Monday, June 3 2013
Something old (the Ice Warriors), something new (the Whispermen), something borrowed (several scripts’ plot elements), something blue (fans must wait until November for the series 50th anniversary celebration).
Thursday, May 30 2013
In his post-Ponds grief, the Doctor has become Scrooge-like, secreting the TARDIS on a cloud and refusing to interact with humanity.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
A romance thinly disguised an espionage thriller, Spies of Warsawplaces viewers at an odd, cold distance.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
Sometimes you have to do bad things to get into power to do good things when you get there. Sometimes just doing bad things will do.
Thursday, May 23 2013
This is a fitting tribute to our greatest living comic mind. Prepare to laugh.
Judi Dench and her late husband Michael Williams shine as the ultimate oddball romantic couple.
Wednesday, May 22 2013
With locations taken from all seven continents and most of the seas, this truly world-spanning and mind-expanding documentary is well worth watching.
With excellent performances from the entire cast, particularly Anna Maxwell Martin as pattern-seeker Susan, The Bletchley Circle is simultaneously a riveting whodunit and an enlightening window into a period of recent history.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
There are moments when we imagine that a character might actually meet the true death, leaving Sookie without a vampire lover to come to her rescue, for once.
Monday, May 20 2013
Doc Martin's social ineptitude and crankiness could tire easily, but Portwenn and its residents offer a balance that works well.
Wednesday, May 15 2013
Wimsey’s world, of posh city clubs and grand country houses, is a pleasant place to escape to for a few hours, without any need to worry too much about whether it bears more than a passing resemblance to any historical reality.
Tuesday, May 14 2013
If there's a subtext to New Tricks, it's that modern policing is too cautious, too sterile to handle the rough and tumble of proper police work. To really nail the bad guys, coppers need to be free to be themselves, unencumbered by the constraints of political correctness.
Monday, May 13 2013
This History Channel documentary's reliance on CGI and bird's-eye-view visual effects end up making the whole conflict feel less like a battle for civilization and more like a video game
Thursday, May 9 2013
The season when a show in its death-spiral got its nose up and created a universe and its mythos.
Monday, May 6 2013
This six-part documentary provides evidence for the "great man" theory.
Thursday, May 2 2013
It's not all pretty pictures, here. Nature, as pointed out by Lord Tennyson, is red in tooth and claw, and he might have added flipper and fin, as well.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
Steve Coogan's spoof radio DJ's latest outing -- released ahead of a feature film this summer -- is as clever as always. But isn't the joke getting a little old, now?
Monday, April 22 2013
A Haunting is both entertaining and thought-provoking, calling for open-mindedness in light of ordinary people's stories of extraordinary experiences.
Monday, April 15 2013
Parade’s End (1964) juxtaposes conservative aristocrat Christopher Tietjens’ domestic warfare with the sociopolitical turmoil of the First World War. It also introduces us to young Judi Dench as a beguiling Valentine in the story’s love triangle.
Thursday, April 11 2013
Chief Inspector Noel Bain (Philip Madoc) is pretty much the embodiment of everything you want in a real-life police detective: unflappable, analytical, dedicated to the cause.