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Friday, January 31 2014

Ain’t Life Just Like That?

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.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

The Surreal Revenge of the Sociopath

The IFC Series Bullet in the Face is nothing if not intentionally surreal, but does "surreal" always work?


Thursday, January 23 2014

Three Doctors, One Special, and a Big (Blue) Box of Surprises!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

‘Shameless’ Keeps Proving That We Love Our Dysfunctionals

The Showtime comedy continues to surprise during its third season, demonstrating why its British counterpart lasted as long as it did.


Monday, January 13 2014

From Sci-Fi to Fantasy, ‘Frankenstein’ Highlights a Century of Classic to Cult Adaptations

Frankenstein: The Real Story separates Frankenfacts from fiction while exploring the 19th century influences on Mary Shelley’s writing.


Friday, January 10 2014

Every Voice Matters: ‘Listening is an Act of Love’

Even though the audio is the real star, Listening is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special is a touching animated film that anyone who has ever heard a good story should witness.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

‘Robin Redbreast’ and the Creeping Horrors of a Rural Idyll

Released for the first time on DVD, the BBC's 1970 drama is a disturbing film concerning the grim underbelly of sinister rural rituals, and those that adhere to them.


Thursday, December 26 2013

Scratch Beneath the Surface of ‘Dead of Night’, If You Dare

If you are patient you will be rewarded with intellectual stimulation, and a tone of general strangeness that will creep insidiously under your skin.


Monday, December 16 2013

‘The Fall’ Is an Audacious Police Procedural

Programs like BBC Two’s The Fall should be commended for doing everything “wrong” in terms of pleasing the demands of commercial television.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

What We Think of as Photoshopping Existed Decades Before Photoshop

Despite containing any number of intriguing moments, A History From Behind the Lens fails to provide a coherent overview of the art form.


Monday, December 9 2013

‘How Sherlock Changed the World’ Is Far Too Elementary

Is there really a causal link between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional character and modern-day crime investigation techniques?


Monday, December 2 2013

A Slice of History Captured on Film Has Never Been so Dually Satisfying and Terrifying

WWII in HD is required viewing for its high-minded ideals and its near-flawless execution. It makes other films on the subject matter pale in comparison.


Tuesday, November 26 2013

‘Peaky Blinders’ Offers Violent Reminders of England’s Forgotten Midland

Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.


Monday, November 25 2013

25 Years of Carving Turkeys: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition’

Six of the very best episodes and a treasure trove of extras make this boxed set worthy of commemorating the 25th anniversary of one of the funniest shows ever made.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

‘Treme’ Keeps Its Head Above Water… for Just a Little Bit Longer

Treme is the most kaleidoscopic show being produced these days. Its artistry in the arc of the episodes demonstrates gorgeous design throughout the season.


Thursday, November 14 2013

School Was Cool in ‘Saved by the Bell’

Saved by the Bell ended in 1993, but now 20 years later, the teen sitcom is as charming as ever.


Wednesday, November 13 2013

The Amalgamation of Many ‘Robotech’ Sagas, Completely Amalgamated

For some, Robotech was (and is) a multi-generational Japanese animated space opera on par with the ambitious TV sagas like Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.


Monday, November 11 2013

The Monster’s End

The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.


Wednesday, November 6 2013

In ‘Mad Men: Season Six’ Don Draper Tells the Truth, Slowly

At its dark core, Mad Men is an epic poem to rapacious capitalism.


‘Under the Dome’ Is Inventive But Not Unpredictable Stephen King Sci-Fi

For all its occasional predictability and melodrama, when Under the Dome is good, it's very good. When it falls flat, it's still good enough to stay tuned for the next installment.


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