Lost in Translation + Ship of Fools

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Double feature: Although they make for markedly different viewing experiences, “Lost in Translation”  and “Ship of Fools share a fair amount of narrative DNA.

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Designing Women + The Golden Girls

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Double feature: The easy parallel between these two series is the quartet of shared archetypes leading up their respective casts.  In both “The Golden Girls” and “Designing Women,” you’ll find: the sweet one (Rose, Charlene;) the brainy one (Dorothy, Julia;) the sexy one (Blanche, Suzanne;) and the quirky one (Sophia, Mary Jo.)   Also, but less to the point, a semi-emasculated male drifting in and out of the frame (Stanley, Anthony.)

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Friday Night Lights + My So-Called Life

Double feature:  Like your high school drama as self-serious and insular as possible? Then “Friday Night Lights” and “My So-Called Life” are for you.  Conversations in both series are at an emotional pitch where “small talk” is impossible, no matter how trivial the words being exchanged. Grainy images with near-bleeding colors give a sense of worlds simultaneously dissolving, or cohering, in every frame.

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