Monday, August 27 2001
The difference between Em's lyrical violence against women and Madonna's battered video self-portraits is that in Em's songs, violence against women is always nasty, ugly, and despicable (contrary to those who would claim he 'glorifies' it), unlike the video-screen Madonna of 'Drowned World', who is bloodied and bruised but nevertheless glamorous.
Sunday, January 1 1995
'Yes, Dear' is a serviceable sitcom that, like most new shows, teeter-totters between doing things well and doing things badly.
After eight years of squishy monsters, labyrinthine conspiracies, and creepy adventures in inner and outer space, the most popular television sci-fi series in recent memory (shut up, trekkies) resorts to the obvious Christian imagery.
Scully took no grief from Mulder; she questioned him, disagreed with him, and stood up to him. With Doggett, however, there is a more traditional he/she split.
As Mulder seeks to confirm a universe of infinite possibilities, Scully attempts to reaffirm her faith in God -- the granddaddy of supernatural phenomena.
The teen X-Men interact in that magical place, high school, and get to drive cars and look fashionably funky (mandatory skater cuts for the guys and thumb rings for the girls) and do all those other things a kid would do in a parent-free environment.
Cameramen with chest-mounted cameras, wearing their own protective helmets, run pell-mell around the players shoving cameras into the huddles, pile-ups, and sidelines to create an up-close and personal 'feel' for viewers.
My favorite contestant in the premiere episode, Renee, seemed to be the smartest and most well-behaved player. Her response to losing the game at the end, however, was filled with such animosity towards the winner, John, that I was left feeling like I didn't know Renee at all, which of course I didn't.
Christine Baranski delivers one-liners so fast the audience barely knows what hit them. More importantly, she adds shading to what could potentially be a one-dimensional character.
Will & Grace was an eight-year advertisement for a 'commercialized gay identity' that did nothing to challenge current constitutions of power.
As is often the case with presidential terms, the Bartlett administration ended with great pomp and little circumstance.
In order to get this job [with the WWF], the 'Tough Enough' participants are clearly put through hell.
While 'Will & Grace' is one of the funniest sitcoms on television today, the source of its comedy is occasionally troubling.
And now that I'm used to the neck-snappin', speed-skatin' lifestyle this Ellie leads, I'm looking to wash up in Lake Guffaw, to take a dive into the deep end of the Funny Pool.
O'Neal is almost never not funny, but his takes can fall flat, especially when he's responding to items like a two-legged dog.
Sara (Yancy Butler) is sexy without wearing high heels and showing lots of cleavage. This is truly a supernatural show.
In the end, 'Wit' may be remarkable not for what it is but merely for the fact of its existence -- a serious, quasi-intellectual drama filmed by two Oscar-winners miraculously commissioned by and shown on TV.
It's not long before you realize that 'Wolf Lake' isn't so inclined to spell out exactly what is happening or has happened to whom, and that this is actually one of its better inclinations.