Monday, July 14 2003
The new directors press on and are, by turns, stupid, silly, arrogant, conciliatory, and astonishingly clever.
Why didn't the producers find an exotic dancer who was comfortable, or at least confident, with her line of work? Or find a guy less uptight about exotic dancers?
Monday, July 7 2003
For those remade on What Not to Wear, the experience is a bit like being punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.
Take the Big Brother house, plunk it down in the middle of Temptation Island by way of Love Cruise, and you've pretty much got the idea.
In an ostensible effort to enliven the proceedings, the show offers snippy, postmodern commentary, not unlike the little voices that ABC lays over the clips on America's Funniest Home Videos.
Tuesday, June 24 2003
'I could never go back to a 9-to-5 job, being on-stage telling jokes.'
The strangeness of the trials -- owing in no small part to the strangeness of the defendants -- undercuts the seriousness of the case.
It is essentially a documented sting operation, but it is a harmless and quite enjoyable one.
Monday, June 9 2003
Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.
Keen Eddie is breezy summer fun: fast-paced, quirky, and, a rarity in summer TV, intelligent.
Through these auditions, viewers are introduced to the one element that distinguishes Fame from similar series -- compassion.
Tuesday, June 3 2003
On the morning of 28 February 1997, the LAPD had no idea what they were in for.
Ali G misses that Americans prefer their humor compartmentalized, prefer the joke to have a beginning and end.
Monday, June 2 2003
Dissing Martha is, apparently, a good thing.
Wednesday, May 28 2003
John Drake, is about as unlike Bond as it's possible to be, the kind of agent who actually paid attention in spy school.
Monday, May 12 2003
Offers only disparate pieces of a large and complex puzzle, resulting in yet more evidence that 'drugs' inspire infatuation in outsiders.
Broads, dames, chicks: whatever you call them, women in film have historically gotten a bad deal.
Monday, May 5 2003
Tim Minear's fourth season finale of Angel makes elegant, self-conscious commentary on the ways that corporate structures frame (if not ordain) life decisions.
Monday, April 21 2003
A meditation on the song of the same name that chillingly relates the story of a lynching.
A provocative, dead-on, and hilarious political roundtable.