Wednesday, March 20 2013
Post-Hurricane Sandy, the questions the final season of Jersey Shore raise are disturbing: Can we ever go back to the shore? Can we ever rebuild what was broken?
Monday, March 11 2013
How to Survive a Plague portrays an important era in LGBT history, a time when the gay community banded together in a way that politics or prejudice could never have fostered.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
Southland is both the epitome of a cop show and a substantial departure from traditional police procedurals.
Monday, February 25 2013
It looks like classic TV Westerns "Have Gun -- Will Travel" and "The Rifleman" might be on their way back to screens. Any chance the 30-minute drama might make a return, too?
Thursday, February 14 2013
Having experienced decades in the spotlight, Paul Williams, a reluctant subject, is a more powerful opponent than his director suspects.
Sunday, January 20 2013
The Qatsi films are artistic ways of raising perceptions in the Irwinian sense: to change the world, we first must know what the world has become by our doing.
Friday, January 18 2013
Your Mission, Should You Decide to Accept It, Is to Watch ‘Mission: Impossible: The Complete Series’
As a window into the Cold War-era pop-culture past, Mission: Impossible is as entertaining as anything you're likely to find. If you can manage to suspend your disbelief, it's a worthy entry into the pantheon of espionage thrillers.
Wednesday, January 16 2013
The best show on French TV is only three minutes long. And it only aired for one year.
Tuesday, January 15 2013
Lifted from over a 40-year period, the Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection showcases the director's flexibility under circumstances dire and ideal. It also confirms his auteurist consistency.
Monday, January 14 2013
Both Billy Jim Hawkins and Perry Mason are defense lawyers, but the resemblance ends there.
Wednesday, January 9 2013
The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.
Sunday, December 9 2012
For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.
Friday, December 7 2012
Criterion's splendid edition of Weekend gives insight into the mind of visionary director Jean-Luc Godard, who aimed at nothing less than challenging the dominant social and cinematic paradigms of his time.
Tuesday, December 4 2012
Within Entourage's system of codependent relationships, individuals are treated as brands, women are treated as objects, committed relationships are discouraged, and one’s word means nothing unless a contract is signed and a check clears.
Wednesday, November 28 2012
TV's Mike Hammer could never be as violent and cynical as in the books; it wouldn't be allowed by censors.
Monday, November 19 2012
The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.
Thursday, November 15 2012
In the works of many New Wave auteurs, a sense of alienation often leads to disillusionment. Unlike the pessimism of many of her contemporaries, Agnes Varda views alienation as a quest for identity, one that offers hope and freedom, no matter the uncertainties.
Sunday, November 11 2012
Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.
Thursday, November 1 2012
With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.
Tuesday, October 30 2012
Is Ray Bradbury's classic a horror film? Well, not exactly. Is it a family film? Nah, it has too many genuine scares for the kiddies. Is it perfect for Halloween? Well, Mr. Dark is delightfully wicked...