of putting up with their obsession with each other. Both … [Read more...] about A strong
As the year draws to a close and a weary world takes stock of the past 12 months, let us distract ourselves from the whirling sea of shit we continue to endure with a frivolous list of goofy band names. Because just as the sun rises and sets every day no matter what, creative people will always start bands with questionable names. I took a solemn oath in 2005 to compile them in a continually updated Evernote. Eleven years in, the standard caveats remain: These aren’t necessarily bands that formed in the past year, but bands I encountered for the first time. Inclusion on the list isn’t a slight against the band’s music, but it’s not an endorsement, either. I generally exclude bands that are pushing a decade or more old, but I make the occasional exception. Finally, some 2017 names came from commenter recommendations last year, so thank you for those. And now, cue up “Pomp And Circumstance,” for it is time to present the class of 2017. Animals … [Read more...] about And, of course, Anal Trump: The year in band names 2017
1. New Year’s Day: thirtysomething, “Happy New Year” (1990)great episode with which to celebrate those out-of-the-way holidays is even harder. Take, for instance, New Year’s Day, a holiday that falls in the two or three weeks of the year most American TV networks just don’t program and has to compete with its big brother Christmas for notice otherwise. But Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick turned the holiday into a time for quiet reflection on the year that was and muted hope for the year ahead on two of their series, thirtysomething and My So-Called Life. Both episodes are good, but former is the best pick for a New Year’s celebration. Taking place in the midst of an arc where a major character battled cancer, the episode is both somber and joyful, gathering the whole of the show’s terrific ensemble in one place to greet 1991. 2. Valentine’s Day/Presidents’ Day: The Simpsons, “I Love Lisa” (1993)The Simpsons’ … [Read more...] about 19 great TV episodes for non-traditional holidays
The year: 1995 Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20 Songs Of 1995 1. Coolio, “Gangsta’s Paradise” 2. TLC, “Waterfalls” 3. TLC, “Creep” 4. Seal, “Kiss From A Rose” 5. Boyz II Men, “On Bended Knee” 6. Real McCoy, “Another Night” 7. Mariah Carey, “Fantasy” 8. Madonna, “Take A Bow” 9. Monica, “Don’t Take It Personal” 10. Montell Jordan, “This Is How We Do It” 11. Dionne Farris, “I Know” 12. Boyz II Men, “Water Runs Dry” 13. Adina Howard, “Freak Like Me” 14. Blues Traveler, “Run-Around” 15. All-4-One, “I Can Love You Like That” 16. Bryan Adams, “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” 17. Bon Jovi, “Always” 18. Shaggy, “Boombastic” 19. Nicki French, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” 20. Des’ree, “You Gotta Be” While the history of ’90s … [Read more...] about Pulp, Team Dresch, and Autechre were the true alternative in 1995
The year: 2007 Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20 Songs Of 2007 1. Beyoncé, “Irreplaceable” 2. Rihanna, “Umbrella (feat. Jay Z)” 3. Gwen Stefani (feat. Akon), “The Sweet Escape” 4. Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” 5. T-Pain, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” 6. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats” 7. Plain White T’s, “Hey There Delilah” 8. Akon (feat. Snoop Dogg), “I Wanna Love You” 9. Nelly Furtado, “Say It Right” 10. Fergie (feat. Ludacris), “Glamorous” 11. Akon, “Don’t Matter” 12. Avril Lavigne, “Girlfriend” 13. Maroon 5, “Makes Me Wonder” 14. Shop Boyz, “Party Like A Rockstar” 15. Akon (feat. Eminem), “Smack That” 16. Mims, “This Is Why I’m Hot” 17. Daughtry, “It’s Not Over” 18. Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson), “The Way I Are” 19. … [Read more...] about St. Vincent, No Age, and Yeasayer were the next wave of 2007
This morning, in the Deadspin staff chatroom, we found ourselves debating whether a hippopotamus or a rhinoceros would win in a head-to-head battle. Since the question wasn't settled there [even after, like, six hours—ed], Albert Burneko and Greg Howard have decided to air the question in a public forum. Burneko Yes, it's true that hippos look like big, docile burritos. Yes, it's true that they spend most of their time lounging in muddy water holes, occasionally surfacing to spray poop around like lawn sprinklers. Yes, it's true that, despite this, they're still kind of adorable, with their sweet cow eyes and big squishy faces and hilarious little baby legs. This is all a ruse. They want you to think they are the silly, dumpy mud-cows of Africa. Their secret: Hippos are goddamn killing machines. Advertisement According to this Daily Mail article featuring harrowing photographs of a grown man sprinting for his life before the wrath of an enraged hippopotamus roughly the … [Read more...] about Who Would Win If A Hippo Fought A Rhino? A Question For The Ages.