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Marty Semilla
Marty Semilla is a contributing writer for The Stanford Daily who likes to write about and discuss pop culture. He is a junior majoring in English. He loves all forms of visual media equally but actually cares for television the most. Contact him by email at msemilla “at”

‘Grace and Frankie’ season one review

“Grace and Frankie,” Netflix’s latest original program, tells the story of two frenemies — the eponymous Grace and Frankie, (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, respectively) — who move in together after their husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, respectively) divorce them to get married to each other. And though Fonda and company…

Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ is too grumpy to entertain

Watching “Happyish” is like trying to argue with an insane person: No matter how many times you try to present your opinion calmly and clearly, “Happyish” is too busy kicking, screaming and forcing its opinion down your throat to hear what you’re saying. “Happyish” wants to be a show that talks seriously about the meaning…

Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’ meanders its way through solid first season

In order to fully enjoy Netflix’s new television show, “Bloodline,” one must learn the art of patience. It’s a show that can easily be equal parts rewarding and equal parts frustrating. The series begins strongly. “Bloodline” tracks the interactions of the Rayburn clan, whose lives as exceptional members of the Florida Keys community are disrupted…

Graphic novelists Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi discuss their work

Last Friday, the Stanford Storytelling Project and the Stanford Speakers Bureau brought graphic novelists Chris Ware (“Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth”) and Marjane Satrapi (“Persepolis”) to Cemex auditorium to talk about the nature of the graphic novel, as well as their writing processes. Ware and Satrapi have very different on-stage personalities. Ware is…

Top 5 Netflix films or TV series to watch instead of television pilots

Although autumn is rife with new series on television, not everything is guaranteed to be great. Television pilots can’t accurately determine the quality of a show, but these four series currently airing on television (the exception being “Manhattan Love Story,” which was recently cancelled) have continued to disappoint. Here are our suggestions of what you…

Top 5 reasons to watch “Transparent”

Although Netflix has been the leader in original, critically acclaimed streaming series, Amazon Prime Instant Video is giving Netflix something to worry about with the release of its newest series “Transparent.” Critics are buzzing about this show, and here are five reasons why you should be watching, too.

“Poetry Out Loud” returns for its third year

Last Wednesday marked the final competition for the third annual “Poetry Out Loud” event, which was sponsored by the English Department and Creative Writing Program in the Terrace Room in Margaret Jacks Hall. The competition showcased 10 strong finalists, and, after weeks of memorization and training, these finalists were ready to give their A-game. Not only did were the finalists a diverse group of Stanford students (only two of whom were English majors), they brought to the table a diverse collection of poetry, ranging from contemporary poetry to well-known classics, for example, Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.”

HBO’s new series “Silicon Valley” hits close to home

Set in the not-too-distant city of Palo Alto, Calif., the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” which premiered April 6, follows the lives of Richard Hendrix (Thomas Middleditch) and his cynical band of programmers as they traverse the tech-infested waters of Silicon Valley. Even in the mecca of apps, software and websites, a geek is neither safe nor understood. In creator Mike Judge’s eyes, Silicon Valley is a cutthroat world – if you can’t code or can’t think of the “next big thing,” you’re out.
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