Monday, March 18 2013
Bates Motel isn't Hitchcock, and doesn't try to be. But the show does make intelligent use of what you already know about Norman Bates and his mother.
Thursday, March 14 2013
The imminent demise of the Video Dome begs another, bigger, political question regarding government bailouts.
Monday, March 11 2013
In interviews and observations, the remarkable documentary Kings Point shows individuals struggling with what it means to have friends, missing their families and watching people they know pass on.
Sunday, March 3 2013
Even though we know that someone's husband has to die in a show called Red Widow, we might still be surprised at how it happens.
Vikings evokes the harsh world the Vikings inhabit and the tensions they embody -- between men and women, earth and sea, wealth and knowledge.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
This richly mounted miniseries depicts the fading of Edwardian British propriety with deft strokes and caustic wit.
The lesson Mindy learns here is not the obvious one, say, that her fantasy is false. Instead, the episode turns into a broader commentary on such romcom fantasies.
Friday, February 22 2013
Seeing recordings of Sister Rosetta Tharpe is genuinely thrilling, and gives you a sense of what Ira Tucker, Jr. means when he says that she "had a one on one with everybody," no matter how large the crowd.
As Chad and Chris mumble about girls and expose their adolescent angst, their families provide some context.
Tuesday, February 19 2013
Even sober, non-sensational reports like Raising Adam Lanza must contend with limits.
Sunday, February 17 2013
This short celebrates silence, specifically, Maggie's: her 'performance', if you will, is Chaplin-esque.
John Wilkes Booth is a 19th-century Snidely Whiplash, here, just one step away from wringing his hands together and cackling.
Thursday, February 14 2013
Some surprises emerge in Zero Hour's rearrangements of adventure show clichés, mixing Nazis and ancient secret societies into a plot based in 21st-century international criminal conspiracies.
Wednesday, February 13 2013
In Southland, brief glimpses of officers' lives off the clock provide contexts for what we see when they're are on the job.
Friday, February 8 2013
Alpha Dogs reveals a very serious job done by very serious people, but also takes time to show how much these dog trainers love what they do.
Thursday, February 7 2013
Perhaps the strangest departure from the original show is the “New Jeff”, no longer compulsively callous but now, more thoughtful, even selfless.
Tuesday, February 5 2013
Smash still can’t figure out what to do with its characters when they’re not singing.
Monday, February 4 2013
Such stand-offs are typical in hospital (or law firm, or school) ensemble shows.
Friday, February 1 2013
Abrupt changes in focus and attitude make it difficult to get a bead on how seriously the cast and crew of Who Let the Dogs Out take the contributions of these “hero dogs”.
Thursday, January 31 2013
Cole's reckless selfishness is a real problem for Do No Harm. He's a brain surgeon putting his patients in danger every day because he refuses to address his own illness.