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Features

Monday, September 8 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.


Wednesday, April 30 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.


Reviews

Sunday, September 14 2008

Towelhead

As viewers of Towelhead must know (and Jasira, eternally ripe and optimistic, will never know), the future has only become more constricted.


Sunday, September 11 2005

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.


Thursday, June 23 2005

Six Feet Under

Four years of torturing the Fishers has worn my patience thin.


Monday, August 23 2004

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.


Sunday, June 8 2003

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.


Six Feet Under [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Tuesday, May 20 2014

The 10 Worst Examples of Screenwriters Turned Directors

Sometimes, letting a screenwriter direct a movie turns out to be a terrific idea. Here are 10 examples, however, where that promise translated into something pathetic.


Wednesday, September 10 2008

Girl Gone Child: The Trouble with 'Towelhead'

There is a fine line between illustration and exploitation. Put another way, there's a clear delineation between drama and dreck. Dress it up any way


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