Tuesday, May 7 2002
The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.
As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.
The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.
Wednesday, January 9 2002
The attorneys on ABC's 'The Practice' can't catch a break.
Monday, January 7 2002
As played by new Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, Vic Mackey is casually racist and homicidal, by turns charismatic and appalling.
Monday, October 1 2001
While J.D. is running from pages and hiding in closets, Turk 'is learning by doing,' cutting, poking, and defibrillating with gusto.
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.