Monday, June 9 2014
A contemplation of how art might be valued, how eras might be defined, and how artists survive adversity.
With the Doctor's many regenerations, we see our Time Lord reincarnated with different mannerisms and taste in just about everything but the almost universally garish clothing.
Monday, June 2 2014
Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.
Friday, May 30 2014
Halt and Catch Fire isn't about the Steve Jobs or the Bill Gateses. It's about the other guys who rushed in and tried to make a fortune in their wake.
Thursday, May 29 2014
These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.
Tuesday, May 27 2014
It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.
Thursday, May 22 2014
Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
Edward Snowden's reveal has had cascading effects. While more are now aware of what the NSA has done, efforts to limit the damage and perpetuate the Program persist.
Hill Street Blues is a near perfect beast that never replicates, but builds upon its predecessors in its own quirky, occasionally surreal way.
Monday, May 12 2014
These are women who are rarely given a voice in television, so when a series like Orange is the New Black comes along, it’s striking in its depiction.
Thursday, May 8 2014
I Love Lucy has been treasured for years, but this is the first time that it has been presented in a manner so thoroughly studied and examined within its historical context.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
On Moacir Barbosa and Brazils self-image of ongoing suffering and its perpetually elusive redemption.
This might make some viewers uncomfortable. It might offend. It might challenge preconceptions. That’s fine. Much of the time, that’s what good art does.
Monday, May 5 2014
It may be that in 24's universe, there's no option for being cast out, for remaining out, that choices can't be made, but are only made for Chloe and Jack Bauer and you, too.
Too shallow to be informative and too dry to be campy, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe is unsatisfying on every level.
Thursday, May 1 2014
Father Brown, in his 1974 television series incarnation, assures viewers that wisdom lies in moderation, not revolution.
Tuesday, April 29 2014
As the war affects all aspects of the business, season 2 employs a more serious tone, yet it's more entertaining than thought-provoking.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
These two soccer stories, focused on the World Cups of 1974 and 1986, reveal the politics, culpability, and legacy of FIFA in broader contexts.
Thursday, April 17 2014
The Piston's Isiah Thomas exhorts haters to "erase the labels that you've given us and the names that you called us, all those people who said we were thugs and vicious."