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Monday, June 2 2014

Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year ‘Adventure in Space and Time’

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.


The Marx Brother’s ‘Love Happy’ Not So Happy Behind-the-Scenes Drama

Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?


Friday, May 30 2014

Alfred Hitchcock Would Get a Kick Out of ‘Non-Stop’

Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.


Thursday, May 29 2014

‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

‘Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection’ Is an Animation Lover’s Dream

There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Quirks, Neurosis, Irrational Behavior and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’

It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.


Friday, May 23 2014

‘The Selfish Giant’ Is Oscar Wilde Re-Imagined

Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.


Thursday, May 22 2014

‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.


The Playbook of Marketing Was Turned on Its Ear by Social Media

Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

‘God Loves Uganda’ Is a Timely Exposé, but It’s Also Unimpressive Cinema

God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

‘Vampire Academy’: It’s Just About High School

Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.


Monday, May 19 2014

‘Veronica Mars’, Just Out of Law School, Takes Us Back to Neptune

Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.


The Fall of The Clash Minus the Rise

For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.


Friday, May 16 2014

We’re Back on the Horse Again with ‘Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition’

The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.


Thursday, May 15 2014

‘Riot in Cell Block 11’ Has the Courage to Ask Important Questions

Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?


Wednesday, May 14 2014

‘Breaking the Waves’ Has the Touch of the Divine

If only for its artistic value, Breaking the Waves will always be a reminder that we can come in touch with the divine even when we’re unsure of its existence.


‘The Strange Woman’ Makes Clear, You Can’t Always Want What You Get

For this strange woman, every selfish action is balanced by a selfless one.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

Exploring the Depths of the ‘Hill Street Blues’

Hill Street Blues is a near perfect beast that never replicates, but builds upon its predecessors in its own quirky, occasionally surreal way.


‘Shelter Island’ Makes Harald Olsen’s Art a Living, Breathing, Organic Experience

Shelter Island is the sort of film that can take audiences who know nothing about art or care nothing for it and make them feel something.


Monday, May 12 2014

‘Orange is the New Black’ Eases Us All Into Prison Life

These are women who are rarely given a voice in television, so when a series like Orange is the New Black comes along, it’s striking in its depiction.


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