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My Gimpy Life Review

on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 00:00

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” Frank Sinatra sang of New York, but for aspiring actors and actresses, Hollywood is the place that can make their dreams come true. Unfortunately, the majority of these wannabe thespians struggle in anonymity, and must deal with awkward auditions, inattentive agents, aggressive competitors and various other obstacles too numerous to mention. For Teal Sherer, these impediments are magnified even more by the fact that the hopeful actress is confined to a wheelchair. In reality, however, the comedy webseries My Gimpy Life demonstrates that the path to Hollywood success is filled with the same potholes and roadblocks regardless of physical handicaps, and that the dream of making it big can be just as daunting and soul-crushing as well.

My Gimpy Life is not the first foray into the webseries medium for Teal Sherer, as the real life actress portrayed the bitter and vile Venom during the third season of The Guild. While that series focusses on the exploits of a group of online gamers who struggle to make sense of the offline world, My Gimpy Life follows Teal Sherer as she attempts to find success in both her personal and professional lives. An assortment of cast and crew members from The Guild offer a helping hand to My Gimpy Life, including actresses Felicia Day and Amy Okuda as friends of Sherer who exhibit personalities that are similar to their personas on The Guild. Guild producer Kim Evey makes a brief acting appearance on My Gimpy Life as well, and both webseries share the same director, Sean Becker. But although these related aspects of the two productions add to the overall quality of the webseries, My Gimpy Life inevitably belongs to Teal Sherer.

Justified Season Three Review

on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 00:00

During its first two seasons, the FX drama Justified steadily developed a narrative style that was sweepingly epic, Biblical in tone and Shakespearean in execution. Season three is an extension of such classical storytelling as US Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens faces off against a new villain in his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky, while the ghosts of past actions continue to haunt him. If season one centered on the phrase “the sins of the father will be visited upon the son,” and season two explored whether one is capable of change or tragic victims of their own design, the third installment of Justified might best be summed up with the adage “you reap what you sow.”

The saying holds equally true for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) as his Old West gunslinger mentality persists in undermining his personal life as much as it does for Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins)—the figurative Cain to Given’s Abel—as he attempts to rise to the position of criminal kingpin of Harlan County. Even newly transplanted Detroit junior mobster Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough) is not immune as the horrors of his youth dictate his present day actions. As for the second major newcomer to Justified, Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) is the leader of an African American community of slave descendants that settled in the region after the Civil War and still strives to uphold the hundred-plus year goal of keeping the outside world from invading his enclave.