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Young American Bodies, The Paper and Recount.

By Leo Charney
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Jun. 4, 2008

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Young American Bodies

Online: ifc.com

What: Third season of pioneering Web series.

Why: Here's the real Sex and the City: Joe Swanberg is the 26-year-old Chicago filmmaker of everyday life, the maverick of "mumblecore" movies who tracks the emotional and sexual lives of overeducated, twentysomething urban college grads who jump in and out of each other's beds while they figure out how to behave when (or if) they grow up. This 32-episode Web series, now in its third season, fuses softcore porn to high-class soap opera to his unique, DIY, love-it-or-hate-it, ultra-realist style.


The Paper

Online: MTV.com

What: High school newspaper reality series.

Why: It's part Gossip Girl, part Real World, part The Office--one of the year's liveliest TV shows now wrapped up its eight-episode season. You can watch the whole thing online in three hours, following the ins and outs of Amanda, the cluelessly arrogant, Michael Scott-ish editor; Alex, her BFF turned bitchy rival; Adam, the flamboyant ad manager who wants to be homecoming king; Trevor and Giana, the high school Brangelina; and the sycophants and backbiters who surround them.


Recount


On Demand: HBO

What: Docudrama of 2000 election.

Why: This fast-paced, fact-packed melodrama about the tragedies and outrages of the Florida vote may be too depressing to watch. If you can handle it, it's a juicy, glossy history, valuable as a time capsule, and its beating heart isn't where you'd expect: It's in Laura Dern's Katherine Harris, the vivid villain who's usually a figure of fun or fury. Dern never takes the easy way out, and here she evokes a practical woman, in over her head, who's startled yet delighted to find herself center stage.

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