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Chasing the wind

Television | Amazon’s Vanity Fair shows the folly of striving after fleeting things
by Megan Basham
Posted 2/14/19, 11:51 am

Perhaps the rumors are true that Amazon wants to develop a few cleaner series that don’t feature the sex, violence, or profanity common to streaming and cable dramas. Although Vanity Fair, the famous “Novel Without a Hero,” offers numerous opportunities to visually capitalize on the adulterous affairs and other unbecoming conduct William Makepeace Thackeray merely hinted at, Amazon’s gorgeous, wonderfully acted seven-part series (rated TV-14 with some minor profanity) wisely resists the bait.

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Busted bubble

Television | Valley of the Boom clumsily spotlights the greed behind the dot-com bubble
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/31/19, 12:43 pm

Valley of the Boom tells the story of the dot-com boom in Silicon Valley, but the show itself is a miserable bust.

In the early days of public investment in internet companies, anyone with a high-tech sounding name and confusing technology had an opportunity to bamboozle the public.

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The battle for Brexit

Television | HBO’s Brexit: The Uncivil War overplays the influence of charisma and social media wizardry on the U.K.’s “Yes” voters
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/31/19, 12:18 pm

While not as balanced as advertised, HBO’s new movie, Brexit: The Uncivil War, offers fascinating insight into the political upheaval reverberating through the Western world.

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