Wednesday, December 18 2013
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
Thursday, January 31 2013
From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.
Wednesday, January 16 2013
Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.
Tuesday, January 10 2012
The small screen offers up the usual suspects, proving once again that, with a few exceptions, what's good on today's prime time schedule will stay that way until the next best-of list.
Sunday, January 8 2012
With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.
Sunday, July 10 2011
Watching Treme, one might get the impression that modern jazz is the soundtrack for the soulless, and therefore has no place in New Orleans, pre- or post Hurricane Katrina.
Friday, January 31 2014
Sure, Treme is about the sacred, but you can’t have the sacred without the engine of the profane motoring things along, and there’s nothing more profane than money.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Treme is the most kaleidoscopic show being produced these days. Its artistry in the arc of the episodes demonstrates gorgeous design throughout the season.
Wednesday, April 18 2012
The second season of Treme continues to deliver as a series committed to telling real stories in a place where real tragedy has occurred, and the aftermath remains evident to this day.
Friday, April 22 2011
David Simon's interest in cities has always been how they happen: how do particular practices and ideas become normalized, and how do these reveal crosscurrents of power?
Wednesday, April 13 2011
New Orleans, post-Katrina, is rife with complexity and struggle, and Treme offers a riveting portrait of a city in the midst of such disarray.
Tuesday, April 26 2011
The 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides is upon us, and it should be quite a contrast to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
Wednesday, May 26 2010
At last, an antidote to Ken Burns' dismal 2001 TV documentary, "Jazz." No, the new HBO dramatic series "Treme" isn't a doc and doesn't pretend to
Thursday, April 8 2010
Anyone fortunate enough to have experienced the television masterpiece that was "The Wire" knows you don't rush David Simon. The man takes his time. Like